Pastor Hans’ Blog – April 8, 2020:
Easter Greetings, my Church Family,
What a different Easter week! We are all laying low, not because we want to but because the circumstances dictate so, much like the disciples after the crucifixion, just waiting for something to lift. of course we know “that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39 (NLT2). Easter is, after all, the greatest demonstration of love of all time.
We, Jannett (your church angel, aka church secretary) and I have prepared another community mailer, and since it involves you, I thought I’d better inform you. First, here is the text of the mailer:
3500 years ago, God gave us the command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Last year, we chose this as our 2020 theme. And now, it’s time to put this calling into action as we are all impacted by the current global crisis.
It’s something that every one of us can do, even during isolation. How? By simply reaching out to your neighbors with a call, text, or by leaving a note on their door or gate with your contact info, letting them know that you are there for them.
As tough as this crisis is, it is also an opportunity for us to love each other in practical, powerful ways. Just as Jesus did through his life, death and resurrection.
As our scientists frantically search for a vaccine, Easter reminds us that there’s no human cure or escape from death. God had to step in to help and provide for our ultimate dilemma and enemy. This is the reality of Easter: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, lived with us, gave his sinless life to pay for our sins, died on a cross, was buried in a tomb, and by his own power rose from the dead after three days, proving he is “the resurrection and the life,” and that anyone who believes in him will have eternal life (John 11:25-26, 3:16).
If you need someone to pray for you, help you, or even just talk and listen to you, please call on me and our church anytime. Even if we’ve never met before, we are here for you. Here’s a few ways you can get in touch:
Cell: (209) 247-9235
- Look for yard signs: Find one of those “Love Your Neighbor” yard signs and leave a note for whoever lives there, and they will connect with you.
- Reach out to the church:Even while in-person Sunday services are suspended, we still offer ongoing support and resources for our community. Phone: (209) 852-2029 Email email@example.com
- Visit the Website:go to LDPBaptistChurch.com for the weekly sermon and blog.
To God be all glory. Love you, Pastor Hans & the LDPBC Family
Did you notice your part? Of course you did, smart as you are! Hopefully, you will not run out and take down your 2020 Theme Yard Sign, but instead, pray that your neighbors will respond to you.
My daughter Emily, who edited the above mailer, promptly went out and left her contact info at her neighbors’ doors and almost immediately got two replies. I hope and pray each one of us will have similar experiences. You and are equipped, Christ is in us, the Holy Spirit is with us, we know how to pray, we know how to love, we know some of God’s word, and there is nothing like being used by God in even the smallest of ways.
I am sure you will hear from me again this week, until then may God use us,
Pastor Hans’ Blog – April 5, 2020:
Stormy, sheltering-in greetings, my Church Family,
What do you do on a morning like today? You get up, make some coffee, stoke the fire, and bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies! How I wish we could be together to share them. I used up the last of the chocolate chips, which means I have run out of an essential. I wonder if chocolate chips were a hoarding item and if you are restricted on how many you can buy?
Today is Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into town. His disciples and the people wanted him to take the throne, the religious rulers wanted him silent and gone, and I imagine a good number didn’t care one way or another. It would be handy to have a king who can heal the sick and raise the dead. A week later most of them were ready to move on, the world returned to the same old same old. Except, of course, those who’s lives had been changed by the risen Jesus. You and I are among them and we get to live lives that are not the same old same old. So, where are you this Palm Sunday morning? Living the same old same old like before Jesus came into your life, or living a changed and ever-changing life in Christ? “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NLT2)
Little we know how appropriate our 2020 theme would be – Love Your Neighbor. I continue to encourage you to reach out to your neighbors. Some people just need someone to talk to, someone to pray for them. We can do that and much more.
Please pray for Olivia Hankemeier, who is in the hospital, and Heidi Hiett and her family, her Dad passed away and went to glory.
Is there anything we/I can pray for and with you? Anything you need or we can help you with? Please, please don’t hesitate to let me/us know.
- You are loved
- You are prayed for
- You are my favorite
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?
- You are loved
- You are prayed for
- You can encourage and help someone
- God is in control
Love you, your Pastor
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’ 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!