March 28, 2020
You mean the world to our staff team and me! As hours turn into days, and days turn into weeks, we’re praying for you! I’m thankful for the many ways Bradfordville’s staff and leaders are serving during this unprecedented season of life and ministry. God is using you!
Our heavenly Father allowed this global pandemic to happen for a reason. Let’s keep our eyes on the Lord and trust Him. I wanted to send you another printed update to keep you current about what’s happening at Bradfordville.
Many classes are using Zoom to connect and teach God’s Word. Please contact your teacher for a date and time when your Sunday School class is gathering online. I hope to drop in on a few classes tomorrow and say hello. I miss seeing you on Sunday mornings.
- Sunday, March 29 – Online Only
- Sunday, April 5 – Online Only
- Sunday, April 12 (Resurrection Sunday) – Still Praying and Considering All Options
I strongly encourage you to invite your family members, friends, coworkers, classmates, or neighbors to join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 for online worship. We’re praying for the Lord to use our online worship gatherings to reach many new people in our community and around the world. You can watch at bradfordville.org or on the church’s Facebook page. If you’re watching and the Holy Spirit leads you to make a spiritual decision, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
IGNITE Student Ministry
Tom is leading and ministering to students and their families. Here are several ways for you and your family to connect with him:
Tom is teaching the IGNITE Sunday School gathering on Sundays at 6:00 pm. You can email him (email@example.com) for a link to connect. He and Jenny are hosting a parents’ prayer time on Sundays at 8:00 pm. You can contact him or Jenny for a link to connect. Tom is connecting with students and their families during the week, too.
KidzMin Children’s Ministry
Jenny is serving and ministering to children and their families. Here are several ways for you and your family to connect with her:
Jenny is teaching the KidzMin Sunday School gathering and leading a devotional on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. You can email her (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a link to connect. Jenny and Tom are hosting a parents’ prayer time on Sundays at 8:00 pm. You can email her or Tom for a link to connect. Jenny is reaching out to children and their families during the week, too.
Our Church Office will remain closed next week (March 30-April 3) for in-person visits. You can always contact us by phone (850-893-0893) or by email. You’ll find our email addresses on the staff page. I plan to meet with our staff on Monday and Wednesday. We’ll use Zoom to connect and stay safe. If you have a need, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to serve you and pray for you!
Tithes and Offerings
Bradfordville’s mission continues to move forward. We’re making disciples who love upward, inward, and outward. Therefore, our consistent giving is important. Here are three ways for you to give:
- Give online at bradfordville.org and click on the giving tab in the top right-hand corner
- Send your tithes and offerings to the Church Office (6524 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, Florida 32312)
- Give tithes and offerings through bill pay at your local bank
You’re a generous church! I rejoice as you and I give to the Lord in and through His church.
I really miss seeing your faces on Sundays and Wednesdays. My heart resonates with Paul today. He said to the believers at Philippi, and I say to you, “For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:8).
As each day passes, it’s a day closer that we can gather together again. That’s going to be an amazing day!
I love you! See you online tomorrow!
March 25, 2020
March 20, 2020
In my devotion this morning, I read Psalm 46. I rejoice that “the Great I AM is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” I want to thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. In these uncertain days, you have been a model church family. Our staff and I have sought to lead with two objectives in mind:
Follow the recommendations of our governing authorities
Keep you and your family safe and protected
I’ve been on several Zoom video sessions lately with other pastors and leaders. We’re all dealing with the same concerns and emotions. We miss having in-person worship gatherings and Bible study classes. We’re making decisions with heavy hearts, but with clear minds.
Here are several upcoming plans and events:
As you know, this Sunday, March 22 and next Sunday, March 29, our worship services will be online only at 10:30 am. Sunday School classes will NOT meet on-campus. Our student pastor, Tom Cooney, is filling the pulpit for me this Sunday. He continues our “I AM” sermon series. Tom is preaching John 8:12. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” I appreciate Tom praying, studying, and sharing God’s truth with us. Eddie and I talked this week about our upcoming online services. These services will be simpler and shorter. That’s not something we should get used to. 😊
We had an online meeting this week with our Sunday School leaders. Many classes are planning to use Zoom to connect with their classes. This platform allows people to see one another. We have the best teachers in the world. Our teachers love God’s Word and God’s people.
I’m meeting with our staff on Monday to pray and talk about Resurrection Sunday. Many of you have sent me creative ideas. We’re looking at all the options. If possible and feasible, we pray to offer a format for our church family to be together on Sunday, April 12. Please know, that’s a goal, not a guarantee.
