Sharefaith Family Devotionals Part of Kids Corner at LBC

Sharefaith Kids Family Devotionals are not “just another thing” for parents and teachers to keep track
of. Instead, this amazing new resource empowers your Kid’s Ministry and church families to partner
together like never before!
BRING SUNDAY SCHOOL AND FAMILY TIME TOGETHER
A successful Sunday School is more than a good curriculum, it’s a bridge that connects classrooms
and family rooms. Sharefaith Kids Family Devotionals are designed to help families grow spiritually in
10 life-changing minutes each week.
 
Access the webpage with videos and other kids activities by printing the coloring page from the Kids Corner each week.  Once you print it out you can scan the QR Code or go to the website and enter the password.  At the Sharefaith Devotional site you will find videos, games, and devotions for your to use with your family.
 
We have subscribed to this service for over two years and never fully implemented it into our Sunday School.  Now seems like a great time.  Enjoy.
 

Read more...

KIDS CORNER – Valley Of Dry Bones

After many warnings from the Lord, the land of Israel was conquered
by the Babylonians. The Israelites were taken prisoner and removed from their homeland.
While in captivity, the people lost all hope in ever returning. The Lord gave the Prophet
Ezekiel a vision of a valley filled with dry bones. The Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy over the
dry bones, telling them that the Lord will bring life back into them. As Ezekiel spoke the
words the Lord gave him, a rattling sound filled the valley as the bones began to come
together, forming skeletons. The skeletons were then covered in flesh, but the bodies had
no life in them. The Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy over the lifeless bodies again, this time
telling them that the Lord would fill them with breath. As Ezekiel prophesied to them, they
were filled with breath. This vision was meant for the people of Israel, dried up of all hope.
Through this vision, the Lord was promising to fill them with life and hope again through
His Spirit.
 
 

Read more...

COVID-19 Economic Impact Information and Resources

Here is a website in case you need information on unemployment compensation, financial relief, career link services, financial assistance for small businesses, job seeking services for Clinton, Centre, Lycoming and the surrounding counties, etc. There is a lot of information on this site. Take time to look it over. Here it is- https://www.cpwdc.org/covid-19-resources/


Read more...

Kids Corner 03 22 2020

Kids Corner. So I promised some materials for children to use while they are at home. You can download material for ages 3-12 each week. This weeks download encourages children to rejoice in the Lord always! The link to download and print is
https://www.lbcblanchard.com/…/Rejoice_in_the_Lord_Always_B…

You might also find the following videos helpful to encourage and entertain:

https://www.youtube.com/fischymusic – Video songs with motions

https://kidscorner.reframemedia.com/ – Audio Lessons

Blessings
PC


Read more...

Keep Calm and Stay At Home For LBC Services

Keep calm and stay at home for worship!  Soo many ways for you to stay at home and connect with your church family for Sunday School, Worship service, and Wednesday night Bible Study.
 
FACEBOOK LIVE
 
 To access Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/lbcblanchard/
 
TELEPHONE
To call in to the teleconference dial (425) 585-7517 on a smart phone or landline phone. Push the mute button if you have one, unless it is a board meeting, so that we don’t hear you cooking that roast in the kitchen.   IF YOU GET A BUSY SIGNAL KEEP CALLING BACK A COUPLE TIMES.
 
COMPUTER ON GOOGLE CHROME OR INTERNET EXPLORER
 
Using you computer web browser join.freeconferencecall.com/pastorchris69
 
If you get disconnected from Facebook, the video will be available on the Facebook page following service.  We will also have a audio podcast of the call on this website.
 
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
 
You are able (and need to continue) to give your weekly tithes/offerings by mailing your offering using the pre-addressed offering envelopes, using your own bank online banking “bill pay” service, clicking “Shop Now” on our Facebook page, or using a checking account or credit card at our online payment provider on our webpage by using the following link: https://www.lbcblanchard.com/tithe/   
 
Your faithfulness to giving is the best way for you to continue the ministry we have together at LBC.  You are a vital part of keeping LBC a Place to Belong. 

