Church is Re-Opening

Take a minute to read the plan for re-opening Liberty Baptist Church for worship.  God bless each of you.  PC
 

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May 20, 2020 Update on Church Gatherings

May 20, 2020

As I sit to write this message and prepare to record the phone call devotional I am reminded that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV). I also remind myself that God does not seek us to be discouraged and that “(He) will strengthen and hear you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. I know and believe I serve a victorious God who gives each of us who believe in Jesus Christ a spirit of power to love and demonstrate self-control.
Our church family is yearning to get back to gathering in our sanctuary. However, LBC also wants to be careful and thoughtful. Our desire is to demonstrate self-control and the love of others who are vulnerable to the illness that has invaded our community. All of our actions are to demonstrate our faith and trust in God.
I just finished praying for the over 75 individuals on our prayer list. In particular I prayed today for the residents, staff, and families involved with the Manor Care facility in Jersey Shore. I pray for the healing, comfort, and peace of God to rest upon each of them. I pray for each of you to continue to stay safe and healthy during this time of activation for ministry and physical separation from each other.
After much prayer, the church boards have met the last three weeks evaluating the requests of our government, advice of health professionals, and other common sense reactions to the information we have been able to gather. The conclusion of those meetings was a unanimous recommendation and decision that the building should remain closed to in-person gatherings and rentals. For the next several weeks we will continue our church services with online Worship service, online Bible study, online Sunday School, and online group/board meetings. We will also continue to communicate with each family by phone, computer, and mail.
Keep living a life that is pleasing to the Lord! Praying for God’s strength to give you wisdom and courage. If you need anything please reach out to me or your Deacon. This situation will pass in God’s time and in a way that pleases the Lord. Keep moving forward and showing the Love of Christ in your life.
In Christ,
PC

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Support the operation of the LBC Gym with Centre Gives 5/12/2020 & 5/13/2020

Centre Gives starts at 9am TODAY! This is an opportunity for LBC to partner with the Centre Foundation to get grant funds for operation of the gym to serve the Centre County community. Please give online during this contest.

LBC will get a portion of the $300,000.00 stretch pool based upon the amount of donations we raise and the individual number of people who donate. The minimum donation is $10.00.

Every person who can donate will help us to win contests during this 36 hour period. The more people that make donations means more money from Centre Foundation for LBC gym operations. The more money that you donate the more money Centre Foundation will donate to us.

Go to https://centregives.org/…/190-liberty-baptist-church-of-bla… to donate starting at 9am today and ending at 9pm wednesday, May 13, 2020. GO!!!


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Prayer for Mothers Day

Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, backing, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.
 
We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids, whether it’s stay-at-home moms, working moms, and moms who have some combination of the two. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.
 
We pray you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.
 
We especially pray for single moms, who must lean solely on you for the fathering of their children. We thank you that you’re big arms surround children who may never know their earthly father. We also pray for mother who never had the honor of bearing children, but whose nurturing extends to the many poor and needy who crass the threshold of their lives.
 
We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray the rhythms of repentance and forgiveness shape every home.
 
Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.
 
Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb.

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What is next at LBC?

Dear LBC Family,

If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that we would be in quarantine for months, I would have been so anxious about the impact it would have on our Church. In the past, I have gotten nervous about snow days. This would have sounded like a nightmare. Questions would have flooded my mind. Will we be able to connect with people? Will people participate with an online service? Will we continue to help our community? You have answered those questions with a resounding “yes!”

We have averaged 85 screens participating in the services on Sunday, with more than one person watching per screen in many cases. We have continued to reach out in the community by providing supplies and technical assistance to our community, food for seniors and shut-ins, and support for the Keystone Babe Ruth program that provides two meals a day to members of our communities. God has been so good to us!

With the recent announcements by President Trump and the PA Governor’s Office, we are aware that there are a lot of questions about what we do moving forward. Let’s make sure we approach this subject with unity and grace. Some may be of the opinion that things should move faster, while others may believe that things should move slower. In order to answer some of these questions in the short term, I wanted to reach out to you.

Our church family wants to continue to be careful and thoughtful. The well-being and health of our members is our utmost priority. We especially want to love our kids, seniors, and others who may be vulnerable to illness. I have been in contact with medical professionals in our community and available to me through ABCOPAD and the ABC-USA staff. At this time we will continue the precautions that we have put in place through the month of May, at a minimum. Through the month of May, we will continue to hold online services only and restrict access to the buildings on our property. I will be working together with the church Boards to develop a plan for how church services will look once we are able to meet again. Be prepared for things to look different, and we thank you in advance for your understanding. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as things progress.

In times like these, let’s remember again, 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.”

God is in control.

In Christ,
Pastor Chris


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CENTRE GIVES 2020

LBC is excited to be teaming up with Centre Foundation to participate in Centre Gives 2020.  Centre Gives is a unique, online giving event designed to encourage community giving and to support the great work of Centre County nonprofits during 36 hours – starting at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 and ending at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.  This exciting community giving event is hosted by Centre Foundation and supported by Centre Foundation community impact funds and partnerships with local businesses.

 

In 2012, Centre Foundation established Centre Gives to promote and support Centre County’s many nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, over $8.2 million has been invested into our community through Centre Gives, benefitting over 165 local organizations.  Your donations through Centre Gives not only qualify Liberty Baptist for a larger share of the $300,000 stretch pool, but also help LBC qualify for additional prize money. Although there is a 5% participation fee for LBC, which includes the credit card processing fee, the pro-rated stretch pool has historically exceeded that percentage.

 

All online donations at centregives.org must be made via credit or debit card. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. Cash or check donations are not accepted by centregives.org. You can send cash donations to the church and we will see that they get made online.  Donations are tax deductible and irrevocable (donations will not be refunded) and will be for the use of Liberty Baptist Church.  The minimum donation is $10.00.  There is no maximum donation amount; however, only the first $10,000 of a donation will be eligible for the $300,000 stretch pool.

 

LBC is looking forward to continuing to offer the use of our gym and recreation facility to the most rural eastern part of Centre County.  Since 1996 the gym has been available and today we serve over 400 children, youth, and families from Centre and Clinton counties in central Pennsylvania.  Soccer, basketball, volleyball, dance, twirling, cheerleading, gymnastics, and many other activities are held in this facility offered to our community for only a donation each day.  The costs to operate the facility to your group continue to increase.  Just in 2019 alone we have faced over 48% increases in utilities.  Insurance has increased over 25% in the last two years.

 

The impact on the Liberty Baptist Church budget is tremendous.  We spend well over $2,500 per month just to keep the lights on and the doors open so your group can have access to this quality facility. The facility-user donations make up only a small part of the costs.  WE NEED YOUR HELP.  LBC needs you to show your appreciation and dedication by participating in this event on May 12th and May 13th.  


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Good Friday! It’s All About the Cross!

Remember the cross and the sacrifice of Christ.  Remember also that he rose again on the third day.  Friday is here, but Sunday’s coming !!!


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A Lot Can Happen in A Week!

We started last Sunday with Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry of our King to Jerusalem.  Maundy Thursday showed up and we remembered Christ new covenant and commandment to us. Good Friday reminds us that the cross was both the end of sins hold on humanity and the hope of all for a life with Christ!  Looking forward to Resurrection Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ!  See you online or on the conference call.


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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. 

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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. 


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