COVID-19 Response

What we are doing during this uncertain time | How to stay connected.

CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE CHANGE: After much prayer, consideration, and counsel we have reached a decision to move all our Sunday morning services to online only at 9:30 am until further notice.

 

ECDC Preschool and VPK classes cancelled until Thursday, April 30 (Date may be subject to change)

 

All programming has been cancelled until further notice:

  • Small Groups

  • All MidWeek Activities (Bible Study and Kids)

  • Bible Studies (including Ladies Bible Study Fellowship, Saturday Morning Bible Study and Women on Mission)

  • FBC Kids

  • FBC Youth

  • New Life Clothes Closet

Email from Johnny Long, Pastor | 4.2.2020

 

Family & Friends,

 

Rhonda and I miss you all so much !!!  We hope, pray, and trust that all is well with you and your family.  These are clearly strange and in many ways challenging days we are living in.  What a blessing and comfort to know that God sees us through – He goes before us, comes behind us, walks with us, and carries us when we need Him to.  I pray that those who do not know Him will come to know Him in these days – and those who have set Him to the sidelines of their lives will rethink their relationship to Him and recognize how much we all need Him – every one of us – not just in these days of difficulty – but ALWAYS !!!

 

We had so hoped that at this point in this season of change – we would be looking at preparing for an amazing Easter celebration together as we re-gathered together as His church family in worship, Bible Study, fellowship, and prayer.  But it would appear that this celebration WILL take place and it WILL BE AMAZING – only it will have to be from a social distance for a while longer.  I am so very grateful to those who are so gifted and using those gifts to prepare and transmit the worship that we have been able to experience in these last 2 weeks.  Thank you all !!!

 

I thank you and plead with you all to continue to pray for one another, our church, community, and our world.  God is clearly on His throne and in control - and what a comfort that is in the midst of these trying times.  I know you are staying in contact with each other through the phone and social media – thank you !!!  If you know of those who have needs at this time, please pass that information along and we will seek ways to help in any way possible.

 

Please also pray for the families and staff of our Preschool – ECDC.  The Preschool remains closed.  It is a very difficult situation as some of these parents are in health care positions and need to work.  At the same time, we have some staff on our team who are very much at risk themselves as well as are members of their households.  In addition, we are not able to accommodate the social spacing recommended if we were to attempt to provide any form of modified child care at this time.  So please pray.

 

As you tire of binge-watching Netflix or simply need a change – please check out the resources of Right Now Media.  If you are not already set up on Right Now Media, simply let me know and I’ll get you going.  It’s easy – you’ll receive an email invitation and can take it from there.  This resource is a full video library of Bible studies, children’s and teen Bible studies, and videos of spiritual conference speakers.

 

And please contact us if you know of any in the church family or community with specific prayer needs and we will pray and communicate out to others to do the same.

 

These are clearly days requiring flexibility, patience, and creativity in daily life.  I can hardly wait to send out the good word that our gatherings are ready to resume.  Stay tuned !!!  In the meantime, we will continue to praise, pray, worship, and serve Him just as we have been these past couple of weeks.

 

We hold you all close to our heart in thought and prayer.  We miss you and love you !!!

 

We Love You All,
Johnny & Rhonda
jlong@firstbaptistdeland.org

 

 

Email from Rhonda Long, Director of ECDC | 4.1.2020

 

IIn an effort to continue to be consistent with the White House Task Force, we have made the unfortunate decision to remain closed through April 30, 2020.

 

I'm sure you understand this is not an easy decision, and we regret the hardships this might place on your family. We simply want to keep your families and our teachers healthy. Should anything change, we will be sure to contact you. Please know that we will reopen as soon as we possibly can.

 

If we can assist your family in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

We love you all, we are praying for you and we thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

 

Rhonda Long, Director

 

How can you help?

 

The best way to prevent spreading the virus is to follow these CDC recommended hygiene practices:

 

  • Please stay home when you are sick with a fever or cough. We invite you to worship with us online at FBCA.com.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

While the full impact of an outbreak cannot be predicted, our team is diligently working to prepare and minimize the impact. The health and safety of our faith family remain a top priority. For future updates regarding coronavirus, be sure to keep a lookout for additional emails and check our website; firstbaptistdeland.org and updated social media postings.

 

Finally, please join us in prayer for those impacted by this virus, for those suffering the pain of loss, and that many will discover the hope of Jesus in these uncertain times. Most importantly, let us trust in the Lord and His promises.

 

For official health information, please consult the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Psalm 46:1

 

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