COVID-19 Church Updates

May 7, 2020 Update

Buck Creek Family,

(Proverbs 3:5-8) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Times like this, we are forced to do lots of introspection. For me personally, I have had to come to the truth that I tend to lean on myself for understanding. I tend to first look to myself for answers, for provision, for family stability, for peace. When that fails, THEN I look to God. How foolish can I be? I could save so much time, pain, anxiety if I would remember the truth that God is my savior, my Lord, my rock, my wisdom, my provision.

Announcements:
•This Sunday, Mother’s Day, we will be having a “Drive-In Service” from 10:00-10:45am. Come worship with us in the parking lot. When you arrive, tune your radio to 92.1 FM to hear us. We will also be live on Facebook and YouTube. We will be doing outdoor services through the month of May. We ask that for the comfort and safety of others, you stay in your car throughout the service.  
•Online Resources. We want to provide online resources for you and families during this time of staying-at-home. If you go to our mobile app, there is a “resource survey” where you can tell us what resources you want available online.
•New Series: Sunday Mornings we are walking through the book of 1 Peter, where we will learn that through trials, we can cast our anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. Wednesday Nights we are studying the beliefs of Buck Creek Baptist Church as we go through our statement of faith.  

Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Buck Creek Staff

April 30, 2020 Update

Buck Creek Family,

I hope you are experiencing the truth of this passage from Paul to Philippi: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:19-20)

During this weird time of isolation, God has been with us and has been faithful. I have heard stories of how God has kept many of you through this troubling time with joy in your soul. Many of you have spent more time as a family. Many of you have been able to do things you have put off for a long time. Many of you have taken advantage of the opportunity to grow in the Lord.

Remember, you are still NOT alone. We want to partner with you in prayer. We want to know of any needs you may have so together we can see God meet them in Christ Jesus!

Announcements:
•This Sunday, during the online service, we will be laying out a plan to reopen our facilities in the very near future. We certainly want to gather together, but we want to do it with wisdom, considering our family that may be more susceptible to illness.
•Online Resources. We want to provide online resources for you and families during this time of staying-at-home. If you go to our mobile app, there is a “resource survey” where you can tell us what resources you want available online.
•New Series: Sunday Mornings we will be walking through the book of 1 Peter, where we will learn that through trials, we can cast our anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. Wednesday Nights we will be studying the beliefs of Buck Creek Baptist Church as we go through our statement of faith.  

Looking forward to rejoining with you in worship.

Buck Creek Staff


April 23, 2020 Update

Buck Creek Family,

It has been one month since things have changed due to government Covid19 social distancing recommendations. Although we have stopped meeting in the church building, you have continued to the BE THE CHURCH out in our community.

And, as usual, your response to this change has been nothing short of amazing! You have stayed home but have stayed connected to small groups, and to online services. You've jumped in to serve by donating food and supplies to our community. Your giving, even during a time of uncertainty has been nothing short of faithful!

You are the proof that God's church cannot be contained, and we will reach the world for Jesus one person at a time, one phone call at a time, one online message at a time, one zoom call at a time.

Buck Creek Family, you are truly being the 1st century church in the 21st century!

And we want to say Thank You! We want to tell you that YOU are making a difference. And when this crisis has subsided and we gather together again, we will be coming back stronger! Stronger in our faith and trust in God, and stronger in our relationships with each other and our community.

We encourage you to keep doing what you are doing:
•Stay connected to God and others.
•Check on those around you who might be in need.
•Give help or ask for help if needed.

We love all of you and continue to pray for you together, even in quarantine, we are making a difference. Keep being Salt and Light for Jesus.
 
Buck Creek Staff

April 15, 2020 Update

Buck Creek Family,

Hope you had a blessed Easter! There is so much for us as believers to celebrate!
•We have a Risen Savior! Because He lives, all who trust in Him will live!
•We helped 44 families this weekend with the food pantry. So many in our area are hurting, so it is a blessing to give to those, not just food, but our love, prayers and the Good News of Jesus.
•The storms that came Sunday night were tough in areas like Seneca, SC. We were spared so much, and we are looking at ways to assist our sister churches whose communities were devastated.
•From what we are hearing from the news, we are hoping that businesses will be opening up very soon. We hope that is the case, so that we can begin meeting again.

