NORTHSIDE’S CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MARCH 17, 2020

Due to the ever-changing events regarding COVID-19, we wanted to let you know of a few updates and changes at Northside.

  1. Because of the request of the Governor, the President, and the CDC, we have decided to pause all on campus activities at our Northside campuses.  This includes but is not limited to Bible Studies, Awana’s, Children’s choirs, House of Prayer, Student events, and worship.  Any on campus event is paused for the remainder of the month.
  1. We will be having one online service Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.  The best way to watch the service is through our Facebook page.  Let us encourage you to go to our page, click like and follow, and then invite your friends to like our page.  You can also watch through our app or our website, but the best way is through Facebook live.  We are working around the clock to make Sunday’s experience the best ever.  You will experience great worship, baptisms, testimonies, and an encouraging message all while gathered with your family or perhaps even a few close friends or neighbors and we will be through in less than an hour.  Let us show our commitment to our church and our Lord by worshiping together in a creative way this Sunday.
  1. We are working to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our church family and the community during this time.  Our deacon leaders are presently in the process of calling all the Northside family members who are 70 and over to check on them and make sure their needs are being met.  If you fit in that category and have a need or if you simply have a need, please call us or email us and let us know.  We love you and are here for you.

We are reaching out to our community.  We have already found three specific ways we are going to minister to those in our community that are at risk or are having to work long hours to care for those at risks.

  1. Finally, we need you to remain financially faithful to our mission and ministries during this unique time.  We do not really need to tell you that because you are already so faithful but it’s easy, when we aren’t meeting in person, to perhaps forget the biblical responsibility of stewardships.  There are five convenient ways you can continue to give faithfully.
  • Online / northsidebaptist.org / click give
  • Northside App / if you need to download the app, simply text “NSBELIEVE APP” to 77977
  • Your Bank / setup autopay through “Bill Pay”
  • Mail / 4347 Sunset Blvd. Lexington, SC 29072
  • Drop Off / dropoff box outside front doors near the handicap entrance or at the front desk

So why are we doing these things?  First, we felt it was the wise thing to do to protect those in our family who are most vulnerable.  Our Seniors are some of the most committed people in our church and many of them will be here if we have services here at our campus.  We do not want to do anything to risk them being infected or to be honest, anyone else.  Second, our government leaders requested this of us.  This past Sunday morning we had not been asked not to meet, but that request came Sunday afternoon.  Then our President has asked that we limit gatherings to stop the spread of this disease.  With those requests, we have a choice.  Do we submit to those in authority over us or do we exercise civil disobedience?   We felt that because we could still worship, minister, and be the church and seeing that this was a nationwide crisis, we felt that the Biblical thing to do was follow the guidelines.  Jesus told us to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars and to God the things that are God’s.  Paul told us to submit to governing authorities.  God’s people should be the best citizens in the land.  This is our opportunity to let the world see Christ in us.

 

“We’re the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

Again, thank you for letting me be your Pastor.  Thank you for your faithfulness. During this unique season, let us be found faithful.  See you Sunday or at least you will see me!

Pastor Rocky