Stay up to date with the steps Mikado Baptist Church is taking to help our members and guests navigate the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, or Coronavirus.
Wednesday, April 1
Dear Church Family,
At this time, in accordance with the President’s social distancing guidelines which have been extended to April 30th, we will not plan to gather together in person or host any events until Sunday, May 3rd, at the earliest. Please continue to pray for our nation, it’s leaders, and for those who are struggling with this deadly disease. Pray for a vaccine, and ask God to give strength and encouragement to those on the front lines in our community who are serving those who are sick.
As you know, we have continued to expand our online presence with regular services hosted on Sunday at 10:45 AM and 6 PM, as well as a Wednesday night devotional at 7 PM.
Pastor Rusty Smith
Tuesday, March 24
Friday, March 20
Thursday, March 19
Dear Mikado Family,
“When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to the presidency in 1932, it was on a promise to restore the confidence of the American people and to bring America out of the Great Depression. Roosevelt stated in his first inaugural address that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. On March 12, 1933, eight days after taking the oath of office, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took his place behind national radio network microphones to deliver what is considered the first of his celebrated fireside chats. His paternal, broadcasting style helped to soothe a troubled nation’s fears” (resource: www.archives.gov/education/lessons/fdr-fireside).
Currently, our Leadership Team is planning to use Facebook for “fireside chats” of encouragement with various ministries: children, teens, and adults. Our desire is to strengthen the bond of our church family during this unprecedented time in America’s history. Let’s rejoice in the fact that the body of Christ (local church) always thrives during times of intense testing; so, I encourage our families draw close to Christ and one another!
For those who receive the “Coming Up” email, that format will be adjusted to include: prayer requests, missionary updates, ministry spotlights, and weekly stewardship. Next week, a safe and secure drop box will be installed outside of the office for those who prefer to “drop off” their contributions. During the week, the USPS delivers Mikado’s mail inside the office; but, for those who prefer to give online, I recommend using your bank’s option of Bill Pay (no fees). Online giving (3.25% fee) is also available via our website. Keep in mind that Mikado’s ability to declare, disciple, and do will be dependent upon the faithfulness of our members in continuing to support Mikado’s mission.
This Sun, March 22 – Sun, April 5 at 10:45 am, Mikado will worship online. Two options to join us include: mikadobaptist.org/live-stream and facebook.com/mikadobc. I encourage you to make plans to worship at Mikado this weekend, only in a different format!
As we pray and ask the Great Physician to protect and deliver our church, our families, and our government from COVID-19, the song in my heart is: The Solid Rock.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
Serving the King,
Tuesday, March 17
All services and events at Mikado Baptist Church are suspended until April 5th. At this time, for the safety of our members and guests, and to honor the guidelines set forth by the President, we have made the decision to suspend all church services and events until April 5th, 2020.
We will have online services on Sundays at 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM.
To view options for our services via live stream, please visit our Livestream Dashboard link: https://mikadobaptist.org/livestream-dashboard/
Thursday, March 12
Dear Mikado Family,
On Wednesday, March 11th, President Trump addressed the nation in a decisive tone that communicated our Commander in Chief is leading the charge to protect the citizens of our great nation. Yet, as fear seemingly grips the heart of our nation, let’s be encouraged that 365 times throughout Scripture, God exhorts His children not to fear. In fact, Isaiah 43:1-3 gives a command (v. 1) circumstances (v. 2) and a confidence (v. 3) to each believer!
COVID-19 – Although the official position from our President is that the risk to the average American of coronavirus at this time remains low, the charge to Americans was to know the risks, be prepared, and not to panic. The common sense approach of protecting oneself and family from the flu is the approach being taken throughout Mikado’s nursery, children, teen, and senior saints’ ministries (ref: Center for Disease Control recommendations):
- Keep objects & surfaces clean & disinfected using EPA approved disinfectants qualified for use against coronavirus
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands
- Avoid close contact with others (esp. sick people)
It is requested that members and guests avoid handshaking, fist bumping, or any person-to-person contact at this time. As a reminder, children with a runny nose or obvious illness are not permitted into the nursery, and one’s child must be fever and/or symptom free for 24 hours before being permitted to stay in the nursery. In addition, second to hand-washing is the CDC’s recommendation to use hand sanitizer.
Summer Mission Trip (Spain) – Missions is the heartbeat of Mikado Baptist Church, and that passion includes local, national, and international outreaches. Although an annual mission trip is one of the summer’s highlights for our teens, I have directed our Youth Pastor, Chris Niarchos, to cancel this summer’s trip to Spain following restrictive travel bans to Europe.
Easter at Mikado – Considering that the focus of the world is on a pandemic, join me in earnestly praying that the most important weekend on the Judeo-Christian calendar, will result in church around the world being filled and overflowing at both Good Friday and Easter Sunday services! Our God is alive, active, and able to do the impossible; and, as we confidently take our requests before His throne, may we do so with the confidence that the God of this universe hears and will answer our prayers in a manner that brings Him glory!
Serving the King,