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Update- October 9th, 2020

Dear Church,

God is so good!! We continue seeing people come to the Lord under our tent meetings; many others have made decisions in their lives as they desire to serve our Savior. God is so good!!

With COVID-19 threatening to hang on, we have continued under the tent. Although, with winter knocking at our door and the nights becoming cooler, we are pressed to make some service changes. Please note our new service schedule as follows,


       Sunday School          10:00 a.m.    in the auditorium

       Sunday Morn. Ser.    11:00 a.m.    under the open tent

       Sunday Eve. Ser.   6:00 p.m.   in the auditorium

       Wednesday Eve. Ser.   7:00 p.m.   in the auditorium

Due to the cool temperatures in the early morning and evening, we are moving all the services into the auditorium, with the exception of our Sunday Morning Service, effective Sunday, October 11, 2020. As the temperatures continue to lower into the eleven o’clock hour, there will be a time when we will need to move all services indoors.


Special Instructions:

As we begin to move indoors, we are asking you to help with the following

  • If you have been around anyone with signs of COVID-19, or if you are having signs of COVID-19, or any other transmittal illness, we ask that you refrain from coming to our services until such time that you are assured of your wellness.
  • Everyone will enter and exit through the main front doors of the church; all other doors will be accessible for emergency exit only.
  • Everyone entering into the facilities must wear protective masks.
  • The ushers will ask those entering if they have been around anyone, or have symptoms themselves, of the COVID-19 virus. For those who answer in the affirmative, for the protection of the congregation, we will ask you not to enter the facilities.
  • We are asking for everyone to maintain social distancing while on the property, especially when indoors. To help with this, we have spaced our seating into various groups to accommodate all families and to help you maintain social distancing.
  • Upon choosing your seats, we ask that your family sit together. Once the service begins, we ask that everyone will remain in, or at, their seats until the conclusion of the service (except for emergency purposes).


Praise:

Even though Satan, along with the politicians, have cast this scare upon our society, we have seen God continue to work in our church.

  • God has kept the spirit of our church uplifted as we walk by faith
  • God has seen the faithfulness of our church continue through these times
  • God’s provision to His people through these days has been testified through the continued tithing of the church body
  • God’s love for the world has been seen through His people, in that, all of our missionaries have been prayed for and financially cared, throughout this world-wide virus threat, by the love offerings of our church
  • God’s love for the individual has been seen, through this time of Satanic influence, by many coming to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation
  • God’s edification of the church has been seen in all service, and even in our recent Friend Day and Revival Meetings, as we continue to see visitors coming into the church.
  • God has shown us that we are a company of believers who are co-laboring together with God. This has been seen in every church service, everyone working together – serving the Lord.

We can continue praising Him as witnesses of His goodness and greatness; in doing so, let His people continue to raise their voice, singing, “Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”


Church and Friends of FBC; many Christians would have gossiped and complained through these times of uncertainty and change, but you have revealed Christ in you through your steadfast Christian character and faithfulness. Thank you again, for so lovingly abiding in yet, another change.


Pastor Ron Brown

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Update- September 2nd, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I want to thank our church family, and guests, who have displayed a constant Christlikeness during the changes that have taken place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our church has tried to take a balanced approach throughout this pandemic; considering both the governmental mandates along with the feelings and opinions that our members and guest have had  about this pandemic. One of which, was changing the times of services during the summer heat, and may I say again, thank you for your great spirit during that change.

With the summer almost behind us, and the temperatures lowering considerably, we are, effective immediately, going back to our regular service times. Beginning September 6, 2020 our service times will be as follows:​​​​​​​

       Sunday School          10:00 a.m.

       Sunday Morn. Ser.    11:00 a.m.

       Sunday Eve. Ser.         6:00 p.m.

       Wednesday Eve. Ser.   7:00 p.m.

Also, Governor Hogan began stage three of the state’s reopening process, effective this Friday, September 4, 2020. The only noticeable change that concerns our church gatherings is bumping up our indoor capacity to 75%. That being said, I will be addressing this change with our church family, in our usual ways, in the upcoming week(s).

Thank you for your patience as we strive to maintain church, along with, trying to keep our church free from pandemic influence. 

In Christ,​​​​​​​


Pastor Ron Brown

Update- July 28, 2020

Dear Church,

I want to thank each one of you for your wonderful attitude in how we are conducting our services. I’m sure, all of us are anxious to get back into the building instead of meeting under the open air tent. Many have asked, When are we going to be able to get back into the building?

There are two main determining factors in getting back to some normalcy:

  1. Governmental mandates: the government is still stipulating how we congregate indoors by limiting the size of the congregation, distancing the congregation, masking the congregation, etc. Because of these mandates, is it more comfortable and practical moving inside vs remaining outdoors?

On top of this, the government’s decision to prolong “virtual education” for public education services, the media’s insistently publicizing spikes in COVID 19 cases, etc., seems to keep the public in continual fear.   

  1. Congregational receptibility: even though we are concerned of the sentiments of the general public, our primary concern, in making these decisions, are to those who actually attend our services. Throughout this time, I’ve been asking the Lord to give discernment and direction by listening to your concerns and observing your responses as we walk through these COVID 19 days.

