BHBC Statement on COVID-19 as of 3.20.2020

Friends,

Below is the most current statement from BHBC regarding cancellations and/or adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allow me to offer a personal word first:

  • You will notice that, due to having travelled to Missouri this past week, I have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.  Currently, I feel great and show no signs whatsoever of being ill.
  • Per number 5 of the BHBC Statement below, as best as you can, continue to “shepherd your flock” via email or phone calls.  And know that, although quarantined, I am here to shepherd you.  I love you so very much.
  • These are unprecedented times that can cause an anxious soul to be gripped with fear.  I am spending my “free time” calling many of our elderly members to check on them and just visit, simply reminding them they are not alone, asking if they need anything and praying with them.
  • The day my son died my wife, Michelle, looked me in the eyes and said, “Nick, this is the day we decide what we truly believe.”  It is always in dire times we decide what we believe.  The humble, 20th century pastor, A.W. Tozer, once said, “While the world seems to be spinning out of control, we have a God who has not surrendered his throne.” Jesus, on the night before he was crucified, put it this way: “I have told you these things so that you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take courage/heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  • Like Simon Peter that stormy night on the sea of Galilee, it is awfully easy to lose focus of Jesus and turn our attention fully to the terrifying storm.  To help people remember what is true I will briefly teach on Facebook Live at 11:11 on Sunday mornings, as well as on Wed. evening (time to be announced.)

 

The current BHBC statement begins here:

The following met on Thursday, March 19th, to discuss a strategy for church operations:

D.L. Lowrie, David Barker (Chairman of Deacons), Meredith Harrison (Chairman of Finance), Dana Kluzek and Mike Lewis.  Clint Hutcheson (Chairman of Personnel) and Nick Watts were unable to attend.

NOTE:  Nick Watts has been asked to self-quarantine for 2 weeks due to travelling to Missouri this past week.

The following decisions were made at the March 19th meeting:

  1. Effective immediately all meetings, ministries, and programming that meet on the main campus are cancelled until further notice.  This includes the budget town hall meeting and budget vote that were originally scheduled for March 22nd & 25th, respectively.
  2. A sermon will be recorded weekly and made available on the Bacon Heights website by Sunday morning.
  3. Meredith Harrison suggested we continue to operate under the same budget until we are able to assemble again for our Town Hall meeting and official vote for next year’s budget.  Meredith or a Finance Team member will draft a letter to be mailed by March 25th, encouraging members to make an end-of-fiscal year contribution.  This letter should also in the BHBC E-News, if possible.
  4. Search Team nominations will be put on hold.  Clint Hutcheson will consult with the Personnel Team and get back to Gail White regarding a new deadline.
  5. Sunday School classes are encouraged to maintain contact with their class members. Class Directories can be obtained easily via email by simply calling the church office.
  6. There will no new hiring at this time.  The positions vacated by Machenzee Flores will not be filled at this time.  Further, Tami Hines’ soon-to-be vacated position, will not be replaced.
  7. Until we receive further guidance from Federal, State and/or local government our office will remain open for normal business hours during the week.
  8. Staff is encouraged to continue on with normal duties and to minister to members and/or the community in any way we can.

The following people will be the primary sources of information:

Facebook/social media – Nick Watts

BHBC web site – Mike Lewis

E-news – Gail White

Phone – office staff

 

Lastly, laughter really is good medicine.

You may need to laugh a little.  I saw the following on social media.  It will bring a chuckle to your soul.  Enjoy…

Coronavirus Pandemic, day 16.

If anyone is still out there, I’m alive but struggling. Food is running low. Down to only 459 days worth. My hands are super sanitized and my rear end is super clean. Down to 1599 rounds of ammo (dropped 1 round down the heat vent while doing daily inventory).

Power still on, but for how long? Missing human interaction but I have my dogs.. for now.. (I’m soaking their food in BBQ sauce in an attempt to marinate them from the inside in case I have to eat them). I have also started to soak the cat food in BBQ sauce, I have 9 of them. Will eat them first……. I fear dark days ahead.

News is all bad. Neighbors have attempted to leap from windows to their death, (they all have single story homes so they are just badly bruised).

Blew through most Netflix series so may have to re-watch some again.. Basic Survival is a definite challenge. I vow to persevere to the end, I am a survivor!

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 3.12.2020

NOTICE:  Due to the Spring Break, there will be no Navigator E-news published next week.

 

CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT from BHBC

After meeting with Dana Kluzek & Mike Lewis this morning, we are issuing the following statement regarding the Coronovirus pandemic.  Our objective is to be proactive rather than reactive.  That said, we are approaching this crisis prayerfully and with an alert, yet balanced, mindset.  While we believe a degree of unnecessary panic has taken over the minds of many, make no mistake: we are not taking this crisis lightly and are watching daily for updated data.  As circumstances in our region progress we will certainly work diligently to “stay ahead of the game” where necessary precautions are concerned, keeping the health of our people our utmost concern.  Our official statement is as follows:

As you know the Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.  Many organizations and events are either modifying their activities or cancelling altogether.  The leadership at BHBC acknowledges that Coronavirus is a legitimate concern for many in our community.

At this time, we have not modified any of our programming.  The staff is monitoring the situation and will keep the health of our most vulnerable members as our highest priority.  To that end we have been doing the following to keep our facility properly sanitized (in addition to the excellent work already being done by our facilities staff):

  • Purchased an electrostatic sprayer that can disinfect large parts of the facility quickly
  • Placed extra hand sanitizer throughout the facility
  • Encouraged “social distancing measures” as you deem appropriate (not shaking hands, hugging, etc.)

