April 3, 2020

Dear NTCBC family,

I would like to take a few minutes of your time to update you on what’s happening at NTCBC as we
navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leaders’ Commitment
In these unprecedented and challenging times, the pastoral and leadership team are committed to
caring for you and providing creative ways for you to grow spiritually. We have been working tirelessly
to help you connect to one another through online resources.

Online Sunday Services
We will continue to stream worship services on Good Friday and each Sunday. We hope to gather
together in our church building as soon as possible, but in the meantime, we believe we can continue to
learn and grow together as a church by worshipping together in our homes. It is important that we are
“not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and
all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). You can still invite your friends to
worship. We encourage you to do that by sharing the link to the church website with them: www.ntcbc.org

Reaching out to Others
While the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in some changes to our daily lives, the physical, emotional and
spiritual needs of people have not been put on hold. We must continue to reach out and care for those
around us, and now is an opportune time for us to show the love of Christ to them.

Baptism and Communion
Both baptism and communion will be postponed temporarily. Baptism is to be witnessed by a
congregation as an act of obedience whereby the believer publicly identifies through immersion with
Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. It is also an initiation rite into the church. Communion is an
ordinance which believers observe together to commemorate the death of Christ. By partaking together
bread and wine or juice as symbols of the body and blood of Jesus, believers are to remember Jesus’
substitutionary death for our sins. Both baptism and communion are individual in one sense, but in the
very same respect are communal. Once the restrictions on in-person gatherings are released, we will
resume gathering for both ordinances as soon as possible.

Finally, I want to encourage us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philppians 4:6-7).

In Christ,
Rev. Bernard Sin