Read more...

How To Connect with LBC for Bible Study, Sunday School, and Worship

How Do I Access the Facebook Live or telephone conference call of our gatherings.  You can access these by computer, smart phone, or even landline phone!

To access Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/lbcblanchard/

To call in to the teleconference dial (425) 585-7517 on a smart phone or landline phone. Push the mute button if you have one, unless it is a board meeting, so that we don’t hear you cooking that roast in the kitchen. 
 
You are able (and need to continue) to give your weekly tithes/offerings by mailing your offering using the pre-addressed offering envelopes, using your own bank online banking “bill pay” service, clicking “Shop Now” on our Facebook page, or using a checking account or credit card at our online payment provider on our webpage by using the following link: https://www.lbcblanchard.com/tithe/   Your faithfulness to giving is the best way for you to continue the ministry we have together at LBC.  You are a vital part of keeping LBC a Place to Belong. 


Read more...

Church Family Update for March 17, 2020

Click the link below for a copy of the Pastoral Letter from Pastor Chris updating the Liberty Baptist Church community what is happening to our events and church services as of March 17, 2020.

 

Pastor Chris Letter to LBC 03 17 2020


Read more...

Church Services Available Online

Liberty Baptist Church has been making strides over the last six years to establish our online presence to spread the Gospel message and serve our members. 
 
At this time you can watch our services on Sunday morning every week on Facebook by visiting our page at 10:15am on Sunday morning.  Use the following link: https://www.facebook.com/lbcblanchard/
 
Donors are able to give their weekly tithes/offerings by donating in person during service on Sunday morning, mailing their offering using the pre-addressed offering envelopes, using their own bank online banking “bill pay” service, clicking “Shop Now” on our Facebook page, or using a checking account or credit card at our online payment provider on our webpage by using the following link: https://www.lbcblanchard.com/tithe/
 
Our website www.lbcblanchard.com contains the most up to date information on the calendar and news related to activities and services of our church.  This includes the forms and payment options for using the Fellowship Hall or Gym for community events, signup sheets for all of our programs and ministries, etc.
 
We also have an app for your tablet or smartphone that allows you to follow our church and stay connect by downloading the Sharefaith App from the iTunes store or Google Play store.  Then select Liberty Baptist Church of Blanchard as the church to follow.
 
Most recently we just went live with a brand new MEVO Plus camera that will enable us to have 1080p (that’s super high for you non-tech people) quality video and audio.  We plan to use this during Worship and starting this week, Bible Study on Wednesday nights.  We will eventually expand this so that we are able to live stream Sunday School and other services based on the financial support and interest we receive from you.
 
We also receive email at worshipwithus@lbc4God.comcastbiz.net at all times of the day and night.
 
So much is happening in our world today but Liberty Baptist Church of Blanchard is a Place to Belong.  You belong to be a part of God’s family that serves God no matter the adversity.  Take advantage of these tools that God has placed before you to stay connected with your LBC church family.

Read more...

Queen Esther Sight and Sound Trip Cancelled

LBC received word this afternoon that Sight & Sound Theatres has delayed the opening of the Queen Esther show until March 28, 2020.  The bus trip that we planned to take on Saturday, March 21, 2020 is CANCELLED.  Refund information will be sent as soon as we receive it from the bus company and Sight & Sound.  Any questions call the church office at (570) 907-0254 on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 11am – 3pm.


Read more...

