EMAILS FROM PASTOR GLENN

March 25, 2020

Hey MBC family, today at 8:00 AM the entire state of Wisconsin went into what Governor Evers called “Safer at Home.” This means that for all non-essential businesses we are supposed to stay home and minimize contact with other people to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

 

While many do not like this decision, we need to do everything we can to not only obey this edict but to be “self-aware” by practicing the basics; like washing our hands, practicing social distancing, not coughing or sneezing on others & sanitizing hard surfaces on a regular basis. 

 

The question of whether or not you are essential, or nonessential can make us all feel like we’re less valuable than other people.

 

First let me say that even though most of us may find ourselves in the category of nonessential from a Government standpoint, you are never considered nonessential from God’s standpoint, or for that matter, from MBC’s standpoint. 

 

The bible says in Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

 

This bible passage tells me that we are all unique and valued by God. And you are all unique and valued by us as a church. 

 

I know this hit all of us very hard and we are all dealing with unthinkable changes & challenges to life as we knew it. 

 

Just keep in mind this is temporary. We will get through this. It may take some time, but if everyone does their part and does what our local and national governments have requested, we will get through this.

 

I want you to know that I am in communication with the Governor’s office. I have been on conference calls with the Lt Governor and will be on another call tomorrow talking about how these decisions effect our lives and the church.

 

We are also compiling a list of organizations for emergency relief resources to help you during this crisis to our website and Facebook page. Please check this list out to see if there is anything available for you and your situation (that you may not be aware of). We will continue to add to that list as resources become available.

 

Here’s what going on at MBC and how you can help:

 

In case you haven’t heard, you can catch our Sunday morning services livestream (or other virtual platforms) at 10:00 AM every week. Please bear with us if you have experienced a drop in signal or its been pixelated. We are doing everything we can to change that. So many churches have jumped on the livestream platform over the past week that it has caused the system to get overloaded at 10:00 AM on Sundays. We think we have found a work-around so check out the service this week. 

 

This past week, we have created some additional pages on our website for our kids and youth. We want to help you as parents have the resources you need to help kids of all ages have the spiritual insight for dealing with this crisis on both a relational and emotional level. 

 

Also, the teaching team has been creating Daily 3-minute devotionals videos that have been uploaded to our website and our Facebook page. If you haven’t watched these videos, I would encourage you to do that. 

 

As I mentioned last week, we are joining the greater church community to pray together at 7:00 PM. It’s something that churches are doing all over the world. It’s called COVID-19 Prayer. Here’s how it works: Each day wherever you are stop and pray at 7:00 PM. Set your phone alarms so you don’t forget to pray.

 

Pray for our medical people, doctors, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, pharmacists, EMTS, Physical therapists and all those who serve the sick who cannot by their calling and profession flee the viral contagion, but like the firefighters and police during the 911 disasters are called to stay and face personal danger for the good of others.

 

Pray asking the Lord to bring a revival that will sweep the nation and pray for the cure and end of this Pandemic. Pray also for the health care personnel and civil leaders who are serving our communities seeking to keep us safe and well.

 

Creating Community

 

We are continuing to create more and more virtual communities through Zoom and other virtual platforms (for all ages). If you get invited into a group, please respond and spend a few minutes staying connected with your MBC family. If you are interested in hosting a group, please let Lance Ratze know at lanceratze@gmail.com. Or Matt Clooten at mjclooten@me.com.

 

I want to encourage you to reach out to friends in the church. Who do you normally sit by, who do you miss? Reach out and call them and perhaps share a word of encouragement & say a prayer for them. 

 

There are great opportunities for us as believers to love people and be empathetic to the anxieties they are facing. 

 

Also PLEASE continue to be faithful in your tithes and offerings. You can click https://www.mbcmadison.com/giving/giving.php  to do that safely online. If you are not comfortable with giving online, you can always mail in your giving to PO Box MBC 45702 Madison 53744. The church has always been an armory to accumulate resources for those that are hurting in times like these. Thank you to those that have done this. You are helping to create strength for our church to function during this difficult time.

