March 17, 2020
In light of the recent announcement to suspend in-person group gatherings, we thought it would be helpful to provide an update. Our original plan was for cancellation of our weekly gatherings to be in effect through the end of this month; following the suggestion of state and national authorities to practice social distancing for the next 4-8 weeks, and in light of constantly changing and new information, we will be assessing the best time to reconnect at First Baptist Church as faithful followers of Jesus have been doing for over 165 years.
Although we are experiencing a (dramatic) physical change of routine, this does not mean we have to become spiritually distant. Event by the smallest standards of community, duets and trios singing God’s praise, praying, studying, listening, working, seeking; his presence is there! So we encourage you to continue “showing up” even while we are not meeting together physically. What does this mean?
- While remembering to wash your hands, don’t forget to fold them in prayer equally as often.
- While practicing social distancing, also practice spiritual community.
- We want to encourage you that you are not alone.
- Continue a pattern of rich generosity.
Thank you for your patience and persistent prayer as we grapple with the implications of this global pandemic, but refuse to let it pull us apart.
Rev. Joe Greemore and Rev. Carol Teare