UPDATE August 2020

From Pastor Marty Price

Who to believe?  I have found myself growing increasingly frustrated with the seemingly ever-changing guidelines, statistics, and recommendations on how to deal with the COVID 19 virus. I am not speaking about the extreme views often expressed on social media that range from “it’s a hoax” to “it’s the end of the world”. I’m talking about those who should be considered credible sources. It has become clear that none of us have all of the answers. 

A friend recently pointed out that the constantly changing information, though, should be appreciated.  As medical professionals and public health officials learn more about this novel/new virus their recommendations change to reflect their new knowledge. “When we know better, we do better.” So, I’m choosing to extend grace to those who are working for our good, and to increase my prayers for them.

I am really glad that we have an unchanging and completely credible source for how to live in uncertain times. God’s Word is a precious gift, written and preserved by God, for our good. This month we are starting a new sermon series “Kingdom Living in a COVID World.”  I invite you to participate in this study, either in person or online, with the confident expectation that we will be better equipped to face our current challenges with strength and courage, and to do so in a way that exalts Jesus.

UPDATE June 2020

From Pastor Marty Price
It’s time! Beginning Sunday, June 7, we will gather together for Worship at the Hilton as we move into Phase 1 of our re-opening plan. I am excited that we can gather to be strengthened and encouraged as we pray together, study together, and fellowship together.
 

Prayerfully consider if you should return this week. You should delay your return if:

  1. You have been tested for COVID 19 and are waiting results, or,
  2. You have been tested positive and haven’t been cleared by your physician as being well (negative tests), or,
  3. if you currently, or in the last 14 days, have had flu-like symptoms or respiratory illness, or have been in contact with anyone who has or may have COVID19. 
  4. You are in a high risk category. 

If you must delay your return to in-person worship, please continue to join worship through on-line viewing. We are working now to be able to “stream” our services, so that you can participate from your home as we worship in person. But, if you are well and you are going to Ingles, Publix, Home Depot, Lowes, work, etc. and you are taking the appropriate precautions, I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Steps we are taking:

We will meet at the Hilton, and they are taking steps to ensure a safe environment.

  1. We will have fellowship/refreshment time 10:00-10:30. There will be an attendant serving coffee, and the pastries will be individually wrapped.
  2. We are limiting our services to the 10:30 Worship Service. No nursery or childcare at this time. We will not have any Christian Life Academy or Sunday School classes until further notice.
  3. We ask that you come early to find your seats, within social distancing guidelines.
  4. We will provide disposable masks for those who wish to wear them, and ask that you dispose of them properly after use. Some fabric masks will be available as well, or you may also bring your own mask if you wish. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  5. Whatever your opinion of what you or others should do, commit to “humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3). 
  6. We ask that you maintain a 6ft distance from others (outside of your family) while seated or standing. We are also discouraging handshakes and hugs for the time being.
  7. Parents may want to consider bringing a coloring book, notebook or small toy for your child during the service, since we will not provide any childcare for the first few weeks. We will send more  information concerning childcare when it is appropriate to provide it again. 

For some this will be your first foray into gathering with others since the social distancing restrictions were enacted, and you may be anxious. Please know that your safety is important to us, and we are taking every step recommended by the CDC to provide a safe environment for Sundays. We are also praying faithfully and consistently for God’s protection and provision for us as we gather, recognizing that He is faithful and trustworthy. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing you again!

UPDATE May 2020

From Pastor Marty Price

People, especially the church, are designed to live in connection with one another. That is one of the reasons that “social distancing” and isolation is so difficult. We do have technology that enables us to keep in touch, but that is a mediocre substitute for gathering together in person.  It is so good to know that God is faithful, and He uses times like these to prove and strengthen our faith in

Him.  I want to remind you of a few things that I hope will encourage you. First, suffering may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.  I don’t want to minimize our current struggles, but I pray that we will grow in having the same mindset as Paul, when he called his severe suffering a “light, momentary affliction.”  Perspective matters, and we face our current situation with eternity in mind.  Second, trials produce maturity. This is a great time to deepen your time in God’s Word, to spend extended times in prayer, to find creative ways to serve others, and to practice resting in the storm.  And finally, God is greater than our current circumstances. Remember when Lazarus was sick, and Jesus delayed his coming by days? Why would he do such a thing? Well, He tells us. “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory, that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). Look around and ask God to show you how He is working in, through, and around you, and you’ll be encouraged.

Knowing that, and resting in those truths, doesn’t mean that we don’t miss one another.  I am ready, more than ready, to see you all again. While we don’t have specific plans yet, we are investigating our opportunities and planning for beginning to assemble again.  We will keep in touch, particularly as plans are made.  In the meantime, please continue to join the church services online, continue to meet/zoom with your small groups, check out the devotional by members on our website, and keep in touch with each other. 

We do have some good news! We are almost ready to move into the office building at 123 Arlington Avenue! There is still work to be done on the building, but we are getting closer to occupying this space for offices, small meetings, and getting to know our new neighbors.  We will have an open house and celebration as soon as circumstances permit. And more good news, we were able to purchase the empty lot adjacent to the office building. Having this space opens up a lot of opportunities for future ministry.

