UPDATE FROM PASTOR STEVE
Dear Church Family,
It is with much delight that I write to inform you that we will be having a service in our sanctuary this Sunday morning, May 24th at 10:45. It has been a long time coming, and I know you look forward with great anticipation as I do. Our other on-campus services and activities will resume at a later date. Also, we will continue to put our services on Facebook and YouTube and make CDs available for those not able to attend.
For the health and well-being of all, we ask that you please follow these guidelines when we meet Sunday:
* If you are sick, not feeling well, or considered to be in the vulnerable category, please continue to remain at home and join us online.
* Sit 6 ft. apart, and families are asked to sit together to increase the number of people we can seat on a pew (since attendance will limited to 50% of our seating capacity and every other pew will be roped off).
* Use hand sanitizer (available at the entrance) as you enter & leave.
* Masks are not required but encouraged.
* Entering and exiting will be limited to the front doors only.
* Childcare will not be available at this time.
* The Sanctuary will be cleaned before and after each service.
In order to have a safe environment for all those that attend, we will continue to monitor COVID19 reports and use godly wisdom when we meet. Thank you for your prayers and patience as we work through this together.
Look forward to seeing you,
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’” (Psalm 122:1).
FROM PASTOR STEVE
April 4, 2020
Tomorrow will be our 3rd week of spending the Lord’s Day at home, away from our church family. It seems so much longer than that, at least to me. The comment I hear most often is that people are missing their Bellview family. I think that the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” is certainly true, and when we are able to meet again, what a wonderful time it will be! In the meantime, continue your daily, personal Bible studies using the 100 Days Bible Reading Plan and your Sunday School lesson. Use your phones and social media to stay in touch and share what you are learning with those in your class.
Also, be sure to join us tomorrow on Facebook or Youtube for our worship service. You can go to our church website: bellviewbaptistpensacola.com to find direct, one-click viewing links. The church office is still open M-F from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. If you need anything, feel free to call or come by the office, call your church family deacon, or call me. We continue to look to Jesus and trust in His sovereign hand to lead us through this. We will not only survive through this, but we will grow stronger and learn more about the Lord, ourselves and His church. Look forward to seeing you soon! -
For His Glory, Bro. Steve
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
FROM PASTOR STEVE
As most of you know, the White House recommendation for social distancing was extended to April 30. Although we had hoped for a quick end to the pandemic so we could worship together again on our church campus by Easter, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. We, however, will continue making the most of the technology available to us and worship together and stay connected using social media and phone calls.
Praise the Lord that He is using this to spread His Word and connect new people with our church. It reminds me of Romans 8:28, which says, “And, we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” It is a great comfort knowing that our God reigns, and His purposes will be accomplished. Let us then continue looking to Him and following where He leads. He knows what He is doing, and He continues advancing His kingdom and building His church.
Please continue to pray for us.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
UPDATE FROM PASTOR STEVE:
I became a Christian on October 12, 1984, almost 36 years ago. Since that day, my practice has been to be in church anytime the doors were open. For the doors not to be open is strange and unsettling. How long this new way of life will continue is uncertain, but it will make our future gatherings all the more meaningful. In the meantime, we are working diligently to stay connected as a body, and we are thankful for modern technology enabling us to do so. Many of you were able to join us last Sunday for our service on Facebook Live. A few of you experienced some minor technical difficulties, which is to be expected with something new. We are working to make the whole process simple for everyone, and this week we will have more viewing options available.
Thank you for your patience, and please continue to pray as we work together navigating church life during this pandemic. Also, let me say thank you to all our volunteers that made Sunday’s service possible. What a blessing they are, working so diligently to keep us connected! Please continue praying daily using the 7-Day Coronavirus Prayer Guide and reading along with us in the 100 Day Bible Reading Guide. You can also continue studying your Sunday School lessons and use them for encouragement and discussions with your class over the phone, text, or chat groups. We never know from day to day what will happen, but we know who reigns over all, and He is our refuge and strength and ever-present help in trouble.
May God’s grace abound,
FROM PASTOR STEVE
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
Dear Church Family,
Tomorrow will certainly be an unusual Lord’s Day for us all. However, we must continue to give thanks in all things and trust that God will be glorified through this pandemic and that we will draw closer to Him. Let me give you a few suggestions to make tomorrow a special day of worship and to continue daily making the most of these challenging times.
* Join us on Facebook live at 10:40 – you can worship from home, yet worship together
* Discuss with your family afterwards the Scripture and truths learned
* Use the 100 Days Bible Reading Guide for devotions and family and friends discussions throughout the week
* Use the 7 Day Coronavirus Prayer Guide to seek the Lord for His intervention
(These resources will be posted on our FB timeline and on our website.)
* Stay tuned for daily updates on our Facebook page and church website - www.bellviewbaptistpensacola.com
For His Glory,
100 Days of Bible Reading
7-Day Coronavirus Prayer Guide
UPDATE: THURSDAY, March 19
To help insure the safety of our congregation and our community, our normal schedule will be changed. Also, several new ministry opportunities are emerging. Please read this entire post for all the details.
SCHEDULE: Until otherwise announced, there will be no Sunday School classes, choir practice, Sunday evening services, Thursday Bible study classes, Tuesday outreach, or Wednesday night midweek services/activities.
An on-line worship service will be live-streamed on Facebook at 10:45 AM on Sunday from our sanctuary. We encourage all to log in, gather with their families at home, and worship at this time. (Remember, God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:21-24). Our worship is not bound by location!) Audio CD’s will also be available in the church office on Monday afternoons by request.
Our church office will remain open Monday-Friday from 9AM- 2 PM. However, on church visits, we ask that you practice the posted sanitizing precautions and recommended “social distancing.”
Several have asked about their financial contributions. Tithes and offerings can be dropped off at the church office or mailed to the church address. On-line giving will be available very soon.
NEW MINISTRY: If you are one of our seniors or have underlying medical conditions, our church can help with grocery pick-up/delivery and errands. Please call the church office if you need assistance or would like to be involved in this ministry.
BACKPACK MINISTRY: Our existing Backpack Ministry (weekend food ministry) is being temporarily redesigned during this health crisis. Also, you may call the church if you know of a specific need or wish to become involved.
Church Phone: 850-455-4710
Church Address: 4750 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, FL 32526
Facebook: Bellview Baptist
A MESSAGE FROM BRO. STEVE 3-18-2020
I was reminded yesterday of Psalm 46. The first two verses read, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…..” What fitting words for such a time as this when our world has turned upside down and our way of life is so abnormal.
In this time of uncertainty and chaos, God is our refuge, our place of safety and healing. This is His universe, and there are no surprises or stresses for Him. He has and will always be in complete control of all that is. Knowing this truth should bring us great comfort and strength. Trust Him, for He will not fail! Also, please know that Bellview Baptist is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our church family and our community. As we monitor the news and consider government guidelines and recommendations, we will keep you informed about our services and ministries via telephone, text, Facebook, and website www.bellviewbaptistpensacola.com .
We will be having our midweek service tonight in the sanctuary (practicing social distancing) and then discussing our future services with church leaders afterwards. Please, continue to pray for God’s wisdom and clear direction that we might best fulfill our responsibility to be His church in our community. This is certainly a time to show love and serve one another. If you have specific needs that we might can help you with, please contact your family deacon or call the church office (850) 455-4710. The church office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Let me close with the last two verses of Psalm 46: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah” We are the people of the Living God and have no reason to respond with fear. Yes, we should be greatly concerned and pray fervently; but never forget that our God reigns, and He will be exalted through all this.
For His glory,