Sermon for March 22, 2020 - Visit our sermon site: https://vimeo.com/fbcsuffolk
Sermon for March 15, 2020 - Visit our sermon site: https://vimeo.com/fbcsuffolk
Video from Pastor Thurman regarding closing: https://vimeo.com/397779380
Update from Pastor Thurman regarding services and ministry opportunities Click here...
UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - March 24, 2020
With a desire to love our neighbors as ourselves and an abundance of caution for the members of our church and community amidst a global pandemic that is affecting our city all FBC worship gatherings are moved online. In alignment with the Governor's declaration made on 03/24/20, we will not be gathering for any worship services or activities from:
- Sunday 03/29/20
- Sunday 04/05/20
- Sunday 04/12/20
- Sunday 04/19/20
- Wednesday 03/25/20
- Wednesday 04/01/20
- Wednesday 04/08/20
- Wednesday 04/15/20
- Wednesday 04/22/20
Please plan to worship online each Sunday on our facebook page or at fbcsuffolk.org with streaming video available at 9 am. Please share these videos and invite others to join us in the study of God's Word.
Is FBC Suffolk open on weekdays?
In addition, the office is open, but the facilities are closed to groups and activities until further notice. The only exceptions to this are for staff and/or volunteers whose work necessitates being at the building. All other groups which normally meet on Sundays and during the week are encouraged to explore alternate means of staying closely connected with one another. For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.
Please "practice social distancing" as you come by the church office. We have set up a table where items can be left and picked up in the office hallway. Please use this area as we work through the best ways for us to serve our congregation in these times.
Why are we moving our FBC worship and gathering online and closing the buildings to activities?
We need to love our neighbors. It is not just the government that is telling us to care for our neighbors by taking extraordinary measures to try to keep from getting this virus and passing it on. More importantly for us as believers, God calls us to love our neighbors, and right now, giving up some things that we enjoy doing is part of loving other people, especially those who are vulnerable and at risk. As Christians, we do want to be carriers of the gospel. We don’t want to be carriers of something that could harm another person.
So let’s be careful. Let’s do the best practices, for the sake of others. As far as physically coming together as a church, that decision is now out of our hands. Last weekend our church leadership made the agonizing decision to cancel, because we felt convicted that it was the right thing. But now our state and national officials have definitively spoken. If we came together at this point it would be in defiance of what they are mandating.
If the government was telling Christians not to meet because of our faith, we would be the first to say, “We must obey God rather than men.” But in this case, what the government is saying aligns with our desire to love our neighbors.
Brothers and sisters, we don’t know when things will return to normal, or when we can come together again. Let’s pray that these radical measures we are taking as a nation will be effective, and that things can get back to normal sooner rather than later. In the meantime, we will keep you continually updated. But here is the good news: even though we temporarily can’t go to church, we can still be the church.
What precautions can people take when they come to the FBC?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home if you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze.
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
What about FBC short-term mission trips?
Our Missions Pastor is continually consulting various sources of information including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Based upon this information, we are making determinations concerning any needs to adjust, postpone, or cancel trips. Any updates will be posted at: fbcsuffolk.org/ventures
How can I better understand the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates the confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization at who.int
How should I respond spiritually to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sins and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online at: fbcsuffolk.org/give or give by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.