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April 1, 2020

Hi Church!

 

It is my prayer that you are staying healthy and safe during this unique time. As I have said before, the coronavirus did not catch God by surprise. It is important to take the necessary precautions and leave the rest up to Him. As a reminder, we are continuing to meet online for the foreseeable future. We hope to be able to meet in person sometime in May, but this is a fluid and changing situation. So please join us LIVE on Facebook and YouTube throughout the week. Please check out all of the times at www.limabaptisttemple.org.

 

If you have any issues connecting with any LIVE service on Facebook or YouTube, do not hesitate to reach out and we can help you.

 

Our ministry is moving forward and we continue to look for opportunities to serve you and our community. We are thankful for your partnership and your investment in the ministry of Lima Baptist Temple. Please continue to support the church as the Lord leads and as you are able.

 

We encourage you to give online. You can do this by going to our church website or by texting “GiveLBT” to 77977 and this will take you to the PushPay app to download.  While online giving is available and convenient, I do understand that not everyone is comfortable giving in this way. If you would like several stamped and self-addressed envelopes to mail in your tithes and offerings please give the church office a call. We are thankful for your generosity and faithfulness during these financially uncertain times. You are a blessing!

                       

I am reminded of Hebrews 10:25, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” I cannot wait to see you all again! When we are able to meet together we will have a Better Together meal and celebrate God’s goodness. We are always Better Together! God is sovereign, He is in control, and He loves us!

 

You are Loved!

Pastor Al

March 18, 2020

Dear Lima Baptist Temple,

 

As I reflect back on the last week I am reminded of the many emotions that I have felt as the leadership team and I seek God for direction. Please be reminded, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! We must be reassured by this truth in uncertain and fearful times. Please know that our team at Lima Baptist Temple is working diligently to serve you and our community during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The deacon board and pastoral team decided all in person gatherings and activities are cancelled at least through March 29. We will be live with our worship services on Sundays at 11AM on Facebook, YouTube, and our website at limabaptisttemple.org/live. At this point the church offices will continue to be open normal hours Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 4:30PM.

 

First, we did not make this decision out of fear. We know this situation did not catch God by surprise and He’s not worried. We made this decision out of our love for each of you and the Lima community. You have heard me say more than one time that we want to be a church that is known for what we are for, rather than for what we are against. We are a church that is for our community. We want to make sure that we are doing our part to keep each of you safe and healthy as well as those around us. We love you and we love Lima!

 

Second, we made this decision to support our national and local leaders. While technically, there is an exclusion that would allow us to continue to meet together, in the spirit of unity we feel it is important to support the decision to not gather together in groups. These individuals along with first responders, health care workers and many others are working tirelessly day and night to help fight the global spread of the coronavirus. Let’s support their efforts.

 

I also want to remind you that our ministry is moving forward. We are continuing to look for unique ways to serve you and our community during this time. If you have a spiritual or physical need or need prayer, do not hesitate to reach out.

 

We are thankful for your partnership and your investment in the ministry of Lima Baptist Temple. These are financially uncertain times, but please continue to support the church as the Lord leads and as you are able. We encourage you to give online at www.limabaptisttemple.org and click on “giving” or text “GiveLBT” to 77977. You can also mail in or drop off your tithe/offering at the church office.

 

Stay up-to-date with future plans on The Central Hub, Facebook, Hometown Stations as well as e-mails. We are grateful for the support, encouragement, and faith that everyone has demonstrated during this time. God is sovereign, He is in control, and He loves us!

 

You are Loved,

 

Pastor Al