MESSAGES FROM PASTOR NICHOLLS REGARDING
OUR CURRENT SITUATION AND THE CORONAVIRUS
3/28/2020
My nephew, Andrew Grant reminded me of this song.  I wanted you to also see it.
 
The marketplace is empty
No more traffic in the streets
All the builders’ tools are silent
No more time to harvest wheat
Busy housewives cease their labors
In the courtroom no debate
Work on earth is all suspended
As the King comes thro’ the gate
O the King is coming
The King is coming
I just heard the trumpets sounding
And now His face I see
O the King is coming
The King is coming
Praise God, He’s coming for me
 
It seems pretty appropriate in our present situation.
Pastor
 
3/26/2020
GriefShare will go virtual this Monday evening beginning at 6:20 pm. Anyone interested please forward your email address to oca.neal@gmail.com – You can join using your phone or computer, iPads will not work.  If you have any questions, please contact Neal Bennett.
 
3/25/2020
Bro Bernard and the Apostolic Fellowship Summit, that is made up of the 7 largest Oneness Pentecostal organizations in the USA, are binding together for a special day of prayer on March 27, 2020.

I would like to encourage all of us to bind together in prayer on the 27th of March for our entire world.  

Thank you,
Pastor
 
3/24/2020
The Wisconsin District UPC has declared Wednesday, March 25th a District-wide day of prayer and fasting.  I am asking our church to be a part of this.  With this pandemic continuing and with Wisconsin being in a “Stay at Home” order, we need to be fast and prayer for the following:
 
1) God’s protection upon people, by guarding them from contracting this virus, as well as strengthening those that may have already been compromised.
 
2) God’s blessing on businesses and employees that have been hit hard by orders to close or reduce their staffs.
 
3) God’s provision over the finances of our people, churches, and the district and that the Lord would help us to prosper financially so we may continue to do His work.
 
We are people of faith and not of fear. Our God hears us when we call upon His Great Name.
God bless you,
Pastor Nicholls
 
3/22/2020
What a joy it was to be back in the sanctuary! I want to thank all those who helped to make it possible.  Thanks to Andi and Jan in audio/visual for their hard work. Thank you Libbi and Josh and your family for your part in making this service possible. Thank you Joe, Grey and Stacy also for all you put into this service.

We will be having an online service this Wednesday, March 25, at 7pm. We will also have our Sunday service, March 29th at 11am online. We hope you will join us for those services.  

We do not know how long this quarantine situation will last. We will take it week by week. Please keep checking this website for announcements and messages that I will be posting on a regular basis.  

May the Lord continue to bless you! My wife and I prayers that this virus will not come upon any of us in this congregation.  

 
3/21/2020
Here are some suggestions for preparing our families to participate in church online.
 
1.  Have the family get up at a reasonable time in the morning as you usually do to get ready for church.
2.  Have the family dressed and ready to attend church (not just watch it).
3.  Find a place where all can sit with the largest screen possible.
4.  Have the family worship along with the Praise Singers.
5.  Pay full attention to the preaching as you would if you were sitting in church.
6.  Make sure all distractions are put away (cellphones & other devices).
7.  Have a place nearby where you can an altar call.  Our Praise singers will be singing during the altar service.
8.  Treat this service just as you would if you were actually in attendance in the sanctuary.
 
I pray you are blessed, strengthened and encouraged by these services.  Let’s all pray that we can be together again very soon and that this pandemic will end in the very near future.
Pastor
 
3/20/2020
I am happy to announce that our church will begin having live stream services starting this Sunday at 11am. For the time being it will be streamed through Facebook, but in the future we will be able to stream ourselves without having to go through Facebook. You can join us for service by using the following link. Please share this with others in our church.     https://www.facebook.com/PentecostalAssemblyChurch/  

3/19/2020

When Martin Luther was dealing with The bubonic plague, he wrote these wise words that can help inform the way we approach things happening in our world right now:

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.  If God should wish to take me He will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.  If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person I shall go freely as stated above.  See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

Luther’s Works; Vol. 43, pg. 132

 
3/18/2020
I want to say once again how difficult it was for me to make the decision to not have church for the next 2 Wednesdays and the Sunday in between.  It is not something I ever thought of doing.  We were mandated by our government to do so.  We are taught in the scriptures to obey civil authorities as long as it does not violate the Laws of God. 

As of now, our church does not have the means to live stream.  We are working on this and hope to be able to live stream a Bible study or a sermon very soon.  Please be patient with us as we get this up and running.  In the meantime let the church be the church and seek God in our homes as families and individuals.

My wife and I urge each family/individual to set up some kind of special prayer and fasting during this time of crisis.  We are truly living in unparalleled times and we hope this precipitates the coming of our Lord.

We know that some of you have already instituted a plan for prayer and fasting and this is wonderful!  We need to be in unity and solidarity.  We know that our country and the whole world, are suffering with outbreaks of the Coronavirus.  It is probably safe to say that all of us are facing lifestyle changes in one way or another.

Below are some prayer points that you might want to consider. 

  1. Pray that the worldwide Body of Christ will rise to the occasion and be a shining light to people and societies that are filled with fear.  Pray that, in the midst of the fear, people will get desperate and turn to God and Truth.
  2. Pray for backsliders to return to the fold.
  1. It would be a tool of the enemy that as our churches go to online services, people would get lazy spiritually.  We must exhort one another to guard against this.  This is the time when our own personal walk with God will prove its value.   Pray that any lack of personal spirituality will diminish and that saints will draw closer to God than ever before.
  1. It is vitally important that ALL of us to stay connected–one way or another.  We are not just talking about a social connection that can breed idle talk, fear and false reports, but a spiritual connection.  Pray and work towards staying connected on a spiritual level with everyone in your circle of influence.  If we ever needed to “lift one another’s hands”, it is now.

My prayer is that there will be a massive harvest and that the rapture will then take place.  In the meantime, may the church of the living God be all that it is meant to be–a beacon of light, hope and truth to a desperate world!

Please feel free to share any urgent needs that you may have.  We can all draw strength from one another.

The Tomevs have left us as they need to get back to their homeland.  Please pray for them.  The Ukraine border is presently closed and we do not know when it will open again.  The Tomevs will be spending their time with family that are living in Washington state until the borders open and they can return to Ukraine.
 
3/16/2020
In respect for the guidelines that Governor Evers and President Trump issued today, and with care for all of you as our church family, the decision has been made to cancel services and activities at Pentecostal Assembly Church through March 25th. The situation will be reassessed at that time, and decisions made for how to move forward.
Our media team is working to live-stream services in the near future.