From The Pastor's Desk
To: Deacons, Ministry Leaders, and Members,
Western Avenue Baptist Church
From: Dr. Wilmer E.. Cooper
Re: Decision to Reopen
It is my sincere hope and desire that all of you are blessed and highly favored. I can assure you that God has been good to al of us. His grace and mercy can be seen in the lives of each one of us. My thoughts and prayers for all of you are lifted to God daily. My desire to worship with you in a congregation setting grows stronger every day.
I have consulted with the deacons about the decision to reopen. While I am anxious for such, I advised all the deacons that reopening the worship services for Western Avenue Baptist Church must be postponed until August 2, 2020. This decision is based on several factors:
Postponement of our reopening is a necessary, prudent decision, when al these things are considered.
I will continue to post the morning worship services on the facebook page of the church website. A number of you have joined me every Sunday morning for this “live” presentation. Let’s continue to use this venue as an opportunity to worship and praise God together. In addition, Bible Study lessons are posted on the church webpage each Wednesday of the week. Plans are underway to expand the Bible study activity; I will contact you on a later date.
Please continue to trust God as He guides us through these strenuous circumstances. The challenges seem to be continuous, but I can assure you that God is still in control. Remember Paul’s word of comfort and direction , “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:4-6, 11-13, CSB).
Dr Wilmer E. Cooper, Ed.D.
From the Pastor's Desk:
In the Kingdom of God, opportunity and challenge often come together. We are in a challenging season with the Coronavirus. But we have an opportunity as well, because people are more aware of how fragile and uncertain life is. With God’s help, we advance the Gospel together in this season of great need.
With this in mind, I would like to encourage everyone to remain faithful as we endure the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I would like to remind everyone and share with everyone, the ministry of Jesus to the centurion in Matthew 8;8. With remarkable unselfishness as well as dynamic faith, he declined the Lord’s offer to come to his home. "Lord," he said, "I am not worthy...Speak the word only."
The centurion was used to obeying and to being obeyed; he had authority. The Lord also had authority. There was no need for Him to come in person. All He needed to do was speak the word of authority and the servant’s sickness would be banished. Jesus "marvelled" at the centurion’s response. In the Gospels there are only two things at which Jesus "marvelled": this man’s faith and the unbelief of His own people (Mark 6:6). The Lord admired the centurion’s faith, was amazed at the intelligence of it, and commented on it right away.
So, let's move forward. God is with us during every step of the way.
Dr. Wilmer E. Cooper, Ed. D.
From The Pastor's Desk
Praise to the Almighty God.
Welcome to Western Avenue Baptist Church. As you browse our webpage, I sincerely
hope that you will see the attempt to present our church as a place of worship, where
all are welcome, and a place where the love and compassion of Christ are placed
uppermost in our hearts. As members of a contemporary society marked by a
postmodern philosophy, the goal of Western Avenue Baptist Church is to act justly,
love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to the opportunity to praise and
worship God together.
Dr. Wilmer Cooper, Ed. D.
Sunday School 9:00 AM
Worship Service 10:00 AM
Wednesday Night 6:30 PM