COVID-19 RESPONSE AND INFO

A LETTER FROM YOUR PASTOR

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

            It is with confidence I am writing you this letter.  Confidence that we will overcome this current time of uncertainty in our world because of our faith in God!

             I John 5:4-5 (4) “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. (5) “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”  I am fully trusting in God in these perilous times and have full confidence that we will see him glorified in and through the hearts and lives of His people during all of this.

 

            That said in an effort to live in accordance with His word we are going to have to make some changes TEMPORARILY to the way we COME TOGETHER to learn and worship so that we can

  1. Not forsake teaching & preaching the gospel as well as exhorting one another in God’s word.
  2. Submit to our governing authorities by not meeting in large groups (Romans 13:1-7).

            (ALL SCHEDULED SERVICES & ACTIVITES WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL APRIL 30)

 

            This letter is an explanation of how we are going to continue worshiping, praying and doing ministry TOGETHER in this unprecedented time.

 

            WORSHIP SERVICES (Sunday morning, evening and wed evening) will be live streamed over our face book account “Southside Baptist Church – Atoka, Ok” as well as being posted on our website at www.atokasouthside.com.  You can access all services on the website by clicking on the “sermons” link then clicking on the service you wish to watch.

 

            UPDATES- We will do our best to keep you updated as to what is going on with services as well as prayer needs and ministry opportunities through our text messaging service as well as Facebook videos and the website.  (IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY RECEIVING THE TEXTS GET IN TOUCH WITH MYSELF, ROGER, OR MATT SO WE CAN GET YOU ADDED TO THE LIST)

 

            PRAYER REQUESTS- If you have a prayer need, there will be multiple ways to submit those.

      1. Through the prayer request link on the website
      2. In the comments during the Facebook live stream
      3. Calling or texting them to myself, Matt, or Roger (our # are on the back)

We will get those requests out via our text messaging service

           

            GIVING- I have already had people ask how we will handle the giving.  There are a few ways.

      1. You can give online by going to our website and clicking the link “online giving” (Matt will be doing an instructional video on Facebook and our website to guide you through that process).
      2. You can simply mail it to Southside Baptist Church, 1220 South McNally Drive Atoka, OK 74525.
      3. You can drop it by the church Mon – Fri from 12-4
      4. If you are unable to do any of the above activities you can contact me and someone will come by and pick it up.

 

            I John 4:18 says “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear-” Do not fear my brothers and sisters God will overcome and remember WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER.

 

Phone Numbers you will need to know

 

Bro Cecil- 580-239-0711

Church office- 580-889-2684

Matt McIninch- 580-889-1448

Roger McIninch- 580-889-0228

 

 

 

DEACONS

Don Walker- 580-889-0625

Brickie Griffin- 580-513-1789

Kevin Meadows- 580-889- 1775

Ron McIninch- 580-889-7415

Bruce Usher- 580-239-0824

Kenneth Breeden- 580-364-4131

 

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

            Shopping for people in the high risk categories

            Hosting in home PRAYER GROUPS

            PRAYING for God to work in a mighty way to curtail this pandemic.

            PRAYING for the lost that they will come to an understanding of their need for Christ!

            Calling / texting people each day to check on them and relate any needs to the Staff.

            SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH THOSE LIVING IN FEAR!!

 

            (Contact me if you want to minister in any of these areas OR if you need to be ministered in any of these areas).

 

RESOURCES FOR YOUR IN HOME USE.

            Children’s bible study - see attachment

            Adult Sunday School - www.oklahomabaptists.org/sunday-school

                                                 www.facebook.com/reconnectss

           

 

 

            Remember these modifications are temporary!  We will be constantly evaluating the situation and will try to get things back to normal as soon as possible.  We will do our best to stay in contact and to keep you updated as we go. “I already miss you guys and am looking forward to being back in the Lord's house WITH YOU!

 

In Love,

 

Bro. Cecil Mackey