From the Pastor

The choice to cancel our gatherings at FBC until the end of March was a sad decision, but not really a difficult decision.

In praying and talking it over with members on Sunday evening March 15 and with leaders Tuesday March 17, it became clear that the “last resort” was the loving and responsible thing to do. A free country depends on individual responsibility, and students of Jesus have the best possible teacher for doing the right thing. So, in light of good information, we voluntarily and brightly have responded to the advice of local, state, and federal health officials to do what slows down community spread of the “novel coronavirus 2019,” which is a real threat to senior adults and others, and potentially disruptive to essential medical services.

Meanwhile, it’s impossible to cancel church! Church is not a place or a particular event. Church is people. Church is the Body of Christ. By the time you read this, we have had a week or so of practice at finding creative ways to stay in touch and serve each other. We are witnesses to confidence in Jesus before a watching (and sometimes fearful) community. We are rediscovering neighborly habits and family worship. As a matter of fact, the Internet is being flooded with more and more videos of the Good News as churches all over America are posting worship and witness resources online.

So let’s take a good dose of 1 Peter 1:3–7 for now, and when we return back to normal we can rejoice in how God has grown and strengthened our faith to the honor and glory of the Risen King.

Be the church,
Bro. Rick

 
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