Dear NPC Family,
We hope that you are all doing well. We know that this is a difficult time for you, for our church, for our nation, and for our world. At a time like this we encourage you all to be careful and wise.
It seems like each day the world changes so much. It is hard to keep on top of things. A week ago, we wondered if precautionary steps were an overreaction. Now, we are beginning to wonder if they were enough. We still don’t know.
Our session continues to monitor events daily. We met again last night and are in regular contact. We will meet again next Tuesday. Please continue to pray.
At this time we believe it is best to continue broadcasting our services via Facebook Live. We are asking everyone to stay home and respect the CDC’s request to practice social distancing and congregate in groups of less than 10. Until we can determine how to broadcast our services in Spanish and English, we may have a few Spanish speakers present this week. But they will be required to practice social distancing.
At this time we are going to suspend all other Church related activities that take place on the church property. Session is asking Janet to work from home as well.
Please note: that not going to church in a building does not mean that one cannot go to church! Church isn’t a building. Nor is it a service. It is the people of God. Now, it is hard when we must stay in quarantine! But let’s find ways to be the body of Christ to the world. Whether that is through devoted times of prayer, or by supporting those who are working to serve those in need, or whether you are one of few who are able to serve.
With that being said, the deacons are working hard to help put together a comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of our members during this difficult time. Morningstar Ministries and Waste Hunger Not Food have both temporarily discontinued their services. This means that the families we have been servicing through these ministries, who may well be even more impacted by this crisis, will likely be more significantly affected. If you have any needs please contact us and let us know. We are here to help!
The beauty of the 21st century is that you can still join us in spirit by following the service on Facebook live: follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/NPCBakersfield/
If you need help with your computer, let us know and we will find someone who is able to help.
In the weeks to come we will work on other alternatives to enhance your spiritual journey. At this time, we encourage you to “devote yourselves to prayer” (Col 4:2) as Paul says. We also encourage you to read your Bibles. Pastor Rob has been encouraging you to read the book of Revelation. Try it! Maybe you can start one of the daily read through the Bible in a year plans. Or you can purchase Pastor Rob’s book Follow the Lamb (contact pastor Rob —or order on Amazon.com) to help with your study of the book of Revelation. There are many great options!
Finally, we want to encourage everyone to utilize online giving. Please visit northpres.org and click on the give tab. You will need to have a paypal account. If you don’t have one click on the “Give now” button on the northpres website and then click on the “signup now” button on the top right of the PayPal page. Then follow the steps to set up your account.
(A separate “graphic” email will be sent on how to set up a PayPal account). Once you set that account up, and are logged in click on the send/request tab. Enter “firstname.lastname@example.org” and the amount you want to donate. You can also donate through you bank or financial institution. You can always give by sending a check to the office at 3700 Union Ave, 93305. If you wish to contribute to the deacon’s fund to help offset some of their expenses during this time, just note that on your contribution.
It is important to remember that Sunday remains a sacred day for the people of God. Some wonder if encouraging people to stay home is an act of fear or panic. Not in the slightest. In fact, for those who are the most vulnerable, it may well be the highest expression of care and love.
Pastor Rob and Your Session