Norlina Baptist Church

Letters From The Pastor:

May 29, 2020


Norlina Baptist Church Members and Friends,

After much prayer and coordination, we will be gathered as the church on May 31, 2020 for the 11 AM service. In view of that, there are some things you will want to make note of concerning our meeting:

1. The service will be LIVE broadcast on various medias.

2. We all need to respect seating in a manner that puts families together but does not put your family directly in the pew behind another family (we can seat 200 so there is plenty of room).

3. Tony and the Deacons will help with traffic flow, seating, and any other issues that need to be considered.

4. Wear or not wear any protective gear you deem necessary.

Because we are broadcasting live, you can participate from home and still be part of the actual service.

However, if you feel sick or have underlying conditions that warrant your continuance at home please stay there. Please do what you feel is necessary.


Our new web page www.norlinabaptistchurch.org probably is the easiest source to get to and to view. The service will be posted there Sunday afternoon. For the time being the Wednesday Coffee with Pastor Doug will continue. Your input, especially whether or not you are watching, participating and learning will be helpful. Remember to “like and share”.


Next Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM the choir will practice in the main auditorium in the pews so that we can begin exercising our voices again. It will take time to reconstitute the church gathered so please be patient. As the opportunities to regenerate Christian Education, Choir, Mission Training, Youth programs, ETC. allows, we will begin to unpack them and make these activities available. Again, please be patient.


Like many of you, I miss seeing and being with our church family. One of the primary reasons for our being, is the Church gathered and its missions. I am praying for you and thank you for your faithfulness to participate in getting God’s word out in these difficult times. Be faithful to read your Bible, faithful to study the Bible messages, faithful to send in your tithes and offerings and faithful to stay in touch with each other. Be praying for how to overcome any fears and trepidation that the virus may be causing. Let us depend on God to get us through.


My heartfelt thanks and love to you all.


Pastor Doug






May 21, 2020


Dear Norlina Baptist Church Members and Friends,


After meeting with the Church Council, it was decided to plan for the Church to be gathered on May 31, 2020. This gathering decision will be reviewed on May 28, 2020 for a final determination. Until then we will continue to do our best to keep in touch and send the sermons and bible studies on-line. In addition, your deacons and pastor are here to help you in any way we can.


For those who are participating in the on-line deliveries, please note that our new web page www.norlinabaptistchurch.org probably is the easiest source to get to and to view. We, of course, will also be on Facebook and YouTube. One of the many areas God is teaching us, as a result of this Pandemic, is the use of these media platforms. However, we are still learning, and as God directs, we will continue with at least parts of this ministry outreach. Your input, especially whether or not you are watching, participating and learning will be helpful. Remember to “like and share”.

It will take time to reconstitute the church gathered so please be patient. As the opportunities to regenerate Christian Education, Choir, Mission Training, Youth programs, ETC. allows, we will begin to unpack them and make these activities available. Again, please be patient.


Like many of you, I miss seeing and being with our church family. One of the primary reasons for our being, is the Church gathered and its missions. I am praying for you and thank you for your faithfulness to participate in getting God’s word out in these difficult times. Be faithful to read your Bible, faithful to study the Bible messages, faithful to send in your tithes and offerings and faithful to stay in touch with each other. Be praying to overcome any fears and trepidation that this virus may be causing. Let us depend on God to get us through.


My heartfelt thanks and love to you all.


Pastor Doug



April 24, 2020


Dear Norlina Baptist Church Members and Friends,


Like many of you, I am praying that the weeks apart will soon be over. I miss seeing each of you and think about you often. The many challenges we have all been chasing make even the days blur. Half the time I am not sure what day of the week it is because the normal Wednesday night and Sunday activities pretty much defined my schedule.


By God’s grace and mercy, we are communicating on multiple media platforms. If that sounds like I know what I am talking about, I apologize, because if it were not for the work of Jennifer Collins, Ms Janie and Debra my only hope would be “One Call Now” and that with Debra’s help. With their help we will continue to improve the service. Suggestions on how to do better are always appreciated, especially suggestions that come with your help.


I found a little story this week that will help remind us to be careful during these times to not be to quick to judge situations without all the information:

It seems there was this large steel company in a financial slump – They let the CEO go hoping a new one would fire up the company. First week the CEO is walking around the firm and sees a man just leaning against the wall like he had nothing to do. He asks the man “how much do you make a week?” he paused for a minute then replied about $400.00 a week. The new CEO told him to stand right there, he would be back. The new CEO went to his office and came back with $1600.00, gave it to the man and tells him to leave that he was making him an example.

After the man left, the CEO asked about the man and wanted to know what his job was?  The others said well he was the pizza delivery man.


I am praying for you and thank you for your faithfulness to participate in getting God’s word out in these difficult times. Be faithful to read your Bible, faithful to study the Bible messages, faithful to send in your tithes and offerings and faithful to stay in touch with each other.


My heartfelt thanks and love to you all.


Pastor Doug