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 Saturday May 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 | 5.24.2020

 

Happy Memorial Day Friends !!!

 

We hope that you and your family are able to spend some time together this weekend, simply enjoying each other !!!  Perhaps your weekend includes a little something special off your grill, back yard games, or family movie time.  Or maybe that project that you still haven’t gotten “around to” – is calling your name.  Whatever activities – or lack of activities – are on your game plan for the holiday weekend, please take a few moments to remember in prayer those who have served and are now serving in the military – who over the centuries have made our Memorial Day traditions possible.  The sacrifices that they and their families have so graciously and selflessly given us, enable and empower our freedom to worship, live, and thrive.

 

To those of you who have lost loved ones or have heavy hearts for family members and friends who are currently serving – we say “Thank You !!!”  We too lift them to our Heavenly Father – holding them and you – close in our thoughts, our hearts, and for certain in our prayers.  I hope that each of you will take a few moments to click on the “Prayer List” link on this email message and see the specific names of those presently serving in the military that are a part of our church family.  Then as you gather around your table together, please ask God to watch over and protect these very dear and special, men and women, and their families.  We couldn’t enjoy our time around those tables without these cherished friends and family.  We thank and love you !!!

 

Continue to stay safe friends – be smart – and please know that we miss you and
love you !!!

 

We love and miss you all,

Johnny & Rhonda and family   
jlong@firstbaptistdeland.org

 

 

 

Email from Rhonda Long, Director of ECDC | 4.25.2020

 

We sure do miss our kiddos and ECDC families! We know this has been a hard time for everyone. However, we want to continue to follow all of the advice and precautions we can to keep everyone safe. 

 

Our licensing agent, The Department of Children and Families (DCF), requires a limit of ten total people per classroom (including teaching) in order to open. Further, the children must remain in the same classroom with the same teachers and classmates at all times, with no cross-over. As you can imagine, this is very limiting in creating schedules for our program. We hope that in the coming month, these requirements will be amended so that we can reopen and see our kiddos once again!

 

We must continue to remain closed through May 31, 2020. We can't wait for the day when we can see you all again. 

 

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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