As much as we have been blessed, we are also burdened. We miss seeing each other face-to-face. Some of us are seeing lower income than before. How can we assist you during this time? Remember that you are not alone. We are with you.

Small Groups: During this time of quarantine, we are going to extend small groups. We will have more stories coming soon. Although we are not meeting in homes, it is so good to pray with each other and share life even if on video. If you are not in a small group, please call the church office and we will get you connected to one.

It is tough during this time to stay communicated, so we now have a great way to stay in touch. We now have an app. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download the app to get the most up-to-date info about all happenings. Be sure that when you download, you accept notifications, because we will send them on occasion as well.

Stay safe and know that you are loved!

Buck Creek Staff

April 8, 2020 Update

Buck Creek Family,
We are now on week three of this pandemic, to many of us, it seems like three months. The report of the experts thus far is that this next week could see the most people infected. This should not draw us to fear, but to faith. Not to panic but prayer.

Dr Paul David Tripp shares that this virus can be seen as an illustration of our need for the gospel. He shares five ways this pandemic points us to the gospel.
1. It is good to be confronted with the delusion of human independence and self-sufficiency.
It’s only taken a single virus to shut us down. There is no such thing as human independence or human self-sufficiency. In fact, it reminds me that the progress, the move of grace in our hearts and lives, is not from dependence to independence but from independence to greater dependence on God.

2. God’s sovereign power and glory shine brighter when we are weak and life seems out of control. He is the definition of everything that’s wise, good, true, holy, righteous, and almighty, and he is in careful control of his world. We don’t always comprehend what that means, but there is one who rules the world, who is not afraid at this moment, who is not weak, who is not confused, who has no mystery, and who never experiences surprises. We don’t always know why he does what he does, but we know who he is and we know what he has promised his children.

3. The greater global pandemic is not COVID-19. It's sin. It’s more dangerous and more destructive than COVID-19 will ever be. But this is what’s amazing: there is a cure for sin.
He sent his son to live as we could not live, to die an acceptable death, and to rise again—conquering sin and death so that there would be a cure for the ultimate disease.

4. Though we are separated from others, nothing can separate us from the love of God. It’s wonderful to remember that no pandemic—that nothing in all of creation—is able to separate us from God and his boundless love. Your greatest friend, your deepest lover, your sweetest companion has no distance between him and you. What a beautiful thing that is.

5. We are not alone. Scripture reminds us that in these moments we don’t have to shoulder these burdens alone by ourselves. Jesus welcomes us when we’re weary to come to him and cast our cares on him. Run to him with your burdens.

And praise God, Buck Creek is not alone! We have Jesus, we have one another. Don’t go through this alone. Know that we are here for you. We love you.

Buck Creek Staff

P.S. Thank you so much for being the church! Many of you have been helping with food pantry needs. And we will be able to distribute much food this Saturday.
Thank you also for your giving. As you look at the giving numbers, you can see that your gifts help keep the ministry of Buck Creek going.  Again, thank you.

April 1, 2020 Update

Buck Creek Family:
We want to continue to update you on what Buck Creek is doing to serve our church and community by “being the church” during this time. Most importantly, we want to let you know we as a staff are praying for you constantly and are here to come alongside you.

We want to say thank you for all of you who have continued to give their tithes and offerings in this season. It is your giving that allows us to do things together we couldn’t do individually. We know many of you have begun to give online, and we thank you for setting this up. Others are continuing to mail in checks, or dropping off your gifts at the office, thank you.

Our staff and deacons will be calling each family on a weekly basis to see how we can pray for you. And let you know that you are loved. If you do not get a phone call this week, please call the church at (864) 461-9151,or email us at buckcreekbapt@chesnet.net. We may not have an updated phone number.
We also know many of you are struggling, and you need the church now, more than ever. You are not alone, and we are here to help. Please call our church office for help at (864) 461-9151.

