A Message From Our Pastor Regarding The Coronavirus

Dear Foxworth First Family:

This week, I have been closely following the press conferences delivered by both President Trump and Governor Reeves.  While there has been some information that is not what we hoped, I do believe that good news has been delivered.

We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, so-to-speak.  We must continue to patiently wait and pray as we journey through this time.  Currently in MS, we are remaining under a shelter-in-place executive order for another week.  Following, we will still see restrictions through the month of May.  It is my understanding that our state must meet specific benchmarks before we are able to move through each phase.  Let me map-out for you a potential timeline for us over the next several weeks based on the information delivered both from the President and Governor (keep in mind that the rate of infection and other factors can alter what is allowed and when we reach each “stage” over this time):

  • Today through April 27th @ 8 a.m. – continued “Shelter-in-Place” (this has already been set by Gov. Reeves)
  • April 27th – May 11th @ 8 a.m. – Phase 1 to Reopen – no more than 10 gathered in one place (this start date seems fairly sure based on what we’ve learned so far, but we could be in Phase 1 longer than 2 weeks – it all depends on the benchmarks)
  • May 11th – May 25th @ 8 a.m. – Phase 2 to Reopen – no more than 50 gathered in one place (once we reach Phase 2, we will need to meet new benchmarks for at least 2 weeks)
  • May 31stFully Open Worship Celebration! (Prayerfully, we will be able to gather together as a congregation with no restrictions as to number of people gathered. I see a great big “eatin’ meetin’” fellowship happening!).

Please adhere to the stipulations in the executive order.  I assure you that everyone is ready to get back to work, visit friends and family, and gather as the church.  Thankfully, until that time we are still able to be creative and intentional as the Lord leads us to be the church, even if that is from a distance.

Once we reach Phase 1, I plan to provide an opportunity for us to “gather” without gathering (more information in the coming week or so).

Once we reach Phase 2, my hope is that we can gather in some form while adhering to the orders and recommendations that are in place during that time.  I am already thinking about what that could look like, and I will continue to work in order to be prepared for the day we reach such an opportunity.  Look for more information concerning those possibilities to come.

In the meantime, we are still working to make our services the best they can be with our limited internet capabilities and the high surge of streaming that is taking place.  I want to apologize for the issues that come up, but we hope to limit them as much as possible.  We are constantly looking for what best suits us for streaming – something that we want to continue to do, even when we can once again meet in-person.

One of the ways we are attempting to improve our streaming is to change the time we will host LIVE services.  Until further notice, each Sunday morning service will be LIVE at 10 a.m. – each Sunday evening service will be LIVE at 5 p.m.  We will continue our Midweek Bible Study on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m.  I want to continue to encourage, if you are able to do so, that you join in the LIVE services.  However, as you have grown accustomed, each service will remain on our Facebook page for later viewing.  We are hoping that altering our time will help with the overload the service providers are experiencing.  Also, we will go LIVE a couple of minutes prior to our start time so that everyone can access the stream before we begin.

We will continue to offer the opportunity to drive-by and drop off your tithes and offerings each week on Thursday from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  You can certainly utilize tithe.ly or make arrangements by contacting me, but each Thursday I will have a drop box set up.  You will be able to drive-by and drop your offering in the slot on top of the box without exiting your vehicle, getting close to anyone else, or even touching the box.

Continue to seek ways to serve others & do not hesitate to call on me or one of our deacons.  Do not cease being the church during this time when we cannot gather as the church, in person.  The world needs to see the HOPE we have in Christ.  So, walk in and share this HOPE!

The following services will be available online, only (this schedule could change):

  • Sunday, April 19th – Worship Celebrations at 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 22nd – Midweek Bible Study at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26th – Worship Celebrations at 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 29th – Midweek Bible Study at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3rd – Worship Celebrations at 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6th – Midweek Bible Study at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 10th – Worship Celebration at 10 a.m. (Mother’s Day)
  • Wednesday, May 13th – Midweek Bible Study at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17th – Worship Celebrations at 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 20th – Midweek Bible study at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 24th – Worship Celebrations at 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27th – Midweek Bible Study at 6 p.m.

This schedule has led us to change our plans concerning Graduate Recognition.  This will be postponed to a later date.  We will recognize graduates soon after we are able to return to in-person services.  We are looking forward to celebrating with you, and we want to do that just as soon as we can.  I will be contacting you as soon as I have a date that I can set that up.

Until then…

Church, be reminded – PRAY.  “GATHER.”  GIVE.  GO.

  • Pray.
    • Above all, pray for our Father’s Name to be hallowed (honored; praised) in all that takes place during this time.
    • Pray the LORD halts the spread of this virus.
    • Pray for comfort for God’s people and conviction unto repentance and faith in Jesus Christ for lost souls.
    • Pray for those in the health care services, government officials, and pastors.
    • Pray for the sick, and those who have experienced the loss of loved ones.
    • Pray for a glorious display of God’s great mercy and grace among us (a glimpse of His glory).
  • Set time aside to gather for worship, “remotely.”
    • Be sure to get set up for the worship service prior to the announced start-times.
    • Gather with your family and sing along, open your copy of God’s Word, and engage in the service.
    • Remove distractions such as cell phone, tv, etc.
    • Guard against simply allowing the time of worship to be the service playing in the background while you are tending to other things.
    • While the Live Stream option gives flexibility, please consider that, when possible, you gather during the LIVE streaming of the service.
  • Give. Walk in faithfulness before the LORD in the area of stewardship.  Available to you are the following options:
    • Utilize our online giving platform (tithe.ly – which you can also find on our website).
      • There are options to give to the General Offering, Family Life Center, Heart for the Nations Fund, and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
    • Mail your offering to (please do not mail cash):

Foxworth First Baptist Church

  1. O. Box 45

Foxworth, MS 39483

  • Drop your offering by the church (Thursdays between 10 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.)
    • If mailing or dropping-off your offering, please include in an envelope information indicating “general offering, “Family Life Center,” “Heart for the Nations,” or other designations.
  • Go.
    • We believe we were created to walk, worship, & witness in a manner that is Friendly, Faithful, and Focused concerning Christ and our mission in Him.
    • While we are voluntarily limiting our face-to-face contact with others, we must be intentionally creative with how we live out & share the HOPE we have in Christ!
      • Please consider checking-in on those who are more vulnerable.
        • Offer to pick up groceries when you must go out, and drop them on the porch/leave them in the car for those who are in greater need of isolating (the elderly, the quarantined, and those with compromised immune systems/current medical conditions).
        • Offer to stop by the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions for them (please check with the pharmacy by calling to ensure you are allowed to pick up the medications in their place).
      • Please seek the LORD in leading you to creative ways to serve in the Name of Jesus both church members and your neighbors who may not be church members (a great opportunity to share the reason for you HOPE in Christ and kindness toward them while making calls to see if you can be of assistance).

Also, please continue to check our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/foxworthfirst – or our website – www.foxworthfbc.org – for the latest updates concerning our scheduling.

May the greatness of God move our hearts leading to obedience unto Him during this time!

 

I’m honored to serve HIM alongside you!

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