From Our Pastor Covid-19 Update

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March 26, 2020 


Dear Antioch Family & Friends, 


This week the Governor of Virginia issued an Executive Order restricting gatherings of more than 10 people for 30 days. In looking at the calendar it now looks like the earliest we could meet for “live” Worship would be April 26th. We want to act on the side of caution and public safety for all concerned. 


During this down time, please continue taking preventative measures that reduce the chances of your being infected with the COVID-19 virus. Please pray for those on the front-lines to include those who work in the medical area and first responders, who run an increased risk of exposure. 


We will continue meeting for Sunday worship virtually with worship broadcasts at 8am and 10am. In addition to streaming our service, we have also added the ability to broadcast via our YouTube Channel and  Facebook Live . These links can be accessed from the Antioch website: www.antioch-church.org or via the Antioch App. 


If you need to reach a staff member or Deacon/Deaconess and you do not have their direct number or email address, please feel free to call the Antioch main number: (703) 425-0710. Your message will be directed to the appropriate person. If you have a prayer request or a need, please reach out to your Deacon/Deaconess. You can also send a prayer request from the website. Click here to view the Deacon/Deaconess names and contact information. If you are not certain who is your Deacon/Deaconess, please call anyone of them and they will assist you. 


I want to thank the Homeless Ministry for serving 132 meals on Tuesday. This was truly a job well done. Our midweek Bible Study had about 75 persons tuned in. Also, we continue to add more Bible studies on-line; the Friday morning Bible study starts at 9:30 AM. You can join in by going to the Antioch website and click on the link “Bible Study via Zoom.” 


I am encouraged by the wonderful response to E-giving! I am thankful for your wonderful and thoughtful attitudes. The reality is that even in the midst of this pandemic, ministry operations continue. We continue supporting missionaries around the world, we are still conducting as much of our ministry as possible (such as feed the homeless) and assisting members in need. Our ministry obligations do not disappear, nor our responsibility to honor God with our tithes and offerings. I encourage all of us to prayerfully continue our generous giving because of our faith in God. There are several ways to give at Antioch during this season: 


1. You can mail in your financial offerings to: Antioch Baptist Church; 6531 Little Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. 

2. You can use one of our e-giving (electronic) methods: 

a.  Make an on-line donation from your Bank/financial institution on-line banking by adding Antioch to your distribution;                       

 b.   TEXT GIVE by at 571.200.2017;

 c.   e-GIVING by going to the Antioch website and press the tab “ONLINE GIVING” if you do not already have an account, you will need to set up an account. 


If you have any problems, please call our Director of Finance, Reuben Johnson at (571) 732-4256. 


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. I ask that you pray, asking God to use His power to end this pandemic. Also, pray for our government leaders at every level to work together. Pray for our first responders and medical personnel who are working tirelessly to care for others. And pray for our missionaries around the world who are sharing the gospel. 


In addition, pray for your neighbors, family, and friends. I encourage you to call your friends and family who live alone. A call from someone like you will encourage them in times like these. If you are able and healthy, seek how you may assist someone who needs supplies (milk, toilet tissue, or pick up a prescription, etc.); look for ways that you can be a blessing to someone. 


Let’s work together and allow God to be glorified. 

 

Peace and Love. 


Your Pastor, 

Marshal L. Ausberry, DMIN, THM

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