Update & Encouraging Words from Pastor Hans

Pastor Hans’ Blog – March 28, 2020:
 
Shelter-in Place Greetings, My Church Family,
It has only been one week since we have been ordered to shelter-in-place, but it feels like three weeks, and I am a patient person. What the hesch, or, what the dischens.
 
I know you have been using this time productively. First of all, to pray and study your Bible like never before, to cook wholesome meals, to exercise – whipping your body into fantastic shape, to read outstanding books, to fix things around your house that have needed attention for a long time, to call family, friends, and neighbors to encourage them, pray for and with them, to reach out to your neighbors to see if they need anything, and … Actually, I would love to hear from you, telling me what you are up to, how you are coping, how God is using you in all of this, …
 
Troy and I will record this week’s sermon in just a little while. We can’t do it live because our internet is too slow uploading. But, this gives you the benefit to stop in between watching/listening to take notes, to write down insights, to talk about it with whomever you are watching it with. I am praying with all of you who are praying for your spouses and/or children to come to know and follow Jesus to watch the sermon with you. If they do, Hallelujah!” then use the opportunity to talk with them about it afterward, ask them what they think, but don’t pushy or preachy.
 
I am also encouraging my neighbors to go to the church website to read the blog and listen/watch the sermon, maybe you want to do the same.
 
We know our email list is not complete, if you want us to add someone please send us their info. You can also forward this email.
 
How did calling the persons listed before and after you in the church directory go? I sure appreciated the calls. You might want to do it again this week, or find your email address above and contact the persons before and after you. And, if you have more time, do both.
 
Finally, how are you doing on toilet paper?
 
Remember this:
  • You are loved
  • You are prayed for
  • You can encourage and help someone
  • God is in control
Love you, your Pastor
 
P.S.
I forgot something. As we are going week by week as to actually having church services we are still under the governor’s shelter-in-place order, so next week’s (March 30 -April 5) services, Bible studies, and small groups are off. The FoodBasket (considered an essential function) continues to operate, your Pastor and deacons will help you any way we can, I will be at the church at all regular service times in case anyone from the community shows up. GriefShare is meeting electronically. The church office is staffed Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
 
My Son shared the following: He and his wife were playing a game with their 4-year-old son, “What’s this game called?” he asked. “It’s called ‘Memory,” they told him, and then he whipped them both.
 
Pastor Hans
 


Pastor Hans’ Blog – March 17, 2020:

 
Greetings Lake Don Pedro Baptist Church Family,
I am searching for the right words to get this email off the ground, maybe that is how social distancing and sheltering in place affects preachers.
 
As trying, confusing, and challenging all of this is, it is also a tremendous opportunity to shine, to do good, to put into practice all we have learned from studying and trusting the scriptures.
 
Troy is working on live-streaming. If he succeeds we will be on live tomorrow morning at 10:30 am. If not, this week’s sermon will still be online on the church website (ldpbaptistchurch.com), just not live. Whether live or not, I encourage you to gather your family or connect with family and friends via skype/face messenger/ or… to sing a few spiritual songs together, pray together, listen to and discuss the sermon together. Keeping spiritual routines will help us to stay focused and anchored.
 
I am also encouraging you to:
  • Call the persons in the church directory who are listed before and after you. If you don’t have a directory, look at your contact list and ask the Holy Spirit too highlight two names for you, then call them. Then call two neighbors or leave your contact info at their gate. Put on your listening ears, watch what you say and stay away from speculation and adding to anxiety, instead be encouraging, ask about what they need, pray for or with them. Keep checking on them every other day or so.
 
  • If you need help, a listening ear, prayer please, please call on someone or your deacons, small group leaders, ministry heads, or me.
 
  • Pray for our government leaders, all those whom God has entrusted authority an responsibility to lead in this crisis.
 
  • Parents, this might be a great opportunity to lead your children in helping someone elderly in your neighborhood. However, if you do, please, please avid close contact. Yesterday, I moved wood for my neighbor while he was gone.
 
  • Instead of hoarding let’s care and share.
 
  • Let’s comply with official directives and orders, contribute to the solution and not the problem, care instead of complicate.
 
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
 
This is a time to shine!
Pastor Hans
 

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