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Do Not Be Anxious

 
 
It’s been quite a week, yes?  We have much to be thankful for, and much to pray about. One prayer request is that the Lord would build our confident faith in him through every unnerving trial:

“Lord, use this event to chip away at every last bit of my self-reliance and replace it with a confident hope in you and your sovereignty in all things. Give me wisdom to do what’s best and help me to demonstrate your love to others, especially in times of great need.”

Earlier this week, I wrote you about the importance of continuing to meet as a church family. In the hours since, our world and our circumstances have changed. As a result, the Elders have decided to cancel any meeting this Sunday.

We were thinking about how to meet on Sunday when we received word – late yesterday – from our hosts at St. Mary’s that they didn’t want us to meet there for a while. They are rightly thinking of their students first and we honor that.  Later in the day came the Governor’s decree that all schools are closing for a time.

So Bill, Steve, PJ and PB and I agreed that we ought to sit it out this weekend and see what happens next, and what are our alternatives for meeting. We’re looking at a couple ideas, but will have to see what the wise choice is as this virus takes its course.  Your input is invited and welcome, so let us know if you have thoughts.

A few weeks back, we looked at John 4:34, the verse where Jesus dismissed efforts to get him to have tacos with the disciples, saying “My food is to do the will of him who sent me.” As he noted, the fields are “ripe for harvest” to this very day. In what soul-winning ways can we make Jesus’ priority our own, as we serve others and post on social media and love our neighbors?

If you need help of any kind do let us know. We are here to serve and may be able to pitch in if you’ll make us aware of the need.

We will keep you apprised of our church’s situation going forward!  It hurts to not collect this weekend, and hopefully won’t be long before we can gather in some manner, but suggest that you enjoy some family worship this Lord’s Day!

Pastor Dale

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times including during a global pandemic, you may abound in every good work.”  II Corinthians 9:8 (amended!)



Sometimes Miracles Hide

Sometimes Miracles Hide is an elegant luncheon for mothers of children affected by disability, where they will enjoy a fabulous meal, warm fellowship, an encouraging program, a gift, and much needed rest and respite.  Their children, typical or affected by disability, will be paired with a buddy, and together they will have fun at the carnival filled with games, crafts, and activities for all ages and abilities.
 
 
Time and Location: Noon – 2pm at FBC, 649 Crater Lake Ave., Medford
 
Family Information: Reservations are required.  Space is limited, so you must RSVP by April 27.  Call: 541-897-0482 Email: bolstad@joniandfriends.org  With your reservation, we will need to know: Your name and phone number; Names and ages of children attending; Specific disability/diagnosis and any pertinent info to make your children feel comfortable; If your child can eat the lunch we are providing – if not, we ask that you provide your child’s lunch.  Children’s Menu: Jelly sandwich, bag of potato chips, cheese stick, fruit juice, apple slices and a cookie.  Nursery: Nursery/toddler care is available for children 0-3.
 
Volunteer Information: There are many ways to serve at Sometimes Miracles Hide.  By serving for a few hours you make an eternal impact on families affected by disability.  CLICK HERE to sign up – follow directions below:
  • Click on any of the “Sign Up” buttons in the right-hand column.
  • Click the “Submit and Sign Up” button on the bottom of the page.
  • Log in to your existing account, or…
  • Create a free account and choose the 1st option “Create an account at SignUpGenius…”
  • Complete the “Additional Info” fields and click the “Sign Up Now” button.
For more information call 541-897-0482 or email bolstad@joniandfriends.org
 
Donations: Your donation of $25 will be used to bless a mother with a gift.  You may also purchase a gift card to a restaurant, store, or service that would be meaningful to a mother.  Please send donations to PO Box 113, Jacksonville OR 97530 or drop it off at our office – 405 E. California St., Jacksonville OR (1st floor of the historic Presbyterian Church).  Include your name and address.  All donations are tax deductible under current I.R.S. regulations.


Irresistible Church Training

We are fortunate to have in our own backyard a special gathering of all kinds of Jesus folks who have room in their hearts for families affected by disability. It’s coming up in one month, on Friday night and Saturday morning, March 6 and 7 at Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. Hosted by Joni and Friends Oregon, it will include workshops, training, church networking, fellowship, and worship with like-minded leaders and volunteers. There is a special guest speaker, and there will be treats. As a church wanting to do right by our special-needs families, the more folks from BCC (and EVERYONE on the Disability Ministry Team) who attend, the better equipped we’ll be to fulfill the church’s mandate to reach the lost and hurting.
-Pastor Dale
 
 
Friday night is free and requires no registration. Saturday is $25, but BCC will reimburse DM Team members who attend. Sign up for Saturday here.
 
The schedule looks like this:
Friday, March 6, 2020
6:30 PM
Registration
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Keynote Session with Dr. Jeff McNair
8:30 PM
Dessert Social
Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:30 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM
Opening Session
10:00 AM
Breakout Sessions
12:00 PM
Lunch
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
Closing Session