Pastor's Update

  Pastor's Update   

4/5/2020

Happy Palm Sunday everyone. The sermon for today is up and ready for listening. Betty Fieldhouse has reported that her eye surgery went really well. Pray for her healing. Please continue to pray for one another. If you have updates or new prayer requests, please call the church and let us know. I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Stay safe and be well.

4/3/2020

Pray for Betty Fieldhouse today as she is having surgery on her right eye. It is a delicate surgery given there are some complications they have to work around.

4/1/2020

The state of Florida has just announced a mandatory stay at home order for everyone for the next 30 days. The ministry of the church will continue from an at-home position. What that means is that people are encouraged to stay home and follow all the guidelines that are being placed on the general public.

These are trying times, but God is still in control. The church office will be open, but on a limited basis. We asked that you call instead of coming by in person if the matter can be solved over the phone. The church phone number is (239) 774-2819. 

The church still has financial obligations that need to met on a weekly basis. We are asking that all tithes and offerings be mailed in. The address is 1851 Country Barn Road, Naples, FL 34112. Our desire is to make sure you stay healthy and are not put in a position of violating the stay at home order. Pastor will continue to facilitate ministries from home and the office. Sermons will be recorded and upload as we move forward. 

Paul stated in Philippians 4:1a "Thereforem, my beloved and longed-for brethren." His desire was to be with the brethren. I know tht each one of us long for the time to be back together. But this parting is only for a short-time. We can still be connected through the technology that is available to us today. Pray for each other and we will see everyone later. 


4/1/2020
 

Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

This text applies for use today. All of us have heard by now that the CDC guidelines are extended to May 1. This has caused many to be anxious and to stress about the long road ahead of the nation. But God tells us not to be anxious. We rather should pray and be thankful for how God works in our lives. And then, He will keep out hearts and minds grounded. This is all possible because of Jesus. When you find yourself worrying over everything step back and just pray over it all. Then you can live in peace knowing that God has control. 

Please continue to pray for each other. By now everyone should have been called by the Outreach and Care Team. If you have not received a call, please call the church office and give us a number where you can be reached. We do not want anyone to be left out. Everyone at Berean Baptist Church is part of a family. And that family cares for each other. 

As always, you can drop off your offerings and tithes Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The work of the ministry has not stopped. We are making improvements to the way we reach people and meet their needs. Some of you have connected with the Facebook page for the church. If you have not already, then please do so today. I have started posting videos of the audio sermon for those that want to watch. I also post the audio version for everyone else. Our Facebook page reaches over 500 people in Naples and several other states and countries. The ministry has grown in ways that were once thought to be impossible. Our goal is to share Christ with the lost. 

Here is the Updated Prayer Sheet:

Berean Baptist Prayer & Praise Requests

  1. Pray for Evelyn B. & Marie Howes fighting cancer.
  2. Pray for Alice D. still has cloudy vision.
  3. Pray for Gareth Blackwell, having tests for cancer treatments & stay trip home to Maine.
  4. Pray for Jenny’s dad, Mike, esophageal cancer advanced to stage 4. (Dawn)
  5. Pray for Carl Lyngso’s  brother-in-law, healing of his leg.
  6. Pray for Nancy, cancer prognosis is poor, her husband and 3 children at home.(Dawn)
  7. Pray for Earl C. for healing from some health concerns.
  8. Unspoken (Alice D.)
  9. Unspoken (Earl R.)
  10. Pray for a friend of Harriett Natale who has been put into a nursing home. Her name is Shirley.
  11. Pray for Dylan & Cheyenne, struggling with ongoing issues. (Dawn)
  12. Pray for Sandy Simmons, cancer treatments. (Mindy M.)
  13. Pray for Joe, DaFoe’s brother-in-law, diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer. (Carol D.)
  14. Pray for Marie Howes to get her numbers to normal 5.
  15. Pray for Judy Abbott, diagnosed with cancer. (Sherri W. mom)
  16. Pray for children to stay healthy and safe. (Pat D.)
  17. Pray for Sandi Galayas for virus to end in order for her to get needed test for her illness.
  18.  Pray for 1st line responders, they stay well.  Trump does not get bummed & lose faith with Congress. (Sharon W.)
  19. Pray for Carl L. sisters, both had surgeries, healing and for Joann L. she has good and bad days.
  20. Praise for Bernice a neighbor of the Maxwell’s asked to meet in the back yard at 4pm each day to pray for this virus.
  21. Carl Lynsgo loves all the prayers Berean has spread over him and his family these last weeks.  He says THANK YOU!!
  22. Praise from the Williams, Louise is staying at her place in Lely Palm and doing ok.  She walks daily and residents are getting meals delivered.  They have offered their help with anything.
  23. Unspoken (Marie Hampton)
Be well, and we will see everyone very soon.



3/28/2020

The audio of Sunday's sermon is now available. We are also trying to produce a video version of the sermon. I know many of you like to watch and listen at the same. We are also working on a live version of the preaching that if all goes well this week we will be able to do soon. Watch for smaller video excerpts to appear on Facebook. Continue to pray and be well!!

