Connect Small Group Bible Studies
Due to the rising number of COVID cases in San Angelo, we recently made the difficult decision to discontinue our small group Bible studies on Sunday for the time being. We will continue to monitor the situation to make the best decisions for the safety and well-being of our membership.
We will continue our Sunday morning service in-person; however, we do require those attending to wear masks at all times in the building. If you have a health issue that causes you to be unable to wear a mask, we ask that you worship with us online or through our broadcasts on television and radio.
Doors will open at 10:00 am. Please go directly to the sanctuary; do not gather in the atrium, hallways, or near the doors. When in the sanctuary, please do not linger in the aisles. We will dismiss by rows following the service. We are sad to have to make these changes, but we are doing so out of an abundance of caution.
The Servants by Grace and Open Doors departments will continue their virtual classes on Sunday mornings. If you would like more information on how to join one of these, please contact the church office and we will put you in touch with the department directors. Bible Study lessons are also uploaded to our YouTube channel weekly.
What Comes Next…
On Monday, April 27, Governor Abbot held a press conference announcing that the “Stay at Home” order for Texas was set to expire Thursday, April 30, and that he was going to allow the order to expire without an extension. Along with this announcement, he also presented the government’s phased plan to reopen Texas. I’m sure many have wondered how this would affect the church and specifically FBC San Angelo. After much prayer and discussion with our church leadership (which includes the church staff and the chairs and vice-chairs of our committees and deacons), we have decided the best course of action for us is to remain in the current online format through May. It is our hope and prayer that on the first Sunday in June, we will begin to have in-person ministry opportunities on our campuses. This schedule is subject to change in the ever-changing environment around us. Church leadership will meet again the week of May 18 to discuss any changes that might need to be made, as well as what in-person ministries will begin to look like.
As with the decision to move to an online format, this too was a decision that was not made lightly and one in which many facts were considered. We feel the success of our current digital format allows us to make this decision in consideration of the intergenerational makeup of our church. We feel it is in the best interest of our congregation and community to move back to in-person worship as slowly and intentionally as possible! We do not want to put anyone at risk unnecessarily, nor do we want to leave anyone out or make them feel pressured to attend. It breaks all of our hearts that we will not be able to meet for another month but I know the Lord is in control and feel as though this is the best decision moving forward.
If you should have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me, Bill, or one of our chairs/vice-chairs of our committees and/or deacons. Pastor Vince
A video from Pastor Vince may be viewed at What Comes Next…
How Can We Help?
Our goal continues to remain connected with you all as best as possible, even while we can’t necessarily see you face to face. We want to encourage you to check in on people and let us know if there is a need we can help address.
We especially need to be aware of daily challenges those at higher risk may face…things such as grocery shopping, picking up medications, minor repairs or upkeep around their home or yard or maybe even just knowing that someone is going to check in with them from time to time. If you have a need such as this OR if you can help fill one of these needs, please consider submitting this form to us.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
An Opportunity to BE the Church
Meals for the Elderly needs people to fill in as drivers and they are also trying to put together Goodie Bags for each of their clients. For more information, see the flyer: BE THE CHURCH
As many of you have noticed, the city has come out with guidelines for San Angelo as it pertains to gathering in larger groups. They have suggested that groups larger than 50 should not gather in order to help with the spread of potential COVID-19.
After prayer, discussion, and consideration of both the city and federal government your ministerial staff and church leaders have decided that we will be moving our worship services to and online streaming format for at least the next week if not the foreseeable future.
I know there are a lot of emotions, beliefs, and opinions that begin to race through everyone’s mind. We do not make this decision lightly. But I would like to encourage you with a few ideas and scriptures.
Romans 13:1-2 states, “Let everyone submit to the governing authorities since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. 2 So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.”
Our government has asked us to take precautions and I believe we as the church should be the first to volunteer to do what they have recommended. I also believe that we are charged to take care of ourselves so that we can continue to better take care of our neighbors and community. Folks, we are in this for the long haul, I believe, and must make personally responsible decisions to better continue to minster where the Lord leads.
As I stated yesterday, the Lord is not surprised by the events unraveling and I believe he is utilizing the current storm to stretch us as a church in both our trust in Him as well as our belief of what “being” the church means.
