- All on-site worship services, classes, and gatherings have been suspended until Friday, April 24. In light of this, please tune in to our online worship service atnwbc-tosa.org/live on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM.
- All weekly Small Groups are suspended until April 24.
Update – March 29, 2020:
We have extended the suspension of on-site worship and activities now until Friday, April 24 per the Safer At Home order issued by the Wisconsin DHS and Governor Evers. As new information becomes available, we will continue to evaluate and update you regarding church cancellations and decisions through this webpage, email, and social media. As we further extend this suspension of activities, we are planning to offer a special Good Friday online video message, and will have Online Worship for Resurrection Sunday as well. If you missed any of our Online Worships the past few Sundays and would like to watch them, we have archives available. Visit our Online Worship page to view those. Also during this time if you would like to learn more about ways to continue your spiritual growth or walk with Christ, visit our Discipleship Resources page.
Update – March 17, 2020:
Per new guidelines set forth by the CDC, the White House, and the Wisconsin DHS, Northwest Baptist Church has made the decision to implement phase 2 of our plan, and suspend all Sunday morning classes, activities, and services, and weekly small groups effective now through the end of March 2020. At that time, Northwest church leaders and staff will discuss next steps regarding continuing to suspend activities in April, or whether to resume normal church functions. Please continue to follow NWBC church updates and cancellations at nwbc-tosa.org/covid-19.
In light of the above announcement, Northwest is planning to hold a virtual, online worship service. If you would like to join us for online worship, please visit https://nwbc-tosa.org/live. Online worship will begin at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. In addition to watching the service live, you can also listen to past sermons, view the weekly announcements/Ministry Opportunities, and faithfullygive online through Breeze, our secure church management system.
Following the online service each Sunday, the video feed will be archived, allowing you to view the service at a later time if you wish. Lastly, the online worship service can also be viewed on any device that YouTube is accessible from, which includes smartphones, tablets, PC, Mac, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and others.
Northwest is a Disaster Reliefsite if and when needed, so please keep an eye on our website for opportunities to serve if we are called upon by health officials to assist with food distribution and other necessary tasks.
Please continue to pray for our leaders at all levels of government for wisdom, and for the church’s ability to be the hands and feet of Christ to each other and those in need.
March 13, 2020:
We often talk about how the church should love one another. One way we can show love to one another is in caring for the most at risk among us at all times. Since those with compromised immune systems and our most senior saints are at the highest risk from the current virus outbreak, we want to care well by responding in an abundance of caution through a two-tiered approach.
Isaiah 59:1 (ESV) — 1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear.
1 Timothy 2:1–3 (ESV) — 1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.
Zechariah 7:9–10 (ESV) — 9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, 10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”
Stage 1 – Starting Immediately:
- Ask God, in His mercy, to stop this pandemic and save lives—not only in our communities but around the world, particularly in places that are unequipped medically to deal with the virus.
- Pray for the President and other government leaders—international, federal, state, and local—to have the wisdom to direct us in the best courses of action for prevention and care.
- Scripture says—teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom in this moment of fear as the foundations of what we know are shaken, that others would realize how fragile life is and how real eternity is, and they would see their need to turn to God. (Psalm 90:12)
- Ask God to protect our missionaries and their families around the globe, using this global crisis to advance His Good News to the whole world. (Mark 16:15)
- We encourage you to practice frequent and thorough hand washing during this time period as it is the single best way to prevent the obtaining and transmission of the virus.
- If you are feeling ill, we ask that you refrain from attending until you are healthy.
- All ministry leaders will be asked to disinfect their areas at the beginning and the end of our corporate gathering times including door handles and countertops.
- We will refrain from handshakes both as you enter and as you leave the service.
- We will not continue our customary practice of holding hands during our closing song.
- We will have coffee but no food available during the 9 AM Bible Study gatherings.
- We are looking into the additional costs behind the live streaming of our services (most likely over Facebook) so that those who need to stay home can still participate.
- Instead of passing the offering plates, we will have them available at the beginning and end of the service for you to use. We are strongly encouraging those who do not already give online to consider signing up at https://northwest.breezechms.com/give/online.
- Please keep an eye on our church website for updates and possible cancellations of events.
Stage 2 – Time Frame Unknown:
At the present time, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Andrea Palm recommended canceling any events of more than 250 people. We are not at that number but if that guideline changes we will comply and go solely to an online service format (perhaps prerecorded) during the requested time period. At that point, we would also encourage all church staff to work from home.