FBC’s Walk 4 The World & Lifeword Sunday

Saturday, October 9, we will have our annual Lifeword Walk 4 The World at Cave Springs City Park (392 E Johnson Ave, Cave Springs) beginning at 9AM.  Each year, churches of the BMA observe “Lifeword Sunday” – a special emphasis of prayer and giving for the ministry of Lifeword Media Ministries, one of our most effective missions efforts as a church association – Lifeword reaches up to 2 billion people a day through radio, TV, the internet. Help them expand broadcasts to reach the remaining 5 billion with the Good News. #LifewordSunday #WeTellTheStory https://lifeword.org/lifeword-sunday/

Walk 4 The World on Saturday, October 9 will take place at Cave Springs City Park – where where we who can, will walk the walking trail to total up to 3 miles.  Some have gotten pledges for miles (or laps) walked. Others simply make donations specified for this particular ministry, all to be submitted on Lifeword Sunday, October 24.

We have Lotts of fund and fellowship – while bringing attention to this incredible ministry.  While we all cannot be physical missionaries around the world, and to language groups we may have never even heard of – Lifeword does through broadcast and digital media – and you can be a part of that!

If you cannot be there at 9AM, that’s ok – we should be their until about 1PM. And if you cannot walk – come and encourage those who will and enjoy the outdoors and fellowship time.

Here is a video reminder of what Lifeword is all about…

FAITH over FEAR Youth & Student EVENT!

First Baptist Church is excited to announce our first one-day youth rally:

Featuring Worship led by our friends of Trinitas (Shreveport, LA and Tyler, TX), and teaching by Micah Powell.

FEAR...

Fear can do a lot more than cause us to shake or want to hide.  For some, it causes us to become angry, fearful- and it can destroy families, friendships - and chase us from the very things in life that matter.  F.U.D. - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt...  After the last year and a half, we all should be very familiar with these terms.  Fear overtook many, changed lives - Uncertainty cause paralysis and government officials to make decisions that will long be questioned, and of course Doubt - or even pessimism that comes naturally with fear and uncertainty - and all three of these things are tools that Satan uses to try to stop, squash, and destroy lives that could otherwise be joy-filled testimonies.

TRINITASTrinitas is a trio consisting of Chanin & Mandy Barker (Shreveport, LA), plus Keith Copley (Tyler, TX), who bring an energy and excitement fueled by a genuine passion for Christ and the Saving Grace poured out through the Gospel.  The music styles in the library of Trinitas is across the spectrum - from Southern Gospel to Contemporary Christian and Praise - We are glad to have Trinitas as a part of this important event!

 

Micah Powell, and his wife of 12 years Rachel, is currently a student at Midwestern Baptist

Micah and Family

Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and has served as a worship pastor, youth pastor, family pastor, and frequent camp + youth speaking engagements.  Micah is an engaging speaker, compassionate soul, and absolutely a spaz for the redeeming work of Jesus Christ - with a passion and energy for equipping folks for life and ministrythrough discipleship.  His background speaks very clearly and loudly to the subject of battling fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and there is absolutely no chance that you listen to Micah without coming away strengthened and very likely changed.

 

WHO CAN COME?

This event is open to all, though primarily geared towards Junior High- College aged students.  We will have opportunity for questions, prayer, and of course - worship!  We do ask that all participants PRE-REGISTER so we can plan food for the LUNCH that we will provide.  Registration/tickets are $1 (which simply covers the cost of registration) and guarantees you a spot.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 11 at Noon.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS/REGISTRATION

VBS2021! Mystery Island: Tracking Down the One True God!

VBS 2021!

It’s happening!  After the COVID insanity of 2020, we are back and ready for action for VBS 2021!  June 7-11, with a special closing celebration on Sunday evening, June 13 – where we will give away major prizes!Come one, come all on an island adventure of intrigue, fun, games and much more as we seek out the One True God!

2 years old through 8th Grade we have an adventure for you!

Adults… we have plenty for you as well, as we need all hands on deck for this great search!  (*All volunteers need to complete a background check prior to the start of VBS!).

Kids – Click HERE to sign up TODAY!

 

Resurrection Sunday (Easter) Is Coming!

There are few realities more important. to the Christian faith than that of the Resurrection!  Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:16-17)

Some argue that Scripture never commands Christians to celebrate “Easter”, yet can one deny that Jesus’ own followers rejoiced and celebrated His rising from the grave? It is the resurrection that made all the difference! And just as Paul penned in the verses above, without the resurrection, we are the most pitiful of people!

Join us Sunday, April 4 for our Easter Sunrise Service at 7AM, or for our Easter

choir production of One Day (arr. Russell Maulden) at 11:00AM.

COVID-19 – March 13, 2021

Most who are familiar with FBC know that we never “shut the doors”, but did encourage many for a short time to shift to watching the service online. Over the course of several months, attendance has, thankfully, begun to return to more normal levels. Further, we have been blessed with quite a few visitors and even a handful of new members! The LORD has blessed us during this time – a time that for most has been trying.

Yet one thing has remained true: God is gracious and always good! As you return to active fellowship, we do ask that you remain vigilant and reasoned in your actions. This includes continuing to respect the distancing desires of those who are particularly susceptible to illness, effective hand washing and use of sanitizer. If you feel more comfortable continuing to wear a face covering, you are more than welcome to do that. And of course, if you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below), or have had a recent confirmed exposure, please utilize good judgment in thinking of others.

