We are thankful for those who are well enough to attend services each week. More of our members are being tested and observing the recommended periods of quarantine. If you are sick, we encourage you to stay home and watch online services. If you feel less than safe, we encourage you to watch online, too. We are maintaining a distance between seats, offering masks for those in need, and encouraging hand washing and other sensible safety measures.
Another Loved One Home with the Lord
Our hearts are saddened again so soon by the death of our dear brother, Herb Gress. He had battled in the hospital for weeks, and around 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2020, he went home to be with the Lord. Mr. Gress touched many lives and served the Lord with gladness. There will be a private family service at El Vista at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7. We will livestream on the church's Facebookpage. Burial will be at Swan Lake. Please continue to pray for his wife, Ethel, and all of his family.
"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant:" - Matthew 25:21
Info & Messages
Children are practicing for December programs in the Academy and Children's Church with the anticipation that we will be able to present them. The same is true of the adult choir's preparation of our annual cantata. We are trying to carry on as close to our normal arrangements as possible. Thank you for praying for these events.
A Thought for These Times
"For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." - Hebrews 10:36, 37 God reminds us of the need for patience as we endure the challenges of our times.
EL VISTA BAPTIST CHURCH has responded to requests for online giving. We are now signed up with Givelify, the mobile giving app for places of worship and charities. There is a link provided under the "Contact Us" page of our website or you can download the Givelify app for Android or iPhone.
Givelify gives you a beautiful, easy giving experience using your smartphone. There are no frustrating web forms or text-to-give codes to memorize. Even better, it’s free to download and use. It’s totally safe and secure, and for tax time you have one-tap access to your complete donation records.
Thank you for your support.
Do you have a prayer request? Please call the church and leave a message before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, or send it by email to email@example.com.
A good supply of Bible tracts will serve you well during these days. You can share them with people with a friendly greeting and encouragement to read a message of hope from the Bible.
We have had a decent number of viewers to our online services, but we have not heard of anyone responding to the invitations we have given. Please pray that the Lord will save souls and draw Christians closer to Him.
One of our men, Bro. Gail Adair, loves to witness and give out Bible Tracts on the city bus. He would love to enlist you into a ministry of soul winning on public transit. If you’d like to know more about this opportunity you could contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The El Vista Teens have a full schedule of fun activities and spiritual training. Led by Pastor Phil & Randi Lancaster, the Teen Group meets in Sunday School at 9:30 AM, then has Teen Soul Winning at 4:30 PM. Wednesday night and Power Hour & prayer time start at 7:00 PM.
We appreciate the time our workers give to the young people -- teaching, visiting, planning, and hosting a number of activities every year. Our desire is to see the young people come to know the Lord Jesus as Savior; to walk with Him in daily life at home, school, and neighborhood; and to yield their lives to Him in following His will. Pray for our teens, their parents, and our outreach to them.
El Vista Baptist Church has been improving the Children's Church Ministry over the past few years. Now consisting of three groups during our morning service, our skillful workers love the children, and on an age-sensitive basis teach the Word of God. Many have been won to Christ and lessons for Christian living have been taught.