FBC Weekly Update (3.30.20)
COVID-19 Interview With Dr. Michele Bradford (3.27.20)
Giving Options Walk-through (3.19.20)
Wednesday Night Plans (Tuesday 3.17.20)
Ministry Opportunities (Monday 3.16.20)
View this past Sunday’s message for an update on First Baptist’s response to Coronavirus.
Our current status at First Baptist Blairsville
- Until further notice, ALL ON-CAMPUS gatherings have been cancelled. If you're wondering if this means that thing you normally go to during the week on-campus then yes, it does😉. Our church offices will be open during normal hours as our staff is working diligently to provide info, ministry opportunities, and other ways for you to connect as a body of believers.
- We are now livestreaming our worship service on Sunday mornings at 11:00am so that we can continue to “meet together” as a body of believers. It will be different than we are used to but we will worship together and hear the Word of God preached as a body of believers. You can access the live stream on the Church Online page on the homepage of our website, as well as on the FBC Blairsville Facebook page.
- We will continue to update via email, social media, and our website at fbcvision.com/coronavirusupdate, as we move forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com
A message from Pastor Fred (3.14.20)
Dear Church Family
This situation with COVID-19 remains in flux from hour to hour. We were hoping that we could meet for worship this Sunday and take time to share how we can continue to stay in touch and minister in these difficult times.
However, in light of the fact that (1) our schools are closing for one week and (2) our Governor has requested that faith-based organizations consider not meeting at this time, we will not meet for worship tomorrow, March 15. Likewise, we will not meet on Wednesday of this week.
As long as our health allows and prudence demands, your ministers and staff will continue to lead worship, teach, and minister to you. The offices will remain open next week. We hope to have a live stream of our worship tomorrow, but we will certainly have it by the following week. We will show you how to access that when our plans finalize.
Our web site and social media presence is the best way for us to disseminate information to you. So, please check those sources regularly. I am asking our Sunday school teachers and leaders to formulate a plan whereby they can be in touch with all their members each week at least once, preferable twice. If there are critical needs discovered, meet them if feasible, but if not, please inform the church office. We will seek to do all possible and within reason to meet the needs of our church family.
Remember that our Lord is not surprised by this. It has not caught Him off guard. He would have us to be wise and careful, but totally devoted to sharing His love and grace. Please call me or any of your ministers if you have any questions or concerns.
Until this cloud is lifted, let’s love and pray for one another with the same fervency with which Christ loves us.
More about Coronavirus
COVID-19 most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing any special treatment. Those who need additional medical treatment due to more serious complications typically have other underlying health conditions such as low immune system, respiratory problems, or are on immune suppressant medical treatments.
COVID-19 is spread from person to person contact through small droplets from the nose or mouth. These droplets are spread when someone coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets can land on surfaces or objects that others come into contact with. Others can then catch the virus by touching these surfaces or objects, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Others can contract the virus by breathing in droplets from an infected person who coughs in their direction. This is why it is important to keep your distance from those who are sick (approximately 3 feet).
What you can do:
• Stay home when you or family members are sick. You can watch our services online at fbcvision.com.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Sneeze or cough into your elbow/sleeve or into a disposable tissue.
• Avoid touching your face.
• If you are returning from a “high-alert” area, we encourage you to consider refraining from attending church events until the 14-day timeframe has been observed
• If you fall into an at-risk category don’t be afraid to come to church wearing a mask if your doctor has advised it.
What we are doing:
• We have always and are continuing to clean and care for our facilities throughout the week, before and after gatherings. It is our common practice to clean our facility with commercial grade disinfectants and contact surface cleaners.
• We will continue to pay special attention to sanitizing contact surfaces such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, and sinks. Please get used to the smell of cleaners as we increase the frequency with which we use them.
• Our staff and volunteers will continue to wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
• We have additional hand sanitizer stations around the church and encourage their frequent use.
• We will continue to thoroughly sanitize all children’s toys and play areas. This is a regular practice at our church and we will continue with diligence.
We will continue to serve our community and strive to reach the lost for Christ. If you need to stay home for any of the above-mentioned reasons, you can continue to partner with us in our effort to share the gospel by clicking on one of the buttons below.
2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Let us all be calm during this time. Use proper judgement when going into the public. Treat people with love and respect always remembering to share the Gospel through action. Our calling is to love our neighbor, whether they are sick or healthy. Please continue to pray for God’s mercy and wisdom for us, our community leaders and our global leaders as we make decisions regarding this health concern.
We will continue to update this COVID-19 Awareness page as the situation changes or more information is available.