I am thankful to report that the Wrightson family is doing well. Thank you for your prayers! It has been a pleasant but CRAZY transition from deputation to starting East Coast Baptist Church. It was one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but I know it was of God. I am sorry if this transition took you by surprise, and I understand if you felt the need to stop sending support. Thank you for your continued prayers though.
God has been so gracious to my family, and there is no doubt it is because of the prayers of God’s people. We have had several opportunities to share God’s love with folks. I thank God for His willingness to use sinners like me.
East Coast Baptist Church was born on July 12, 2020. Praise the Lord! We knew a few families who were anxious for a church in their area, so we decided to go ahead and start with that handful. Praise God, we had 22 in attendance that first Sunday. God provided two, first-class conference rooms at a nice hotel, so we are able to have services in one and the nursery in the other. Having two grown daughters willing to keep the nursery is an extra bonus! Our tracts and visitor cards have arrived, so we will begin canvassing neighborhoods this week and look forward to seeing new faces.
As of now, because of using a hotel conference room, we are only able to have Sunday services. We have our morning service, break for lunch, and come back for an afternoon service. We are praying and searching for a more permanent building, as well as looking at options for starting a midweek Bible study. We are so blessed to have families willing to jump in and help us set up, take down, provide breakfast, knock doors, lead singing, sing specials, usher, work nursery—all the needs are being provided.
When we started Coastline Baptist in 2004, it was just my wife and I with three children, ages six and under. Having actual adult help with East Coast is such a blessing. The Sitorious family was reached when I pastored Coastline, and when Alex got out of the Marines, they moved to Hampstead and have been looking for a church. It has been such a blessing to have the awesome privilege of pastoring this dear family again.
Special Needs and Prayer Requests
A more permanent building/start of midweek service
Delilah Sitorious – eight-year-old with brain cancer
Ashely Sitorious (mom of Delilah) – surgery to determine if she has cancer
Pastor Jon R. Wrightson