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:

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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!

MAKE DISCIPLES! #FBCBIBLECON2020

POSTPONED

First Baptist Church of Cave Springs is excited to announce our 2020 Bible Conference titled “Make Disciples“.

Of all the purposes Jesus gave for His church, the primary purpose left was to make disciples. Yet no other responsibility is as misunderstood, undervalued, or unfulfilled as this Great Commission to make disciples.  Making disciples isn’t a program, a literature series, or simply attendance of church services. Discipleship is far more, expressed as the simple expression:

Time + Life + Bible = Discipleship

Or as we of FBCCS are learning, it is as Acts 2 portrays it – Life Together.

The conference will run from Sunday, March 29 – Wednesday, April 1, beginning each evening at 6:30PM. Each speaker was selected through extensive prayer with a goal of inviting those with a proven passion and track record of disciple-making. Each carries with him a unique set of experiences and insight that you will find encouraging, convicting, and possibly most important: equipping.

One thing for certain – we must step up our investment in one-another to genuinely Make Disciples. Mark your calendars and prepare to be engaged on this extremely urgent and often forgotten purpose for the church.

 

SPEAKERS:

Picture of Bruce ShortSunday, March 29Bro. Bruce Short, pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Newport Arkansas, a congregation that crosses demographics and ethnic lines to reflect a true cross section of the community.  Their model truly fits the “…of all nations” found in the Great Commission. Bro. Bruce planted the church church, beginning as a home Bible study, in the early 1990’s, growing to organize as Maranatha Baptist Church, a thriving body of believers driven in large part by active and intentional discipling relationships.

 

Monday, March 30 – Bro. Jim Elliff  is founder and president of Christian Communicators Worldwide (CCW). For nearly twenty years prior to the beginning of CCW, he served as teaching pastor or on the pastoral team of churches in Florida, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.  In addition to his writing and travel, Jim began Christ Fellowship of Kansas City in 2003. This unique church is made up of home congregations in the Kansas City metro area, and has grown significantly through intentional and powerful hands-on discipleship.

Picture Wade AllenTuesday, March 31 – Bro. Wade Allen is the lead pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Rogers, Arkansas where he began serving in 2014.  Prior to his service at Temple, Bro. Wade served 12 years as a missionary/church planter with Baptist Missionary Association of America, primarily serving in the Philippines.

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 1Bro. Micah Powell. Bro. Micah has served in the capacity of worship leader, youth pastor,MIcah Powell and Familypastor of adults, as well as camp evangelist, youth rally speaker, and has passionately pursued discipleship as his core ministry drive. Micah believes that every generation within the church has a responsibility to each other under God to engage one-another, to walk along side one another, and to personally invest in one another in such a way as to build one another up in their Christian walk – in short, to disciple one another.  “Discipleship is costly and can get ugly – but it is so worth it.”

The Homecoming: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Story

Come enjoy our Choir & Worship Arts production of The Homecoming: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Story, a humorous and heart-warming story that will strike a familiar chord with anyone who has ever spent Christmas with their extended family. The musical numbers are meaningful and memorable, and the warm, acoustic bluegrass accompaniment lends a real homespun flavor to this charming story of family and faith. We will present this production just one time on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 11AM.

An Intimate Christmas Worship with Trinitas!

Join us as we welcome back our friends Trinitas to share with us a time of intimate worship for Christmas on Sunday evening, December 15 at 6PM.  There will be no admission charged, but we will be accepting a love offering.

Trinitas Christmas Card

For details or to reserve your seats, visit our event page on Facebook.

Trinitas is Chanin and Mandy Barker of Shreveport, LA and Keith Copley of Tyler, TX.

 

For more information on Trinitas, see their web site.