Episode 10: Greg’s Greetings

While the coronavirus may have changed our lives and schedules for the moment, it’s important to remember that there is still much good being done within our church and community, and that by God’s grace we are all doing well. Let’s not forget, as Dr. Greg reminds us today, that He is our comfort and joy even among our difficulties.

SHOW NOTES

Guest Spot Highlight | Dr. Greg Belser

  • Celebrating being pastor of MHBC for 15 years
  • Mary Catherine Gentry’s brother Pat who lives in Houston, TX has passed away over the weekend from complications due to the coronavirus.
  • Hearing various rumors of church members having extended families or co-workers but nothing has been confirmed.
  • No one in the church has the virus or immediate family confirmed with family.
  • Things are going well at the church. Staff trying to stay connected as we possibly can. Everyone is a little more electronic savvy.
  • The health of the church spiritually and physically is strong. Church has responded really, really well.
  • Staff is continuing to work and trying to keep everybody connected. We want to be the clearing house for encouragement and spiritual content. We want to keep pointing people back to God. When appropriate, we want to be ready to mobilize as many as possible to help and serve and lean into the responsibilities of being a gospel centered church.
  • Church still open 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Most of of the staff are still working on campus. Closing doors and working. Some of our staff we have asked to go home – a small handful are working off campus when appropriate. Trying to manage.
  • Everyone expected this would last only a couple of weeks, on the outside three, but President Trump had a news conference Sunday evening and announced the social distancing guidelines were now being extended to April 30. We are probably two – three weeks away from the peak in MS so if that’s the case, and I have no reason to suggest it’s not by any means that would suggest that perhaps we are going to be steady as she goes, and our situation hasn’t changed Closed on Sundays for the foreseeable future. If Pres. Trump’s announcement holds true, it will be May 1. The original suggestion from the CDC was eight weeks. If that’s the case, that takes us all the way to mid-May. Earliest it may be May 1 and hopefully at the latest May 15. Not pouring concrete on any decision yet. Elders meeting Wednesday. Our practice thus far is that we are respecting what governmental officials have asked us to do. We don’t want to endanger anybody; we don’t like the idea of encouraging people to come and put themselves in harm’s way or other’s in harm’s way. Trying to make lemonade out of lemons.
  • Susan and I walking a little bit. Checking on neighbors. Checking on church members we hear about. Susan has been faithful to help people with supplies and resources. 
  • A lot more interaction with people walking through Old Town.

#MHBCtogether Update

  • Lots of pictures. Life Groups. Families.
  • Thank you to everyone who has shared. Fun to see.

Church Activities

  • Second Harvest still serving clients. Still need food. Drop off at Hampstead outside Student Building.
  • Immediate need is anyone who can share food rather than cash donation.

Devotional | Dr. Greg

  • Psalm 30
  • Verses are a comfort to every generation and ours none less today
  • God is our help, and whatever He permits in our lives that is hard or difficult or that we would not choose for ourselves the Scriptures reminds us that it is but temporary for His saints, for His loved ones –  it is but temporary. Joy comes in the morning.
  • There is a season to everything. Thankful that in this season, that we would not choose for ourselves, there must be a finish line, there must, if you will, a light at the end of the tunnel, and I would encourage our folks to keep their eyes on the Lord and trust the Lord as He continues to shepherd us. Things are different, but things are not altogether bad.
  • The Lord has a way, His way, of making a real difficulty last for but a night, and He will remedy that.

Prayer

  • John Salters
  • Deborah Montgomery
  • Anne Sommers
  • Mary Catherine Gentry

Closing Remarks

  • Tim: He knows every word to “Sweet Home Alabama” and has been our pastor for 15 years. Dr. Greg, thank you for being on the podcast today!
  • If you like the podcast, like, share and comment.
  • We love our family.

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Tim Peabody

Dr. Greg Belser

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