FBCSF responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As there is much concern and questions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of FBC St. Francisville wants to advise all of our members to stay informed, both of the reality of the risk and of the recommendations for protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. We recommend that you use the webpage that the state of Louisiana has created to keep its citizens informed related to the risk, spread, and recommendations concerning COVID-19: http://www.ldh.la.gov/coronavirus/.
How has the coronavirus impacted FBCSF?
While the coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted the weekly activities of the church, it has not impacted the church. The church of God is not buildings or programs, it’s followers of Jesus who are living in biblical community to make disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord among the nations. Our activities are changing, temporarily, but the church is not changing. We will continue to worship, regardless of where we are physically. We will continue to disciple whoever we’re with, and we will continue to connect and to minister to one another however we can to provide for and to protect the body of Christ. For now, only our weekly activities and the way that we physically gather will change.
Per the current recommendation of the CDC and the current mandates and recommendations of the state of Louisiana, FBCSF is beginning to reopen on-campus activities under phase 1.. Until further notice, here are our recommendations for staying engaged with your faith family and the work of Jesus:
- Click here to view the reopening plans for Sunday morning worship, starting May 17, 2020..
- Participate on your own or with your family in our small group study and discussion of the weekly sermon. You can do this independently or with your small group via a telephone call or Zoom video conference (https://zoom.us), and you can always access and use the small group guide that’s available weekly at https://fbcsfla.com/resources/small-group-notes.
- Participate in your DGroup each week under recommended group and social distancing guidelines..
- Connect with your church family and friends through social media and electronic communication.
- Worship in giving through the following options: (1) Use our online giving option on the FBCSF website at https://fbcsfla.com/give. (2) Use the direct deposit form to set-up direct deposit of your offering through your bank. A voided check is required for the direct deposit option. The form and voided check may be submitted to us via email (email@example.com) by sending us a photo or PDF of the documents. You may also drop-off the documents to the church during our adjusted office hours. (3) Set-up bill pay through your bank in order to allow your bank to send FBCSF your monthly offering check. (4) If absolutely necessary, drop-off your offering at the church during our adjusted office hours.
- The church office will begin limited office hours at the church (Monday-Thursday from 7:30-11:30 a.m.), but the office telephone messages and email will be checked daily during the work week. Staff will work from home during our adjusted office hours.
What should an FBCSF member do if he/she feels sick?
Please let someone in the church know that you are not feeling well. We want to pray for you and to care for you in every way we can as your church family, without exposing others to potential sickness. In all cases where you need to stay home, we encourage you to continue to engage with your faith family through the electronic means recommended above.
What about short-term mission trips?
FBCSF leadership has put a hold on all short-term mission travel. We are monitoring the situation and will make decisions on future mission travel this year based on input from our International Mission Board leadership and the state of Louisiana.
How do we as Christians respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus pandemic — like all things that remind us that we live in a fallen, sinful world and that life on this earth is short — is an opportunity for the church to trust in the Lord and to point others to put their trust in the Lord. The uncertainty and the threat of death raises the ultimate questions of life, and the church of God is the only group in the world with the answer to those questions, which is the salvation that only comes by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In short, we as Christians must respond with faith! We must ultimately live out what we believe, trusting that our God has power over life and over death. We must live as responsible citizens, working to protect our health and the health of others because of our recognition of the dignity and value of human life that’s created by God and in the image of God. Finally, we must live faithfully, continuing the work of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, sharing the reality that through his death and resurrection there is forgiveness of sins and eternal life for all who repent and believe in him.
So FBCSF, let’s live as responsible citizens of Louisiana, protecting others and ourselves, and most importantly, let’s live as faithful citizens of heaven, continuing to put our faith in our good Father and continuing to tell others about our glorious Savior.