As of now, the Church Office remains open as normal. If we need to adjust our hours or have staff work remotely, we’ll keep you informed in another update. Our staff team has been amazing and flexible. I love seeing them use digital platforms to connect with individuals and families in their ministry areas.
Our heavenly Father is generous. Even though we’re not having in-person services, our church depends on our financial generosity. You can give tithes and offerings online at bradfordville.org, you can mail them to the church’s address, or you can drop them off in the Church Office.
As days pass during this global pandemic, we pray for our leaders, medical personnel, people impacted by and with the Coronavirus, other churches, IMB missionaries, and our church family. Our mission hasn’t changed; we’re still making disciples who love upward, inward, and outward.
We love you!
March 17, 2020
I’ve asked our staff to meet in-person more often during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a recent meeting, we discussed many procedures and events. Here are several things to note:
Being that most of our church activities and events have been cancelled or postponed, we’ll suspend sending out a weekly newsletter until further notice. We plan to stop printing weekly bulletins until the in-person worship services resume. As you might imagine, we long for the day when our in-person worship gatherings begin again. We miss being together.
We’re monitoring our weekly giving. Our Finance Committee is aware of the church’s financial situation. We’re seeking to be wise stewards. As I said on Sunday, you’re a very generous church. Thank you for your faithful and sacrificial financial support. You can give online, send your offering by mail, or drop off your offering in the Church Office.
We had our monthly deacons’ meeting last night. And yes, we did practice social distancing. Our goal was to talk about ways to “love inward.” Our senior adults need to know that their church cares. I love that our deacons are servants and ministry partners. Our church is blessed by their hearts to serve. If you’re unable to leave your house, and you need groceries or other urgent necessities, we’re ready to help you. Please call our Church Office (850-893-0893) and let us know your needs. In a safe and protective way, we’ll love and serve you.
We’re working on ways to keep people engaged relationally. Sunday School is a foundational ministry for us at Bradfordville. However, the CDC issued new recommendations about attendance on Monday. Our leaders and I desire to submit to the governing authorities who lead our nation, state, and city (Romans 13:1-7), and we pray to love one another, especially anyone who suffers from a preexisting medical condition (Matthew 22:37-39).
We’re discussing office hours and procedures. As of today, the Church Office is operating as normal. In the event that changes need to be made, we’ll keep you posted in our periodic updates. If you need help or pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by phone, email, or in-person.
As of today, we only plan to offer online worship services for March 22 and March 29. No Sunday School classes will meet. We’re even reducing the number of people involved on-campus these two Sundays. We’ve postponed the Lord’s Supper for March 29. We’ll reschedule that worship experience when it’s safe for us to do so.
Church family, as you know, we’re seeking to lead for God’s glory and for your health and well-being. May the Lord bless us with His peace and safety!
March 15, 2020 – 3:08 pm
We missed in-person worship today at Bradfordville. However, what a blessing to have an online platform to worship together! Our tech team served the Lord and us with dedication and excellence. To the team, thank you for a job well done! If you missed today’s live worship service, you can view the archived service at bradfordville.org or on the church’s Facebook page. As you know, and as you often say, we have a devoted ministry team, including staff members and volunteers. They’re the best!
As for tithes and offering, we mentioned three ways for you to give.
- You can give online at bradfordville.org and click on the “Giving” tab
- You can mail your offering to Bradfordville First Baptist Church, 6524 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, Florida 32312
- You can bring your offering to the Church Office during regular office hours
You’re a generous church family!
Our plan is to meet on Monday and assess the Coronavirus pandemic and how it affects our upcoming worship services and ministries. We’re looking at ways to help Sunday School classes stay connected, too. We’ll keep you posted on our three primary information platforms about the latest news and decisions:
- Church Website
- Social Media Platforms
- Your Email Inbox
Thank you for your kind words and support. We have an amazing church family!
We’re praying and planning for you and your family members to stay healthy and well. As another reminder, let’s practice the recommendations of the CDC and our national, state, and local government leaders. This is a time for our nation to be united, not divided.
We love you! May the Lord teach us the value of slowing down and spending quality time with loved ones and friends. Even though we’ve been asked to stay socially distant, we can still be spiritually close!
Church family, may you have a wonderful Sunday afternoon and evening!