I do challenge you to continue to be faithful in your giving to the work of the church.  It is easy to neglect giving when we don’t gather, so please remember that giving is an expression of worship, and generosity is an indicator of our faith.  While our giving is a little lower than normal, the income we get from the parking lot is projected to be $90,000 less than we anticipated. Year to date we are approximately $45,000 short of the income needed to satisfy our expenses.  While we are grateful for all that God has provided for His work here financially, scripture clearly teaches that God’s primary plan for funding His work is the obedient generosity of His people.

One of the lessons I am learning in these days is patience. Or, rather, I am trying to learn. Frankly, some days are better than others. The good days are when I am remembering the faithfulness and the goodness of God, remembering His many, many blessings, and leaning hard into Him.  It is good to affirm with you that “God is good, indeed!”

UPDATE: April 2, 2020

PSBC Family and Friends,

I pray all of you are doing well through these uncertain days. As of this writing, our Governor has tightened mandated restrictions on businesses, and the City of Greenville is considering even tighter restrictions, in order to limit the spread of the COVID – 19 virus. While I believe these are important steps to take, they bring about difficult changes. Particularly difficult for the church. Even the name “church” is from a Greek word that means “assembly.” There have been other times in the history of the church when, because of diseases or persecution, believers could not gather, and yet the church remained strong and even grew, as a result.

As we work our way through the challenges we currently face, I hope you will keep God’s Word in your mind and heart, when He spoke through Paul. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Our leadership team is closely and prayerfully monitoring the situation and we are making plans to reduce the risk to our members, visitors, staff, and the surrounding area, while continuing to fulfill our mission of Glorifying God by Making Mature Disciples of All Nations.

  • Our April schedule will be the same as for March, with online worship only and most other church ministries, programs and activities cancelled. GPS and home groups have moved to an online format. As the Coronavirus situation worsens (the peak contagion is expected later this month), we feel that this schedule needs to be maintained.
  • Easter worship service will be online only. We have explored options for public worship, but with the increased restrictions in the city, we couldn’t find a way forward. Easter is the most important day on our calendar as believers, but this year we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in our homes.
  • We are receiving and sharing prayer requests online. To share requests, or to be added to our prayer email, please use the prayer request form at https://www.psbcgreenville.org/prayer-requests/ or email us directly at info@psbcgreenville.org.
  • We are continuing to prepare the Arlington Ave. building for church offices and weekday ministry. There are still tasks to be finished, but we are moving forward with preparing a location to connect with each other and with the West End community.

God is in control, He is good, and He is working. As His people, trusting in Him daily, “we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” I am glad to be counted with you and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Pastor Marty

UPDATE: 3/18/2020

Dear Pendleton Street Baptist Church family,

We appreciate your support these past couple of days as we face the challenges of dealing with the changes taking place due to the COVID – 19 Virus. As you are aware, Sunday afternoon, Governor McMaster announced the immediate closing of all schools in the state through March 31. He recommended that any gatherings of over 100 not meet for the next couple of weeks. Since his briefing Sunday, the recommendation has changed to as few as 10 people and as high as 50 people. Most recently, though things are changing daily, the Governor closed in-house dining in all restaurants. That includes the conference space at the Hilton.

We are working to respond with faith and wisdom.  The church leadership at PSBC felt that we needed to respond in some specific ways during this time. We are implementing the following changes:

  • All Sunday morning activities will be suspended until March 31.
  • We are working now to set up video streaming to enable us to have worship on March 22 and March 29 at 10:30 AM. We will send you updates on how you can view/participate in these services.
  • The church office will be open during our regular times.
  • Hospital visitation will be limited to critical care situations.
  • We are hoping that those of you who are healthy and not in an “at-risk” group (recent international travel, elderly, small children at home, etc.) will still meet for small groups with appropriate social distancing and sanitary precautions in place (both for the locations and individuals).

Please let us know how we can help you during this time. Here are ways you can reach us:

Church office: (864)232-7312

Email: mprice@psbcgreenville.org or info@psbcgreenville.org

Pastor Marty: (864) 444-3770

Giving

We cannot thank you enough for your financial support as well as your prayer support. Your financial gifts make ministry possible. Let me share with you some ways you can give:

  • You can give online through our website: www.psbcgreenville.org. On our main webpage, click the “Planning Center Giving” button and it will take you to a secure website that manages our online giving. You can give one time or set up recurring gifts.
  • You can give by text:  
  1. Text Amount to 84321
  2. A link will be sent back
  3. Tap on Link
  4. Select Pendleton Street Baptist Church
  5. Add your email
  6. Enter payment amount
  • You can mail your offering to the church:

Pendleton Street Baptist Church

PO Box 2108

Greenville, SC, 29602

  • You can drop your offering by the church during office hours.

Isaiah 26:3-4 says,

3 You keep him in perfect peace

    whose mind is stayed on you,

    because he trusts in you.

4 Trust in the Lord forever,

    for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

Fix your eyes on Jesus in these moments. Trust God to deliver us through our present circumstances. Take advantage of these days because I believe God will give us opportunities to declare His goodness among those who do not know Him.

God is Good!

Pastor Marty