- Phone: (979) 968-6084
- Mailing Address: 121 S. College St, La Grange, Tx 78945
Please read the entire message below for very important and detailed information.
Thank you for your patience and support during this unprecedented time. We know you probably have questions about our regathering and we want to keep you as informed as possible. As you read through our initial roll out below, please do so with the understanding that many details are subject to change based on leadership decisions and direction. We are excited to gather again, but please use caution or stay home if you feel uncomfortable or are sick. We all have different levels of concern moving forward, so let’s show love, patience, and understanding in the days to come.
For many weeks, in preparation for this regathering plan, we have prayed, watched seminars, discussed with leaders across our Association, listened and read things from our Governor and medical professionals and had many discussions looking at things from as many perspectives as possible. Simply stated, there are many differing opinions, many different experiences, and many different ideas about when and how we should regather. The leadership of FBC readily admits that the following plan is not perfect and does contain things which will need to be adjusted. That being said, we offer this regathering plan in humility and ask for your patience and support as we seek to continue to be faithful to the Lord while also being sensitive concerning this virus. We have put together the following plan which consists of 3 phases.
Worship: We will regather for worship services ONLY on June 7th at 10:30am. We will be meeting at the new property in the Pavilion which is located behind the new Discipleship Building. If you have been experiencing symptoms or do not feel comfortable regathering with us on June 7th, please continue to watch us online. Our goal is to broadcast our services live, but if we are not able, they will be available by Sunday evening.
Children: There will be no childcare or classes for children. Children are welcome in the service. We encourage you to participate in Children’s Growth Groups (Sunday School) online using the videos sent out each Sunday and the free Lifeway resources.
Youth: There will be no classes for youth. We encourage students to continue meeting with Seth online.
Growth Groups: There will be no Growth Groups. We encourage groups to continue to meet using the virtual platforms suggested earlier.
Other meetings, etc.: On an as needed basis.
What to expect:
Worship: On June 21st, we will continue worship services as noted above with the same expectations and procedures. As noted below, a few things will change.
Children: There will be no childcare or classes. Children are welcome in the service. We encourage you to participate in Children’s Growth Groups (Sunday School) online using the videos sent out each Sunday and the free Lifeway resources.
Youth: Youth will begin growth groups on Sunday mornings, Wed. evening meetings, and other activities.
Growth Groups: Growth Groups will begin regular gatherings. Those that meet on Sunday morning or those that use church property will meet in the new Discipleship Building in assigned rooms.
Other meetings, etc.: On an as needed basis.
Again, we will follow the same expectations and procedures as found in phase 1 with the noted exceptions above. We will also continue to assess, evaluate and adjust accordingly.
Worship: On July 5th, we will continue worship under almost normal conditions.
Children: Child care and classes will resume and will be available in the new Discipleship Building.
Youth: Regular activities continue.
Growth Groups: Regular activities continue.
Other meetings, etc.: Meetings, teams, etc. will resume as normal.
What to expect:
As you have noticed we will be regathering at the Pavilion. This will be our temporary meeting space until the new Worship Center is built. Upon its completion, hopefully within the next 9 mos., we will have a huge celebration and fellowship and dedication of all buildings! This will be an amazing time of giving thanks, praise, and worship to our Lord for His incredible faithfulness, provision, and goodness.
We are so excited and looking forward to regathering again! Please continue to pray for us as we navigate through these times.
APRIL 5, 2020 UPDATE
from the Staff of FBCLG
We want to provide an update to let you know there are no on-site activities until further notice as of now. Please read the information under each heading for specific information.
We encourage you to tune in at 10:30am Sunday morning for service. For live notes and tools as you Worship with us visit fbclg.churchonline.org. There is a place to tithe on this platform or you may visit fbclgrange.net/give. Please continue to give so we may continue ministering to the needs of our community. We will also have a “Live with FBCLG Staff” before that time at 9:30am on Facebook.
ONLINE PRAYER SERVICE
April 5th at 5pm on fbclg.churchonline.org, we will be holding a special interactive prayer service. Be sure to visit the link and tune in for prayer and to also request prayer live. We are also beginning our UNITE714 prayer initiative. We are asking you to join us in prayer at 7:14 am and 7:14 pm. You may find a prayer guide at unite714.com.