OPEN LETTER ABOUT LBC RESPONSE TO Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear LBC Family, Beech Creek and Blanchard Communities:

Our world is certainly abuzz and divided by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its present and potential future impact. We want to be careful and thoughtful, but not fearful or overreactive. We will continue to have regular services at LBC for the time being. According to the CDC the overall risk of exposure is still very low. We are a church that operates not under a spirit of fear but of power and a sound mind.
We especially want to love our kids, seniors, and others who may be vulnerable to illness well. LBC will continue to allow the building to be used for community activities. In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
 
We live in a creation of thorns and thistles – a world not yet as it should be – and this is yet another example. Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some perspectives on this particular outbreak and how we as Christians can respond.
 
Fear vs. Love
 
Often, our natural response to news of these kinds of outbreaks is fear. This is, of course, a natural emotion, and a healthy focus on self-preservation is wise. All human life is worth protecting, because we bear the image of God and are therefore eminently valuable. However, we need to be careful to weigh the “actual” risks versus the “perceived risk” (which is often skewed towards the disastrous: for example, COVID-19 currently poses very little threat to the average American). However, we can’t just choose to “not be afraid.” We have to walk into our fear and expose it to the light of the gospel.
As we know from many contexts, fear can be a dangerous emotion when unchecked, because it can cause us to curve inward and focus only on ourselves. As Christians, we do not fear death as others do because of our resurrection hope. We do not forget that our Father who loves us is providentially guiding events in the here and now. And we dare not neglect the invitation of the gospel: to receive the love of God so that we learn to love our neighbor as ourselves. “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). This, I would suggest, is the guiding question of the church in times of mounting fear: “How can we not succumb to fear and continue to love one another well?”

That is the question that LBC will be asking over the next several days and weeks as we think through practical steps to respond to health crises like this one. Since our weekends can be a heightened point of contact with one another, we would love to encourage the following steps:

1. Please wash your hands often and completely. The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. We have bathrooms and hand sanitizer throughout the building.

2. We love to greet each other with hugs and handshakes, but let’s do our best to refrain from these for the time being. Even if you are not concerned about COVID-19, the person you are desiring to feel welcome might be.

3. Thank you for your desire to make gathering on weekends a priority, but if you are fighting any kind of illness, maybe stay at home and enjoy worshipping through our online worship experience(on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lbcblanchard/ ) for the time being. You can also make online contributions/tithes using our online giving site at https://www.lbcblanchard.com/tithe/ Coming together on the weekends in the same place is always better, but not if there is a risk of you getting worse or inadvertently passing your illness on to someone else.

Where We’re Headed
We don’t know what the future holds, for this outbreak, or for others that will almost surely come. But we will also not cease to pray for those fighting this outbreak, as well as lament for those suffering from it and the families that have lost loved ones. Disease is horrific: just because it is happening to someone else doesn’t make it less important.

These are all just simple precautions that are easy for us to take to make sure we are being thoughtful. In the future, there may be more drastic measures that need to be taken. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.

In times like these, I am reminded of Isaiah 41:10. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and hear you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

If opportunities come to serve more tangibly, we will seek to take them. Anecdotal reports suggest the church in China is sacrificially serving their neighbors and earning trust among them, much like the early church did during the plagues in Rome: Christians ran into the cities to serve as the politicians were running out to protect themselves. Knowing we are ultimately safe makes a real, tangible difference in our love for one another.

One thing I can almost certainly promise is that we will never forsake the act of meeting together as a church body, even if not everyone is able to participate on a given Sunday. We do not just gather as a church to receive religious content: we could do that over our phones! The very act of gathering is a sign of the gospel, an act of rebellion against the forces of fear, suspicion, and prejudice that tell us we have more to fear from one another than we have to gain from the presence of Christ in each other. As Paul said to the Corinthians, we are “one body, because we all share in one bread” (1 Cor. 10:17). Our tangible, physical unity around the table is itself an act of gospel proclamation, and will be worth continuing no matter what threats of danger come. Hostile governments, rogue shooters, and COVID-19 do not hold more power over us than the gospel of Christ!

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday and declaring these foundational truths together as we gather our bodies – and spirits – for worship.

God is in control.

In Christ,
Pastor Chris


Read more...