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

PRAYER REQUESTS

·         Pastoral Search Committee, 8am & 8pm, every day for church & search for a new Pastor. 
·         Constitution Revision Committee. 
·         The health crisis throughout the world.   
·         Joe Mains’ son, Martin, pancreatic cancer. Testing in April will determine status.
·         Roberta Foust’s brother, Len Houston, procedure on eye.
·         Cheryll Larsen, breast cancer.
·         Keith Loucks, leg wound that won’t heal
 
ONGOING CONCERNS:  Dee Hodge, Bill Lewis, David Burkholder

A MESSAGE FROM CAROL CLAYTON

Dear Church Family,
 
I hope all of you are well at home.  I am a retired RN and Reverend Bram has requested that I send a message to you based on my professional experience.
 
1.    Stay home as directed for the time being.  Many of us are in a high-risk group simply because of our age.  If you can, contact someone to get your groceries. Follow the guidelines of frequently washing your hands (while singing the Happy Birthday song twice) and wiping surfaces with wipes or make your own Clorox/water spray. Recipe: 3 Tablespoons Clorox (bleach) plus 4 cups water in a clean spray bottle. 
2.    If you have symptoms of respiratory origin, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing and running a fever or GI symptoms such as diarrhea, call your Doctor.  They will decide whether you need to be seen or need a test for the Corona Virus (COVID-19).
3.    If you have children at home, try to challenge their minds to stay active until school resumes on-line or in the normal setting of the classroom.  They are our future and a dear commodity of our great country.  Play games, take walks, etc.
4.    Stay in touch with others via phone, messaging or email.  Call someone you haven’t seen for awhile.  They will appreciate your phone visit and concern.  Watch your favorite shows, write a note to someone, read a book, and cook or bake.  Try to stay busy, (maybe even some spring cleaning, Ugh, I hesitate to mention that).
5.    Try to get out on your porch or around your yard or area close to your residence, for some sunlight and fresh air.  Practice social distancing (6 feet between persons).
6.    Pray, Pray, Pray more than ever.  Remember God is in charge!
 
We will get through this!  I miss you all.  We will be worshiping together when it is safe to do so.  Stay healthy!  God bless all of you.
 
Love to all,
Carol Clayton
 
PS:  Continue to Worship, on-line or TV, Sunday Morning or when you can.

URGENT INFORMATION TO EVERYBODY IN OUR CHURCH CONGREGATION COVID-19 FEEDBACK AND SYMPTOMS

From a member of the Stanford hospital board.  This is their feedback for now on Coronavirus:
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold. 
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose. 
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of 78/81 degrees. It hates the Sun. 
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap. 
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it. 
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice. 
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on. 
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice. 
10. Can’t emphasis enough – drink plenty of water!
 
THE SYMPTOMS 
1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days 
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further. 
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. 
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.
 
Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases
Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. 
If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That’s very dangerous. Please send and share this with family and friends. Take care everyone and may the world recover from this Coronavirus soon.
The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days.
How can one know if he/she is infected? 
By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it’s too late (Fibrosis is not reversible). 
Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection. In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.

ABCOPAD Responds to COVID-19

Dear Partner in Ministry,
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
 Psalm 121:1-2
The news reports are breathtaking as we hear of the growing impact that COVID-19 is having on our world, and in recent days our own communities. As people of faith we certainly want to lean into God’s help and wisdom to know how to respond to this challenge both as it concerns our individual families but also the churches that we call ‘home’.
To that end we want to provide you with a list of resources, from a variety of sources, that can be of help to you in making wise choices as you move through these coming days. You will find them listed below.
Above all, however, I want to call us to be people of prayer—people who are willing to lift our eyes to the mountains…the place where our help comes from, asking God to guide and provide in a variety of ways as we confront this challenge.
  • Pray for those infected by the coronavirus around the world.
  • Pray with gratitude for those who care for them.
  • Pray with gratitude for health specialists and authorities who are combating the spread of infection.
  • Pray for government officials and leaders to have the wisdom necessary to make wise and informed decisions out of care for the public good, particularly to those most vulnerable.
  • Pray for all who at this time are feeling anxious.
As Jeff Johnson has reminded us, “God has got this, because God has got us”. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture, and we rest together in His abundant care.
As partners in this ministry for the Kingdom, if there are ways we can be helpful in these coming days, please reach out to us. We count it a privilege to walk together as people of faith.
Trusting in God’s Grace and Provision,
Frank

A MESSAGE FROM MODERATOR, BILL DAVIS

Dear members and friends of First Baptist Church of Greensburg;
 
As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, a number of the churches in the region have made the decision to suspend morning worship for a few Sundays. Even for those churches who will continue to meet, there will be families and individual members who will make the personal decision to stay away from worship.
 
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.
 
Additionally, we want to remind you of an important reality. Even though our church family may not be able to meet for corporate worship due to COVID-19, the financial needs of the congregation and our wider mission work continue, and so we would ask that you would be generous and consistent in providing your tithes and offerings to your church.
 
While you may not be able to be physically present to drop your gift in the offering plate, we strongly encourage you to drop your gift in an envelope and mail it to our church instead.
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