The past few weeks have been extremely difficult on everyone. We have experienced something that is unprecedented for our generation. During these trying times, we have hod to make some tough decisions. I would not have thought that we would have to discontinue our public worship services for so long. Now we are seeking wisdom on the best time to begin to meet in public worship. The problems we are facing as we come to a decision is all the conflicting information we are receiving. We need prayers and understanding as we decide the best time for us to begin meeting again. We will be announcing the date for our reassembling together soon. We will be following these guidelines that we have put together with suggestions from the federal government and the leadership of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board when we begin meeting again.
Click Here for Guidelines for Reopening Public Gatherings at First Baptist
Fired Up (from Clint Sheppard)
Faith is not something that we inherit. Faith is not something that we gain because of who our parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles are. Faith is not something we automatically have just because we attend a church service or hold a position in a church. Faith is not something we have just because we put a cross in our yard or say that we pray. I have often heard people say they have faith because of these things. Everyone has faith. Maybe not faith in Christ, but everyone has faith in something. Faith is what keeps everyone going. I have faith that I will wake up in the morning. I have that I will have adequate food and water. I have faith that the sun will come up tomorrow. You get the point. Everyone has faith but not everyone has faith in Christ. True faith in Christ comes first when we have a clear understanding of the gospel. True faith in Christ comes when I realize my sin, and receive Jesus Christ as my atoning sacrifice. This is the good news! When a pandemic strikes, we run our of toilet paper, we are sent into isolation, lose WiFi, are any other dreaded thing, Ican rest in the assurance that God is in control. Our faith must not lie in our abilities or the abilities of others. We must place our faith i the person of Christ Jesus. I hope this newsletter find everyone well. Please do not hesitate to call, text, email, Snapchat, DM, PM or other type of communication you choose to use.
In Christ, Clint
Dear FBCS Family (from Phil Bishop)
I know how the Apostle Paul must have felt during his separation from the Church Philippi when he wrote: ” I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.” I’m looking forward to the day we are able to fellowship together as a congregation again! Oh, how I’ve missed rehearsing with our handbells and the Sanctuary Choir for music ministry; how I’ve missed hearing your voices joined in congregational singing!
I’ve been reminded during this time that the Church is not a building. The Church is God’s people, wherever they are. I’m grateful to see and hear that our connections continue to be strong, even at such a time as this. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the activity of our Facebook page as people near and far are listening to our weekly worship service. We’ve had folks who don’t attend FBCS who have listened consistently to our services and who have reached out in support, both with prayers and finances. That reminds me, than you, Church family, for your generous response to Pastor Charlie’s message concerning better quality cameras. The money is in hand to purchase and install the best of the three options! Soon, we will be able to present the Gospel online in a much more excellent way.
At all time we can rest assured, God is at work…even during this extended time of inconvenience and amidst all the change that has been forced upon us.
God be with you, till we meet again!