Letter From Brother Tommy

Dear FBC Family

I have just met with our deacons and we have decided after discussion and prayer that we are going to suspend all of our services for the next two weeks and we (the deacons and staff) will reevaluate our situation the week of March 25th and we will make another announcement on Thursday, March 26th.

In light of the fact that we will not be gathering as we normally do, we will be communicating with you continually (several times a week) through our One Call Now messaging service. If you are not a member of that service, the instructions are at the end of this note.

All of this means that there will be no meetings at the church and the church buildings will effectively be closed for a minimum of two and one half weeks. Our church senior staff and support staff will be here during normal business hours during this time but we ask you to please refrain from coming by during this time so as to not place our staff at risk.

Obviously, this is an extraordinary time in the life of our nation and our church and we have made this decision out of 1) obedience to what we believe the Lord Jesus would want us to do, 2) out of love for our brothers and sisters in Christ and for our community, and 3) out of respect for what our nation’s leaders have encouraged us to do, which is namely to refrain from large gatherings. We as Southern Baptists have designated this Sunday as a National Day of Prayer. Please spend some time praying specifically for this situation this Sunday.

Regarding normal services and how to access them. During the entire time in which we are not having formal services on our church campus, on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. and on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm, we will live stream a Bible study via our church Facebook page and also our church website.

Regarding D-Life and Sunday School classes: We also encourage our D-Life groups to continue to meet and to take the normal precautions that we would all take if we were going to work or to school. Most health care leaders encourage people in small groups to remain 6 feet apart. Therefore, it would also be fine for D-Life small groups and those from Sunday School classes that wanted to get together for prayer, Bible study, and fellowship to do so.
Your D-Life group, or Sunday school class might think about doing something like taking lawn chairs to Big Spring Park or even to our church lawn and having your Bible study outside the four walls of the church. You could do this any time during the week and not necessarily on Sunday morning.

Regarding our widows: Our deacons wanted all of our widows to know that they will be contacting them to find out if they have any needs during this time.

Regarding stewardship and giving: You may continue to give to the Lord’s work during this time 1) Via sending a check through the mail, 2) Via sending a check through your banking bill-pay, or 3) Via the giving app on our church website. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord during these trying times.

Regarding One Call Now: If you are not on One Call Now:

1) Send your email(s) and cell phone number(s) to TommyBolan5@gmail.com.

2) After I receive them, I will send you information on how to activate the text messaging side of the system. You will receive the emails automatically and you will not have to do anything else to receive them.

I send out most of our announcements via email as the text messages have a limit to their length.

Finally, during times like this, we are reminded that the church is not a building, but the church is each of us, the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:27: 27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” While this is a both a painful and stressful time, this is actually an opportunity for the body of Christ to demonstrate the love and peace of Christ to a world that so needs Him.

I love you and if you need anyone on the church staff, please either call the church (256) 828-1607, email me at TommyBolan5@gmail.com or call me at home at (256) 828-5004.

Love in Christ Jesus, Bro. Tommy, church staff, and deacons of FBC Meridianville