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:
- 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.
- A sermon will be recorded weekly and made available on the Bacon Heights website by Sunday morning.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Until we receive further guidance from Federal, State and/or local government our office will remain open for normal business hours during the week.
- 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