MPBC CORVID-19          03/19/2020

Last evening the deacons and myself met for an in-depth discussion on Covid-19. Last week, in response to Governor Coopers Executive Order, we canceled public services for Sunday and Wednesday of this week, agreeing that we would re-visit the matter as things develop.

The decisions we made last night were for Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Every Church, and its leadership must decide what is best for their congregation; it has nothing to do with being “spiritual” or “unspiritual”; nor do we see this as a conspiracy against Christianity, since the government mandates closings for all “mass gatherings”. 

The Apostle Paul was clear in Romans 13:1-2… Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Titus 3:1-- Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work…

So, we took all the information available to us from the CDC, federal and state government, and health care professionals, discussed it, prayed over it, considered all our options, and made the following decisions in the best interest of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church:

  1. All services and activities at the church are canceled for the foreseeable future. 
  2. We will be doing livestream services on Sunday morning @ 11AM, and Wednesday nights @ 7PM. 
  3. All buildings will undergo a thorough cleaning and sanitizing, and closed for use. We are contacting those who have events planned in the near future, so they have time to reschedule or cancel.
  4. We are working on a plan with Pastor Darren to provide weekly Bible studies for our youth; we will provide that info as soon as its available.
  5. If you are older, or have health issues and you need food, medicine, etc.; please let us know and we will attempt to arrange for someone to go for you. 
  6. We agreed to be part of a Preparedness Plan, that should the need arise, would provide meals to the needy in the community. 
  7. The office will remain open during this time.
  8. A part of our worship is through the financial support of our ministries. You can continue to give via the online giving portal on our website, thru the mail, or by dropping gifts off at the church office.

If this seems extreme, please know that these decisions were not made in haste, or in fear. If we close for two weeks and we are given the “all clear” we will be back on regular schedule at the first opportunity. But, regardless of anyone’s personal opinion, theory, or desire; we agreed that if we were going to err, it would be on the side of caution and care for our church family. We would rather a miss a few public services, than attend a single funeral!

In Christ,

Pastor Matt