He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!" Psalm 91:1-2
Dear Broadview Family and friends,
We continue to closely track the news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally. As you’re aware, BMBC has been closed for worship service since Sunday, March 15th. While this virus continues to spread through close contact, the church has taken several precautionary measures as recommended established by the State of Illinois www.dph.illinois.gov and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the spread of COVID-19. I encourage you and your family to follow the established prevention measures. Visit the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/home/index.html for additional information. To review the Illinois Phase 3 Recovery Plan for places of worship, please click here. Our primary objective as a church, during this COVID-19 crisis, is to make our church a safe and healthy environment as we continue to minister to the needs of our church and community. I will use the remainder of this letter to share BMBC ministry information and ways you can participate, stay informed, or volunteer to help. Information is also provided for you on how you will receive updates on COVID- 19 and our BMBC reopening plan.
While the days ahead hold unknowns, we are here to help. We all realize that the impact of COVID-19 has had a ripple effect in our lives emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially; but God is still in control. We want to help you cope with the challenges of COVID-19 that may come your way and encourage you to participate in the BMBC ministries currently available. The past and coming weeks have presented BMBC with new opportunities to bring the hope and compassion of Christ to our church members and community. Even though our sanctuary has been closed, there are still many important Broadview ministries and new church activities that are in full force. I invite you to participate in the BMBC ministries detailed below.
- Sunday Worship Services – 10:30 AM via YouTube (Communion on 1st Sundays).
- Wednesday Midweek Prayer Services – 7:00 PM via Teleconference To connect dial (425) 436-6381. Access Code 272263 (message and data rates may apply).
- Wednesday Midweek Worship Services – 8:00 PM via YouTube
- Thursday Community (Jerusalem) Outreach Food Assistance – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (non-perishable food drop-off 4 PM - 5 PM and food pick-up 5 PM - 6 PM – west parking lot).
- Communion Packet Pick-up – Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. and Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (juice and wafer pick-up at BMBC – east side of the building).
BMBC Mission Ministry—The Mission Ministry (Jerusalem Outreach) has given out over 600 meals and groceries to assist families within Proviso Township; delivered over 60 goodwill packages to healthcare workers at the Hillside Nursing Home; and provided support to healthcare workers at the six Lexington Health Care Center. Help! More volunteers are needed!
BMBC CARES—Connect…Acknowledge… Remind… Encourage… Share…
Fellowship and communication are especially important during times like the COVID-19 crisis. The BMBC CARES initiative was designed to enable ministry leaders to connect with, encourage, inform and minister to BMBC members with whom we have not had contact with since our church facilities were closed in mid-May, due to COVID 19. The personal phone calls have been well received by each member contacted, their requests from the church were shared with ministry leaders and communicated to the church leadership.
Get connected! If you want to be informed of the various ministries electronically, you must be signed up to receive BMBC text and email messages. Does the church have your most up-to-date contact information, such as your cell number and email address? If not, please contact the church or visit the church "Staying Connected" page to provide this information for our records so that you can receive updates on BMBC affairs, events and activities.
We, the Pastor, and Finance Committee thank you for your continued support to the financial obligations of the church during this challenging time. Now, more than ever before, people need to know the love of God! While we may not be physically gathering at the building, the ministry of this church continues. Remember your gift of volunteer time and financial support is needed. Please use one of the following ways to give.
- Send a check via regular mail or drop it off at BMBC’s east entrance M-F from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ring the doorbell to gain entrance).
- Text-to-Give - text BMBC to 73256 then follow the prompts.
- Online Giving: go to the church website "Giving" page.
BMBC’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is accepting donations for personal protective equipment and care items at the church, M-F from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Suggested items include masks, rubber gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays, goggles, and thermometers. Financial contributions are also accepted to assist in making purchases of personal protective equipment and care items. Your donations, financial contributions, and sacrifice of time to help others are truly appreciated. Church members in need of personal protective equipment, care items, or want to help the BMBC’S CIT should contact the church by phone or email BMBCHelps@broadviewmbchurch.org.
Church Reopening Task Force—The Church Board recently appointed a Church Reopening Task Force to develop a plan to gradually and safely reopen BMBC for full in-person worship service, Bible study, and fellowship. We will provide you with updates on COVID-19 and our reopening plan for BMBC via email, the church’s website www.broadviewbaptist.org and written correspondence.
Finally, please remain prayerful for our church, community, and the world, especially for those directly impacted by COVID-19. If you have prayer requests, need protective equipment, care items, support, or want to volunteer to help, please contact BMBC at (708) 343-3700. I will continue to pray for you and look forward to worshipping with you at BMBC in the near future.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all!” (2 Cor. 13:14)
Blessings, comfort, and peace,
Rev. Christopher C. Robinson, Sr. Interim Pastor
BROADVIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH CRISIS INTERVENTION RESOURCE GUIDE
This Crisis Intervention Resource Guide was developed by the BMBC Crisis Intervention Team for the purpose of identifying external resources available to support church members and the community at large, in times of crisis.
The resources include local, county, state, religious and non‐profit organizations that offer a wealth of social services that are generally available to the public. Please click the link below to access the guide.
Broadview Missionary Baptist Church (the “Church”) provides this Resource Guide for your review and investigation to determine if any services provided by the agencies and organizations listed herein will be of assistance to you. The Church does not recommend or endorse any agency or organization listed or described in this Guide. Any decision to interact with or use the services of any agency or organization is your individual choice, not a decision made by the Church or any of its departments, auxiliaries, employees or volunteers. The Church is not responsible for the content of or services provided by any of these resources.
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