3/27/2020

There are a lot of things that we as the church need to be in prayer for. Be in prayer for the Commissioners of Collier Country. They have a heavy weight on their shoulders as do all business owners and public officials. Collier County voted unanimously to not issue a mandatory stay at home order. But that could change at any time. 

It has also been decided that the church facility remain closed through April 12th. I know that we would all love to be together for Resurrection Sunday, but the last thing we would want to see is a sweeping infection through our own church family. I would like to see an Easter Service when we all get back together. It would have to happen in the fall when our traveling family members are back with us. Just something to look forward to.

I am also experimenting with video recording along with audio recording the sermons. I will provide more details as that develops. Please be in prayer for me as I navigate our church family through these uncharted waters.

The health of my family is very good right now. We have had no serious issues. The older kids are staying at home and continuing their education online. Our prayer is that no one from Berean Baptist Church falls sick during these times. You will be getting another call from the church office on Monday providing more details about the church closures. You will also get another call from our Outreach and Care Team. They are my eyes and ears as they bring all requests, praises, and needs to my attention. 

3/27/2020

The new Quick Reference Directory for the church is ready for pickup. Please stop by the office to pick up your copy. This directory will replace all copies that are currently in circulation. 

3/27/2020

Just a reminder that all services are cancelled this coming Sunday. We do have a limited number of bulletins printed in the office if you would like to come by and pick one up. The offering box is still in the church foyer for you to drop off your tithes and offerings. On Monday, calls will be made to provide updates as to what we will be doing in the coming weeks. The offering last week was 
extraordinary given the circumstances. It totaled $2914.15. We are praising the Lord for His goodness and provision. 

New Prayer and Praises


Praises:
Evelyn's cancer markers dropped by 20 points. 
Dawn is feeling better.
Leigh's son is returning to work and is doing better.

Requests:

Leigh's are requesting prayer for church outreach. They would like prayer for their son and his alcoholism. 



3/25/2020

1 Corinthians 10:31 reads, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." I want to encourage everyone as we continue to watch the news and pray for our country and leaders to live for God's glory. How a Christian reacts should exemplify Christ. A lost and panicking world is looking for hope. And that hope can only be found in Christ.
 
The services this week will continue to be cancelled until the quarantine is lifted. If the need arises for the services to be closed for additional time, the decision will be made early next week. The last thing we want to do is open prematurely and see some of our church family fall ill. It is everyone’s desire to see each person back in the church service. 
 
I know that everyone is longing to be together so we all can worship as one in Christ. Very soon these days will all be but a distant memory. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 reads, “But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while-- in person, not in spirit-- were all the more eager with great desire to see your face.” May this be the hope of everyone that calls Berean Baptist Church their church home.
 
I am providing everyone with the most updated prayer list through 3/25/2020:
 
Berean Baptist Prayer Requests

  1. Pray for Evelyn B. & Marie Howes fighting cancer.
  2. Pray for Alice D. still has cloudy vision.
  3. Pray for Gareth Blackwell, having tests for cancer treatments.
  4. Pray for Jenny’s dad, Mike, esophageal cancer advanced to stage 4. (Dawn)
  5. Pray for Carl Lyngso’s brother-in-law, healing of his leg.
  6. Pray for Nancy, cancer prognosis is poor, her husband and 3 children at home. (Dawn)
  7. Pray for Earl C. for healing from some health concerns.
  8. Unspoken (Alice D.)
  9. Unspoken (Earl R.)
  10. Pray for Dylan & Cheyenne, struggling with ongoing issues. (Dawn)
  11. Pray for Dr. Maxwell on his trip around Florida.
  12. Pray for Sandy Simmons, cancer treatments. (Mindy M.)
  13. Pray for Joe, DaFoe’s brother-in-law, diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer. (Carol D.)
  14. Pray for Marie Howes to get her numbers to normal 5.
  15. Pray for Judy Abbott, diagnosed with cancer. (Sherri W. mom)
  16. Pray for children to stay healthy and safe. (Pat D.)
  17. Pray for Betty Fieldhouse having stomach issues.
  18. Pray for Sandi Galayas for virus to end in order for her to get needed test for her illness.
  19.  Pray for 1st line responders, they stay well.  Trump does not get bummed & lose faith with Congress. (Sharon W.)
  20. Pray for Carl L. sisters, both had surgeries, healing and for Joann L. she has good and bad days.
  21. Praise Norm H. getting blood transfusion, Marie Howes in good spirits. Has been blessed with groceries from Canadian neighbors who had to go back to Canada.
  22. Praise for Bernice a neighbor of the Maxwell’s asked to meet in the back yard at 4pm each day to pray for this virus.
  23. Pray for Pam Lanius for her blood transfusion today.
  24. Carl Lynsgo loves all the prayers Berean has spread over him and his family these last weeks.  He says THANK YOU!!
  25. Praise from the Williams, Louise is staying at her place in Lely Palm and doing ok.  She walks daily and residents are getting meals delivered.  They have offered their help with anything.