From the Pastor’s Desk

 
March 17, 2020
Good Afternoon NFBC,
As promised, I am sending out a ministry update dealing with how we are handling the coronavirus threat while continuing as much ministry operation as possible. This is all in effort to keep our families safe and to cooperate with federal/local officials in an overall effort to shorten the curve of this very infectious disease. Officials are telling us that the infectious rate of this virus is expected to peak in the USA in about two weeks. They are telling us also that the key to keeping this curve as low as possible is by limiting crowd gatherings. The CDC knows statically that millions will be infected, and a certain percentage will be hospitalized. The strategy is to flatten the curve on how many people are hospitalized at one time as to not overwhelm our hospitals. The CDC is asking that everyone do their part over the next fifteen days to ensure this strategy works to save lives. The next fifteen days are crucial for our country. We MUST do our part!
OUR STRATEGY
The first part of our strategy is to cooperate with federal/local officials. Secondly, and the most effective part of our strategy, is to keep our church family connected through prayer and live streaming of our services. This is the first time in American history that churches have been scattered and unable to meet for worship. There are great reasons that Christ designed His church to be made up of local assemblies; He wanted Christians to come together, hearing God’s Word together, praying together, serving together, worshiping together, giving together, and organizing the propagation of the gospel together. Acts 2:46-47 says, “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” They were together and completely unified. Live streaming services serves a good purpose, but nothing can take the place of God’s people coming together in one location. Therefore, we must pray that this will end soon so that we can come together again. The lost world needs churches together and unified.
OUR CALL TO PRAYER
During this time of separation, I am asking NFBC to read and memorize 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” I believe that God is calling His church to pray. Through this trial we must stay connected through prayer! The impetus for God’s power throughout the book of Acts was corporate prayer. God has chosen to respond powerfully when His church comes together in prayer. God says, “humble yourselves and pray,” and that is what we must do. Again, I’m asking NFBC to memorize 2 Chronicles 7:14 from the KJV. Let’s be unified in this effort to pray for our church and nation. Let’s use this verse to guide us in our prayers. Let God hear us say that by His grace and through our faith we are His people, that through the shed blood, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we are His church. Tell Him we want to humble ourselves to His authority. Tell Him we want to seek His truth, and righteousness, and turn from our wicked ways. Tell Him we claim His promise to hear us through the name of Jesus Christ. Tell Him we want forgiveness of sins and His healing hand upon our land, that He would turn America to Jesus Christ that there might be a great harvest of souls.
THE NEXT 15 DAYS
Over the next fifteen days we won’t be meeting physically. I am meeting with our deacons tonight to go over our live streaming and prayer meetings. We will put out the live stream schedule soon. We will also put out a prayer meeting schedule. We will plan prayer meetings with groups of 9 or less. We must pray together as much as possible. I believe the greatest outreach we can do over the next fifteen days is PRAYER! When God lifts this dark period, we must be ready to respond with Commission One, going into Flushing taking prayer requests and looking for God to open doors.
We will email church bulletins before each Sunday live stream. If you know someone who isn’t set up to connect with us through video, please help them get set up. If you are that person who needs help, call the church by 4pm Wednesday and we will get you help. If you are that person who can help, call the church by 4pm Thursday. Once we get our live stream set up, we will send everyone a link. It is important that you allow us to send you notifications, so you know when we are trying to communicate through email, or Facebook. So, turn on notifications for email and Facebook on the device you are using.

Finally, it is really important that everyone continue to give faithfully. You can give online on our website or our app. If you need help setting up online giving call us, we will get you help. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well. As you know, our offering envelopes are designed to put through the mail. You can come by the church Monday through Thursday before 5pm or Saturday before 2pm to pick up your tithing envelopes. You can also bring your tithe by the church using the above schedule.

We want our elderly and those at risk to stay home until the all clear is given. If you need food or medical supplies, please call the office. We want to help as much as we can.

All for His Glory,
Pastor Price