From My Heart

     So much has happened since my last From My Heart!  Dr. Smith called me last Sunday evening after church, while he was driving home from preaching in Memphis,TN.  He said, "I have a problem and I need some help!"  The National Sword Conference is scheduled for the week of July 20th, which is just two weeks away, but Dr Smith informed me that one of the Sword's employees came down with the virus along with his entire family.  The lady of the house had a relative in Michigan pass away, and she went home for the funeral and contracted the virus.  She then infected her family.  Their symptoms are very light, but none the less, Dr. Smith is going to have to quarantine all of the folks who have come into contact with this man.

     The bottom line is he has decided to postpone the Conference for one month, to August 17-20.  The Conference this year will be online, using the same basic schedule as in the past, with 2 speakers in the morning and 2 in the evening.  It was a difficult decision for him to make, but I think it is a wise one!

     This virus, and the country's reaction to it, has thrown a wrench into just about every aspect of our lives!  With the national election coming up in November, I think the Progressive Liberals and their more than willing accomplices in the media will keep all of us scared to death, keep us home, and keep us all in a state of confusion!  My guess is this virus scare, the rioting, the looting, the protests, the destruction of property, and all the rest is going to all disappear on Nov. 4.  What is November 4th?  November 4th is the day after the election!  You just keep your eyes open and see if I am right.

     I want to thank all of our Church family for your faithfulness during this pandemic.  Our giving has stayed consistent, and we have had some great services in spite of the social distancing we have had to practice.  Back on March 15, when all this started, I said if there was a church anywhere that could handle this shutdown, the Church of the Open Door was that church.  So, I want to commend our Church family for the way you have responded to all of this mess!

     May the Lord bless you richly today! 

     Pastor Norris

     




Announcements

THANK YOU:  to everyone at the Church of the Open Door.  Jimmy and I would like to thank you all for the prayers during the recent deaths of my mother and father.  They mean so much to us. Also, we wanted to thank you for the love donations (given anonymously).  It has meant a lot and been very helpful.  Love and peace. God bless you all.  Debbie and Jim Williams 

VBS:  Virtual Bible School begins on Monday, July 27 through Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 pm.  This will be a pre-recorded program featured on our website:  opendoorchurch.org for children ages 3-12.

COD/CCS OFFICES:  At this time the church offices will be open only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The school offices will be open as normal Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

MAIL:  Please send all mail to the church address, 550 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster, MD 21157.




Wednesday Prayer Bulletin


July 8, 2020

HOSPITALIZED
Elsa Buchman - Hershey Medical Ctr.
Rita Livingston - CHC
Spencer Reed - Atlanta, GA
Joe Zentgraf - Sinai Hospital

RECOVERING
Paul Clark
Robert Knisley
Doug McFarland

PASTOR OF THE WEEK
Dr. Gary Randall
Elmwood Baptist Church
13100 E. 144th Avenue
Brighton, CO 80601

COD PASTOR OF THE WEEK
 Pastor Aaron Fuchs, Assistant Pastor

COD STAFF OF THE WEEK
 Daniel Griffin, Grounds Maintenance

CCS STAFF OF THE WEEK
Karen Albaugh, Art, Yearbook, Sign Language

MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK
MISSIONARY OF THE WEEK: Steve & Lisa Messersmith, England
Pray for: -their family coping with being quarantined.
               -a recently started online course to explore Christianity.  They will
               start with the church family and then extend an invitation to others.
               Statistics state that 1 in 4 young people (ages 18-35) in the UK
               are engaging in some kind of online teaching about God. 
 
SHUT-IN OF THE WEEK
 Mary Fugate, 505 High Acre Drive, Apt. 118, Westminster, MD  21157

SERVICE PERSON OF THE WEEK
Sgt. Nevin Stambaugh, Army Reserve

BUS WORKER OF THE WEEK
Ashley Brunner, Helper, Hampstead/Manchester

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS OF THE WEEK
Mr. & Mrs, David Bish, 4 Year Olds/Kindergarten








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