We will do all we can to maintain a clean facility and ask that you be responsible for personal protective measures (e.g., stay home when sick, frequent handwashing, cover your mouth with coughing/sneezing, etc.).

Click hereto watch a 3 minute video produced by NBC of a man who contracted the virus on a Cruise Ship.  It should bring some peace to your mind.

GOOD NEWS – A cure?  Additionally, click here and here to read recent articles citing scientists in Israel who hope to have discovered a cure.

 

THIS SUNDAY, 3/15

Preacher:  D.L. Lowrie

 

The proposed BHBC budget for April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 has been reviewed and approved by our Finance Team.

A “town hall” meeting to review and discuss the budget is scheduled for Sunday evening, 3/22, at 5pm.

We will vote (no discussion) on Wednesday evening, 3/25, in the Worship Center at 6:30pm.

 

Leadership Appreciation Banquet Sign-Up Begins

It’s time to begin signing up for our Sunday School Leadership Appreciation Banquet scheduled for Sunday evening, April 26th, at 6pm.

All leadership and spouses are invited/encouraged to attend!

No cost to you.  It’s our way of saying “thank you” for pouring your lives into so many week in and week out.

Again, our guest speaker is Jim Hardwicke.  One of the most humble men I’ve ever met, I met Jim in 1978, when I was a sophomore in high school in Abilene, TX.  It was under his love and leadership that I committed my life to God’s call into vocational ministry.  The Lord  continues today to impact my life through Jim.  I am overjoyed to be able to have him pour his life into you, just as he did me.

Please reply to my email – nick@baconheights.com – to make your reservation.  AND, to let me know if you will need childcare (provided).

 

This week’s prayer requests:

  1. that we would faithfully and diligently seek God.  Jeremiah 29:13
  2. that we would have vibrant fellowship with God.  Philippians 4:4-5

 

Nominations for BHBC’s Lead Pastor Search Team continue…

Deadline for nominations is Sunday, March 22nd.

All ballots must be signed.  One ballot is allowed per church member.

Click here to read the ballot.  (On the back side of the ballot is a list of members not allowed to be nominated i.e. BHBC employees, etc.)

 

Being the dad of two daughters, there have been numerous visits over the years with them regarding a predatory personality known as “the sociopath.”  Because a sociopath exudes charm they are difficult to spot – at first.  But, in time, after they have methodically cast their spell over their victim, it becomes frighteningly clear who and what they are.

I recently read a solid article on the topic.  If interested, you can read it here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  It’s Okay to be Afraid

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 3.5.2020

THIS SUNDAY, March 8th

Preacher:  D.L. Lowrie

Primary Text:  Psalm 56

 

This past Sunday, Machenzee Flores, submitted her resignation.

Machenzee was hired in May, 2018, to lead the music in our 10:45 worship service.  She and her husband, Drew, met with me on Monday, 2/24, to apprise me of their conviction.  She will begin working at UMC in the urology dept. following her last day at BHBC.

Her final Sunday to lead is this coming Sunday, March 8th.

As I announced this past Sunday morning following her resignation, we will say good-bye as a church family to her and Drew between this Sunday’s two worship services, as well as following the 10:45 worship service.  You will be able to find them in the Commons.

Please consider bringing tokens of your appreciation such as thank-you notes and/or gift cards.  nw

 

Nominations for BHBC’s Lead Pastor Search Team continue…

Below is a link to the ballot all members have available to them through the deadline to nominate, March 22nd.

All ballots must be signed.  One ballot is allowed per church member.

Click here to read the ballot.  (On the back side of the ballot is a list of members not allowed to be nominated i.e. BHBC employees, etc.)

 

THE GOSPEL of JOHN

From this past Wed’s study in chapter 2…

In vss 13-22, we find John’s account of Jesus driving the money-changers out of the temple courtyard.  The temple represented the very presence of God, holy and almighty.

Paul made it clear in his first letter to the Corinthians that no longer is the temple of God a man-made structure or building.  For now, upon our profession of faith in Christ, we become living, breathing “temples of the Holy Spirit.”

Do you not know and understand that you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of God [corrupting it with false doctrine], God will destroy the destroyer; for the temple of God is holy (sacred), and that is what you are (Amplified)

The question is as serious today as it was that day in the temple courts:  is there anything in the temple (us) that shouldn’t be there?  If there is, it will draw God’s wrath no less than it did when Jesus drove out the “den of thieves.”

The early church father, Origen, states it well:

Is anything “mingling with your soul”, preventing you from being fully devoted to Christ?  If so, confess it, and give God permission to “clean house” so you can, again, be free.

 

This week’s prayer requests:

  1. that we would be repentant and dependent people.  (Jeremiah 15:19)
  2. that each person would discover his/her spiritual gift, passion and ministry.  (1 Corinthians 12:1)

 

REMINDER:

Should you need anything whatsoever (curriculum, resources, encouragement, etc.) simply let me know.  I am here to do whatever possible to ensure your success in shepherding your sheep.  People get lost in a crowd.  But they connect and grow in a community.  And that’s what your small group provides.  Thank you for pouring your life into so many.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING MEAL for 3/11:  Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad (reserve by Mon. noon)

 

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

In the classic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey tells his future wife, Mary,

What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.

Well, next Monday would be the best time to try. 🙂

From the USA Today article:

The first supermoon of the year is coming to a sky near you Monday. This month, the full moon is also known as the worm moon… Monday, our moon will be “only” about 222,081 miles miles from Earth, which is about 16,000 miles closer than average.

The moon’s orbit around the earth is not a perfect circle, meaning there are times the moon is closer to the earth than it is most of the time.  Read the full article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

(Thanks to Gib Weaver for these)

 

SOUL FOOD:  His Mercies Are New Every Morning.  However….,

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick