UPDATE: May22, 2020– Church Life during COVID-19
 

Dear PBC Family,

 

We are quickly approaching June and it appears as though the city and state are easing restrictions. Because this is still a fluid situation, I cannot say with certainty, but most likely we will be able to start opening our building to some sort of large group worship experience in June.   I will be meeting with the Task Force next week to talk about the logistics of reopening.

 

With great freedom comes great responsibly. As we begin to experience the freedom of reopening, we will need to be responsible for continuing our practice of social distancing and refraining from handshakes and hugs.   Most likely you will be asked to enter one designated door as you come to worship and exist out of another designated door following worship. Our water fountains will be unavailable so we will have bottled water available. To limit the amount of surface-touching, we will not pass the offering plates or observe communion. For the foreseeable future, it is probably best if we don’t do activities together that include food and the preparation of food. Most likely we will do monthly virtual communion service on Facebook live during the summer months. Currently, I am thinking we could do that on the first Wednesday night of each month.

 

Also, I want to inform you that we have a new P.O. Box number. Last week the Columbia Police notified us that some checks were stolen from our church. We have video evidence showing someone going through our mail in the early hours of Sunday, May 10. We believe all checks stolen have been accounted for and those whose checks were taken have been notified.  Going forward, to address the security of receiving tithes and offerings through the mail, we now ask that you send your tithe to: Parkade Baptist Church, P.O. Box 267, Columbia, MO 65205.

 

We are living in unprecedented times. I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we move forward. Though we are forced to rethink our approach to church, we are finding new, and in some cases more productive ways to do ministry and further the cause of Christ.

 

 

Thanks,

Pastor Chris Cook
 
 
 

UPDATE: March 25, 2020

 
Dear PBC Family:
On Wednesday, March 25 a Stay at Home Order, issued by the City of Columbia, went into effect at 8 am. This order will remain in place until April 24 or until rescinded. To be compliant, we will need to continue suspending our in-person meetings, Bible Studies and Worship until the order is lifted.
 
Following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and the local health department, we are taking action for the safety of our membership and community. Until the order is lifted, the church building will be closed with a few exceptions. At times, staff and a few volunteers will be in the building to carry out essential work, including care of the facilities, office administration, financial business and the recording of on-line worship.
 
Our office staff will be answering the phone during regular office hours and our pastoral staff will be checking phone messages and e-mail messages. You may continue to contact the church office at 573-443-4585. Church mail will also be received and processed during this time.
 
We will continue to communicate regularly via e-mail, website and social media. We will post content daily on our Facebook page in addition to continuing our livestream of our worship service on Facebook each Sunday at 10:30 am. We hope you can join us on-line but if you are unable, please call the church office and we will send you a CD of the worship service the following week.
 
Our mission and ministry will continue during this time. Your faithful and consistent giving is crucial to help us meet our financial obligations. You may mail your tithes and offerings to the church office or give on-line. Our mailing address is 2102 North Garth Avenue, Columbia, MO 65202. We appreciate your generosity.
 
Although our established routine has been interrupted for the time being, this is an opportunity for us to grow closer together and strengthen our fellowship through cards, phone calls and social media. You are encouraged to stay in touch with other church members.
 
Lastly, on behalf of our church staff, I want to thank you for your prayers and encouragement. Parkade Baptist Church is proving that she is a loving and supportive congregation in times like this.
 
 

Keep Smiling,

Pastor Chris

 

UPDATE: March 17, 2020

 

As the coronavirus changes the way we live and experience social connections for the next few weeks, we will be operating in a different way.

First, we will have no in-person meetings for at least two-weeks, March 15-30.   This includes worship services, small group Bible studies and meetings.   We will stream an e-worship experience on our Facebook page on Sundays at 10:30 am.   We encourage you to like our Facebook page and join us for this experience.

 

Secondly, as a church, we are not just the body of Christ when we are gathered on Sundays and Wednesdays, we are the body of Christ 24-7. Even though we are practicing social distancing, we encourage our membership to stay connected through phone calls and social media. Even though we are not formally meeting, we can build the strength of our fellowship by encouraging and praying for one another.

 

Third, our ministry and mission continue during this time. If you have a need or a prayer request, you can call or email us at the church office. We encourage our membership to care for one another during this time. If you are healthy and able to check on others who are at high risk, please do so. This might include checking to see if they need grocery items before you go to the store. As the coronavirus spreads fear, we encourage our members to maintain a faithful witness to Jesus Christ by being agents of hope and spreading the kindness, patience, love and care of Jesus Christ.

 

One other word: Please stay informed and watch enough news to know how to prepare and respond to the coronavirus, but then after that, take a break. Don’t let the media feed your fear. Live your life, draw close to God and experience His never-failing goodness.

 

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you” (Psalm 56:3).  

 

Keep Smiling,

Pastor Chris Cook