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  Note from Pastor Mark  (September 6, 2020)

What a week! We have had 13 (and growing) COVID cases in the last 10 days in our church family.  I anticipate a future where the Lord can use a church that is COVID resistant!  Pray that all our folks come through this trial safely.  Lord heals them completely in Jesus name! Amen.  Look around.  Our world is broken  I'm talking about the "world" in terms of nature and society.  Our natural world bears the marks of sin's blemish and decay and disease (Like COVID).  I'm also talking about the "world" comprised of people, structures, and systems that make up society--the moral patterns, beliefs, and behaviors that result in things like unfair business practices, racism, extreme proverty, dishonest government, dirty politics, family breakdown, cheating, stealing, oppression of the weak, and so many other distressers and defilers....

It stinks, It's bad, It's not right, It's broken.

And in homes and hospitals every day of the week, at courthouses and gravesites everywhere in the world, people of all spiritual makes and models suffer from it--from a world that toils along in hopeless despair.  How do we best deal with the brokenness of the world?  We look to Jesus to comfort us and trust him to eventually set all things back right.

In "Joy to the World,"  the third verse expresses it well"

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground,  He comes to make His blessings flow, Far as the curse is found:

The curse was found in Covid-19 racism, covetousness, idolatry... Let's grieve with and pray for the hurting.  Let's call the world what it is--- broken.  Then, let's recommit ourselves to living for Jesus and others in a broken world.  Let us proclaim the only hope for this world is Jesus Christ!

Love Never Fails ~ Bro Mark

1 Peter 5:10 "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered alittle while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."




•Social gatherings have been limited to 10 people or less, by executive order of Governor Abbott.

•Worship Service will continue each Sunday at 11am . (See the announcement for more information)

•Live Stream remains at www.fbcyorktown.org/media or by using the "Live Stream & Video" link on our Home page.


Greetings Church Family-

I listened to our Governor Greg Abbott this afternoon as he read his executive order banning the gathering of 10 or more people in all areas of public life. His only exception being churches and religious gatherings. One might ask why churches would be exempted from the order. Our governor is a Christian brother who loves the Lord and has given his testimony before and it is powerful. Governor Abbott is also a very wise attorney with a good grasp of the 1st Amendment protections of religious freedom. As a pastor, I really admired his separating church and state as it should be!


Having said that, I feel that we as citizens of the great state of Texas and more importantly God's Kingdom should do all we can to love our neighbors as ourselves. The protection of human life is clearly a compelling interest of both the church and the state. In the specific circumstances of this crisis, given what we know now of the virus, a shutdown order, especially one aimed at gatherings over a certain size, is both narrowly tailored and the least restrictive means of breaking the cycle of COVID-19.


The good news is that we have resources to adjust to these challenging and unforeseen circumstances. We have been blessed with the ability to live stream our service. For thousands of years soldiers, missionaries, and humanitarian relief workers have had to improvise their worship gatherings in extraordinary times as we find ourselves in today. We have sought to make decisions based on Biblical discernment and wise counsel. We strongly feel that although we are not formally subject to shutdown orders, FBC Yorktown should err on the side of caution and choose to curtail our services. In summation, no one will be turned away Sunday morning. We do however, feel strongly that we should comply with the Executive orders and the recommendations of the CDC even though we are exempt and not required to do so.

The public health evidence makes clear that houses of worship should limit their gatherings, whether mandated or simply encouraged by government officials. And they should do so in willing partnership rather than bitter acquiescence.


We are commanded in Scripture to love our neighbor, and caring for the least of these are moral imperatives. One of the best ways to demonstrate that love now is by suspending physical gatherings, including worship services—for the sake of our neighbors.

Remember Love Never Fails

Bro Mark





Who could imagine that as we rang in the New Year just a few days ago that there was evil afoot on the other side of the world in China? This unseen microbe would turn the world on its head, even in little old Yorktown! I thinking about Locust in Africa The fires in Australia due to no rain ( We Need rain here also!) and now this pesky COVID-19! I was reading this morning in 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 and found the answer to all that afflicts us!

12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
 (Please watch the website and Facebook as things can change quickly.) May you all be safe and blessed as we seek the Lord in all this! James had some great thoughts that are applicable to our situation!  “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8). Of course, the real way that we purify our hearts is through faith in Jesus Christ, but it doesn’t hurt to also take his advice literally break out the "Heart and "Hand" sanitizer!

Love Never Fails Bro. Mark




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Love Never Fails,
Pastor Mark Collins

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First Baptist Church Yorktown, TX
401 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 792
Yorktown, Texas 78164
Phone 361-564-2609
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  • Sunday School
    – 9:45 AM to 10:55 AM
  • Changes of Church Services (See Announcements)
    – 11:00 AM


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    – 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM


  • Youth Group
    – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


  • Praise Team Practice
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