Message from Pastor Walter

December 29, 2020


I was glad when they said to me,“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”    
Psalm 122:1

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for staying connected with your church family! Church, the body of Christ, is a crucial part of our spiritual health and growth. God gives us a special joy when we can be with other believers. So whether you came in person, worshiped online, had a video get-together with your life group, or participated in a drive-by celebration, our Lord will bless every effort you made to stay connected to His family on earth.

NEW MESSAGE SERIES BEGINS JANUARY 3

We want to invite you to join us for a message series, The Body of Christ, beginning January 3. In this series we are going to explore the blessings of life together in Christ as church.January 3, Psalm 122, Joy in the HouseJanuary 10, Acts 2, The Fellowship of BelieversJanuary 17, John 17, The Body UnitedJanuary 24, Hebrews 10, Confidence TogetherWe look forward to seeing you soon!


THIS WEEK’S HOLIDAY CHURCH OFFICE SCHEDULE
The church office will be open this week:

     Tuesday, December 29 
     8 AM – 12 PM   
     1 – 5 PM

     Wednesday, December 30  
     8 AM – 12 PM     
     1 – 5 PM 

     Thursday, December 31   
     8 AM – 12 PM

Please be aware that we are experiencing some technical difficulties with the phone system at the Anastasia Baptist Church island location. If the phone does not go through to a “real person” please leave a voice mail message, and we will be able to respond. Thank you for your patience.


WE SURPASSED OUR GOAL OF $33,000 FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS OFFERING

I don’t have official numbers yet, but I am told we have received over $40,000 so far for the The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. I’ll try to share more complete numbers in next week’s email. 

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is the annual December offering collected by believers around the world for Southern Baptist international missionaries. The offering was officially named in 1918 in honor of Lottie Moon, a missionary to China, who urged churches to start it and to give sacrificially. It is a valuable part of Southern Baptists’ 175-year history of reaching the nations with the gospel and is vital to fulfilling the vision of a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank the Lord for your faithfulness to His kingdom work.

Watch videos of how the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is impacting the world with the gospel of Jesus.

To participate in this offering, you can give online, or you can put your contribution in any offering envelope and write “Lottie Moon” on the front.  One hundred percent of your Lottie Moon contribution will be used for missionaries. I want to encourage each of us to consider not just giving gifts to each other, but to pray about giving to the Lord by supporting our missionaries around the world. 

Follow this link to make a contribution online to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International MissionsPLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY WITH ME DAILY AT 7:13 Wherever you are at 7:13 AM or PM, pray 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 for our nation and the world.
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:13-14

May Christ bless you richly in the New Year.

Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Walter


BELOW ARE COMMONLY ASKED FOR LINKS AND INFORMATION


Assistance Due to COVID-19?
Those needing assistance due to the COVID-19 situation should send an email to RxHope@anastasiachurch.org.

Worship with Others in Mind
We are ensuring that seating leaves appropriate space for adequate social distancing. Those of you who join us in person for worship, please worship with others in mind. We encourage everyone to be aware of appropriate virus precautions (social distancing, face masks, etc.) and to take these precautions when appropriate. Please be respectful of others as they make these decisions for themselves. Thank you for every step you take.

Worship Online Is Still a Great Option
We are still continuing to do our best to ensure that our online livestream services are the highest quality. While the virus is still active in the community, joining us live online is a great option. See the times and online links below.  

What to Expect at Church this WeekendWhat about masks? We do not mandate wearing of masks. We encourage everyone to be aware of appropriate virus precautions and to wear masks when in close proximity of others. However, we allow each worshiper to exercise their own discretion in following virus precautions. Currently we are refraining from handshaking, hugging, and passing out bulletins. Strategically located offering boxes have replaced the offering plates.

Anastasia Baptist Church (Anastasia Island)
Onsite Worship: Sundays 8 AM, 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:15 AM.
Online Worship: Sundays 9 AM and 11:15 AM,
Livestream Worship, Facebook Live and YouTube 24 Hours a Day / 7 Days a Week, phone in for latest sermon audio. Dial (844) 385-1722. The first time you call, you will be asked if you would like to receive a call back every time the services are going to be broadcast live.
Wednesdays 6 PM, LifeHouse Midweek Devotion, Facebook Live
Give at ABC on the IslandContact Anastasia Baptist for prayer or to connect.
Digital bulletin, Anastasia Baptist
Anastasia Kids (ages 1 year through 5th grade) meets Sundays during the 9 AM and 10:30 AM services. (not meeting January 3rd)

Anastasia 16 Church
Onsite Worship: Sundays 9:30 AM
Online Worship: Sundays 9:30 AM
Livestream Worship, Facebook Live
The Bible App Sermon Notes: Search for Anastasia 16 Church in “events” in The Bible App (YouVersion) to follow along with the sermon notes
Give at Anastasia 16
Contact Anastasia 16 Church for prayer or to connect.
Digital bulletin, Anastasia 16

Anastasia Church en Español
Onsite Worship: Sundays 11:30 AM
Online Worship: Sundays 11:30 AM
Livestream Worship, Facebook Live
 Give at Anastasia Church en Español
Contact Anastasia Church en Español for prayer or to connect.

Anastasia Church Elkton
Onsite Worship: First and third Sundays of the month, 10:30 AM at South Woods Elementary School, 4750 State Road 206, Elkton, FL
Give at Anastasia Church Elkton
Contact Anastasia Church Elkton for prayer or to connect.
Digital bulletin, Anastasia Church Elkton

Thank You for Your Continued Faithfulness in Supporting the Church Financially
You can make either a one-time contribution, or a recurring contribution, by following the GIVE tab on the church website. You may also mail your contributions to Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 A1A South, Saint Augustine, FL 32080.