May 29, 2020
Dear Antioch Family & Friends,
This week the Virginia Governor has moved Northern Virginia to Phase 1. Antioch will continue on-line services and all Christian education classes at least thru June. We continue to monitor the status and want to make sure we can have prudent care for everyone who visits our campus. Thanks for your understanding and patience. We do want everyone to remain safe.
Thank you for responding to the survey. We will be briefing the leadership team next week, and your Deacon and Deaconess will distribute the findings to you. Your input will be used in the process if any changes are made to our worship and Christian education offerings.
I want to thank our Feed the Homeless Ministry for distributing over 200 meals this week. Thanks to the team and thank you Antioch for providing the resources that enable us to provide for those who are food challenged.
Our Family Life ministry has two new initiatives on the horizon. Beginning Monday, June 8th at 7 p.m., we will kick off “Millennial Monday’s.” It will be a connecting time for young adults ages 19-29. There will be more information in the near future.
On June 13th we will kick off “Single Chat & Chill” for singles ages 30 and above for a time of chatting and connecting. The time is TBD. There will be more information to follow. If you have questions on either of these initiatives, please contact Rev. Alan Harris.
On Tuesday (7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.) we will be testing our ABC Prayer Line. If you would like to join in call (701) 802-5047, the access code is 1846260. Initially, we will operate the prayer line each Tuesday.
If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally during this time, please reach out to your Deacon/Deaconess, Ministers, and other professionals to assist. In the case of an emergency, call “911.” The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is “1-800-273-8255.” You can also text PRS CrisisText and text the word “CONNECT” to “855-11” or call the CrisisLink hotline at (703) 527-4077.
Once again, we are saddened and stunned to hear and see the death of another person of color on the streets of America. This time ground zero is Minneapolis. This time it is at the hands of those charged to protect and serve. We recognize that the systemic environment of racial insensitivity and disregard for black and brown human life resulted in the tragic death of George Floyd.
We grieve that once again the black and brown community has suffered another senseless loss. We see the response by some has been to express their frustration and anger with burning and looting. I do not condone burning or looting, but I can understand the frustration, fear, and anger of “here we go again!” The reality is racism never died in America, and unfortunately, it has gotten a new breath of life. But we have not come this far to give victory to racism.
My friends it is truly praying time!
We do not return evil for evil nor do we stand by and watch black and brown people be indiscriminately destroyed. We must demand that our national and local leaders stand up and speak out against racism and injustice. We must demand that our leaders address systemic racism in every level of government; and hold people accountable.
Let us keep praying for one another.
Don’t ever lose hope! The hope that we have the world didn’t give it to us and the world can’t take it away. All of our hope is from the Lord! I have attached a letter that was printed in the Baptist Press this week.
God bless you all,
Marshal L. Ausberry, Sr.
by Marshal Ausberry, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Marshal Ausberry is the first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention; president of the National African American Fellowship; and senior pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Va. FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (BP) --
My Christian worldview dictates that all human life is sacred. I come to this bedrock foundational belief informed by Genesis 9:6, which tells us that we are created in the image of God, the imago Dei. We are His image-bearers.
In light of that, I hold that life inside the womb is sacred. That is why I am wholeheartedly and unashamedly pro-life! But my worldview does not stop at the womb. I also hold that all human life outside the womb is sacred.
That is why I am disturbed, brokenhearted and deeply grieved when I see and read that another black man's sacred life has been unjustly snuffed out. The life of George Floyd was ended by those charged to protect and serve. They became judge, jury and executioner.
Ultimately, the lack of respect for the dignity and sacredness of all human life is sin.
If we hold that all human life is sacred, then why is it that black and brown lives are ended way before their time? The facts speak for themselves. There is a striking racial problem in America.
So, what should our resolve be?
We must remain ever prayerful and hopeful. But as someone has said: we must pray as if everything depends upon God and work as if everything depends upon us. We pray, we lament before God, we ask God for a healing of an ever-growing racial divide.
We must demand that our elected leaders eliminate racial vitriol and innuendo, whether intentional or implied.
We must demand that our local authorities deal ethically and justly with citizens of every hue.
We must demand that our Southern Baptist leaders and entity heads guard their words, actions and deeds to promote unity across racial lines We must demand that our Southern Baptist leaders and entity heads guard their words, actions and deeds to promote unity across racial lines to foster unity in the body of Christ. Not compromising the Word of God, but respecting one another as image-bearers of God.
And, we must ask each pastor and each church to work even harder to love one another. The world needs to see all of us loving one another, sincerely and honestly. We may not be able to change the world, but we can make our communities safer places for all of the image-bearers of God
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