Because of the recent COVID-19 upswing, there have been new decisions regarding safety protocols recommended to mitigate the spread of this virus. One such change is that outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people have been prohibited in Texas. Because First Baptist is a “house of worship”, we are not required to comply with this executive order, however, we are supportive of our government officials, and must cooperate with the spirit of this new order.
In addition, as you may be aware, our plan Sunday, June 28, was moving to phase 3 of our regathering plan which would have included limited live music. Following the recommendation of our medical community and FBC leadership, effective immediately our worship will be totally online. That is, we will be suspending on-campus worship services and other official church-sponsored activities until further notice. We hope soon, to announce the return to on-campus worship, but for now, online is the safest option.
You may have seen the recent article from The Baptist Standard discussing the COVID statistics as they relate to available hospital beds. The article includes this quote.
“This weekend is the most important weekend of the entire COVID-19 pandemic. If there ever has been a time to close your doors and go fully online, that time is now.”
An analysis of case confirmation data provided by the Texas State Department of Health Services shows the case rate has more than doubled since Texas registered its first 50,000 cases. Texas hit the 100,000 cases milestone on June 19 – less than half the time it took for the state to register its first 50,000 cases.
First Baptist will do our part to mitigate the spread of this virus and when safe to do so, plan to resume on-campus worship and other church activities. Your leadership team is carefully monitoring the situation and will be communicating as more information is available.
Please continue the online Zoom meetings, checking on each other and notifying the church office as you learn about needs. Also, don’t forget to share your prayer requests and financial support online or by using the secure dropbox located outside the office entrance.
Thank you for your patience, prayer, and cooperation during these challenging times. We will make it through this together, and we look forward to seeing you online Sunday at 9:00 or 10:00.