3/12 – Message from Pastor Rick Williams

Update: 3/12/2020 10:00 PM

Hello Church,

Violet Baptist Church believes wholeheartedly that we are not to live with a spirit of fear (2 Tim. 1:7), however, we want to let you know the safety and well-being of our church family and community is a top priority for us a church. We are monitoring the Coronavirus news closely. As of the writing of this update, March 12, 2020, there have been 26 deaths in the U.S. related to Coronavirus, the majority occurring at a nursing home facility in the state of Washington. By way of comparison, according to the CDC, 37,000 people in the United States died from the common flu in 2019. As of today, March 12, 2020, there were 5 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Ohio.

This Sunday, March 15, 2020

With recent announcements and mandates from Governor DeWine announced today, we have made the decision to cancel our services for this Sunday, March 15, 2020. As a church leadership team, we are seeking to do our part to be proactive in doing what we can to avoid the spread of this virus in our community by limiting our largest public gathering, Sunday morning worship. We will re-evaluate next week and let you know about next Sunday. Special events will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Reference this page for the most recent list of updates. www.VioletBaptistChurch.org/update

Tune In To Pastor Rick’s Message This Sunday, March 15

Even though we will not be gathering in person this Sunday, Pastor Rick Williams has a very practical and timely message that you will not want to miss; a sermon all about how God helps us in times of fear. His sermon be available online in video and audio formats here and on our social media sites at normal service time of 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The Mission and Ministry Continues

Our ministry, mission, and financial responsibilities continue even as we’ve deemed it best to not gather in person this Sunday. We encourage you to continue your committed, faithful giving to what God has called us to. 3 Ways to Give: Online giving www.violetbaptistchurch.org/give-online. You can also download our Church Center App and make your donation through your smart device. You can also text your dollar amount to “84321” and follow the steps to confirm your donation.

How Will We Update You

This page, www.VioletBaptistChurch.org/update will serve as our main communication page. We will post updates here and notify you by email and social media that the page has been updated.

Steps We Are Taking

As some smaller ministry events continue, we will continue to sanitize toys in Kidstown and maintain our weekly thorough cleaning of the entire building.

What You Can Do

Pray – ask the Lord for wisdom for our health officials, hospital personnel, and those caring for people who have been affected. (Deut. 31:6)

Rely – go to God’s Word on a daily basis and rely on the hope that He offers to us in the midst of uncertainty. (Mal. 3:6)

Share – this virus has reminded many of us about our mortality. Many people are afraid, so take the opportunities as God brings them to encourage people, personally pray with people, and share with them “the hope that is in you with gentleness and respect.” (1 Pet. 3:15)

Stay – if you have underlying health issues, a cold or illness, we ask that you stay home from the activities you’re involved in. We encourage you to consider own your personal health and what is best for you and those around you.

We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates here. Let us resist the urge to panic while remaining vigilant and faithfully praying for one another.

In His Love,
Pastor Rick Williams
and the Violet Leadership Team