4/2/2020 "THE STRONG TOWER: TWO MINUTES OF REASSURING TRUTH IN TROUBLED TIMES"
3/27/2020 ONE CALL FROM PASTOR GREG: Good evening, everyone. In accordance with our Governor's "Executive Order 17" issued this week to limit the spread of the virus so we can hopefully get back to normal as soon as possible...And supremely, in accordance with the instruction of Scripture (Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17), Mill Springs is suspending all public gatherings until the Governor's order ceases to be in effect on April 6.
Brothers and sisters, this is a "test" of our spiritual strength and maturity. We must continue to hold together...in prayer for each other...in checking on each other...in helping and encouraging each other. And in worshiping together. How do we do that? Well in studying our congregation, what we've discovered is: not everyone has internet access but, as best we can tell, everyone has a radio. So for these next two Sundays, we're going to rely on our radio ministry to bring us together to study God's word. 9:30, Sunday morning, WJFC 102.9FM and 1480AM.
I'll be starting a brand new series from Luke 12 on "The Biblical Remedy for Anxiety." So many people right now are anxious and afraid, but Jesus has a word. So please tune in at 9:30 this Sunday morning (WJFC), prayed up, and with your Bible open. And by the way, this would be a great series to tell a friend about.
Church we are going to get through this. This is temporary. We just need patience, faith, and a thankful heart. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Hold together, brothers and sisters, in the grace, strength, and hope of the Lord. See you Sunday at 9:30 on the radio!
For the praise of His name, Pastor Greg
3/25/2020 Mill Springs Moments Newsletter
3/24/2020 UPDATE FROM ONE CALL: Meetings and activities have been cancelled for Wednesday. The men's breakfast and work day, scheduled for this Saturday, will be rescheduled. The trustees' meeting this Thursday will be held as scheduled. We will notify you of further changes.
3/21/2020 FINANCE CHAIRMAN'S ONE CALL:
Hello everyone, this is Dwight Bateman and I serve as the Chairman of the Finance Committee for our church. Most of you know, our beloved church was first established in 1828. This means that, through its long history, it has seen many national and world crises--six major wars, several epidemics like Polio, diphtheria and the Spanish Flu, as well as the great depression and 9/11.
Yet even through all of these life changing events, don’t we have a wonderful testimony to God’s faithfulness to our church?
So, first of all, I want to encourage you that now—nearly 200 years later, I am more than confident that God can, and He will, protect and provide during the Coronavirus of 2020.
I do however have one simple request—As a small church, we are so dependent upon the generous giving of all of our Mill Springs family. And often times, when we miss services due to things like snow or vacation, it can be very easy to miss an opportunity to give. So, please please please---be intentional about continuing to give during these trying days.
There are a few ways you do this---1) you can go to our website and click the “online giving” link at the top 2) you can send a check in the mail to the church office or 3) you can contact the church office to make arrangements to drop off a check. If you choose the last two, do this---write the check now, while it is on your mind. For those attending our outdoor service tomorrow, bring it then.
There are so many people in our community that need to hear God’s message of grace and truth and our pastor brings this message of hope every Sunday.
So, please remember to give and support our ministries and our staff. And should the Lord tarry, I know that those who speak of Mill Springs Baptist 200 years from now, will speak of our faithfulness to give and how well we must have loved.
I am so thankful for each of you and God bless.
3/20/2020 UPDATE FROM PASTOR GREG
Good afternoon, brothers and sisters. Well, unfortunately, due to the current national crisis, we are not going to be able to meet this Sunday as normal. However, we do want to present you with a couple of options:
Option 1 is to tune in to our radio broadcast on WJFC (102.9 FM/1480 AM) at 9:30 Sunday morning. If you are in any way health-compromised or concerned about getting out (period), then we urge you to choose this option. Stay home. Get your Bible. Gather any who may be in your home and listen in at 9:30.
Option 2 is I am going to be open-air preaching on the steps of the church at 10:30am (our normal starting time). Some of you may wish to bring a lawn chair, practice the recommended "social distancing" --space out at least 6 feet from each other, no handshaking, no hugging, and we will sing, pray, give and hear the Word of God outdoors (in the open air) the same message broadcast on the radio. Total time? About 35-40 minutes.
Somebody said, "But what if it rains?" Remember that high school football game that got canceled because of rain? Neither do I.
So this Sunday: 1 church, 2 options. Do only as God leads you.
Grace and peace.
3/14/2020 UPDATE FROM MS LEADERSHIP
We are doing our part and heeding the advice of officials as they have asked that we try to flatten the curve of new cases and attempt to slow down the spread of the virus. Therefore, we are modifying our services for Sunday, March 15, as follows:
1) There will be no Sunday School, coffee fellowship, nursery, children's church, choir practice, or 6:00pm service. ONLY THE 10:30AM WORSHIP SERVICE WILL BE HELD.
2) During the coronavirus threat, we will not pass the offering plates. Instead, there are two options. Please choose the one most convenient for you. There will be a collection area in the sanctuary foyer that you can place your offering in before you enter the service or during the greeting time. Or you can use our online giving program (there are details for that program on the foyer bulletin board). We will reschedule Communion and the special offering for the Gideons.
3) If you or an immediate family member are sick, please wait to attend until you’re feeling better. If you’re a high-risk individual or have concerns about potential exposure, then we ask you to please use your own judgment about attending.
3/13/2020 FROM PASTOR GREG
Good morning, church family! Because the coronavirus continues to cause national concern, we'd like to share our plan at Mill Springs for what may lie ahead. God is sovereign and our confidence is in Him; yet we also know that we’re responsible for wisdom in unpredictable seasons. Prov 14:15 “The prudent gives thought to his steps.”
At this time, we are not planning to cancel services or events. However if state and local health officials announce closure recommendations, or if our church leadership believes that cancellations need to happen, we will immediately let you know.
In the meantime, as we look ahead to this Sunday, we’re asking that we all refrain from hugs or handshakes... but of course only for the time being! If you or an immediate family member are sick, please wait to attend until you’re feeling better. If you’re a high-risk individual or have concerns about potential exposure, then we ask you to please use your own judgment about attending. If you have to miss, you can still listen online at millspringschurch.org, or to our podcast, or you can tune in on WJFC radio 102.9 FM or 1480 AM at 9:30 Sunday morning.
Finally, we ask that everyone please pray for all who’ve been infected or affected by this virus, and pray that this uncertain time may be an occasion for the Gospel to be proclaimed.
Remember, brothers and sisters: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Grace and peace! --Pastor Greg