Brief Video Devotionals by Pastor Mark
"Empty Calendar" (3/30)
"Leaving Our Problems With Jesus" (Children's Chat - 3/28)
"Looking Back" (3/26)
"Pain and Promise" (3/24)
"Holding Pattern" (3/23)
"Trusting That God Will Take Care of Me" Children's Chat (3/21)
Update March 18, 2020
Cancellation of all church events
The decision to suspend all church activities is not made out of fear but out of love for our neighbors and the most vulnerable in our congregation and in compliance with the authorities. We look forward to the day we can meet each other again face to face!
We invite you to worship online this Sunday at NLBC. We will either prerecord or livestream our worship gathering. Check our website later this week for more information.
How Can We help?
These days are difficult. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help. Perhaps you have a shortage of food or supplies and don’t feel comfortable leaving your house. Your church family can help. Prayer requests are welcome as well. You can leave a message on the church answering machine (413-367-2619) or send an email to email@example.com.
We can’t meet together, but we can still be church, albeit in a different form. In fact, we need each other during this trial. How can we help one another? Top of the list of course should be prayer. Pray for the most vulnerable in our congregation and for those who work in the medical field. Next, we’re asking you to reach out. Call or text someone just to check in. Find out if there is something you can do to help. Perhaps you like to meet with a few people for prayer and encouragement. We leave that at your own discretion as long as you follow these guidelines:
- Stay home if you’re sick or if you have been exposed to those who might have the coronavirus
- Wash your hands before and after your gathering
- Practice social distancing, sitting at least 6 feet from each other
- Clean frequently used surfaces afterwards
Resources on COVID-19
For more information on the coronavirus check out:
For a Christian perspective on the coronavirus:
You can watch Pastor Mark’s daily video message on our Facebook page. If you don’t have Facebook you can find links to the videos on this page. Here is the link to today's devotional.
Gina and Hannah started a blog for the women in the church as a way to encourage one another. You can just read along or share through commenting: https://letsholdfast.blogspot.com/
From Your Treasurer
In the interest of the public health, our church is responsibly following the recommendations and orders from our governmental authorities not to gather together. Even so, the needs of our church are still present. We still have financial commitments to make whether or not we are in fellowship together. Pastor Mark continues to minister to us, and we need to continue to properly provide for him and the other ministries of our church. We have had very consistent and generous giving all year, but even so we rely on our weekly offerings to sustain the church. As it stands now, without any new gifts coming in, with our current commitments the church would run out of funds in about three months. There are many reputable health and science sources suggesting that the current restrictions being imposed should remain in place for at least the next two months. While we hope, pray, and trust in God and His plans for us in the midst of all the uncertainty of our present time, we humbly ask for your continued support to our church even while we are not meeting together. We do so realizing that some of you face financial hardships yourselves. Gifts can be given online through the church website and PayPal, or they can be mailed to the church at 70 North Leverett Rd., Leverett MA 01054. If you are not comfortable with online giving or mailing in a gift, please reach out to me and I will be happy to accept your offering directly. It is a blessing to be part of this fellowship with you all, and I thank you for your continued support of our church.
Mark Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-522-0009)
The leadership of the church is thankful for what God is doing in our midst despite the challenges. We pray that he will grow our church in depth and that Jesus Christ will be glorified! Let us seek mercy from the God who is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Pastor Mark (413-367-4331)
Derek Postema (413-768-0120)
Dan Sargent (413-325-5520)
Mike Stafford (413-237-1204)
Dan Leonovich (201-563-1677)
Bob Jablonski (413-695-7883)
Update March 18, 2020
There seem to be good reasons for being anxious today. But Jesus is saying that there are better reasons not be anxious. Check out today's devotional.
Update March 17, 2020
"Will There Be Enough" is Pastor Mark's latest video devotional. Pray also for the Elder meeting tonight.
Update March 16, 2020
Click here for Pastor Mark's video devotional for today on Pursuing Thankfulness.
The Food Pantry will be open tonight from 7-8 PM, as a ministry to our community. Proper public safety procedures will be in place such as one customer per time inside the and maintaining social distancing. Members of our church are welcome to make use of the Food Pantry as well.
Update March 14, 2020
Over the past week we have seen the global concern over the spread of the Corona virus. The Elders are responsible for the well being of the church and are taking measures to be proactive in dealing with this issue. Our decision to cancel all church activities has been made in consultation with town officials as well as medical professionals within the church and outside sources.
The decision is not made out of fear, for we know that our hope is in our good and sovereign God. This week we will prepare necessary policies and procedures to ensure we are doing all we can to protect the most vulnerable among us. It is our desire and intent to continue to meet, in one way or another, as a body because worship and fellowship with one another is vital in this time of need.
As this week progresses we will be sure to keep the church informed of any changes that may come up. Please be sure to check the NLBC website for updates or call the church which will have information on its voicemail. There will be a special video message from Pastor Mark online by tomorrow morning on the website.
If you have questions or concerns about these decisions, please feel free to contact one of your Elders. Finally, let us not forget in this fear filled world that we serve a God who is sovereign over all. Let us as a church be an encouragement to our friends and our neighbors and an example of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.