Covid19 --- here is how our church has chosen to respond:

Dear Mildred Baptist Church Family,

The leaders of Mildred Baptist Church have been closely and prayerfully monitoring the rapid escalation of the Covid19, and we have decided to participate in the fight against the “Covid19 pandemic” by joining our community, city, state, and country in a coordinated effort to slow down and/or to eliminate this terrible virus. We do this because Jesus Christ compels us to love.

WHAT WE KNOW

* Mildred ISD and Corsicana ISD to extend spring break an extra week due to COVID- 19 (March 13, 2020).

* Governor Abbott Holds Press Conference On Coronavirus, Declares State Of Disaster For All Texas Counties (March 13, 2020).

* President Trump has declared a nationwide emergency for COVID-19. This declaration increases federal support to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in its role as the lead federal agency for the federal government’s response (March 13, 2020).

* “Infected people without symptoms might be driving the spread of coronavirus more than we realized.” Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent

WHAT WE CAN DO

As followers of Jesus Christ, we do not retreat in fear, but respond in love and confidence by showing people where to find true hope – it is only in Christ Jesus. As good neighbors, we care about what happens to our community and country.

Here’s how we (as a church) are planning to join in the fight:

1) We will continue to pray.
2) We will stay united in the gospel.
3) We will remain connected in safe ways taking proper precautions.

4) We will share what we have with each other as needs arise. 5) We will alter how our church gathers for a time being.

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1.

Our Worship Schedule

Due to the concern about containing the spread of the virus, we are making the decision now tocancel the Sunday morning, March 15th Worship Service and Sunday School.

• We will broadcast Sunday services LIVE ONLINE to our members through our Facebook “Group” (not “page”) @MildredLife at 10:30 AM.
• We will suspend all worship services, small groups, Wednesday night activities and events until further notice.
• We will not participate in any other church group activities, meetings, and/or events.

The length of time we will function in this way depends on the progress the city, state, and country are making in this battle.

When disasters occur, it is a great “opportunity” for God’s people to reflect and to shine. We reflect on our relationship with God, we reflect on our sins and priorities of life, we reflect on our values and motives, we reflect on how we are functioning in God’s kingdom. We also shine by showing confidence in the Lord, we shine by modeling hope to the confused world, we shine by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, we shine by loving each other and our neighbors as we face various trials of life.

We want to go on the offensive in the fight against this coronavirus. Each of us can take a part in the process. There’s great information available at Navarro County Office of Emergency Management:

https://navarrocountyoem.org/index.php/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid- 19/?fbclid=IwAR2ufG7hBRZFi3ruWTbeG7BIyKnVBTBEe4xlSbVC02Mtku_m4RzE4a- wYp8

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Officials recommend that we do what we should always do during sick season and practice commonly advised health routines like:

  • Wash your hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds, with soap and hot water to protect yourself and others from germs.

  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently used objects, such as your cell phone, computer, and other frequently touched surfaces.

  • We can each do our part in sharing with those in need. Some retailers are experiencing a shortage of basic sanitation items. Please only purchase what is needed in your home or share what you have with others.

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2.

  • The Southern Baptist Convention is calling for a special day of prayer this Sunday to specifically pray for our nation and the effects of the Coronavirus. We encourage you to gather in your home and pray.

  • Join us in praying for wisdom for all decision makers and health officials as well as for healing for those directly affected by the virus. We know that our God is in full control even in the midst of this storm.

  • Continue to financially support the church through your tithes and offerings. You can do so through mailing your gift to the church, dropping it by the church office, or downloading the “easyTithe app” on your phone, or online by going tohttps://app.easytithe.com/app/giving/mildred.

  • MBC is also responding to our members and community by setting up a “supply pantry.” More information will be forthcoming on a list of items you can donate to help those in our community who may not have the ability to acquire these items. If you, or someone you know, has a need, please notify the church office at 903-874-7928 or email .

    MOVING FORWARD

    Thank you so much for understanding and joining us in this fight against this virus. CDC has stated that the average age of people who have died from the coronavirus disease in the United States is 78 years old. The vast majority of the people who contract this disease will survive. However, those who contract this disease can negatively impact the most vulnerable in our society. In addition, when too many are hospitalized, it could overwhelm the healthcare system causing greater panic in our society. The good news is that this virus doesn’t seem to affect young people as much. Nevertheless, we should all take part in taking precautions and bringing an end to this pandemic as soon as possible.

    The leadership of the church will try our best to keep you posted as new information becomes available. We are here for you. Reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

    The Bible tells us: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7

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3.

MBC will communicate with you through email, text, social media, phone, and our website with updates on schedules, events, and any changes. Times like these present unique opportunities for us to minister in our community. We will communicate about those opportunities through the means mentioned above.

THE ULTIMATE HOPE

The good news is we are STILL the church, whether we can meet in our building or not. I am grateful for the established technology we have in place to still worship and teach God's Word during this challenging time. We are adjusting our ways to join forces with our neighbors in fighting this common enemy and we will (God willing) return to our regular schedule in the near future. In many ways, the leadership is learning as we go in facing this unfamiliar calamity. We solicit your prayers for wisdom from the LORD.

With much hope and love in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Jonathan Cobb & MBC Deacon Team

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:74.