Although we have been thrust into uncertain times, we trust in God. Paul said to the church at Philippi, “Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
Right now, our nation, and our world, is fretting and fearful of this taunting virus. The government sees this as an opportunity to divert the trust of the people onto them rather than trusting in God. This hype, albeit overstated by our national leaders, will not shake the faith of God’s faithful people.
This brings me, as your under-shepherd, to two points. One, that we maintain common sense where our health is concerned. That we do not succumb to the fear that is in the hearts of the world. Also, being a part of this community and under governmental care, that we are responsible to subject ourselves to governmental mandates on issues that do not compromise our faith. Because, on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Hogan announced that there be no gatherings of more than 10 people, and that we practice social distancing, we are pressed to make the following decisions.
All FBC church services are canceled until further notice.
All FBC public ministries and activities are canceled until further notice. This includes visitation and soul winning which will help restrict the amount of one on one contact – social distancing.
FBC’s spring revival is canceled, yet, depending on how long we will be under these mandates, we may reschedule.
We will keep you posted on the calendar highlights as time progresses.
In order to keep the unity of the church, along with providing the spiritual wellbeing of our church, we are implementing some things to keep our church unified.
We are having FBC online services: Online and in the Word. Check out ourFBC Live page!
We have created a members only prayer page, called FBC Uplift. This page, on our website, will allow you to submit any updates to our prayer list (requests, praises, or updates to existing requests) so that we can continue to uplift each other in the Lord. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org ,if you choose to send it by email, instead.On this page, you can also view the new prayer list.
Offerings: to help you maintain your tithes and offerings, we encourage you to mail in your offerings to the church. To maintain our own financial responsibilities, and, that of our missionaries, I’m asking you to please be faithful in your giving. Mail to address as follows:
725 W. Pulaski Hwy.
Elkton, MD. 21921
By postmarking it as such, it will be given to the men who handle the deposits.
Our responsibility to reach people with the gospel has not diminished. Even though, at this time, we are not gathering together for church-wide outreach, please keep gospel tracts on hand and witness as you interact with others in your community. During a time of fear, the people around us need to know where to get true peace and contentment. Don’t miss God’s open door to witness: more of your neighbors are at home during the day; there is a consciousness of death and eternity in the hearts of our nation; people are looking for true peace and safety; and so on. Ask God to open up your evangelistic imagination in reaching the souls of others.
Stay in communication with your church family, via, social media, text, phone, etc.
Thank you all for working with me and praying for me through this time to make decisions that is best for our church family. Please don’t hesitate to call me on my cell phone as we move forward during this process.
Sheryl and I are praying for you and your family, that we all stay healthy, both spiritually and physically.