Here are some things to be aware of:
1) We are cancelling all services and events for the month of April.
2) We will Video Stream the Sunday Morning Sermon at 10am, and Wednesday Night Message at 7:00pm.
3) We are planning to do something special for Easter, but plans are not concrete.
4) Stay connected through technology. Community Groups check on each other through texting, ZOOM conference calls, or FaceTime. Pray with and for one another. Pray for those who may not have “support systems”. Pray for ways to serve others.
5) Check on your neighbors. Be sensitive to our seniors as far as contact but call or ask if they need anything.
6) Look for ways to be “salt and light” others around you. (Matthew 5:16)
7) Let us know if you have a need. Call us (864) 461-9151 or email us at buckcreekbapt@chesnet.net.

Remember this is not taking Our Lord by surprise. Remember He can be trusted. Seek Him more and more! (see Matthew 6:25-34)

 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

March 26, 2020 Update

Buck Creek Family,
What is happening at church? COVID-19 has drastically changed how we do things. Just last week, we announced that we were suspending activities and programs at Buck Creek to avoid any risk to our congregation and community by gathering in larger groups. This virus has caused a disruption to our overall way of life. These are difficult times.

However, we serve an unstoppable God! Because of this, we don’t have to live in fear, but we can look at this as an opportunity to look outside our walls and help others around us. In fact, historically, times of crises are when the church can grow and even flourish. Jim Putman says, “As the world grows darker—the light shines brighter.” I am pumped to hear of how you are being the church outside of the building and are staying connected during this time. Last week, we had over 1,200 connections online across all of our digital platforms. That is amazing proof that you are putting God first and trying to look at our current situation through the eyes of faith. And we praise God for that!

Our Small Groups are back on, though we will be doing it virtually. Our vision of making biblical disciples in relational environments must still continue. Even though things might look different right now, our people are still caring for and ministering to each other.

We are excited to announce some changes to how we serve our community in this time:
·      We will continue to have monthly food pantry but have acquired some extra food and will be able to give out weekly as need arise. If you, or someone you know, needs help in this season, call us (864) 461-9151.
·      Because of the current situation, we have shifted the priority to connecting with and checking on our people. Our deacons will be intentionally calling and checking in with every member of Buck Creek every week during this season.

What can you do in this time? Here are some specific ways you can continue to make a difference:
·      Continue to call and check on others who you are connected to. Call your Small Group. Check on those you serve with in ministries. Whoever God puts on your heart, check on and pray for them. Even though we are in a time of social distancing, we don’t need social disengagement!
·      Stay connected with us through our website and social media. Although we send out a bulletin weekly, our social media can change daily.
·      There will still be preaching and bible teaching Sunday morning and Wednesday night, as well as other teaching opportunities through video. Your will find them on our website, Facebook and our YouTube page.
·      Please continue with your giving through to support the work of ministry in our church and bring stability for the coming season for us to minister to many more. We are looking for ways to intentionally cut back on our internal spending so that we can continue to be generous to our community. We will weather the storm as a church together! Some of you are in need of support, others of you have the ability to support others.
·      Bring essential items for our food pantry. Any amount can help those in our community in need. The needs for our community are increasing and we will continue to update you on ways you can participate in our community. If you are able to help beyond this, please call the church.

 This is an important time in our church history. We have a chance to help people around us when they are hurting. Stay safe, stay focused on the Lord, and I look forward to seeing you in person soon.

Buck Creek Staff

P.S. We would love to hear of the win stories of those serving and ministering in our church at this time. Celebration leads to hope! Please send an email and/or pictures to buckcreekbapt@chesnet.net

March 17, 2020 Update

Buck Creek Church Family,
We are aware of the recent decisions of local, state and nation-wide government, churches and businesses concerning the COVID-19 virus and seeking wisdom on our proper response for your safety. The pastors and deacons recently met, and we made some important decisions for you to be aware of for our church services and events:
·     For the time being, we are suspending programs and activities at our church building that involve more than 10 people gathering. Our offices will still be open during normal business hours of Monday through Thursday, 9am-2pm. We will keep you updated on a weekly basis.
·     Our Sunday Worship service will be online. Please be patient as we look at best options for the service.
·     Our Food Pantry will not be cancelled. We will be creative on food distribution and are thinking through plans to assist between food pantry.

