our governing authorities’ instructions and will continue to stream our worship
services on April 5 and 12 even though these are Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. On March 10, 2020 we had fewer than 1000
cases of Covid-19 in the United States.
Today, April 1, we have 186,000 cases.
Some of this growth is because of increased testing, but this disease is
doubling every three days. If that
continues, we would have a million cases by Easter. You can understand the concern of our medical
resources being overwhelmed and the need to slow the acceleration through
social distancing and limiting gatherings.
Our president has extended his guidelines to not meet with more than ten
people. Let us be responsible citizens
and faithful prayer warriors during these days.
Fortunately, we live in a blessed time and can continue to communicate through social media and phone calls. In fact, all of us can participate in outreach by easily inviting. your contacts to “like” the Immanuel Baptist Church of Temple Facebook page. Consider sending out these invitations on Sunday morning. We will continue to live-stream our 10:30 worship service – and you can invite people to worship who would not or could not physically attend.
On Good Friday, April 10, we will live-stream a service at 6:30 p.m. As part of this service, as is our tradition, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Please have juice and crackers ready at your home for your family, and also prepare spiritually.
On Easter Sunday, April 12, we will stream the service at 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30. Our Theme will be “No Greater Love – Hope Is Risen.”
Thank you for the many ways you are ministering to one another and to others during these difficult days. Looking to the LORD for His help and salvation, we will come through this. It is going to be a great day when we can gather again! In the Bible, in Numbers 9, the Jews were given instruction by God to celebrate the Passover at a later date if they were “unclean” on the normal date. Maybe we can celebrate a social media Easter on April 15 AND get to have a second Easter celebration later this year!