EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE

Thanks to everyone who donated cookies this month.
The good people at Meals-on-Wheels are so grateful
for your loyalty and generosity toward their outreach program for seniors.
…Diane Meyers
 
Dear Church Family,
 
I would like to thank all who attended my drive-by 90th birthday party.  I appreciate all the many greetings and horn-honking – I felt blessed. Dan and Marcia Wood came over to serenade me with a happy birthday tune on their keyboard and bells. Forrest Moore sang happy birthday to me over the telephone. Thank you also for all the cards and the greetings I received in the mail. It was a great day of memories! Blessings to all!
… Don Moyer
 
Dear Rev. Bramwell Kjellgren, Carol Clayton and the Mission Board,
 
Thank you so much for the protective masks provided to Redstone Highlands earlier month. They were so pretty and much needed. Your generosity is what makes us great in America. Again, thank you!
I Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.
… yours, Norma Skillings

NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

COOKIES FOR SENIORS
Every 3rd Sunday of the month we take donations of cookies to Meals-on-Wheels
To donate cookies or make a monetary donation,
please contact Diane Meyers at 724-832-1215
to make arrangements for pickup or delivery.
Your donations are so much appreciated!
 
SEWING TO SAVE LIVES  —  UPDATE!!!
Our caring and very busy group of ladies have sewn
over 300 face masks!!!
Thanks to all who are volunteering!

SEWING TO SAVE LIVES

We have an ambitious and caring group of ladies who continue to sew face masks
for local nursing care facilities, hospitals, friends, neighbors and family members.
We wish to thank all who are volunteering their time toward helping to save the lives of others.

COOKIES FOR SENIORS

April 19th is the 3rd Sunday of the month
To donate cookies or make a monetary donation
please contact Diane Meyers at 724-832-1215
(to drop off cookies or she will make the purchase for you)
Your donations are so much appreciated!

EASTER SPECIAL EVENTS

SEE THE “JESUS” FILM FOR FREE !!!
Sight and Sounds Theater is thrilled to announce that JESUS will be made available for FREE in celebration of Easter!  For three days only, experience the greatest rescue story of all time as it comes to life right in your living room. Exclusively available on TBN, watch it on your favorite device by downloading the TBN app, or stream it online:  April 10-12 only!  While we may not be able to gather together for Easter this year, may you still experience the joy of celebrating the one who came to save us all.
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A SPECIAL EASTER SERVICE IN NEW YORK CITY
JOIN FRANKLIN GRAHAM AND LONGTIME FRIEND MICHAEL W. SMITH
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 12 AT 10 AM ON THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL

SEWING TO SAVE LIVES

Carol Clayton and Eleanor Keenan have partnered in a vital mission project that involves 11 ladies who jumped on board to make face masks for healthcare workers and nursing care facilities.  We wish to thank Carol and Eleanor for their leadership, and to Shirley Blackall, Linda Clayton, Kathy Gongaware, Karen Sarge, Roberta Foust, Debbie Biondi, Beverly Bettis, Cheryl Thomas, Evelyn Dingee, Candy Regola, and all others who volunteered their time in helping to save the lives of others.

PROVIDING SPECIAL MUSIC

Our talented Music Director, Mary Ellen Patrick, has been working with Alan McBride to provide some additional special music on the piano for this Easter season that was produced from Mary Ellen’s home.  Click on “Ashokan Farewell” and “The Psalms” for a direct link to be able hear Mary Ellen’s special music.

MESSAGE FROM OUR MODERATOR BILL DAVIS

Losing the chance to be together in fellowship at a time such as this, when we need to hear the hope that is ours in Christ and to have the opportunity to encourage one another is troubling for all involved, and so we write today with what we hope is one way to stay connected as a Baptist family of faith.
 
We also want to remind you of an important reality.  Even though our church family may not be able to meet for corporate worship, the financial needs of the church and our wider mission work continue, and so we would ask that you would be generous and consistent in mailing your tithes and offerings to the church.
 
Your pastor continues to serve and ministry continues to unfold, so we hope you will do your part in faithfully supporting the ongoing work of the Kingdom.  In the interim, we will walk alongside those who suffer in this pandemic. We are grateful for our Baptist Church who so often are on the front lines in response to all who are vulnerable, who suffer, and who live in fear, because they are disciples of the healer, Jesus Christ.
 
The peace of the Lord
 
William E. Davis

MODERATOR

NOTES TO PONDER

“The mass of humanity live lives of quiet desperation.” —Thoreau

In the mid-1800s a Cholera pandemic broke out worldwide.  In 1854 it hit London and 127 people died in three days. Three-fourths of the residents fled the city.

By the end of the outbreak, 616 people died. The mortality rate was 12.8%. Two prior outbreaks took the lives of 14,137 people.

If you were an influential pastor such as Charles Spurgeon, besides honoring the governing and medical authorities’ recommendations, what would you tell your people?

“It is much to be feared that a constant run of prosperity, perpetual peace and freedom from disease may breed in our minds just what it has done in all human minds before, namely security, pride, hedonism and forgetfulness of God. It is a most solemn fact that human nature can scarcely bear a long continuance of peace and health. It is almost necessary that we should be salted with affliction every now and then lest we putrefy with sin.”

“May God grant that we have neither famine nor sword but since we have this pestilence in a very slight degree, it becomes us to ask the Lord to bless it to the people so each tenderness of conscience may be apparent throughout the multitude and they may recognize the hand of God. Already I’ve been told by Christian brethren laboring in the east of London there is a greater willingness to listen to gospel truth.”

What Would Jesus Do?

We are smack dab in the middle of a global pandemic. People are fearful, anxious, worried, scared and extremely open to hearing those who bring truth, hope and encouragement in a compassionate and skillful way. Once again, there is a “greater willingness to listen to gospel truth.”

A MESSAGE FROM JACK AND DONNA MARSHALL

Dear Church Family,

This is no ordinary time.  We all are faced with at least some differences in our daily routine and keeping informed of many changes in our world.  To be good citizens and especially good examples of members of God’s family, we need to be following the “rules” (good hygiene, exercise, common sense).

I hope we are all praying for those who are sick, the one caring for them, and the many disruptions in family life.

The main constant in the world is change, but we, as Christians follow the One who is constant and changeless!  God is still in control.

We miss seeing our church family.

In His Strong Love,
Jack and Donna Marshall