March 14, 2020 – 11:34 am
Leadership requires making hard decisions. I’ve prayed and agonized over this decision. My love is to gather in person with God’s people and worship our risen Lord. As I’ve preached for decades, the church isn’t a building. Therefore, staying true to biblical truths, His people can still gather online and worship the Lord together.
After consulting with many leaders and pastors, I believe the wise decision is for Bradfordville to offer an online service only tomorrow. This service will start at 10:30 am, our normal time. You can watch from our website here or the church’s Facebook page to connect with us live. We’ll sing worship songs, seek the Lord in prayer for our nation, talk about ways to give tithes and offerings, preach the truth of God’s Word, and call people to make spiritual decisions. As I’ve said before, these are unprecedented days in our lives and ministry.
I encourage you to invite family members and friends to join us online tomorrow. We pray our online worship experience is what the Lord uses to connect many new people to our church family.
As your pastor, I love you!
I always want God’s best for our church. I, along with you, want to protect our church family, too. Let’s remember in prayer our many leaders, all medical professionals and personnel, people dealing with the Coronavirus, and the health and well-being of every individual.
We’ll keep you posted about future in person worship gatherings. Thank you for your many messages and prayers. You’re a blessing in ways that I can’t express in words.
Here is a word from the Lord: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).
I look forward to worshipping with you tomorrow online.
Asking the Lord to show us His glory!
Friday, March 13 – 12:12 pm
Responding to the latest news around the coronavirus is a daily, and in many ways, an hourly decision.
As of today, we’re still planning to have Sunday School and worship on Sunday morning. As we’ve talked with medical professionals and authorities, there are no known active cases of the coronavirus in Tallahassee and Leon County. Therefore, as we move closer to Sunday, we ask that if you’ve traveled to an area that’s high-risk or have been exposed to the virus, if you’re showing symptoms of not feeling well, or if you’re uncomfortable gathering in a crowd, we encourage you to worship with us by live stream. You can watch at bradfordville.org or on the church’s Facebook page.
If circumstances change before Sunday, we’ll issue another statement with new decisions and directions. As for next Sunday, we’ll make that decision in the days ahead.
This is a time for us to pray for wisdom, follow recommendations of local and national health professionals, and protect our health and the health of people around us.
Thank you for your prayers and support. These are unprecedented days. We believe our God is in control.
We’re praying for wisdom and protection!
Thursday, March 12 – 2:20 pm
As your senior pastor and ministry team, we’re watching the latest details on the Coronavirus. We’re praying for God’s protection. Our desire is to stay alert and prepared.
As you know, we’re taking many steps to be preventive and wise.
- We’ve eliminated handshaking during the meet and greet time.
- We’re consulting with doctors and medical personnel.
- We’ve placed bottles of hand sanitizer throughout the church facility.
- We’re following our children’s policies to ensure health in that area of ministry.
- We’re talking with authorities and leaders about our upcoming summer mission trip to Brazil and camps for children and students.
- We’ve decided to postpone our mission trip to Cuba.
- We’re asking people to read and act on the latest health recommendations from the CDC.
- We’re evaluating the way we prepare and serve the Lord’s Supper.
- We’re changing the way we collect tithes and offerings on Sunday mornings.
- We’ve asked our cleaning company to sanitize touched surfaces (doors, handles, water fountains, sinks, bathrooms, etc.) before Sundays, Wednesdays, and special events.
We do plan to continue meeting for Sunday School and Worship at this time. Additionally, Kay Hall’s Coed Adult Bible Study will continue to meet Tuesdays at 10:00 am. However, the following activities have been cancelled or postponed:
- Sunday Kidz Church (VPK and up) until further notice
- Manna scheduled for March 17
- All Wednesday evening activities scheduled for March 18
- All Wednesday evening activities scheduled for March 25
- Giant Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11
Event postponed until further notice:
- Women’s Ministry Bible Study scheduled to begin March 25
We are committed to communicating with you any changes, concerns, or needs in the days ahead. We encourage you to check back often for timely updates and alerts.
Here are other ways for you to respond and stay connected to Bradfordville in these changing days:
- If you’re not feeling well or uncomfortable being in larger crowds, you can watch Bradfordville’s live stream at bradfordville.org or on our church’s Facebook page.
- You can give online at bradfordville.org. You’ll see the “Giving” tab on the front page of our website. Once you click on that tab, you can follow the instructions.
- You can communicate with us at (850) 893-0893 if you need pastoral care and help.
As we trust in God’s amazing grace, may we respond to this pandemic with worship, not worry, faith, not fear, and prayer, not panic!
Our God is able!
2 Timothy 1:7