Dear FBC Camden,
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Psalm 33:10-11 says, “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.” James 4:13-15 says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”
Now, I trust we all believe these truths, but all the same I think we’d agree that sometimes it’s hard to joyfully submit to them, isn’t it? Friends, if nothing else, the Coronavirus is giving us an opportunity to remember and embrace the fact that God is God and we are not. His job is to sovereignly orchestrate the details of our lives and the unfolding of human history. Our job is to trust His wise and good plan. There is much we do not understand, but because we know Jesus, we know enough to trust our heavenly Father. The decisions and opportunities that follow are designed to aid us all in demonstrating that trust to the watching world around us.
First, let me start with what we’re not doing. For the next two weeks we will not be meeting together as a church. This takes us through the end of March, at which point we will reevaluate using the most current information. At least until then, our plans are on hold. That means, we will not meet this Wednesday (3/18) or the following Wednesday (3/25). We will not have our Men’s Ministry cookout this Thursday (3/19). We will not meet this Sunday (3/22) or the following Sunday (3/29). We will reschedule the budget proposal presentation and the vote to adopt it. We will also postpone the updated directory process and the updated nursery volunteer schedule.
On the other hand, here’s what we are doing—if the Lord allows. Tomorrow (3/18) we are partnering with Camden-Fairview High School to prepare a drive-thru meal for anyone in need of food here at our building. We will begin preparing around noon and delivering the food around five until we run out. We are in need of a few volunteers to help cook, plate, and deliver. We are also in need of cookies for all willing to provide them. If you are interested in being a part of this, please call the office, which will remain open during regularly scheduled hours.
Please use this season as an opportunity to think about the needs of others before your own. Ask the Lord to give you a heart of wisdom and discernment to perceive how these events might negatively impact those around you. As a church, we want to step in to minister wherever we can. Brittany Lindsey is coordinating efforts to minister to those in need within our church and our community. If you or someone you know is in need of groceries, medicines, errands, or a phone call or note, please let Brittany know or call the office so we can do our best to help. I actually believe this can be a great way for us all to learn how we should always care for each other—not just when there’s a crisis.
We will plan to release a recording this Sunday morning meant to encourage you, but in no way pretending to substitute for our regular gathering together as a church. We will post it on our website at and link to it on our Facebook page. Whether or not you choose to watch the recording, let me encourage you to spend the time you would have gathered for added devotional time in the Word and prayer. Reflect on the role of the local church in your life and thank the Lord for His kindness toward and provision for you.
Brothers and sisters, let’s not waste this opportunity for the sake of the Kingdom. We may not see the beauty of the church gathered over the next two weeks, but let’s ask the Lord for our community to see the beauty of the church scattered in its place. May the Lord see fit to get glory from us in this season.