A Message of Love to All Our Neighbors
God of the ages, you have always been faithful to your people.
Come to us now, we pray!
Give comfort and courage to those who are suffering.
Give strength and skill to those
who are working to save and to heal.
Give us your peace that passes all understanding
in these moments of shock and sorrow.
Open our eyes, hearts, and hands
to the movements of your Spirit,
that we might be comforted and comfort others
in the name of Christ, our healer and our light. Amen.
(Book of Common Worship).
UPDATE - October 1, 2020
These continue to be strange and unprecedented times. For the past seven months, our leadership team has continued to meet bi-weekly to stay connected and create our path forward as a church family. All over the world, people have developed strategies to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Medical science continues to learn more about the virus, yet people continue to die because there is no cure nor a vaccine yet available. In Kentucky, the numbers show we are definitely still at risk for COVID-19 and additionally, the flu, as we enter the fall and winter months.
Therefore, BPC will not return to in-person worship services for the remainder of 2020. We will continue to use Zoom for our Sunday worship services. However, BPC may arrange special non-worship/limited in-person events for youth groups, committees, fellowship and/or other entities on occasion, as determined by participants, following all state & local safety and distancing guidelines in effect at the time. We will reevaluate this policy again in January 2021.
Meanwhile, we have created electronic spaces so that we can stay connected with each other. We have added a Children’s Zoom Bible Study starting at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, a half and hour earlier than our Adult Zoom Bible Study each Wednesday starting at 7:00 pm. Our Sunday Worship Service starts at 11:00 am via Zoom. We broadcast this service via Face Book as well, offering even more connectivity. We post the sermons on our website’s blog and send worship materials through email.
We are thankful for the ongoing hard work of our congregation, committees and leadership teams to successfully transition into this new, “temporary” model. We are now returning to a monthly (rather than bi-weekly) leadership meeting schedule (or more often if need arises). South Louisville Community Ministries continues to serve from our campus and is using the fellowship hall as a food bank, to be able to serve those who have need for food.
We have set up an online giving tool which can be used to receive offerings electronically. It is available through our website. Meanwhile, you are welcome to mail a check to the church at 417 W. Ashland Ave., 40214. The Stewardship & Administration Committee continues to support the financial responsibilities for the duration of our isolation. We will advise everyone quickly if any significant changes occur that would revise our approach.
So…ministry continues. Fellowship continues. Worship continues. Ministry continues. Stewardship continues. Being a church family continues! Once again, remember to go out and to look at the sky and to enjoy the flowers that remind us of life and resurrection… and listen… listen for the still voice of God. And look for ways of being the church wherever you are. Peace be with you!