COVID-19 MINISTRY IMPACT

 

updated 4/2/2020
 
HERE’S AN UPDATE AT SARASOTA BAPTIST CHURCH
 

 Dear Sarasota Baptist Family, 

We are rejoicing because we can still worship together – from a distance. We may not be able to see each other, but we know that when 2 or 3 are gathered together, the Lord is in our midst. And, as we are all doing and experiencing life differently than we were a month ago, the church (you) is at work across our community reaching out to your “ONE.” 

Way To Go Church!! I encourage you to continually thank God in our current circumstances of life. He will empower you to make the most of these crazy days! 

“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB) 
 

NEW….WE WILL OBSERVE THE LORD’S SUPPER THIS SUNDAY – PALM SUNDAY !!! 

We will be celebrating this Sunday in our worship services as we prepare for Easter. The Lord’s Supper will be observed. I am asking you to prepare for this time by picking up and setting aside crackers or bread and a glass of juice to be used by yourself when I lead us to observe the Lord’s Supper. We will be doing this as Jesus said, “do this in remembrance of Me.” 

REPORT ON LAST SUNDAY’s WORSHIP SERVICE: 

It is exciting to see that there are many watching our services through the CHURCH WEBSITE and FACEBOOK Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Social Media has opened a door for many people to hear God’s message online. 

Over 2600 views were seen through those two venues as of March 29th. This is about 200 more than the previous Sunday’s services. 

WORSHIP SERVICES THIS SUNDAY ONLINE: 

So, in order to prepare for this coming Sunday, we recommend that you plan to join us again and watch the worship service on FACEBOOK or through the VIMEO link on our Church Website. 

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES: 

Several of our Connect Groups continue to find creative ways on Social Media to meet online from our Children’s families through Adults. If your Connect Group has not been able to make this happen or you have not Connected to one as of this date, please remember that Right Now Media is a great source for you, your friends, family and neighbors to participate in a Bible Study. You can invite someone to join by connecting to this URL address: (https://www.rightnowmedia.org/account/invite/SarasotaBaptist) 

You could encourage others to do an online study with you and then follow up with a phone call to discuss it with them. Also, our Connect Group leaders will be reaching out to you with more options for study and fellowship. 

PRAYER REQUESTS: 

The ability to submit prayer requests each week and pray for these requests has always been a vital part of our church ministry. I encourage you to continue to submit your prayer requests by locating the PRAYER & CONNECTION CARD on the front page of our church website (sarasotabaptist.com) and continue to send them to us. Also, you can still call the church office and leave a message, email to shayes@sarasotabaptist.com, or mail the request to our address: Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241 (Attn: Stephanie Hayes) 

GIVING YOUR TITHE AND OTHER OFFERINGS: 

Many of you have asked how you can continue to give your tithe and provide the resources necessary for the many ministries of our church. There are at least 3 ways that you can give to Sarasota Baptist Church. 

You can mail a check to Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241 

You can give online by going to: Sarasotabaptist.com and click on the GIVE button 

You can give online through Bill Pay with your bank or credit union, or 

You can give also by texting the word “Give” to 941-909-2485 

WHO’S YOUR ONE? 

Have you identified the ONE that you will pray for, minister to, and talk to about Easter? This is your opportunity to initiate a spiritual conversation with them. It’s also a great time to invite your ONE to view the Easter Service on April 12th. 

DEVOTIONS: 

Through FACEBOOK, our Pastors are sharing 5 minute daily devotions Monday through Friday leading up to Easter. The focus of the messages are “The Road to the Cross”. If you have not been able to watch these, go to FACEBOOK and like the Sarasota Baptist Church page. You will be able to watch on that page or it will be coming to your Home page. 
 

And of course, I urge all of you to be praying for each other, our country, and our world. If you have a specific need please do not hesitate to contact the church office and leave a message. 

I love being your Pastor 

Pastor MIke