Message from Pastor Walter

June 23, 2020

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 1:3-6

I am privileged to see the amazing works of compassion, the sharing of the gospel, and the spiritual fruit that is being produced through the quiet and faithful work of the Anastasia Church family. Whether it is bringing food to someone in their home, providing rent assistance, or just offering love and support, the Lord is using you. And He will continue to bring your service to completion. I am filled with joy that I get to be associated with such passionate and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.

Worship with Others in Mind
We are blessed that at Anastasia we are able to worship either online or in person and join the worship service in real time. Many of you have heard the reports that the frequency of the virus is increasing in our area. We are also more prepared to face this challenge responsibly. This is a time to be careful and watchful. As we gather for worship, I encourage us all to worship with others in mind.

Those of you that join us online and are continuing to faithfully engage in that way, you are important and you are making a difference. Worship with others in mind and know that you are helping us to make space to practice appropriate social distancing in the worship venues. Thank you for your contribution. We are continuing to make the online experience at all locations the best that it can possibly be.

Those of you that join us in person for worship, you are important in helping us feel connected to each other. Worship with others in mind, and know that as you practice social distancing, or as you wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible, or as you sanitize regularly, you are helping us to prevent our worship services from becoming a location of COVID spread. Thank you for every step you take, and know however you choose to practice safeguards, we are glad you are worshipping with us.

Our hope is to reopen more fully when the school year begins August 8-9. Our leadership team is closely looking at our local situation daily and continues to evaluate when a safe expansion of ministry can resume. Please pray for wisdom and discernment. Please also pray that the Lord would eradicate this infection completely.

Called Business Meeting
A called business meeting will be held in person this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Christian Life Center at Anastasia Baptist Church for the purpose of considering two recommendations. The first is to consider calling Jeremy Carlton as youth pastor at Anastasia Baptist Church. The second is a recommendation from the Stewardship Council to make funds available for the youth pastor transition and move to St. Augustine.

**UPDATE: Jeremy Carlton was called in that meeting and will join us July 7.

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

Acts 1:8 Missions Fund
The Acts 1:8 Missions Fund is how we help support many of our community ministry partners as well as missionaries around our nation and the world.

This Past Week’s Digital Bulletins for Your Anastasia Location

Trip to Israel Zoom Meeting Thursday June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Lynn Sherblom, the trip organizer, is hosting a ZOOM trip meeting. The trip to Israel via Amman, Jordan with Pastor Walter is still a go November 30-December 9. It’s not too late to be a part of this group. We will see and experience Petra, Mt. Nebo, Jericho, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Caesarea, Galilee, and Capernaum. Deposits are now due. Brochures are available at the Welcome Center. Digital brochures are available by request. For more information or to reserve your place, contact Janie Prevatt at abc@anastasiachurch.org or at 904-471-2166 ext.145.

To receive a link to the ZOOM meeting contact Lynn at info@yourbesttravel.com.

Please Continue to Pray With Me Daily At 7:13
Wherever you are at 7:13 AM or PM, pray 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 God bless you richly as He gives us all the power to overcome!

Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Walter

BELOW ARE COMMONLY ASKED FOR LINKS AND INFORMATION

Rx Hope
Project Rx Hope, brothers and sisters in Christ helping each other.
To volunteer or to request help, contact us by email at RxHope@anastasiachurch.org.

Contact Us by Phone: 904-471-2166

Contact Us by Email:  abc@anastasiachurch.org

What Can I Expect When I Go to Church This Weekend?

  • What about masks? You are welcome to worship at any of our locations with or without a mask. Local guidelines are still recommending that people wear masks when they are within 6 feet of other people. We ask that you lovingly respect the decisions of those around you in regard to their use of masks and social distancing.
  • Currently we are refraining from handshaking, hugging, and passing out bulletins.
  • Strategically located offering boxes have replaced the offering plates.
  • Preschool, children, youth and life group ministries are not meeting onsite on Sunday mornings yet. Families will be seated together and will worship together.
  • Space is available for life groups to meet at other times of the week. Contact David Dodd at discipleship@anastasiachurch.org. We are also fully supportive of any life group that is willing and able to meet safely off-site.

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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.