Sunday, March 29, 2020
Our Pastor in the Interim Larry Womack will conclude his sermon series on Samson with a message titled "Failing Forward." We encourage you to join our Livestream either from this website or our Facebook page. Here are the bulletin and outline for the message.
March 20, 2020
First Baptist Galveston Response to COVID-19
Dear Church family,
Our Church leadership team has been meeting and discussing how the Church should
meet the threat of the COVID-19. And, it is out of love and concern for each of you, and in particular the most vulnerable in our congregation and in our community in this global pandemic that we have made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person services and
activities of First Baptist Church Galveston at least until Monday, April 6. It is only
natural that we lament not being able to meet and worship in person and/or that we lament our inability to control things that we cannot control. This is why we must remain strong and courageous in the Lord and work to find ways to continue to worship and fellowship as a Church body in this difficult situation.
Beginning this coming Sunday, March 22, and continuing on Sunday, March 29, and
Sunday, April 5, we invite you to join the worship service online either through the Church’s website or on Facebook at 10:30 am. While creating your own family worship time at home on Sundays, we hope that you will join with the family of FBCG electronically as our praise team and interim pastor Larry Womack lead us in worship. And on Wednesday nights, we hope that you will look forward to and join in an online
Bible study led by Brother Larry. Also, in addition to continuing to lead in worship on Sundays and in Bible study on Wednesday, Brother Larry is planning some daily devotionals and study materials that will be available on the Church’s website and on the Church’s Facebook page.
It is currently our plan to continue with online services through Palm Sunday, April 5. It is hoped that we can return to our regular services and activities beginning Monday, April 6. However, depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops and on what advice we receive from our national, state, and local health officials, as well as our government officials, this date is subject to being changed, modified, or extended. It is
our hope and our prayer that we will be able to come back together in person to celebrate our risen Lord on Easter Sunday, April 12.
In addition to the cancellation of our Sunday and Wednesday night services and activities, all small groups sponsored by First Baptist Galveston and other activities/events/meetings sponsored by the Church are cancelled until Monday, April 6. (This includes such things as the First Responders Luncheon and the Church Business Meeting on Wednesday, March 25. These events and activities will be rescheduled once we know more how to proceed.) Through all of this, we must be diligent in our Bible study and find ways to continue in the Word.
We would suggest you consider phone calls and/or phone conferences between members of your Sunday School class or Bible study group. If you have a smart phone, there is a way to link multiple parties together on a single call. Another tool that you might want to consider is using a phone/computer app called Zoom. This is an app that allows multiple parties to participate in an electronic video study together in much the
same way that two people can see and talk to each other using Facetime. Another resource available to you and our Bible study groups are the resources available through Rightnow Media.
During this time, all of FBCG’s buildings and facilities will be generally closed to the public. The Church office will continue to be accessible by phone, email, and snail mail. Brother Larry as well as the Elders will also be available. If you need assistance or pastoral care, please let the Church know. We have also asked Brother Larry and our Elders to call our members as well as our prospects. If you would like to participate in this endeavor to stay in touch with each of our members as well as reaching out to prospects, please call the Church office and letus know.
In regard to our Pastor Search Team, we have suspended all face-to-face meetings and activities until Monday, April 6.
In regard to Church finances, we ask that you continue to be faithful in your tithes andofferings. If you would like to try electronic giving this would be a great time to try out the link on the Church’s website at www.fbcgalveston.org. If you need assistance in
setting up your electronic giving, please call the Church office and we will havesomeone connect with you to talk you through it. If you are not up to the “new-fangled electronic ways,” we encourage you to mail your tithes and offerings directly to Church Office at FBC Galveston, 822 23 rd Street, Galveston, TX 77550.
In regard to the precautions you should take, we would encourage you to take every precaution to protect yourself and your loved ones, including but not limited to:
Avoid groups of 10 or more
If you are in the same room as others, maintain a safe “social distance” between
yourself and others
Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
(Think 2 verses of “Just as I am” or 3 verses of This Little Light of Mine”)
Use hand sanitizer
Avoid shaking hands
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with those who are sick
Rely on reputable COVID-19 news sources
If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor’s office for instructions and medical assistance.
In closing, yes, we can lament the situation we find ourselves in or we can find ways to stay strong and courageous in the Lord. Yes, we can experience fear, but we do not have to live in fear. In Joshua 1:9 as the word of the Lord came to Joshua, the Lord said to Joshua: “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” It was true in the days of Joshua and it is just as true today.
And from Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” We do not have to dwell on or live in fear as the Lord can give you the peace and calm needed to triumph over this situation. We urge you to continue to be strong and be courageous in the Lord!
God’s peace and blessings to you,
Stepping_Toward_Destruction_no_words_3-22-2020.pdf - so you can follow along with the sermon. If you miss something and want the answers, email the office - email@example.com. We will send you a copy.