Greetings, Friends and Members and Neighbors of First Baptist Church!
Welcome to all who worship remotely with us this morning, and a special welcome to those joining us through the Westwood Bulletin Board.
I trust you are well. First, a bit of business:
Donna M., your church financial folk, and I are still checking in daily in the building, but we are still not keeping regular hours.
Your donations, if you are able to continue them, are welcome more than ever at this time. You can mail them to the office (808 High Street, Westwood 02090), or use the yellow Donation box on the lower part of our website, https://www.fbcwestwood.org/. This enables us to continue to meet our obligations. Thank you!
Next Sunday, 3/29, I'm going to try to offer a time when we can all call in (including those without internet access) to hear one another, pray together, etc. If anyone is “spiritually gifted” in this technology, email or text me.
If you sew, and wish to sew masks for local medical staff, see our FBC Facebook® page for patterns, or contact me or Noreen V. She’s going to help us distribute them through the local nurse’s union. Jan S. also has patterns.
To the best of my knowledge, no one in our extended church family has been diagnosed with COVID-19. We do, however, have folks who are out of work. Be in touch so I can keep you in my prayers. For today, I offer prayers for all of you, praying especially today for our medical personnel and first responders who are in dangerous situations trying to keep the rest of us healthy and safe. We are blessed to have such people in our midst.
Now, here are two devotional videos for you for this Sunday. The first is a sermon, preached by me here in the parsonage. (I sent manuscript copies to our folks without internet.) The second is a beautiful rendition of Steve B. singing Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley.
Pastor Steph: Self-Pity While Staying Put, Based on Luke 13:1-5
Steve B: Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley
Be well all. Know God is with you. Know you are all in my prayers, as I trust I am in yours. May the Peace of Emmanuel, God-With-Us, be with you all,