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April 3, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace, peace and leading in these days.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle – click here 

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday and reflect on the truth contained in the shouts of the crowds who greeted Jesus as He entered Jerusalem…

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 

- Luke 19:38

Truly, Jesus came as the King who brings peace.  Those who cheered Him that day thought that this peace would be external, freedom from Roman oppression.  But He entered Jerusalem to die on a cross to bring us deeper peace, forgiveness of our sin and restoration to relationship with God.  This peace sustains us through any external circumstances and brings eternal hope beyond any difficulty.

After Sunday, we enter into Easter Week and look forward to our Good Friday service at 10am on April 10.  On Good Friday, we typically serve Communion and offer prayer stations and we want to do so this year, though it will have to look different.  We will lead Communion as part of our service, but will ask you to provide your own grape juice and bread.  We will partake together from our own homes.  As to prayer, we have some options.  If you are in a small group, you may consider getting together virtually after communion to pray with and for one another.  As well, we will have a link available so you can let us know you want prayer and someone from the pastoral team or prayer team will contact you as we are able.

We continue to work on the internet platform we are using to provide our Sunday services.  This week, the link to live services will take you to a page giving more explanation on what is available.  

We do want to continue to highlight the importance of prayer during this time and offer opportunities to pray together on-line.  Pastor Lyle will host an on-line prayer meeting at 2pm this Sunday which will not only focus on prayer for our current situation but also have us pray for God’s direction into the future.  The link to this meeting is  bit.ly/MBCZoomPrayer.

As well, we are providing an opportunity for you to join others to pray for the service on Sunday.  An on-line prayer gathering will take place at 8:30am on Sunday mornings.  The link for this meeting is bit.ly/MBCPreserviceprayer.

Thank you for continuing to generously support the ministry of the church!  Despite the multiple challenges and uncertainties of the past month, we have seen God’s grace and provision.  The staff and board are continuing to monitor the expenses and giving of the church to make sure that we can steward the resources entrusted to us wisely to accomplish the mission we have been called to.  As we move forward, we trust God in his mercy to continue to lead us and guide us.

As well, we want to express our appreciation to the pastors and staff who serve at McKernan Baptist Church who continue to work in the face of physical distancing and evolving public health requirements.  This has significantly changed the way that our ministry looks and the way that we function.  Please continue to pray for the unity and protection of all our staff as they serve.

For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on online and electronic giving options on our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca/giving).

Finally, information on COVID-19 can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

 

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson


March 26, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know the joy and peace of the presence of God,

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle click here – Video Message

We are incredibly blessed to be part of God’s family through Jesus.  Thank you for your ongoing support of our staff and of the ministry of McKernan Baptist Church.  We hear stories of small groups connecting virtually, of people reaching out to help their neighbours in need with gestures of kindness, and we are seeing great responses to our ministries as they’ve adapted to online formats.

This is a difficult time for many in our congregation.  Concerns about health, employment, finances, and uncertainty about the future affect many of us, our family and our friends.  Please continue to be in prayer for one another, for our community, for our city and for our country.  In the midst of this uncertainty, we need to remember that God remains in control and continues to actively work in the midst of painful and difficult situations to bring about positive outcomes we can’t now foresee.   During his life, Joseph suffered many difficult trials, yet at the end of it he was able to reflect and say to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen 50:20).

As the people of God, we can acknowledge both the difficulty of the present and have faith in Him to care for the future.  He does give “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”  This is a time to very intentionally look to God in prayer.  As a way to do so, we are planning a virtual opportunity for the church to be in prayer together using a Zoom meeting on Sunday March 29 2:00-3:00 PM.  This online format will allow us to connect to pray in response to the impact of the COVID virus on behalf of our community.  You can join us by using the link at the bottom of this letter.  Our technology will allow up to one hundred participants.

As of midweek, we had around 450 unique views of our Sunday service over livestream.  This week we will be using a new platform that will allow for more interaction, including being able to receive and respond to prayer requests during the service.  Please continue to join us for our live-streamed service Sunday mornings at 9:00am.   If you wish to view the service later, go the website and use the link labelled “Recorded Services.”

On our website, we have also added a “Stay Connected” banner.  We encourage you to visit the site to add stories of service and praise, to reach out for prayer and to indicate practical needs that you may have.  Thank you to those of you in the church who have already come forward to indicate a willingness to help. 

We would like to express our appreciation to those who continue to financially support the ministry of the church at this time as our expenses continue.  Financial updates are available in our weekly bulletin which is posted on the website.  The website also offers Information regarding online and electronic giving options.

Finally, information on COVID can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: https://www.ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson

Topic: McKernan Baptist Prayer Meeting
Time: Mar 29, 2020 02:00 PM Edmonton

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/135037078?pwd=aWxUWDVMeHZWRXgwaE5uN3pGL0VWZz09

Meeting ID: 135 037 078
Password: McKernan


March 19, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace and peace in these challenging days.  On the night Jesus was betrayed, He spent time preparing His followers for what He knew would be very uncertain and chaotic times.  Hear His encouragement to them in 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.

We want to continue to keep you informed about the impact of current public health emergency on our church and ministry.

To listen to a message from Pastor Lyle, please visit - https://vimeo.com/398965207

The board met again last night to discuss how to adapt our ministry in light of the changing public health measures being implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  We continue to seek God’s wisdom and direction, and appreciate your prayers and support.

Based on the information that we have, the board has agreed that we should continue to suspend our in-person public gatherings on Sunday mornings for at least the next 4 weeks.  This timeline is subject to change and will be based on the advice we receive from public health officials. 

