We have begun gatherings on Sunday mornings at limited capacity. Click the link below for more information about attending a service!
We will continue to gathering together in worship each Sunday mornings through our TV (MyTV-30 or channel 14) and online formats (Facebook Live or here on this website). See link below.
A Message from Pastor Nathan
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” - Acts 1:8
Dear Church Family,
I pray you all are well. It pains me how much I miss seeing you in person, serving and worshipping alongside of you.
We are starting to settle in to this new normal - sheltering in place, working from home, and meeting online. I am grateful that, in His perfect timing and providence, the Lord allowed us to purchase new video and streaming equipment a couple of years ago. This has enabled our services to reach many, many more people not only in our community but across the globe.
We will continue to operate in this way (the building will be closed) until we can safely meet again in person. We will continue to listen to the voices of the authorities, the scientists, and our own medical professionals as to when that day may be.
One of the best practices for when we find ourselves in strange and difficult times is to "count our blessings.” Allow me to share some things I’m particularly grateful for in this season:
For technology that allows us to connect safely. Lil told me that we had 200 people attend one of our Sunday morning small groups on Zoom last week! Facebook says that we reached over 1,000 people with our Easter broadcast yesterday, with more than 600 of them “engaging” with us in some way. We also received a few "digital connection cards" from our website. Yesterday the Koinonia class had our first centenarian on a Zoom call - Alberta Turney!
For our staff family. They have all gone above and beyond in finding creative ways to minister to our congregation during the past month. Their gifting and creativity has enabled us to continue to stay united and encouraged as a family of faith.
For our lay leadership. Sandy Murabito, Deacon Chair, has been an extension of the staff all year long, but particularly in this crisis. She has led wisely and compassionately. Our small group leaders have done a great job checking in on their little flocks and praying for one another, too, and our committee chairs have called digital meetings and excelled in communication.
For the timeless message of the gospel that is now being expressed in new ways. The message has not changed, but the methods surely have. I’ve loved seeing our children and youth connect and collaborate online for worship, Bible study and fellowship. This time has forced us outside the walls of the church and into fresh expressions of what the body of Christ looks like in our time and context. Change will bring about new opportunities to share the gospel with those who desperately need to hear it.
Though we lament the loss of life and the loss of a way of life that we observe at every turn, we continue to give thanks to our God who remains good and on His throne. We choose Easter hope that compels us forward in the face of fear.
This Sunday we will begin a new series that I pray will be a great encouragement to us during this time. We will spend the next thirty-three Sunday mornings in the amazing book of Acts, diving into God’s Word that tells us about the spread of the gospel across the globe. I’m calling the whole series “The Unstoppable Church.” It’s good to remember that when we are fearful, when we are skeptical, when we are discouraged, that the Church will go on! Jesus told us that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church.
We saw in yesterday’s message how the message and mission of Easter is, “Fear not, go and tell” (Matthew 28:5,10). The book of Acts is a record of this exact message and mission being carried out to a dark and hurting world. In about 30 years, Jesus’ prophecy about His witnesses reaching the ends of the earth would come true. How could that be? Through the power of the Holy Spirit. Some commentators say we should call this book “The Acts of the Holy Spirit” instead of “Acts of the Apostles.” That same Spirit lives in us today, and He will guide us in all truth (John 16:13), and empower us at Woodmont Baptist Church to fulfill the message and mission of Easter - “fear not, go and tell.”
So join us - lean in to what God is doing through this season, and let’s continue to be the unstoppable church, filled with the Spirit and commissioned by Christ Himself.
Grace and peace,