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Palm Sunday - April 5, 2020
Letter From Pastor Bob
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Dear South Isanti Church family,
I know this is long! Hope you’ll take the time to read through it.
As we continue this journey through an unexpected and uncertain experience, I want to remind us all that we are a family under the watchful care of our heavenly Father. As we saw in the feeding of the 5000 last Sunday, God’s compassion touches every aspect of our lives and our needs matter to him.
This time of isolation greatly enhances my appreciation for the body of Christ and the privilege we have to be in relationship with one another. To not meet together is terribly hard. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing” (Hebrews 10:25) is much more than a command, it is a reflection on the nature of Christianity. To be a Christian is to be in community. To be a Christian is to come together and share in worship. To be a Christian is to see the gathering time as an opportunity to encourage and care for one another. For these reasons and many others, the decision to not have our regular worship and fellowship is a difficult one to make. It is however a necessary action. The direction given by Governor Walz and our Department of Health as well that of the CDC to not meet is for the common good of all. Our decision to not meet is directed by more than obedience to the state. It is motivated by the command of our Lord “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” As we continue our self-isolation, we mitigate the spread of Covid-19. This is something we can and must do.
What does this mean for us? I want to enumerate a few things.
- For several weeks we will probably not be able to meet. We will continue to livestream worship on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. to our SIBC Facebook page, and this will also be available on You Tube.
- The Deacons and I will be in touch with you and we encourage you to let us know of specific needs and requests for prayer.
- As you think of others in our church family, reach out and connect by phone or text. Hearing a voice right now is a personal touch that is especially needed.
- We are in time of job insecurity and this may mean loss of income for some of our church family. If you are in a difficult place, and need help with rent, utilities, food, gas or other necessities please let us know. Our funds are not unlimited, but the Lord has graciously blessed our Deacons Benevolent Fund with many generous gifts over the past year. Now we know why.
- Your faithful giving remains very important. Our bills and obligations continue. Our giving is always as the Lord enables “according to your means” (2 Cor. 8:11) and knowing that our faithful God can enable us to give generously (2 Cor.9:6-11). You can mail your offering to the church, or directly to Sandy Buckingham. Her address is: 2987 305th Ave. NE Cambridge, MN 55008. You may also use our online giving option. It is available through our church website: southisantibaptist.org.
- Easter Sunday will not be the same this year. Very likely we will not meet together to celebrate the best news ever, “He is not here. He is risen just as he said.” We will worship though! In our homes, where we live, we will join our hearts together to rejoice and savor the reality of what Jesus’ resurrection brings to us.
- I invite you to go to our South Isanti Baptist Church page on Facebook and share your greetings, stories, and words of encouragement.
- Watch for other announcements. I will be staying in touch by every possible means. Please feel free to call or text me.
We are His! We are secure! We are not walking alone. We are children under our Father’s care. We are sheep with an all-powerful Shepherd providing and guarding us for time and eternity.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:14-15, 27-30)
With love to all of you,
Our in-person church services will be cancelled through the Month of March. During this time we will be Livestreaming our service on Facebook Live each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this new technology to reach you and our community.
To watch videos of our services, they are on our Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.
We have also created a page with information regarding our response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. This page includes helpful links to the the CDC and WHO websites to answer some of your questions. We've also included a quick form for our church members to complete if they are in need of help at this time.