What does this mean for the time being?
·     Stay connected with your small group! Don’t disconnect. Reach out to those you know, ask for help and look to give help.
·     Many of our ministries will be looking for ways to stay connected through technological means, be looking for information related to groups you are connected to.
·     Look at needs around you. Keep your eyes open to your neighbors, the elderly and specifically those who may be at a higher risk for the virus. This is our chance to shine for Jesus to a world that is confused, frustrated or fearful. We should continue to be the church in practical ways to those in our communities.
·     Please continue to be faithful in your giving as we serve our community together. You can give online by clicking the link below.
·     We will continue to provide updates via our website and social media.

Questions or concerns?
·     Contact the church office at (864) 461-9151 or email us at buckcreekbapt@chesnet.net
·     If you need prayer please request prayer on our prayer page.

Even if we are not gathering for an event, we are the church, reaching the world for Jesus, one person at a time.

Buck Creek Staff

March 13, 2020 Update

Dear Buck Creek Family,
Most of you are probably aware of the concerns that are occurring in the world right now regarding COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. As the news continues to develop on this, we want you to know that we are aware of what is happening and have begun a process to help you and your families stay safe this cold and flu season at Buck Creek.

As of today, Thursday, March 12, 2020, we plan to stay on the normal Sunday schedule for all ages at 9:00am and worship at 10:30am.

Here are some things we will be doing in the next few weeks to ensure the health of our families and visitors during this season:
  • Our usher team is aware that some of our guests may not want a handshake during the flu season. We are instructing our teams not to actively seek out a handshake. Our teams primarily enjoy greeting you with a smile and opening a door for you.
  • We will do our giving/offering time at close of service instead of “passing the plate” to everyone.
  • Our children’s ministries will be doing additional sanitization in nursery and children’s rooms.
  • We will have additional alcohol-based hand sanitizers in our hallways and auditorium to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Here is what you can do to help us maintain a healthy environment:

The most important thing we can do to help reduce the spread of germs is to wash our hands with soap and water. It is a simple action with a huge impact!
  • If you or your children are experiencing any symptoms of the flu, or you are uncertain about your health, please consider staying home to get healthy.
  • If you are unable to join us physically, please stay connected with us. As of now we have audio sermons of previous messages on our website here and on itunes podcasts. We also have an opportunity for you to give online here. We are looking into live streaming options in the near future.
  • If you would like someone to pray for you can go to our website here. You can always call our office at (864) 461-9151.
Please be assured that Buck Creek is staying up to date with the Centers for Disease Control and other news for the most accurate and recent information on the Coronavirus.

We believe that God “holds all things together” (Colossians 1:17) and that He is not surprised by anything happening around us. Additionally, we believe that “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). As believers, we choose not to live in fear, but to trust in the God who has proven his faithfulness.

Please consider the following points from Tracy Turner, Pastor at Trinity Point Church:
(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.”

Remember God is in control. We as believers place our confidence in God through Christ.
Decide what is best for your family. If you have major concerns and one of your family members may be more vulnerable to this virus, please stay home.
Give Hope to others. There are many who are being gripped with fear. Some of the greatest moments in history of the Church are in times of uncertainty and even crisis. Be sensitive to God’s Spirit to share the good news of Christ to others searching and fearful. The Church is at its best when followers of Jesus choose sacrifice over selfishness.
Pray for Wisdom. Pray for others and pray for wisdom for leaders all over the world.
Questions or concerns? Email us office@buckcreekbc.com

Your brother in Him,
Scott Scrimpsher, Pastor

If you would like more information on COVID-19 (the Coronavirus), you can click the links below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

(Special thanks to Trinity Point Church in Easley, and Real Life Ministries for much of the info found on this letter.)