Hi Church Family! This post is a reminder that we will receive a mid-week message video by email from our pastor today. At 6 pm, children and youth are also invited to watch a video provided by Claire. The video will be posted on Facebook and on our church website. At 6:30 – 7 pm tonight, families with children are invited to join Claire’s Zoom meeting online. Parents, we will use the same zoom link as last week. Thank you!
Hi Church Family!
I would like to tell each one of you that I love and miss you! I look forward to the day when we can all be at church together again as a family. What a great day that will be worshipping together in The Lord’s house!
Stay Connected – Sunday School
During this quarantine, it is important for our church family to stay connected with each other. I would like to provide Sunday School teachers with a helping hand. There are free resources available that teachers can use to stay connected with their classes. The Helping Hands class has been using a free online service to meet each Sunday called free conference call. Teachers can set up an account at https://www.freeconferencecall.com/. The cool thing about this service is that it is completely free and easy to use. When you sign up for a free account, you are given a telephone number and an access code. Teachers can give out this number and code to each person in their class. Set up a day and time to meet. Share this information with your classes and continue to have classes over the phone each week. You can use the same phone number and access code every week.
Another fun way that classes can meet online is through Zoom. It is free to set up a Zoom account at https://www.zoom.us/. Using zoom, you can set up a virtual meeting and invite people in your class to attend by sending out an email with a meeting number and passcode. For this service to work, you will need a computer that has a camera.
Children & Youth Resources
Parents, I would like to let you know about Group Publishing. Group Publishing is providing families with free children’s Sunday School lessons each week. Each lesson includes an overview and a video of the lesson taught by a children’s ministry leader. They are empowering courageous kids to enjoy Bible studies at home. This information will also be included on our website and Facebook so that you can access it easier.
To download these lessons each week, use this link: https://www.group.com/category/ministry-resources/childrens-ministry/sunday-school/empowering-courageous-kids/downloadable-lessons.do?fbclid=IwAR0Wz0WBV4lHa8xGJEu-WiCvqGJwJLMJdKTZyR7nenJbq8vt6HS-LHMDj14#_ga=2.258325578.1732737752.1584806720-1298223380.1578326842.
Class with Claire – Wednesday Nights
Families, I would like to invite your kids and youth to join me for class online on Wednesday Nights. Each Wednesday Night at 6 pm, I will share a video on Facebook for you to watch at home. I will also share the video on our church website. You can find the video on our church website by pressing the Wednesday Night tab and selecting Children & Youth Missions. This year we have been learning about global missions. During our time together, we will have a prayer, Bible study, country study, and make a craft. Please bring a Bible to our class time together.
Website and Facebook
Continue to visit CABC’s website at www.cabcva.org and like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cabcva to receive future updates about our events. – Claire
I trust that the audio and video recordings that many of you have been receiving have been helpful. After the April Newsletter went out, I received several requests from people to be added to the email list. I felt like there was more response to that one newsletter than any newsletter that has gone out during the 15 years I’ve served the church as pastor. I know recordings are not the best way to communicate, but it is better than printed word or getting nothing at all. I have learned that this needs to continue once we are back together. There are people who have been connected to our church that have not been in the building in a good while and frankly, some have never even been to Richmond. For those of you who cannot get to the building at 2010 Carlisle Avenue on a regular basis, you have told me this is an important way for you to stay in touch. I also know that some of our members have been good about calling others that they know cannot listen because they do not have internet. This has been a real blessing to those people. Thank you for all that you do to connect with people during this time of physical distancing.
Allow me to explain why a couple of things missing from the videos. There is no music because, in order to stream music, you need a special license to do that. The license we have to copy or project music will not suffice for streaming. Because we do not know how long we are going to be away from the church, it did not seem to be wise to make that investment. Many of you on computers can stream music from multiple sources. I have not included others in the videos simply for simplicity purposes. To include others from other locations takes cutting and pasting, in other words, production people. There are probably those who would have helped, but that takes coordination and time. It has just been easier for me to do the video all at once.
You may be wondering why we cannot meet when other places can have groups. I encourage you to go the website for the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty www.bjconline.org and read some of their articles or listen to their podcasts. They will explain some of the legal differences between shopping and gathering for worship. Again, I will listen to our government and health leaders as I give counsel to our church leaders about when we can physically gather and what that needs to look like. In all likelihood, worship will come first. We will probably have to learn how to do Bible Study while doing physical distancing. The same is true for meals. Just as restaurants will have to make changes to their dining rooms and even the way meals are prepared and delivered, so will churches. Those things will take more time than entering the sanctuary for worship. We did that pretty well the last time we met.
Finally, May 10 is Mother’s Day. For many celebrating that day is going to be very different this year. I want to wish all of our Mother’s a happy Mother’s day, but I also want to encourage children and grandchildren to keep these women safe. Continue to maintain physical distancing so that you do not cause your mother/grandmother to become sick. Remember that for now, the keywords continue to be Stay home… Stay safe.
As we are sheltered in our homes, let us be aware that many are experiencing increased isolation and deprivation of basic needs. Our 3 Richmond Baptist Centers and the Eastern Henrico FISH organizations are still serving our community within guidelines directed by health and government officials. Camp Alkulana staff and volunteers are electronically networking with their youthful campers (#AlkulanaFamily).
We need to do what we can to support these ministries. A portion of your regular offering is designated for denominational work in our city through The River City Faith Network (RCFN) of the Richmond Baptist Association, the state through Baptist General Association of VA (BGAV), nationally and internationally through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF). In addi- tion, special offerings are celebrated throughout the year. In May, Baptists celebrate local association ministries; in our case – Camp Alkulana. You will see a special designated yellow offering envelop in your box. On the 1st Sunday of each month, the congregation has the opportunity to give to the Benevolent Fund which is now designated for support of Eastern Henrico FISH to assist our county neighbors with a food pantry, clothes closet, and assistance with bills for housing and utilities, similar to the work of city Baptist Centers. In these times, please consider including designated contributions to these special funds as you send in your church offering.
While it is difficult to purchase and deliver needed items these days, our church has been able to deliver 40 requested snack bags for the homeless to the Oregon Hill Center for April. We are scheduled to serve a meal on July 9. It may be necessary to serve bagged take-out style, as the center has been doing recent- ly while also allowing mail pick-up and locker access by ap- pointment.
Looking ahead, in some fashion, the Centers will again have “Back-to-School Celebrations”. Carlisle is requested to assist the Church Hill Christian Wellness Center with the collection and early August distribution of Toiletry bags (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, washcloth, mouthwash, deodorant & soap), children’s underwear, socks, and school supplies – Be alert for shopping bargains this summer, as you prepare for your own family. “The Well” is currently conducting its Friday Bible Study by phone. Be in prayer for Director Glinda Ford in the recent death of her daughter, Sharda.
Families with children and youth at CABC are invited to watch this video at home tonight to have Wednesday Night Class with Claire. Before class begins, prepare your hearts to love God. Bring a Bible, construction paper, markers, and finger paint with you. Claire hopes that you will find this video to be meaningful. Thank you! God Bless!