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.
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:
Fever (Greater than 100.4)
Shortness of Breath
Please consider others and join us online and see your doctor or health care provider as soon as possible.
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 not 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.
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.
We do not take the cancelation of services lightly. Generally, unless conditions are deemed highly risky, we try not to cancel services. Regular updates are available on our facebook page.
Regardless of service schedule, please always use good sense. We cannot survey every conceivable road between you and the church campus. If it is too risky, don’t put your health and safety on the line.
On December 9, First Baptist Church will celebrate Christmas with our young people, as they present Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior at 11AM.
The following Sunday, December 16th, we will witness the First Baptist Choir and Drama Team presenting The Worship of Christmas, featuring multiple soloists, and historic flashbacks as we are reminded of the real meaning of