 

Also, if you are in a financial position to give a special gift that we can use to help others less fortunate, that would be helpful. 

 

We are creating an emergency relief fund so we can help those in need and be there for those most vulnerable. With your help we can accomplish that. We are delivering food to families of MBC and making financial donations to food pantries around the area. 

 

When you give over & above your regular tithes… Please designate those gifts ER (Emergency Relief). And we will set those gifts aside to be used for food and shelter as well as health issues and supplies. 

 

This is a time to be generous to others around us.

 

You heard me say on Sunday… “If you need something, say something.” We want to be here for you. We are all in this together!

 

If you are hurting and need some basic assistance with food or shelter, please let me know. We don’t want you hurting and feeling alone.

 

Our leadership is doing everything we can to help lead you though this difficult time of uncertainty. But I know one thing for sure… God is with us & He will not leave us nor forsake us. 

 

We are praying for safety and protection for all of those that call MBC home. Please read Psalm 91 and pray that for you and your family as well as our city, state and nation. 

 

We love you!!

 

Pastor Glenn

March 19, 2020

Hey everyone, I know we are all dealing with unthinkable changes & challenges to life as we knew it. In just a couple of days we have gone from normal life and a fairly healthy economy to a life of uncertainty and craziness. 

 

Just keep in mind this is temporary. We will get through this. It may take some time, but if everyone does their part and does what our local and national governments have requested, we will get through this. 

 

Remember… (2 Timothy 1:7) says; “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love and of a sound mind”. Please use this time to be a leader in your community and share the love of Christ! 

 

Here’s what going on at MBC and how you can help:

 

We are not canceling church or small groups; we are just moving into a virtual church environment. We will continue to have our Sunday morning services livestream (or other virtual platforms) at 10:00 AM every week. Thank God for those that helped us put that technology in place several years ago. Many churches in this city are scrambling and some have reached out to us for help in going live. 

 

Right now, we are creating some additional pages on our website for our kids and youth. We want to help you as parents have the resources you need to help kids of all ages have the spiritual insight for dealing with this crisis on both a relational and emotional level. It may take a few days for those resources to be available. Please go online to our website and Facebook page to see what is available. 

 

Also, starting today, the teaching team is creating Daily 3-minute encouraging/hope filled video devotionals that will be uploaded to our website and our Facebook page. It would be great if everyone could share those videos with their friends on FB. Last Sunday we had approximately 377 households join us for our Sunday service. 

 

During this time of uncertainty, we are in a position to help others that don’t have a personal relationship with the Lord have peace. 

 

Next, we are asking each of you to join together as a church community to pray together at 7:00 PM daily. It’s something that churches are doing all over the world. It’s called COVID-19 Prayer. Here’s how it works: Each day wherever you are stop and pray at 7:00 PM. Set your phone alarms so you don’t forget to pray. This is similar to what they did in the old colonial days whenever there was a threat to the village, they would ring the church bell calling people to take action & pray. 

 

Pray for our medical people, doctors, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, pharmacists, EMTS, Physical therapists and all those who serve the sick who cannot by their calling and profession flee the viral contagion, but like the firefighters and police during the 911 disasters are called to stay and face personal danger for the good of others.

 

Pray asking the Lord to bring a revival that will sweep the nation and pray for the cure and end of this Pandemic. Pray also for the health care personnel and civil leaders who are serving our communities seeking to keep us safe and well.

 

Creating Community

 

We are looking at creating a virtual community through Zoom and other virtual platforms (for all ages). If you get invited into a group, please respond and spend a few minutes staying connected with your MBC family. If you are interested in hosting a group, please let Lance Ratze know at lanceratze@gmail.com.

 

I want to encourage you to reach out to friends in the church? Who do you normally sit by, who do you miss? Reach out and call them and perhaps share a word of encouragement & say a prayer for them. Let’s go virtual and stay connected. 

