Dear FCBC Family,
Since Sunday March 15, 2020, we have held our services online only as we continued to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives both physically and spiritually. As per the recommendation of the state and city governments, our church leadership has decided to gradually reopen our church campus for Sunday gatherings starting on May 24th! Both the English and Chinese services will be held in their normal meeting times and rooms (English 11am in the Worship Center and Chinese 10:45am in room 407).
This will be a “soft start” to physical gatherings. We remain committed to protecting our church family and the San Antonio community as we take every precaution to prevent the spread of the disease. While our campus will be open on Sundays we will limit building capacity, control foot traffic on campus, maintain social distance and practice good hygiene. When you arrive on campus, you will see our greeters who will instruct you on how to enter the building and where to sit with your family. We invite you to help us keep each other safe by wearing masks and maintaining physical distance from others.
In accordance with the guidelines set by the local authorities, we discourage those over the age of 65 or individuals with compromised health from attending the physical gatherings. Furthermore, if you are feeling sick, have recently traveled to heavily affected areas or have been exposed to someone who is sick, we ask that you stay home and join our service online as we will continue to stream both the Chinese and English services. We completely understand if you choose to stay home!
We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, the recommendations from our government and the decisions made by our neighbor churches and other community leaders. In addition to Sunday services, many of our summer ministries will likely shift and change. We recognize the uncertainty and nuance in the midst of this crisis and we are thankful that we have a church family that is so flexible, gracious and dependent on the Lord.
The pastoral team is still praying for you. We know that this has been a bizarre and difficult time for everyone, but we still look at it with hope because we know that God works in and through crises. We are excited to see you soon!
Pastors John, Jonathan and Nathan
Dear FCBC Family,
We have been monitoring the city of San Antonio’s response to the Coronavirus situation and want you to know that our leadership is aware of the recommendations of local authorities and the actions of our neighbor churches. We’re staying as educated and up-to-date as possible. This morning we have decided to join many other churches in the San Antonio area to cancel live services. We are still meeting on Sunday, but online! We are anticipating a three week period of online-only services but we know that the situation can change quickly, dramatically, and unexpectedly. If it does, our response will shift accordingly and we will keep you updated as we seek the Lord’s will.
Why Should We Respond In This Way?
The Coronavirus COVID–19 is a worldwide pandemic. It has now reached San Antonio in small numbers. However, we still take great caution because a person can become contagious before the symptoms arrive. Anyone can come into a group gathering unaware that he or she is spreading the virus. Schools are extending spring break. Businesses are having their employees work from home. Professional sports are suspending games. All of these decisions are made to minimize large gatherings and the spread of the virus. We can work together to limit its spread by limiting gatherings of people now.
Our church should do our part! We view this decision as acting in an abundance of care for our community as we obey the Lord’s command to love our neighbors.
How Does This Impact Our Church Activities?
• There will be no in-person ministries on our church campus (Sunday and Friday) beginning tomorrow March 15th through March 31st . Worship services will be available beginning tomorrow at links provided here on our church website.
• If you participate in small group Bible studies, please contact your leader for more information.
• Your pastoral team will continue to be available as needs arise. Please contact us via email or call the church office.
What Can I Do?
• Pray continually for our church family, our city/state/nation/world, and our government leaders - for safety and God’s wisdom as we face this challenge together.
• Worship with your family as you watch or listen to streams of our Sunday worship services.
• Fellowship creatively and/or digitally with one another throughout the week.
• Care for your friends, family, and neighbors by limiting the spread of the disease (social distancing, good hygiene) and through thoughtful acts of service.
Thank you for your flexibility as we take unprecedented measures to protect our church family and the San Antonio community. We love you and are praying that you would experience the grace and peace of Christ in these uncertain times.
Pastors John, Jonathan & Nathan
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:4-9, NASB]
Dear Church Family and Friends,
Your physical and spiritual health are of vital importance to our pastoral & ministry teams. With the rapidly evolving news of the impact of Coronavirus 19, we are acting out of an abundance of caution for you. We are temporarily suspending our fellowship meals both on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons through the month of March. We will evaluate the situation regularly and update you when we resume the fellowship meals. Furthermore, Chinese School classes will extend their Spring break through the end of March.
In the meantime, we will still meet for worship and small group fellowships. We will maintain our campus in clean and sanitary standards, paying attention to door handles, restroom fixture handles and main gathering areas. However, for whatever reasons, if you are hesitant to gather for church, we understand. God loves you and we love you!
We are praying that you will experience the peace and security of our Lord and Savior in these trying times and that you and your loved ones remain well.
“ 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.” [Proverbs 3:5-8, NASB]
Pastors John, Jonathan and Nathan
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