AMEN FOOD PANTRY
AMEN Food Pantry will be open only on Mondays from 2 to 5pm. They will have a drive-thru style service in order to protect volunteers. This will be available twice a month. Each family will receive a $20 voucher from HEB once a month. They will also receive prepacked food bags, including meat to feed their family. We understand this may be hard or embarrassing for some. However, if you do need help, please contact Pastor Steve and he will assist you discreetly.
We will not be meeting at the Amphitheater due to current situation and health risks. Please tune in LIVE to KVLG-KBUK at 10 am for service and on Facebook at 9:30 am for the music portion as well as the message. Also, we would love to have you drive-by the church between 11am-12pm on Easter morning to pick up Easter eggs for your kiddos or to leave at the doors of kiddos in your neighborhood. Please let know if you will be picking them up!
SPECIAL INVITE FROM TOOMBS FAMILY
We are offering families the chance to get out in the wide-open spaces for some fishing, shooting skeet, or some outdoor hikes at our home. We, as a family, understand that those in town need some time with their families in a safe environment. Our kids know not to run up and hug or intrude. All we ask is you let us know when you want to come so we can make sure that others aren't there too.
Please call or text KJ with any questions. 972-375-4691
As of now, VBS has not been canceled but is still scheduled for June 7-11. If there are any future changes, we will be sure to inform you or visit website for updates. Also, we are beginning pre-registration this Sunday, April 5th. Sign up online.
Much love in Christ,
MARCH 14, 2020,
As the Pastors, staff, and deacons called to serve First Baptist Church, it is our responsibility to protect everyone who worships at FBC. That means we are vigilant about threats to our church be they physical, spiritual, cultural, or relational. I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to update you on what’s happening at FBC as we navigate the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID19) in this part of the world.
First, as your pastor, I want to encourage you that our GOD IS FAITHFUL! Everything is under His reign and authority. What that means is that no matter what circumstances we face, we do not have to fear—HE is our PEACE and PROVISION, especially during a time like this. We move forward with strong confidence that God will work through this situation locally, nationally, and internationally, even as we seek to make wise decisions regarding public health and our church activities. Jesus’ words are timely in moments like this:
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
With that important statement in mind, I want you to be aware of some changes to our ministry and upcoming programming. Our Pastors and other leadership, with information given to us by numerous local, state, and national sources, we have come to reach the following decisions, and you can trust that together, we will continue to seek the Lord’s guidance as we consider future options.
We’ve spent the past few days listening to our local health officials, healthcare professionals within our congregation, local partner churches, and other leaders within Fayette Co. With all that we’ve learned, we have weighed and prayed over our options and feel compelled that FBC should act quickly and aggressively to take prudent, protective precautions on behalf of our local congregation and our community. It is in that spirit that we are taking this moment seriously. This is a Christ-like, sacrificial way to show that we love the most vulnerable in our community above ourselves.
The first change I want you to be aware of is that for the next 2 weeks (March 15th & March 22nd) we will not be having public services at FBC. This decision will mean that we will not gather at our actual campus this week, or next week. This change will bring us in line with recommendations from those in leadership within the healthcare and government communities and LGISD. This is not a decision we take lightly, but one that we humbly feel best supports our community efforts to slow the spread of this disease. Let me be clear: Church is will not meet on MARCH 15th or MARCH 22nd at FBC.
Our hope is to be able to gather together on our church campus again on 29th of March. In the meantime, we believe we can continue to learn and grow together as a church by worshipping together in our homes with friends, family & neighbors. To help with this, we will be recording our normal services for you and will be putting them online for you to worship with us. This is not the ideal situation, but we feel that it is one way for us to still be able to worship and continue to grow together. Our service will be made available at 10:45am. Please go to fbclagrange.net or you can go to Facebook Live. and follow the link. As you gather I would encourage you to post a picture so we can share it with everyone, or post it directly to Instagram or Facebook and tag us.
Is this all a perfect solution? Probably not. I know we will all look forward to gathering with our church family again soon, but I do believe this can still be a fun and meaningful way to BE THE CHURCH! I’m so grateful for the staff and leadership we have to provide this solution for our FBC family.
