We want to take this opportunity to provide you with an update concerning the rapidly-changing status of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the approach we are taking in response to it. Yesterday, March 12th, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, in coordination with the Indiana State Department of Health, announced a series of important recommendations to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of the virus. In addition to the recommendations for gatherings, individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue have been strongly encouraged to limit public exposure.
As church leaders, our goal is always to emphasize the importance and value of gathering together as believers (Heb. 10:25). However, God has also called us to exercise wisdom and love in the care of our congregation. In light of this, we have been prayerfully considering how the Lord would have us to navigate this current situation.
Therefore, for this Sunday, March 15, 2020, in addition to canceling all ministry events and meetings until further notice, First Baptist Church will not gather in person for our morning worship services. We believe this to be the most wise and loving course of action for our particular congregation. We are continuing to closely monitor the latest information and guidance from public health officials, and we will communicate that as it becomes available. Due to the ever-changing nature of the situation, our current plan is to consider our approach on a week-to-week basis.
With that said, although we will not be gathering to worship together in person this Lord’s Day, we will be providing both a traditional and modern online worship service on Sunday morning. Online giving options will also be available. Additional information on these opportunities will be provided soon.
In the midst of these unprecedented events, let us remember that while they may have taken us by surprise, the Lord’s sovereignty and foreknowledge knows no limit. He is never uncertain about what happens or what is to come, because He is working all things for His glory and our good (Rom. 8:28). Don’t allow yourselves, for even a moment, to forget where your safety, protection, and hope is found. As the Psalmist declares:
“Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in Him,
because we trust in His holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.”