3.17.19

 

Dear Victory Baptist Family,

 

Psalm 46:1-2a reminds us: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear…

 

We are in the middle of a most unusual period of time in the life of our country with the spread of the coronavirus.  I, like you, have been watching the news and have heard the constantly changing reports of its impact on our lives.

 

The deacons and I have grappled with the question of what is the best way to respond to what we are being told from the Center for Disease Control.

 

Yesterday, the White House issued the 15 Days to Slow the Spread guidelines to help protect Americans.

Governor Holcomb announced additional guidelines in Indiana to slow the spread of COVID-19.

I have personally spoken with a scientist who specializes in communicable diseases and he has reinforced that this is a very contagious virus that is far more deadly than other viruses we have seen in recent years. The warning is not an overstatement. This has been called a “stealth” virus because it is possible for a person to be a carrier, passing it on to others even if you have minimal symptoms. The concern to see it contained is legitimate.

 

Here is what we are going to do as a church:

 

We want to abide by their recommendations and so we will not meet at church for the next 2 weeks (now through and including March 29).  We will reassess the situation at that time.

 

In the meantime, we will be posting my sermons on YouTube. 

A new one will be posted each Sunday morning.

 

To access the sermons:

1.      Go online

2.      Go to our website: victorybaptistwhiteland.org

3.      Go to our downloads page

4.      Under announcement of church closure, you will see a screen.  Click on it.

5.      Sermon will play.

or

6.      Go online

7.      Type in: YouTube. Click enter.

8.      Click on YouTube.  When it opens, type: Victory Baptist Church of Whiteland in the search box.

9.      Click on the video of our church.

10.  You may have to scroll down if you do not see ours immediately.  There are a lot of Victory Baptist churches!

11.  Encourage one another…remind each other to log on and watch.

12.  Call David Denny (812.344.3182) or Isaac Coats ( if you are having trouble.

 

Also, here are a few suggestions: take time to pray for each other during this time. God loves to hear our prayers of trust. Send cards and letters to each other. Check in on those you think may need help. Take a meal or buy groceries for ones that should not be going out to the grocery store. We are a family and need to continue to care for each other.

 

I know this is difficult and frustrating, and yet we do not want to be careless with the health of ourselves and others.  This is part of being good stewards of what God has given.

 

Speaking of being good stewards, 😊 if you would please mail in your offerings to the church during this time so that we can continue meeting our obligations to our missionaries and pay the bills at church, we would appreciate it.

 

Send them to:

Victory Baptist Church

PO Box 86

Whiteland, IN  46184

 

If you are giving with cash and would rather not send it through the mail, call Mike Crute (317.490.3698) and arrange to give it to him in person.

 

While we have a genuine concern for our health during this time and a responsibility to take the necessary precautions, we do not need to panic.

 

Psalm 121 brings these comforting words:

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

 

If you have any questions please call and will try our best to help.

 

In Christ,

 

Pastor Mark