Thank you for joining us this past Sunday on Vimeo!  We are blessed to be able to use technology to meet virtually, and invite you to continue to join us for a livestreamed service Sunday mornings at 9:00am.  We plan to have a recording of the service available by 11:00am.  Where is it appropriate for those who are healthy, this could be an opportunity to come together in your home to worship.  If you have had difficulty or know someone who had difficulty connecting to the live service, contact us during the week and we will help as we are able. 

The arrival of COVID-19 and the public health measures have added stress to many people’s lives due to changing routines and uncertainty.  For some members of our church this includes increased job and financial uncertainty.  There are also those who are isolated due to age, health conditions, and mobility.  As a community, we need to be in prayer with and for those around us. 

There are many in our congregation and neighbourhoods with ongoing needs.  At this time, we can continue to find practical and creative ways to demonstrate God’s love to one another and to our neighbours.  For those who are healthy, we want to hear about how you have been serving others so that we can spread good ideas and “spur one another on to love and good deeds” (Heb 10:24). 

At this time, we want to stay connected as a congregation.  One way we hope to this is through a new tab we have added to our website labelled “Stay Connected.”  If you have praise items, a prayer concern, a need, stories of serving others, or if you are willing to help in some way, click on this tab.

For those of you who are able to give financially, McKernan has information on the website (mckernanbaptist.ca/giving) regarding online and electronic giving options.

Many of our ministries are examining how to use technology to continue to connect with our congregation.  For example, Pastor Dave had a youth gathering via Instagram.  As our staff and volunteers trial new ways of connecting, we are excited to see how God can use these tools for his glory.

The board is planning to continue to meet weekly for the foreseeable future to monitor the situation and respond as appropriate.  Please continue to pray for wisdom and grace for our leadership and staff.

Finally, information on COVID can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at: https://www.ahs.ca/covid

For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.  We will continue to reach out through the website and via email.

 

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson


This week at McKernan Baptist Church

March 19-22, 2020 (As of March 19 @ 1:00pm)

 

Friday, March 20

  • Day Break – Still happening in the MPR at 9:30-11:30am

Sunday, March 22

  • 9:00am Service – Online Only
  • 9:00am Chapel Service – CANCELLED
  • 11:00am Service – Online Only – Recording of 9am service
  • Hymn Sing - CANCELLED

March 13, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

We pray that God will give us peace and wisdom as we walk in His grace,

As we have been monitoring the messaging around COVID-19 and the recommendations that are coming from health officials, the staff and leadership of McKernan Baptist Church have met to reflect and pray about how best to respond to this situation.  We also considered steps that our sister churches have taken in recent days.

After gathering to discuss this, we have made the difficult decision to not hold a public meeting this Sunday.  In doing so we wish to respect our responsibility as members of the community and demonstrate love for our neighbours. Listen to a message from Pastor Lyle regarding this decision here – (https://vimeo.com/397545827).

Instead, this Sunday we will be livestreaming worship and a message starting at 9:00am.  This can be accessed by going to our website (https://www.mckernanbaptist.ca) and clicking on the button that says “Live Service.”  A recording of the service will also be available by Monday.  Again, this is accessed by going to the website and clicking on “Live Service.”

Join us on Vimeo as we livestream!  We still can and will worship the Lord together and proclaim His goodness.  If you are able and healthy (showing no signs of infection), consider joining together in your homes as a small group or with other believers for worship and for teaching. 

We would also ask you to share this with others from our church who may not get the email.  It is important to get the message out in as many ways that we can.

During this time, isolation, fear, and anxiety are potential threats to us and to the people in our neighbourhoods.  Please be in prayer for those in our congregation who are on self-imposed isolation as well as those with mobility issues or who otherwise lack support.  Additionally, this is a time where those of us who remain healthy can be the hands and feet of Jesus in very practical ways.

Again, information on COVID can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at:

 https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

We will be meeting to determine what will happen with our other events and activities beyond this Sunday.  For the latest information on what is happening at McKernan Baptist Church, please visit our website (www.mckernanbaptist.ca) or follow us on Instagram @mckernanbaptist.

 

Blessings,

 

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson

 

 

 

 


March 12, 2020

To the Congregation of McKernan Baptist Church:

May you know God’s grace and peace today.

In light of the events surrounding COVID-19, there have been questions regarding our church’s response.  First and foremost, we do want to recognize God’s control at times like this.  In the midst of a situation that seems so uncertain and beyond our control, we can remember the words of the Psalmist…

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…

He (God) says, “Be still and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

  • Psalm 46: 1-2,10-11

We must also wisely consider how God would have us proceed moving forward.  At this point, we do plan to have our services this coming Sunday at our regular times, 9am and 11am.  However, we believe it is prudent to implement a few precautions to lessen the potential spread of the disease. 

  • Our greeters and ushers will not be shaking hands and we will refrain from having hand-shaking as part of our greeting in the service.
  • Also, we encourage anyone who is feeling ill or has symptoms such as fever or coughing to stay home.
  • Those over the age of 65 and those with chronic health conditions are most at risk of severe complications of COVID-19 if exposed.

A live video feed of both services will be available on-line and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.  A recording of the services will also be available by Monday.  

Finally, we encourage you to stay informed and respond prayerfully to the current situation in our city and province.  Accurate and timely information can be obtained from Alberta Health Services at:   https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx.

 

Sincerely,

Lyle Buyer                                                                   Nick Mitchell

Sr. Lead Team Pastor                                              Church Board Chairperson