Update Letter from Pastor Clay for April 16

Greetings Faith Family and Friends, 

 I wrote a letter for you last week, but we were unable to reach all of you due to problems with our One Call system. Thanks to Patti’s persistence we are up and running again.  I hope you had a chance to join our Maundy-Thursday (unfortunately 2 part) Facebook video experience, our Good/Holy/Long Friday Facebook video message and Resurrection Sunday Facebook Live celebration.  All are available via our First Baptist Hillsboro Facebook page.  The Friday stream has received over 450 views and Easter celebration over 1,200 views!  A few stories have made it back to me letting me know God is getting into people’s hearts, minds and souls through those offerings.  Feeling blessed to be a small part of God’s movements to express His love in the midst of this global pandemic. 

 There have been and continue to be technology challenges, personal and professional growth challenges, and innovative challenges to make all this happen but is well worth the effort.  We are making many efforts to improve our video connections as well as physical improvements in preparation for when we can worship in person together again.  We have increased efforts to stay connected with our faith family while we are apart as well as expanding efforts to meet real needs in our surrounding community.  Let me be blunt here, most of these efforts come with a price tag.  How much we can seize the day to spread God’s amazing love at a rate more infectious than any virus depends on the partnership between the Holy Spirit and our faithfulness, which includes your financial giving.  Will you prayerfully consider giving and/or increase your giving during this time we cannot meet physically?  Mail checks to FBC, P.O. Box 708, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

 This coming Sunday our live stream worship service message is titled “Voices going off in my head” and will look at practical ways we can apply Romans 12:2 in these most unusual times.  God can use this disruption of normal to renew our minds in ways that align with the Kingdom of God.  It will not happen by osmosis but will require work and determination.  This could be a very significant season of growth in discipleship for you! 

 I am currently also working on a dialogue message with the Co-Executive of the American Baptist churches in Ohio, Rev. Mark Click.  His insights and heart will provide much to pray over and celebrate.  Details coming soon. 

 We are ready and willing to serve you.  Contact us if there is a tangible way you would like us to journey with you during this unique time. 

 Grace and Peace and Undeniable Hope, 

 Pastor Clay