What can the Church (you) do in the midst of this world-wide crisis?
Let me suggest a few things.
1. Worship! Real worship doesn’t require great numbers of people. Scripture is correct when it says, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” (Matt. 18:20) This is not the first time in Christian history when the Church has had to hide to worship. This time the enemy is not flesh and blood but an unseen enemy. As Christians we already know that.
2. Worship is not limited to a certain place or time. You can worship anywhere and at any time. Yes, I strongly believe Christians ought to gather together and worship. BUT under the current situation let me make a suggestion.
Most churches are or are trying to go online in one format or another.
Use that as a family to worship with your church family. Also do your best to preserve Sunday morning to do that. Our schedules become very crowded really fast. You don’t want to fill your life so full with other activities that when we are able to start going back to church, that you suddenly don’t have time. Preserve your Sunday morning for worship either online or if your church is not doing online worship, worship as a family.
3. Pray! Prayer, like worship is not limited to time and space. Our God is a merciful God. Like Jeremiah in the Old Testament, cry out for mercy. We don’t deserve it, but we never will. Grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve. We need both! Pray! Make a family prayer list and pray together as a family. This is a great teaching tool especially if you have children in your home. Teach your children how to pray!
If you have needs, call me or anyone on our staff!
Or if you are a member of another church. Call your Pastor.
Jesus is still LORD! He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Feliciana Baptist Church Update:
We will not be meeting this Sunday, March 15 for any services (Sunday School or Worship) or any other meetings previously scheduled. In the last few days while talking to several of our members, I discovered that several of our families of Senior Adults are asking that they not attend this week, or at least until we have a better understanding of this unusual situation. I am thankful that our Senior Adults have a strong commitment to the Lord Jesus and Feliciana Baptist, and if we have church, they will be the first ones here. Their devotion to the Lord and His church is wonderful to witness. They are our backbone! However, from what I have read and understood, they are the most vulnerable to this particular virus.
Therefore, we will not gather this Sunday for the protection of our members. We will keep you informed through email, Facebook, and our website as to future dates.
Since we are not gathering this week, I want to encourage you to take time together as a family to study and worship the Lord. Use your Sunday School lesson, review the Beatitudes we have been working through (remember our children missed this while in Children’s Church). Sing some songs as a family, and pray together as a family.
Southern Baptists have put out a prayer guide that I have included below.
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, we are asking all Southern Baptist and our 47,500+ churches of the Southern Baptist Convention to commit to a dedicated time of prayer this Sunday, March 15, 2020, to seek the Lord in unity about these matters.
1. Ask God, in His mercy, to stop this pandemic and save lives – not only in our communities but around the world, particularly in places that are unequipped medically to deal with the virus. (Isaiah 59:1-2)
2. Pray for President Donald Trump and other government leaders – international, federal, state, and local – to have the wisdom to direct us in the best courses of action for prevention and care. (Romans 13:1-4)
3. Scripture says: Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom in this moment of fear as the foundations of what we know are shaken, that others would realize how fragile life is and how real eternity is, and they would see their need to turn to God. (Psalm 90:12)
4. Ask God to protect our missionaries and their families around the globe, using this global crisis to advance His Good News to the whole world. (Mark 16:15)
Prepare yourselves! As in the aftermath of the Gulf War and 911, I expect to see a heightened sensitivity to spiritual matters. Pray people’s heart will seek the LORD.
Feliciana Baptist Church
Responding to the Coronavirus
To our Feliciana Church family and friends.
It seems like our world is temporarily coming to a halt over this current virus.
Can you imagine what will happen when Jesus returns and raptures the church? You just think this is a crazy turn of events. I pray you know the Lord and will not have to experience the craziness when Jesus returns.
I want to assure you, we at Feliciana Baptist are taking this current turn of events very seriously. You will be happy to know that we have policies and procedures already in place that are in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.
Here are few things we have implemented at church to maximize your safety.
1. At all entrances, you will find hand sanitizer dispensers. Please use them as you enter the buildings. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the preferred method to adequately clean your hands. The dispensers are an extra level of protection.
2. Our rooms and furnishings (including nursery area and children’s toys) are wiped down and disinfected weekly. Your church staff disinfected again this week as an extra precaution.
3. Always cover a cough or sneeze, and clean your hands afterwards.
4. The CDC is advising not to touch your face (nose, eyes, or mouth) with unwashed hands.
5. Though it is difficult with church family, we are recommending that you restrain from greeting one another with hugs, kisses and handshakes. A greeting with a look in the eyes or “I love you” may be a nice change for a period.
6. Instead of distributing bulletins as you come in the building, they will be on the welcome table. Please don’t forget to pick one up.
7. If you are not feeling well, please stay home, and give us a call or send us a message. We would love to pray for you and minister to you according to your needs.
8. For the protection of our children, please do not bring a child who is currently ill or who has been ill within the past 24 hours.
9. Giving is a part of our worship. However, we will not be passing the offering plates as we normally do. To allow you to worship the Lord Jesus by bringing your tithes and offerings, the offering plates will be placed in the front and back of the worship center. This may be a good time for you to get plugged into our online giving system. If you need help with this, please give us a call.
10. Remember to pray for one another and this situation in our world today.
If you are having trouble, please give us a call. Our hope is in Jesus, and this may be a good time to share that truth with your friends and family.
Your Pastor and Staff.
Additional updates will follow as needed.