Equip 2020 Posponed

Message regarding the cancellation of Equip/Equipar 

(Scheduled for March 21st) 

and the Coronaviris (COVID-19) 

From Rev. Andy Quient - ABCOFLASH Executive Minister.

 

Friends,

 

The information that we have received in the past few days has demanded certain actions. Many are aware that we have cancelled our Arizona Association Meeting scheduled for this weekend. In addition, we will be cancelling our Equip conference, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 21st. It would be more accurate to say that we are postponing it as we are contacting the excellent line-up of speakers and asking if they can speak at our Annual Meeting, which will be held Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd at Evergreen Baptist Church in Rosemead, CA. I am confident that the current Coronavirus scare will be behind us. Why do I believe this to be so? It is our human experience from ancient to modern times: blessings are followed by challenges, followed by blessings, followed by challenges, and so forth.

 

Speaking of which, please continue to take all reasonable precautions as listed by the Center for Disease Control, (CDC.gov) and the World Health Organization, (WHO.int). Additionally, there are guidelines from your local and state leaders, such as those listed by the California Department of Public Health (CDHP.ca.gov). On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that gatherings of more than 250 people should be canceled. "Smaller gatherings can proceed if organizers implement six feet of social distancing," he said.

 

Several of our churches are taking a proactive role, such as the leadership exhibited by First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Check out their website atfbcpasadena.com.  

 

This does not mean that you MUST follow every "suggestion" from everybody. Being Baptists, we are an independent folk who operate in a manner that is best in our context. Seek God's wisdom and act accordingly. Some churches, especially the smaller ones, may want to continue to meet (if it remains safe to do so). Other congregations may be suspending services while finding other ways to "be the church." Personally, I will be washing my hands and practically bathing in Purell, but will continue to go where I'm asked to go, and do His will, come what may. So far this weekend that means preaching on Sunday morning with the Filipino American Christian Church and then enjoying Sister Deneen Ray's ordination at Panorama Baptist Church in the afternoon (unless their plans change). God's business goes on and we are to prayerfully be about Our Father's business.

 

In closing, it may be tempting to stay glued 24/7 to the TV, news feeds, social media, radio, print, soaking up the steady supply of bad news. Instead, I recommend that you turn the bad news off from time to time and practice Paul's words. He wrote these words at a time when he easily could have preached "gloom and doom" instead.

 

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." - Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

 

May the peace of God guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Stay healthy, body, mind and soul.

 

Yours,

 

Andy Q.