A Message from Pastor Sherman J. Fort

March 19, 2020
 
TO        MY WORD CHURCH/CANAAN MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
FR:       PASTOR SHERMAN J. FORT
RE:       OUR TEMPORARY WORSHIP AND MINISTRY SCHEDULE THROUGH THE COVID-19

 
Greetings in the name of God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit.  “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers”.  3rd John verse 2. 
 
Brothers and sisters, the purpose of this letter is to share with you in print we are sharing via word of mouth, phone call and social media.  Our goal is to use every means necessary to ensure that every household receives the same message with respect to how we are functioning and flowing in ministry in light of COVID-19 also known as the Corona Virus.
 
According to news reports this virus is spreading around the world.  Just this week it has been reported that every state the United States now has at least one person that has tested positive for this virus.  In addition recommendations have been made by local, state and national politicians that no gatherings of 10 or more people take place as attempts are made to combat the virus.  
 
To this end, after conversation and counsel with our leadership team and most importantly prayer to God our Father the following decisions and have been made:
 
∙       All regularly scheduled weekly church activities and special events at the church are canceled until further notice.
 
∙       All Sunday morning worship services, Sunday School and special meetings are canceled until further notice.  
 
∙       Beginning Sunday, March 22nd we will have one ONLINE WORSHIP at 9:00am.  This worship service will be provided via our new church website at:  www.wearethewordchurch.com,  our new church app and our church Facebook page by searching: The Word Church AZ.  I am asking every member of TWC to stay home and stay safe and please JOIN ME LIVE ONLINE each Sunday morning at 9:00am.  Our worship service will be timely with a focus on worship that points to God and gospel preaching by Pastor Fort.  The only persons joining me at the church each week will be members of our band, praise team, guest Psalmists or musicians, assigned associate ministers, deacons, trustees and members of our security team.  The only other persons that should arrive on-site are those who need or desire to physically bring their tithe and offering to the church.  Each of you will be greeted in the parking lot with a smile by a member of our security, trustee and/or ministerial staff.  They will receive your gift and return it to the church.
 
∙       Beginning Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00pm and Wednesday, Marc 25th at 12:00pm I will lead bible study LIVE online via our church Facebook page.  Our bible study subject will be announced this Sunday morning at the 9:00am worship service.  
∙       Pastoral counseling will be offered by Pastor Fort via telephone and in person if all health conditions and guidelines connected to the World Health Organization, the CDC and our own church guidelines are met where the safety and health of our church family are prioritized.  
 
∙       We are excited to share a special outreach ministry targeting our senior members, age 65 years and above.  The TWC COVID Task Force want to be sure every senior has what you need by way of food and medication.  To this end we are offering the pickup and delivery of groceries and medication of local grocery stores and pharmacy locations for you.  For more information on this ministry contact trustee LaTany Davis.  
 
∙       For prayer join us for corporate prayer each Wednesday morning at 6:00am.  The number to call is:  (712) 432-6110. Enter code:  912197#.
 
∙       All small group bible studies will be offered electronically.  Possible resources include but are not limited to video conferencing services, our Right Now Media church with over 10,000 bible studies on various subjects to include programming for children, youth, young adults, adults, men, women, couples, singles, books of the bible and much more.  The first 350 members of TWC have free access to Right Now Media immediately available to them after signing up through the church.  And all material is available via your smart phone, computer, tablet, AppleTV , Android, Fire TV, PC, Roku, Chromecast, iPhone and iPad.  To activate your account contact the church office, leave your name, telephone number and email address.  You will receive an email from Right Now Media.  Open it.  Create your own, personal password and you are in.  Teachers on Right Now Media include:  Dr. Tony Evans, Kyle Idleman, Fancis Chan, Kay Arthur, Chrystal Evans-Hurst, Leslie Parrot and Liz Curtis Higgs.  Children’s programs include:  VeggieTales, Owlegories, Boz & Tales and Superbook.  
 
One of the most creative ways I have heard of to study Gods Word in a group came from one of our members who shared  how a group of co-workers and friends connected via multiple Face-Time Messaging connections and from their various locations each took a verse of the bible and discussed it.  Wow!  What a creative way to study Gods word virtually these days.  Keep in touch with us and let us know just how God is blessing your personal study time. 
 
As God graces us to go through this time we will utilize various ways to connect, grow and build a deeper community and church family.  Those ways include:  telephone calls, text messaging, our church website (www.wearethewordchurch.com), our church church app, facebook page and our new messaging system which will work exclusively through our church app and launch the week of March 29th, 2020.
 
With our new messaging app I have asked every ministry leader to utilize this service exclusively for the creation and maintenance of all church related text messaging.  This in house messaging system liberates our ministry leaders from using their personal phones while allowing our church to manage each group.  
 
Time and space will now allow me to share with you all that is in my heart and mind now as it relates to our individual and corporate Spiritual growth as a church family.  So please continue to check our social media tools, call the church office or email the appropriate church staff person.  You will find each ministry leaders TWC based email address connected to their name and picture on our church website.  
 
Pastor Sherman J Fort
 
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4 Comments


Michael Powell - March 20th, 2020 at 8:35pm

Thank you Pastor, and God's continued blessings during this season.

Michael Samuel - March 20th, 2020 at 10:27pm

Thanks Pastor Fort!

Waliece Anderson - March 21st, 2020 at 6:26am

Thank you.

Loraine Campbell - March 21st, 2020 at 11:40am

Thank you Pastor for all you do. Remain blessed with the Love of God. Be safe.

Rev. Loraine Campbell