COVID-19 Update: Letter from the Pastor

Church Family,
These are unprecedented times of great uncertainty, fear, and hardship. Never in our life-time have we experienced a situation like this. However, this is not new to the church, since the beginning of the church 2000 years ago years ago there has been struggles and obstacles.
 
A portion of a quote from C.S. Lewis in the 1940’s encouraging the church during the beginning of the atomic age, “…do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation”, referring to crisis mankind has faced over the centuries.
 
We have “a Living Hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…” 1 Peter 1:3 ESV  The world needs to hear and we need to be reminded of it.
 

 Services & Activities – New Info

We are excited to begin taking steps to come back together as a church family.  We will continue to have drive-in church and services on-line May 17th and May 24th.  We will resume meeting on Sunday, May 31st at 11:00 a.m. in our Family Life Center gymnasium which gives us space to enable social distancing.  This also gives us time to plan, prepare, and provide a safer environment.
  
Thank you for staying connected with your church through on-line services, and drive-in worship.  These challenging times have given us the opportunity to be creative using the resources the Lord has provided to continue to meet together for encouragement as the church is called to do as found in Hebrews 10:25.  “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
 
We are following the suggested worship guidelines given to our state by our governor.  (Sonny Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, served on a committee with the governor helping put together these guidelines.)
 
One of the most difficult areas to monitor is nurseries and children’s ministry.  For the safety of our children and their families, we will not have childcare or children’s classes for the time being.  Families are encouraged to bring your children to worship services if able to.
 
Below are Guidelines for First Baptist Church:
  • On-line services will continue for those who may be high-risk or unable to attend our services.
  • Anyone with a recent fever, symptoms or contact with positive patient – please worship with us on-line.
  • Six feet physical distancing except for family groups.  (chairs will be spaced out)
  • Face coverings (masks suggested/encouraged) at all times inside by anyone ten years or older.  (Worship               leaders and singers will be without masks – 12′ from audience for the safety of others.)
  • No handshaking or hugging.
  • Collection plates will not be passed – boxes in rear of worship area available.
  • No bulletins – eliminating items passed or touched by others.
  • Entry doors will remain open until services begin and will reopen and remain open as people depart.
  • Tables available with hand sanitizer and masks.
  • Please use paper towels to open and close restroom doors.  Use soap and hand sanitizer in restrooms.
  • No nurseries or classes available for children during this time.
  • FBC Kidz bags for children will be available on May 31st as you walk into the service.  Activities, snack and a           theme-based worship guide page will be in each bag.
  • Facilities will be sanitized each week.  (Equipment is on order to sanitize with)
 
These guidelines are from the governor of Arkansas.  (Sonny Tucker, Exec. Dir. ABSC, helped compile these.)
Thank you for your patience and for helping us care for each other – providing a safer place.
 
Excited to worship together in person!  See you Sunday, May 31st.
Bro. Jack
 
 
 

 Church Online

If you would like to receive a digital copy of our Sunday School curriculum CLICK HERE
We invite you to join us online for Worship services on Sundays at 11:00 am. 
 
 

 How Can You Help?

– Trust in God, the Almighty God, our Creator, our Provider!
– Pray for mercy for the sick, strength and protection for doctors, nurses, and others in the medical field.
– Pray for insight for researchers and for wisdom for our officials/governments.
– Look for opportunities to love and care for others.
– Continue to faithfully obey the Lord in your financial tithes & offerings by giving online, text to give to
   84321 or by mail [PO Box 508, Huntsville, AR 72740],
  or by dropping off at the church office in the lock box (located under the awning near the office door.)
– Share the Love of Christ 
 
Office Hours will be limited at this time. Pastors are still on campus, however, doors will be locked. For assistance please call 877.834.2585.
 
Pastor Jack
Isaiah 40:31