If you are experiencing:

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Unusual Fatigue
  • Body Aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever (Greater than 100.4)
  • COUGH
  • Shortness of Breath

Please consider others and join us online and see your doctor or health care provider as soon as possible.

 

Join us streaming:

www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistCaveSprings/

https://tinyurl.com/CAVESPRINGSFBC

 

November 13, 2020 COVID UPDATE

As many may know, we had a church member test positive this week. While there is no indication or suggestion that it was transmitted at church (the member was not at church the Sunday prior to diagnosis), and the state contact tracer said it was highly unlikely this member either picked it up, or spread it at church, we began revisiting our current policies and procedures.  With a second positive test this week in another member, some decisions have been made in regards to safety, and in light of the governor’s updated guidelines:

  • We again request that all who enter the building wear a mask. This is most important when in areas where distancing is COVID-19not practical. We still have disposable masks, individually packaged, available at each entryway.
  • A reminder – if you do not feel physically well, are have a fever (temp scanners are available at entryways), or have reason to believe you have been directly exposed to COVID (or the flu that has begun circulating in some areas), please remain at home and join us online.
  • For the time being, to try to provide space to distance with our fixed pews, every-other row has been designated as an empty pew. Because our pastor feels strongly about not turning anyone away, depriving them of the opportunity to worship together, Hayden Hall will be set up to participate via the livestream. This might be particularly attractive for those who may have internet/streaming issues at home.
  • The Choir will not sit on the platform for worship service or for rehearsals.
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL/BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CLASSES: Will NOT meet in-person. Bro. Earnest will continue to record the lesson and it will be available via live-stream (Facebook and Youtube), and will be shown in the sanctuary beginning at 10AM.
  • WEDNESDAY IGNITE! – will continue, but we have suspended food service and will be enforcing masks in the classrooms and other areas where safe spacing cannot be maintained.

Much of what we are trying to do is nothing new, and including the weekly sanitizing of the entire building (thank you Bro. Roger Meredith). While we are not to live in fear, we still should exercise good discernment and use prudence in what we are doing. Please pray for those who have been diagnosed, pray for our pastor, and for each other. If anyone knows of a need for someone in quarantine, please let us know.

*PLEASE REMEMBER THAT PROPER HAND WASHING/SANITIZING IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASE INCLUDING COVID-19.

Celebration Invitation

140th Celebration!

Join us for our celebration of 140 years of ministry in Cave Springs! Saturday’s schedule includes speakers, memories, and music! – all beginning SATURDAY, October 3 at 1PM!  There will be several special guests and some surprises too!

SUNDAY, October 4, will conclude our celebration with a meal in Hayden Hall!  Come help us celebrate, as we also look forward to serving and ministering until the Lord Jesus returns (or He calls us all home)!

COVID-19 Awareness and Plans

While we never shut down or locked the doors to in-person worship and classes, most chose the prudent step of remaining home, with many watching the teaching and preaching from their homes. As of two weeks ago, we began actively encouraging members and visitors to return. We must remember that there is never a 100% safe scenario, with or without a virus such as SARS-CoV-2 (otherwise known as Coronavirus or COVID-19, which is the sickness it produces). But, in an effort to provide as safe an environment as we can, we have taken some additional steps beyond our usual cleaning routine to try to alleviate some degree of the worry experienced by some. These steps include (but are not limited to):

  • Additional effort in cleaning and sanitizing often-touched surfaces.
  • Provision of hand sanitizer at the main most-used entrances
  • A limited number of disposable face masks have been made available and are stationed at these same entrances, or you may bring/wear your own.
  • Fogging of the entire facility with a certified disinfectant/sanitizing product (Fresh15). This will be reapplied as-necessary to those spaces which have been utilized during the week.

We also ask:

  • If you are sick, or exhibiting signs of ANY contagious disease, please stay home, for your sake as well as that of our brothers and sisters.
  • If you are under a suggested or mandatory quarantine, please follow those guidelines.
  • While we won’t “enforce” a 6ft. social distancing rule, we do ask that you respectfully maintain a reasonable distance from those who are not in your immediate household or family unless specifically invited by others.
    • We are a “Hugging Church”, meaning we are not shy in loving others with an embrace. While this is much appreciated and perfectly acceptable, many who are at highest risk from this or any significant illness may prefer to maintain distance.  So – before you hug someobody, or shake their hand – be sure its “ok” with them.
  • Please practice diligent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

We look forward to seeing you face-to-face soon!

Easter Sunrise On The Hill

Weather permitting, we will still have our Easter Sunrise service on Sunday, April 12 @7AM!  We will, of course, practice safe distancing between family/household groups. We also encourage everyone who can come, to practice judicious hand washing and you are welcome to wear a face mask or respirator if you feel led.

Our service will be set up on the hill, with seating in the parking lot.

Now on YouTube!

To reach the widest audience possible, we have launched on YouTube! We will be migrating our streaming to this channel over the course of the next few weeks. You can “subscribe” and be notified when new videos are posted.

What to Expect:

  • Messages from Morning Worship
  • Event video
  • Teaching Videos
  • Announcements
  • and more!