March 18, 2020
As we all know, the virus situation has been changing rapidly. As of this evening, there are more cases being found all around our area, and I am hearing that even people in our church know someone who knows someone who either has the virus, or suspects they have it. That is getting close!
Now, don’t panic. Let me make it clear....To the best of our knowledge, No one in our church family has tested positive or displayed any symptoms, so PLEASE don’t think they have! All I am saying is that, since it does seem to be progressing, so too our response must progress as well.
Considering that there is now a curfew of 8 pm, that gatherings over 50 have been discouraged (and strongly suggested that those over 10 do the same) and businesses are willingly closing, I feel we need to make some hard decisions.
For the immediate future, we will be moving our services to the internet. We had a successful test of streaming this last Sunday and plan on doing the same this week, hopefully with improvements such as also placing the video live and recorded on our website, www.ucbc.net
Please remember this is a “hope”. I am not a so-called “webmaster”. If anyone has some experience in this area that you have been hiding, step forward! 😇
This decision is particularly hard on me to make. I do believe that a large part of the purpose of a church is fellowship and that is difficult to get over a TV or computer screen. However, I also feel it is necessary to protect our people, and to do our part in stemming this outbreak.
On that note, we are also starting a 24 hour prayer vigil running from Sat. Morning to Sun. Morning. The most powerful and most effective thing we can all do know is pray! We should be praying for our governmental leaders, health workers, those infected, and for ourselves to be made witnesses to those around us. If you would like to be a part and commit to taking an hour (or even a half hour) to pray at home, please contact Mrs. Rule.
If you or anyone you know have needs, please let me know. Obviously, we can’t meet every need, but we have some limited resources that can be used to help.
Stay safe everyone! Keep trusting in God. This isn’t the first pandemic and it won’t be the last. We will get through this in God’s timing.
MARCH 12, 2020
Coronavirus update for UCBC --
My philosophy has always been that when the Church doors were open, I should be there. My wife and I have always followed this principle, whether we were home or traveling. The only exception to this has been during periods of sickness. I don’t plan on changing from that principle now, but I do feel that the COVID-19 outbreak does require us to rethink how we go about following it.
After consideration, here is our plan --
We will have services this Sunday at the usual times
We are not under the recommendation to close for “Large gatherings” as some have asked.
We will be attempting to stream the services on Facebook Live.
I encourage you to come in person, yet observing the following guidelines:
- Please do not come if you are experiencing any symptoms
- Please avoid physical contact with others.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Do not touch your face (if you must, wash your hands first, and again afterwards)
- Cover any cough with your arm or a handkerchief.
Older people, those with heart disease, those with diabetes, and those with breathing issues (such as asthma, COPD, etc.) are more at-risk. Because of this, those of you who have these issues are encouraged to avoid public gatherings (including church services). You can watch the services on Facebook Live (Go on Facebook, search for Union County Baptist Church -- look for our logo or address).
This Sunday, we will discuss the Coronavirus issue, and how we as believers should respond to this and all other crises.
The response to this virus is changing daily, as you know. We are watching events very closely, and our actions will reflect our concern for your physical and spiritual benefit. If we find it necessary to have remote services (streamed on-line), we will let you know on Facebook, email, text, and even with old-fashioned phone calls!
We don't want to over-react, but we want to be prudent. There is much fear and fear-mongering in the news, but remember:
Proverbs 14:15 - The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Proverbs 22:3 - A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and
I would encourage you to do several things:
1. If you do not have Facebook, consider getting it so you are able to view our services if it becomes
2. Please continue to give, using the secure online link on our website under online giving
() Remember, even if services are cancelled, we will still need to pay the bills!
3. Don't live in fear! God is still on the throne! He knows what's going on, and how this will play out!
The world needs to see Christians trusting in God during bad times as well as during good times.
They are watching to see how we respond--in fear, or in faith.
Call the office – 732-574-1479 -- if you have questions or need anything.
God bless you and yours!