Below are the places and times you will be able to tune in for worship. I encourage you again to not think of is as us canceling worship but rather moving to a different format. As we are called to socially (physically) distance ourselves, my hope and prayer is that we as the church will intentionally spiritually draw closer to the Lord and one another. This is going to look different and feel different but does not make it any less biblically!
With that said we are working on ways to continue to connect for Bible Study/Small Groups. I had a conference call with Directors and encouraged them with different ideas but most importantly try to encourage each class to think creatively about what works best for them.
If you should have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you and God Bless!
Live on Sundays at 10:30 am on: Live stream on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistSanAngelo/
You Tube – First Baptist Church San Angelo
Radio – KCLL, 100.1 FM
TV Broadcast (One week delay): Sundays at 8:00 am on Fox West Texas (cable channel 10/110) and 10:00 am on My San Angelo (cable channel 141)
STAY IN TOUCH!
Again, our goal is to communicate with you regularly during this time. Please keep an eye on our various communication resources. If you have not yet subscribed to at least one of these, the information follows:
Email: sign up at https://www.fbcsanangelotx.org/contact-us/
Text: send the message @fbcsa to 81010
We will use these resources to communicate schedule changes, specific needs and other information as applicable. We understand that some don’t have access to any of these sources, so we ask that you check in with those you know who may have no other way of getting these updates.
Thank you to those who worshipped with us Sunday, either in person or via our Facebook live streaming. We did have an issue with the stream cross-posting to our YouTube channel but we hope to get that worked out.
We will not have Mid-Week activities this week, although we will have committee meetings as scheduled.
At this point, the plan for Sunday, March 22 will be the same as yesterday, with worship service only, no nursery/childcare and the busses again will not run. This could change as we continue to monitor what is recommended by the local, state or federal government.
Our goal is to communicate with you on a regular basis during this time. Please keep an eye on our various communication resources. If you have not yet subscribed to at least one of these, the information follows:
Email: sign up at https://www.fbcsanangelotx.org/contact-us/
Text: send the message @fbcsa to 81010
We will use these resources to communicate schedule changes, specific needs and other information as applicable. We understand that there are those who don’t have access to any of these sources, so we ask that you check in with those you know who may have no other way of getting these updates.
A FINAL NOTE
Please remember that you are the only one who can determine your personal risk factors. We completely understand if you feel you are not able to take part in volunteer or other activities right now. You are encouraged to stay at home if you are ill, have a compromised health condition or feel you are otherwise susceptible to the virus.
3.14.2020: CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
Church family and friends,
In discussion with other church leaders, we have decided to change our Sunday schedule for tomorrow. This decision is partly due to the fact that during Spring Break, people may have possibly traveled to areas where they unknowingly came in contact with someone who was infected. While we have yet to have confirmed cases in our area but choosing to err on the side of caution, our plans are as follows:
- No Sunday School, nursery or childcare
- Morning worship service will be at the regular time
- The choir will not be in the loft
- The offering will be taken at the door at the close of worship instead of passing the plates
- We will have a “no handshake, no hug” policy until the virus vanishes. Please just say, “Hi.”
- The busses will not run their Sunday routes
- As already announced, due to guidelines at Baptist Retirement Community, we will not have Sunday evening worship for the immediate future.
In return, we ask that everyone observe the following:
- If you are sick, stay at home. Do not say it’s an allergy – stay at home.
- If you have a compromised health condition or feel you are susceptible to the virus, stay at home.
- Assess your own risk. And remember, you can always watch us on television or via our livestream via the link at https://www.fbcsanangelotx.org/live-streaming/. You can also listen to the service live on KCLL FM 100.1.
Let’s all keep a clear perspective. As of today, there are no known cases in the Concho Valley. Please understand this decision was not made based on fear. Your leadership at FBC firmly believes God is in control, and we can fully trust Him. We made the decision based on how we can best love our neighbor. Out of love for our community, our senior adults and those who are immune-compromised, we feel this is the best decision at this time.
We will keep you posted on our Sunday and Wednesday schedules as we continue to monitor the current situation
Blessings to all!
You Belong Here!
9:00 am Bible Study Groups (Sunday School) for all ages
10:30 am Morning Worship Service
6:00 pm REACH Youth (6th - 12th Grade), Christian Life Center (CLC)