In the meantime, please remember to be the church. While we may not be able to meet together, we can shine the light of our Lord, remove fear, and look for ways to help our community in this time. This will be incredibly important as we move forward.
FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS
Please know that your families will continue to be in our prayers as we navigate these circumstances together. If you need help with your kids in any way, please let us know. We want to serve you.
We would like to encourage you to refrain from meeting together in your growth groups. Please use this time to care for another and others in the community. While you may not meet together, checking in on other and supporting each other in other ways is highly encouraged.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
First and foremost, look for ways to serve each other. Phone calls and texts will go a long way. Checking in on each other is a way to show the love of Jesus. Look for ways to calm fears, meet needs, and get involved with the community. There will be some Divine Appointments for sharing the Gospel, so look for those!
Another practical way you can help is by remembering to support FBC financially during this change. We encourage you to be an online giver, where you can even set a recurring gift to FBC. Our staff is still working, and local and global ministry partners who rely on our support are still serving. We are praying that our giving does not drop off during this season, and we continue to trust that God will work through the faithfulness & generosity of His people.
To give a one-time donation, or to become a regular, recurring giver, click www.fbclagrange.net/give.
Our offices will remain open Monday-Thursday, and our team will still be at work, so you can mail or drop your gift by check to FBC:
First Baptist Church
121 S. College St.
La Grange, TX 78945
Here are a few FAQ’s:
WILL ALL FBC EVENTS GET CANCELED?
At this point, ALL events (kids, students, and services) will RESUME March 29th. We simply do not know the answer beyond the 29th of March. After the 29th we will evaluate the situation and will provide you guys with updated information. Please stay in touch with our leadership for more information as it becomes clear to us.
DO YOU NEED HELP?
If you are in need, please let us know. Whether you’re ill or have been advised to stay home because you’re at a higher risk of illness, we are working on ways to help care for one another as God’s family. Please email us if you need help. You can find our emails at www.fbclagrange.net/our-staff. If you are available to help or would like to know ways you can help, please email us as well.
WHO IS IN A HIGH-RISK GROUP?
Current evidence indicates that the risk of severe illness increases with age. The highest risk group are those 60 years and older. People with underlying medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and immune suppression are also likely at higher risk.
If you are in these high-risk groups, please self-evaluate and consider staying home. And of course, stay away from large public gatherings which tends to be a very high rick to COVID-19. According to the CDC, young children are among the least susceptible.
HOW CAN YOU STAY HEALTHY?
The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to practice good social distancing as directed by health officials and to personally follow these common-sense guidelines:
STAY CLEAN. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use the elbow bump rather than a handshake as a greeting. If you sneeze or cough, please use a tissue or your arm/shoulder
STAY HOME. If you are running a fever, or have other symptoms of illness, please consult your medical provider and follow their instruction. Avoid public places and gatherings if you are sick. You should be fever-free for over 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to FBC or other gathering.
STAY CALM. Constantly checking the headlines and worrying about the virus can have the unintended side effect of robbing you of sleep and driving your stress levels too high. This makes you more vulnerable to illness! Let go of anxiety.
STAY CONNECTED to FBC
I encourage you to stay connected with others at FBC. Keep doing life together if you are healthy. Find ways to serve and love like Jesus to those around you! Also, this situation is changing so rapidly that I ask you to please stay flexible with us. We will update you if we hear any new recommendations from our local authorities.
STAY HOPEFUL AND PRAYERFUL
I know that God is going to work through this time in our society in ways that we can’t imagine right now. He will sustain us, He will strengthen us in the days ahead, and He will use this unique season for His glory and for our good.
Please continue to pray for the leaders of your church, your community, your state, and your country. I challenge us as FBC to pray continually as Paul called us to in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 saying:
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
A few other scriptures to help you re-focus on God when you’re anxious about the unknown:
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:25a, 27
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
GOD IS AWARE and HE CARES!!! Even if our world changes, the power of God does not! Let us not give in to fear. Rather, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith. Love you guys! We will be in touch.
Dr. Steve Brown