Updates On COVID-19 at FBCCH

A Message From The Pastor 

Update on 3/19/20 at 12:39 p.m.


Hello Church Family!


I want to update you on some important things related to church life. 


Although the coronavirus pandemic prevents us from gathering together physically in the same place on Sunday mornings, we can nonetheless worship together. We will continue to provide FBCCH worship services via livestream. Simply go to YouTube.com and enter First Baptist Church Chappell Hill in the search pane. Services will go live every Sunday at 11:00.


Also, Matthew and I are working with other leaders to continue to provide Sunday morning Bible study classes for adults, youth, and children, as well as the Wednesday evening Bible study. We're not talking about prerecorded lessons. We're talking about fully interactive Bible studies that will allow you to see and communicate with everyone in real time. We hope to have the Wednesday evening Bible study going by March 25 and Sunday morning Bible studies going by March 29.


We have no excuse for allowing our spiritual development to go on hold along with everything else in the world. Our continued participation in these things is vital!


We can  continue online with our worship services, Sunday school classes, and Bible studies, but maintaining our sense of family and community is the greatest challenge we will face during this time of quarantine. Overcoming this challenge will require action on the part of each and every one of us. There are things you can do.


Use social media to share testimonies and pictures of your family's participation in online worship and Sunday school. If it blesses you, talk about it and share links! This will encourage others to participate. 


Keep each other connected. Make direct contact with others, especially with those who are shut-in or otherwise "out of the loop." It is entirely impossible to overstate the importance of this. Some of our people live alone and this time of quarantine will leave them in virtual isolation, which will take a tremendous psychological and spiritual toll on them. We cannot allow that to happen. We must care for them and reach out to them.  Matthew and I will do our part, but the task, which is difficult to keep up with under normal circumstances, will certainly overwhelm us unless you help. Call or email one of us if you need contact information, help identifying who these people are, or even if you need help knowing exactly what to say.


We will be working to generate other ideas on how we can maintain our sense of family and community. If you have ideas on how to do this, we would love to hear about them! 


Finally, when routines are disrupted, it is easy to forget to do certain things that we might normally do out of habit. In the case of suspending our worship services, giving can be one of those forgotten things. Don't forget to give! The church cannot continue to function and provide ministry if you forget to give. I have included an attachment to this message that provides instructions for online and text giving.


In the meantime-
Stay home!
Wash and sanitize your hands frequently!
Don't touch your face!
Block coughs and sneezes (but not with your hands)!
Stay more than 3 feet apart!


God bless,
Mel

Update on 3/16/20 at 11:00 p.m.


Dear Church Family,


Thank you for your patience with our efforts to livestream yesterday's worship service. I understand there were some issues with the sound. We will attempt to work out any kinks and bugs between now and next Sunday. 
Also, thank you to Matthew Kamprath and Matthew Glaze for doing such a great job in getting things together for the livestream on such short notice. You guys did a fantastic job!


As you know, the CDC and local authorities are continually updating recommendations and requirements in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect people from infection. Currently, they recommend that groups of ten or more abstain from gathering. We have every intention of adhering to these guidelines. So, please plan to stay home on Sundays and worship via livestream until further notice. I will provide information pertaining to this week's livestream much further in advance than previously. Only those individuals whose presence is absolutely necessary to conduct the livestream worship services should come to the church building on Sunday mornings.


The church offices will remain open during the week for as long as it is safe. However, please do not come up to the church for anything unless it is absolutely necessary. In fact, I ask our committee chairpersons and other ministry leaders to cancel any upcoming meetings or conduct them via email, conference call, or text.


I announced yesterday morning that although regular Wednesday evening activities have been suspended indefinitely, the church building will be unlocked and staffed for those who wish to pray in the sanctuary. Given the latest recommendation that groups of ten or more should abstain from gathering, I'm afraid it would be unwise to continue with that plan. Please commit to praying at home on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30.


And pray daily! Ask the Lord to bring an end to this pandemic and heal those who have been infected. Ask Him to endow our leaders with wisdom and discernment as they seek to determine what measures should be taken to protect our communities and our families. Also ask Him to protect healthcare workers and give them stamina and courage to continue treat those who need their help. Pray, above all, that Jesus Christ will be glorified.


Though this is a serious situation that presents us with unprecedented challenges, it is also a situation that presents us with unique opportunities to represent Christ and to minister and care for one another. Pray that God will inspire us to act in creative ways.


Check your email and the church website regularly for the latest information.


God bless,
Mel 

Update on 3/14/20 at 5:45 p.m.


Dear Church Family,


In light of heightened concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus, we are working to livestream our worship service for tomorrow morning and upcoming weeks. The link for this will be forthcoming. Although the doors will be open and you are free to join us at the building for worship, we strongly recommend that you stay home and limit social contact at this time.

If you choose to come to church tomorrow, please be aware that there will be no Sunday school classes or childcare. We also ask that you remain mindful to abstain from physical contact with others and wash and sanitize your hands frequently.


Although regular Wednesday evening activities will be suspended, the church building will be unlocked and staffed for prayer in the sanctuary.


As I said last Sunday, this is not a time to panic. Rather, it is a time to be sensible and take necessary precautions and to remember that God is greater and demonstrate our faith in Him.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).


Prayer is key!


This Sunday has been declared a day of prayer. Please join your prayers with those of brothers and sisters, asking God to bring an end to this pandemic and bring healing to those infected. Ask Him to give our leaders wisdom to discern what courses of action should be taken to protect our communities and our families. Ask Him to protect our healthcare workers and give them courage. Above all, pray that the name of Jesus Christ will be glorified.  


Continue to Give!


FBC Chappell Hill is a generous church and we want to demonstrate our faith by continuing to give. This will enable us to continue to function as normally as possible during this time. 

You can give online by going to https://fbcch.net/giving/. Or you can give through text. Simply text FBCCH to 73256 and follow the link. 

Please continue to watch for updates via email.


Let us not give in to fear, but rather demonstrate our faith in the wisdom and strength of Jesus Christ.


God bless,

Mel