LaGrange Baptist Family,
Life looks very different than it did a week ago. We find ourselves in circumstances that can stir up confusion and anxiety, and it is in times like these that we must remember the importance of our church family. We grieve the fact that we cannot be together in person, but we know by faith that we are going to get through this. The information and guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continue to change, but the call of God on our lives and the mission of our church have stayed the same.
We don’t know how long we will be unable to meet together in our building, but in the meantime we want to strive to capitalize on this unique time. All the cancellations and closures give us an opportunity to step away from busyness and distractions and reflect on what it means to love God, love each other, and love our neighbor. Here are a few practical steps on what that will look like for our church:
– Sundays. We will not be meeting at our building for corporate worship through the foreseeable future. Your pastors will be recording a condensed worship service each week and making that accessible for you to use at home. Look for a follow-up e-mail about this by the end of the week.
– Wednesdays. All Wednesday night activities are canceled for now.
– Giving. While our church building may sit empty, there are still many expenses we have to take care. We ask that you continue to give even though we aren’t meeting together. You can still give by dropping it off at the church office, mailing it in, or setting up an online payment through your bank.
– Opportunities to Serve. Let’s all be on the lookout for ways to serve those around us. This crisis will affect different people in different ways: some need help with finances, others with childcare, others with groceries, and many other needs on top of that. Who and how can you help? How can we as a church show the love of Christ in this season of life?
We will continue to pray for you during this time while we are apart. If you or someone you know needs help or prayer, please do not hesitate to contact one of the pastors or call the church office, 222-9306.
Your Pastoral Team
LaGrange Baptist Family,
We sent out a notice Thursday afternoon notifying you of our plans to still gather for worship on Sunday morning, but we are writing to you now to inform you that we have ultimately decided to cancel our services for Sunday, March 15th.
Most of us have never been through something like this pandemic, and the circumstances and information surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak are changing at a fast rate. In a situation like this we can never know for certain what the right decision is. Based on the best information we currently have along with a partnership with other sister churches in our community, a desire to love our neighbor, and a respect for the civil authorities God has put in place, we think the best decision is not to gather this Sunday for corporate worship.
Please know that this is not a decision that we take lightly, and it’s not the decision that we wanted to make. There are few things we look forward to more than gathering together as a church for worship every Sunday. Our souls need this weekly anchor point. Our souls need each other. But we do not want to view this need without considering the needs and risks of others within our church and our community.
We will not be streaming our services online this weekend, but we encourage you to take time on Sunday morning to pray for yourself, our church, our community, our government leaders, medical professionals, and those who are sick.
Also, following the closure of Oldham County Schools, children and student ministry activities along with Pastor Rick’s 1 Corinthians Bible Study will be suspended until Wednesday, April 8th. Any other Wednesday night activities will be determined by the discretion of the leader.
Your pastors will be praying for you during this time while we are apart. If you or someone you know needs help or prayer, please do not hesitate to contact one of the pastors or call the church office, 222-9306. At this time, the church office will still be open 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Thursday.
Your Pastoral Team