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5/27/20 Church Update
May 27, 2020, 4:55 PM

*Please remember this is the letter that I send out to those who do not have internet access in our church, but it is a method to communicate to the whole church as well. The information is important for all of the FBC Buffalo Family.*

Dear church,

 

I am sorry that it has been a few weeks since I have sent you an update. Due to some health issues, I have been somewhat delayed to get information out to you that I usually have been able to get sent. As many of you know, we have resumed meeting face to face on Sunday mornings at First Baptist Buffalo. We practice social distancing during our services, and we are mindful of the reality that a virus does not care where you're at in it's spreading.

 

I am very thankful to have spent the last two weeks and face to face worship with the church. What a blessing it has been. It is encouraged me greatly. We have had great crowds at church each week, and I'm very thankful for that. It has been nice to be able to see the church members after almost two months of not seeing them. I've been very grateful for the way people have engaged one another and followed social distancing recommendations. We're still live streaming our sermons on Facebook. I know some are still a little hesitant to get back into regular worship services. 

 

I want to give you an update briefly on my health as well. Over the last two weeks, I have met with numerous doctors and received consultation and advice on how to proceed with the repeated issue of foot ulcers. The plan right now is rather simple. It should take about two or three more weeks for my foot to heal. After this, I will see my orthopedic surgeon. We will schedule a surgery date. This surgery will fix my calcaneus bone. They will extend the tendon on the back of my leg, and it will adjust the bone on my left toe so that it does not have issues with ulcers anymore. I'm still not sure what the recovery time on this will be, but I do know this will be a fairly serious surgery. Please be praying for my family and me as we enter into this procedure.

 

It appears at this point that the church is going to go forward with our yearly mission trip. We've identified a location. We will be making a trip to examine the site and consider the options for what we will be doing at that location. The dates for the mission trip remain June 22-26. If you're interested in the mission trip, please contact Angie Rash, the mission trip director.

 

In the next few weeks, the leadership team will be meeting to discuss opening other areas of the church's normative pattern of worship. We would ideally like to have Sunday school reopened as well as evening services as soon as we can. Please be patient as we proceed with caution and try to gather the best information we can about how to do this in a way that protects people in our church and respects government guidelines.

 

Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you for continuing to support the church through this time of adversity. My prayer and my hope are that this adversity will draw us closer together. This is a time to unify around a love for Jesus Christ and desire to make his name great among the nations. This has undoubtedly been a difficult season. I do not know how quickly things will return to a regular pattern, but I know who does. I want to encourage you to continue to pray for those in your Sunday school class. I want to encourage you to continue to play for our church as a whole. There will undoubtedly be struggles ahead for each and every one of us, but do not be discouraged. “If God is for us so who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).

 

In this letter, you should find either a CD recording of the sermon from Mother's Day or a copy of another print sermon. I apologize for not being better about getting these out over the last few weeks. I will certainly try to improve on this. With my numerous doctor's appointments, I have fallen behind on some things, and I apologize for that. Please forgive me for my delays in getting phone calls to many of you, but know that I am doing the best I can to keep in contact with each of you.

 

I encourage you to pray for us to quickly be able to resume our normative pattern of worship. I miss meeting on Sunday nights and Wednesday nights, and I miss my Sunday school class very much. I'm sure many of you are the same.

 

Sincerely,

 

Pastor Dave



Comments

05-27-2020 at 7:49 PM
Dorothy Shumans
Hi Bro Dave
Thanks for long letter. Praying all goes well with surgery. Looking forward to being home. Leaving in the morning. Charles much improved.
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