First Baptist Church of Kenton, Kenton, OH
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Covid-19 Response

Dear First Baptist Church Family,
First Baptist Church Family COVID-19 Response
In light of COVID-19, I have been drawn to 2 Chronicles 20:12 which is a prayer of King Jehoshaphat in the face of uncertainty for the nation of Judah. He prayed, “…For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” This is not written out of fear, but rather out of conviction that our God is in control in these times of uncertainty and our eyes need to be on Him.
Many have called and asked questions regarding what the plan is for our church moving forward on several issues. Pastor BJ and I have been in contact throughout the week with the leadership of the church (deacon and trustee board). After much evaluation we want to inform you of our current plans for the upcoming weeks.
Church Services
Matthew 22:39 says, “You shall love your neighbor as thyself.” Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others.” With these two Scriptures before us, we can confidently say that God’s will for us in this time is to hold off our meeting together as a corporate body for the benefit of others. We do not wish to pass the virus on to others because of our desire to meet together. Not only are we to consider our church family ahead of ourselves, but also, we need to be mindful of the larger community of Kenton and Hardin County.
Second, Romans 13:1-3 states, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.” Our governing officials are asking us to not meet in groups larger than 10 for our good not evil. Therefore, we believe it is a good testimony to our governing officials and to the name of God to abide by these suggestions showing our respect for our authorities and love for those in our community.
Third, we are choosing to cancel all church meetings for the next two Sundays and then to re-evaluate the situation at that time. We ask you to spend extra time in prayer and fellowship around God’s Word within your families. We encourage you to reach out through phone and text contacts, as well as, social media one to another. If able, adopt another person or people in the church family that you will minister and make yourself available to help with groceries or
assist in picking up prescription drugs if needed. See how we can be the hands and feet of others who have pre-existing conditions that make them more susceptible to COVID-19.
Family worship and Recorded Messages
We highly encourage family worship. Although we are working on a video recorded message that we hope to upload for this Sunday and post on the church Facebook page as well as YouTube, we cannot guarantee it. In fact, we believe God through His word is sufficient to lead us. Pray and ask God for His leading. We will look with great anticipation for the day we will together worship the Lord.
Mid-week, Easter Drama and Choir Practice
Although it is disheartening to do so, we are cancelling all practices for the same time period. The leadership has discussed with Cindy Bettinger the possibility of the drama being moved to an alternate date.
Financial Giving
Several have asked about their weekly giving. Most all giving to the church is done on Sunday mornings. A few do it through e-banking. For those who are interested and able, we would encourage you to use the e-banking provided through your bank or to mail it or drop it off at the church office during the week. In line with our church covenant, please continue to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the needs of the people, and the spread of the gospel to all nations. During this time, we anticipate the financial needs some may encounter. Therefore, we are here to assist if you have a specific need. Do not hesitate to contact the church office or deacons with your need.
We love you dearly church family, and we ask you to pray for your leadership as we navigate through these unusual times.
On behalf of Pastor BJ, the Deacons and Trustees,
Pastor Craig