by Reverend Dr. RB Holmes, Jr., Pastor
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

June 12, 2020


Dear Members:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  Mrs. Holmes and I are consistently praying that you are at peace during this coronavirus pandemic.  I want to encourage you that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, still lives and He will bring us through.  Remember, “We walk by faith and not by sight.”  (2 Corinthians 5:7)   I truly believe that our Great God didn’t bring us this far to leave us.  Yes, we are living in some troubling and turbulent times, but aren’t you glad, that trouble doesn’t last always?  We can trust the perfect promises of the Lord.  Jesus said in St. John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”  What an amazing promise!

My dear friend, I want to thank you for praying for our great church, the membership and the peace and prosperity of Bethel.  I appreciate your “cheerful giving.” It is a blessing that many of you are worshiping with us online on Sundays and Wednesday nights.  Several members and groups are leading our three times per day Monday-Friday prayer services.  Please check the bulletin on line at, or call the church office for the times and teleconference number. Furthermore, we have been blessed to implement the Church Growth Bible Studies virtually by Zoom. The schedule for the Bible studies and how to link into Zoom from your computer or your mobile phone are also located in the church bulletin on line.  Please mark your calendars to join with us online this Wednesday, June 17, 2020, for a special Pre-Father’s Day Family Prayer Hour at 7:00 PM at 


I also encourage you to avail yourselves of the various daily devotionals prayerfully written to provide spiritual comfort and hope during this pandemic.  All devotionals are posted online at

  • From Fear to Faith:  The Christian Response to the Coronavirus by Dr.  RB Holmes
  • The Gateway to God’s Glory in the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic by Dr.  Gloria P. Holmes
  • The 5P’s to Prosper In A Pandemic by Reverend Michael L. Fegins  (Special devotionals for children and youth)
  • The 5F’s for Moving Through the Coronavirus Crisis  by Reverend Michael L. Fegins (Special devotionals for children and youth)


Finally, we are prayerfully in negotiations to begin our television ministry.  As promised, we want to continue to reach our members, by any means necessary.  It is our prayer that God will bless us to start this ministry this coming August.

Thank you for being a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  We are pastorally committed to serving you with great joy.  Let me close with another promise from our living Lord, “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (2 Corinthians 2:9)  Do you love the Lord? The Lord is so worthy of our praise, worship and thanksgiving.


In His Name!

Reverend Dr.  RB Holmes, Jr., Pastor

June 12, 2020 - Letter to Congregation (Download PDF)

May 20, 2020


Dear Members:

Please know that you are in my fervent prayers.   During the month of May, a delegation of church members will be praying daily at noon, 6:00 pm and at midnight.  One of the purposes of the United Prayer Ministry is to pray for you and your household.  Jesus promised us in St. Matthew 21:22, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing you will receive.”  We are praying for your peace, joy, strength and safety.  I have written several devotionals last month that are posted on our website,  The devotional series is entitled From Fear to Faith: The Christian Response to the Coronavirus.  I hope you will find the devotionals uplifting.  Also, we are live steaming services every Wednesday at 7:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.  I want you to know that your pastor and church are with you. 


Let me share with you a few scriptures that you may want to reference for your meditation and encouragement this month:  St. John Chapters 14-16; St. Mark 11:22-24; St. Matthew 5:1-12, and St. Matthew 11:28-30.  Additionally, during the month of May, we are reading from the book of Genesis. 


If you ever need anything from me as your pastor, please feel free to call the church office, 850-222-8440, or my personal cell.  We are here to serve you.


To all of our beloved mothers, Happy Mother’s Day.  “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)


In His Service!

Reverend Dr.  RB Holmes, Jr., Pastor

May 20, 2020 - Letter to Congregation (Download PDF)