There are great opportunities for us as believers to love people and be empathetic to the anxieties they are facing. 

 

Also PLEASE continue to be faithful in your tithes and offerings. You can click https://www.mbcmadison.com/giving/giving.php  to do that safely online. If you are not comfortable with giving online, you can always mail in your giving to PO Box MBC 45702 Madison 53744. The church has always been an armory to accumulate resources for those that are hurting in times like these. 

 

Also, if you are in a financial position to give a special gift that we can use to help others less fortunate, that would be helpful. 

 

We are creating an emergency relief & benevolence fund so we can help those in need and be there for those most vulnerable. With your help we can accomplish that. I have already delivered some groceries to someone in the church. We want to be able to do more of that as things get worse. 

 

This is a time to be generous to others around us. The church has always flourished during times like these.

 

I’m also asking everyone to… Pay attention to the vulnerable in your neighborhood; think of who you can get groceries for. Take time to listen to the fears of others; sit with them; pray with them. 

 

You heard me say on Sunday… “If you need something, say something.” We want to be here for you. We are all in this together!

 

If you are hurting and need some basic assistance with food or shelter, please let me know. We don’t want you hurting and feeling alone.

 

And finally, the scriptures encourage us to “draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

 

(Psalm 46:1) says; God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

 

Don’t forget to join us for prayer at 7:00 PM tonight (wherever you are) and for our Sunday service this week. Besides worship & me sharing a word of encouragement, we will also hear from other members of our teaching team. 

 

Our leadership is doing everything we can to help lead you though this difficult time of uncertainty. But I know one thing for sure… God is with us & He will not leave us nor forsake us. 

 

Pastor Glenn

March 13, 2020

Beginning March 13, 2020, we are cancelling all Sunday services and events until further notice. This includes all small groups and the Dream Team Banquet scheduled for March 22nd. The Executive Team of MBC will be meeting this week to discuss creative ways to create community during this time. 

 

This Sunday we will livestream the message I was going to give and share some updates from my living room. We will also have some worship from Judah and Jordan. It will be available at our regular time 10:00 AM. You can join us on our Facebook page or our website at www.metrobelievers.com. Please help us spread the word to those in your spheres of influence to know our Sunday service is cancelled and to join us on Sunday livestream. Besides the basic wisdom we are gathering on why it would be best not to meet. 

 

Another reason for this change is because of where we meet.  As you know, we meet at the Princeton Club and use facilities to host our services and accommodate our kids. Because of that, there is no way for us to be certain that everything within those facilities have been properly cleaned and sanitized. The gym is a prime spot for sweat and bodily fluids to be left unnoticed or uncleaned. 

 

As your pastor, I care about the health and safety of you and your children. I also care about those that all of us might intersect with and may pass on something that could be unhealthy or harmful for them (especially those most at risk). We want to be wise about loving the people around us and not unnecessarily adding to the spread of this virus. 

 

It’s not just about us it’s about us caring for others. Social distancing & proper basic hygiene will help lower the curve for passing on the disease and contributing to the Pandemic. So, let’s all do our part to take personal responsibility for making sure we are taking the warnings seriously and doing the following: 

 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. 

  • If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

 

As believers we are called to conduct our lives differently than those that don’t know God. Instead we need to walk in the peace of God and let the light of Jesus shine through us.  

 

This is not a time to live in fear… Fear is never a good place to live.  Our friends/family and co-workers need to see that we handle things with faith instead of fear.
 

  • Most of all, keep showing love in practical ways to those who need it most.

 

(Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Trust God and His word & Do NOT let fear control you.


(Psalm 91:5-7) You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.


(Psalm 91:10-11) No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.


(Luke 12:25-26) Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?


(John 14:27) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.


(John 16:33) I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
 

(2 Timothy 1:7) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
 

 

- Pastor Glenn Smith

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Metro Believers Church PO Box 45702 Madison, WI 53744-5702 | p: (608) 833-8233

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