Dear RBC Family,
With the continuing concerns over COVID-19 and direction from our government leaders at various levels, the elders are providing this update regarding RBC activities over the coming weeks. We are grateful for the kind words, encouragement, faithful prayers, and great attitude as we continue through this chaotic time.
Unfortunately, our campus will remain closed through April 30th per the order of the Health Officer of the county of Riverside dated March 16, restricting public gatherings of ten or more people. We do pray that a miraculous turnaround in the spread of the virus will occur so we can meet sooner, but we will make plans on what we know now and are advised and mandated to do now.
Because of this latest direction, church office hours may be limited. So if you need to meet with one of the staff, it’s a good idea to call first and confirm details of how a meeting can take place. Since the church office phone system notifies people via e-mail when a voice-mail message is left, if you call the church office (for any reason) and are not able to get ahold of who you’re looking for, please be sure to leave a voice-mail message.
The elders are pleased to let you know that our congregation will be able to worship together virtually through our website beginning this Sunday, March 22, starting at 9:30 AM. Please go to the church website, ranchobaptistchurch.org, and under sermons click "Watch Live" to be able to participate in Sunday's service as it takes place. Or you can click here: http://www.ranchobaptistchurch.org/live/
Since we are limited in how we can meet for the next month or so, the elders are looking at using technology to host prayer meetings and other gatherings on-line. We will use the church website and will consider other on-line tools for supporting these gatherings. We will keep you informed as plans develop.
Please do use this time for prayer, reaching out to those in the congregation, and coming alongside those who may need some assistance. If you need assistance or are looking to help others, please feel free to reach out to the pastors or elders; our names and numbers are listed below.
As we go "tech-heavy" this spring we want to remind you that giving can be done through the website or the church app. If you don’t have the app, text RBCGive to 77977 on your phone and you will be sent a link that you may use to give. You may also send in checks via US Mail, or swing by the office. Again, call first because office hours may be limited. If you do stop by and nobody is there you can drop your offering in the mail slot to the left of the office door. Please remember that even though our face to face meetings are limited, our missions support and ministry expenses continue as a church. We appreciate your faithfulness to RBC in the past and continue to depend on God’s provision through you now and in the future.
The website and the app will be updated regularly so please check either location for the most current information. We pray this is a great opportunity for your family to be strengthened and for us to be lights in our community.
May “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, . . . guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
RBC Pastors and Elders Contact Information
Pastor Jason | 909-435-7472
Pastor Lew | 951-551-1797
Pastor Erik | 951-903-3284
Pastor Shane | 714-334-0310
Pastor Tom | 951-265-1713
Howie Klein, Lay Elder | 951-903-8466
Brad Braley, Lay Elder | 951-634-6813
Mike Peay, Lay Elder | 951-237-9647
Austen Taylor, Jr High Director | 951-691-7273
On March 14th, the elders decided to cancel all RBC activities for the next two weeks.
This decision was reached after much prayer, discussion and careful review of the information we have received about COVID-19, the most likely affected groups, the best prevention methods available, and out of love and concern for our church body.
We do not wish to be alarmist but we do have a responsibility to be subject to civil authorities' recommendations on public gatherings Romans 13:1-2 while balancing it against Our Lord's command to assemble Hebrews 10:23-25.
During this unique time for our church we would ask that you:
- Be mindful of the circumstances around us and be wise in your actions
- Use this time for reaching out to those in the congregation over the phone and checking in to inquire, encourage, and pray.
- Please take advantage of technology and stay up to speed on changes which will be published in emails and videos available on the church app.
- Remember our missionaries and church continue to need your financial support either by giving through the RBC App (text RBCGIVE to 77977) or mailing in your offering to the church office.
The elders will be meeting frequently to evaluate changes or extensions to this plan. Please be in prayer for RBC leadership to be wise and obedient.
In closing, we believe in the Sovereignty of God and don't make this decision because of doubt. Instead, we make this decision with conviction that caution is the most prudent approach given what we know today. We would prefer to learn our precaution was too conservative than not conservative enough.
Please take advantage of the time for devotion and prayer when you would normally be attending service tomorrow. Please consider John 14:27-28 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. "You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I ."
Psalm 46:1-3: "God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah."
In addition, we are posting the weekly sermons on the website and app for you to watch.
Our desire is to be in regular communication with you all over the next days and weeks via email and other communications. Please feel free to reach out with questions, prayer concerns, or needs.