All that said, I believe we will know when the congregation is ready to get back into the building.

Weighing out both of the above, I believe that, with our congregation, we need to remain outdoors for the time being. I’m sure that there are varying opinions on how we should approach our current situation, and any decision made will go against some of those opinions. I, therefore, want to, again, thank each of you for having an excellent spirit as we go through these unforeseen days. We will do our best to make our present situation as comfortable and profitable to you and your family.

This being said, in making the decision to remain outdoors for the time being, and due to the summer heat, we are temporarily changing the service times, effective August 2, 2020, until further notice:

                          Sunday School:              9:15 a.m.

                          Sunday Morn Service:     10:00 a.m.

                          Sunday Eve. Service:       7:00 p.m.

                          Wednesday Eve. Ser:       7:00 p.m.

At the onset of the COVID 19, I preached a message on “Trust God”. In the context of Philippians 4, God says “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (11). I count it a joy and a privilege to pastor a group of people who, not only hear God’s word, but live in God’s word.

Thank you, Church, for being content in things we have no control over and trusting God all the way through!

In Christ,

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Pastor Ron Brown

Update- May 14, 2020

Dear Church,


We are looking forward to resuming church this Sunday. We are all longing to hear a live sermon, not just an online sermon.

We all desire to fellowship with one another in person, not just online chatting. That being said, we want to be responsible in resuming our services and person to person fellowship. 


Let me take a moment and share with everyone what we can expect for the upcoming weeks:


  1. We are resuming services this coming Sunday, May 17, 2020.
  2. We are resuming our regular service times

                            Sunday School        10:00 a.m.

                            Sunday Morn.           11:00 a.m.

                            Sunday Eve.              6:00 p.m.

                            Wed. Eve.                  7:00 p.m.

  1. The Sunday School hour will be a “Family School” hour, with families sitting together.
  2. During each service, we are asking that families sit together, and practice social distancing between families.
  3. For the time being, all of our children’s ministries will remain closed. This will include Sunday School classes for children, bus ministry, nursery, etc.
  4. The Bus will not be running until we can assure health safety for the riders.
  5. When possible, our services will be held outdoors, on the church property, so please dress according to outside temperatures. For your comfortability, we will be utilizing a tent during service times. On high temperature days, you should consider bringing a bottle of water.
  6. Upon entering church property, every congregant will be asked if you are showing any signs of illness, i.e. running a fever, feeling ill, unusual difficulty in breathing, etc. If anyone in your car is showing any signs of illness, everyone in your car will be asked to leave.
  7. You should be aware, that, although the restrooms will be available, we are asking that families minimize bathroom usage. Our men will direct you. All children needing to use the restrooms must be accompanied by their parent / guardian.
  8. We are asking that all congregants remain outdoors, unless otherwise directed. 
  9. Following each service, traffic areas (i.e. hallways, restrooms, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected, preparing the facilities for the upcoming services.


Please Note: to maintain individual health, and to prevent the spread of viruses, please note and adhere to the following


  1. While on the property of F. B. C., please maintain social distancing.
  2. Refrain from all personal contact, i.e. handshaking, hugging, etc.
  3. If you are showing any symptoms of illness, or have been in contact with anyone who has shown symptoms of illness, please refrain from coming to church until you are assured that you have not contracted any virus. 
  4. If your current health deems you at “high risk” by being around others, you may consider staying at home and refrain from congregating with the church.


Thank you for your kind understanding in these matters as we strive to keep our services a healthy place to worship. Let’s begin praying that God will richly bless the upcoming services.


In Christ,


Pastor Ron Brown

Update- April 7, 2020

Dear Church,

Hope all is going well with each of you and that your families are staying healthy. Sheryl and I miss each of you, we look forward to the day when we can gather back together.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, all of us are spending more time at home than usual. As always, it is important to have good influences coming into your home. With our smart phone, tablets, and Bluetooth earbuds, there are a couple of online radio stations that could be used to help keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Although I might not endorse every song, nor every speaker that these stations might spotlight, I do believe the Lord can use these stations to edify your family. Each of these have their own app you can download for free on your device.


Thank you, and God bless you,

Pastor Ron Brown

Update- April 3, 2020

Easter (Resurrection) Sunday is coming up soon. Because we are unable to meet together at the church building, I want to encourage everyone to ask as many of your family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to join Fellowship Baptist Church via FBC Live on April 12, 2020. Call all your contacts, text them, and use social media to encourage them to tune in to our live stream service.

We are praying for a record “attendance” in this unconventional way. We are asking God to use our live stream service to uplift His name, edify His church, and to bring the lost to the risen Savior.

 

Update- March 20, 2020

Dear Church,

 Although we have been thrust into uncertain times, we trust in God. Paul said to the church at Philippi, “Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by   prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of  God, which passeth all understanding, shall   keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)

 Right now, our nation, and our world, is fretting and fearful of this taunting virus. The government sees this as an opportunity to divert the trust of  the people onto them rather than trusting in God. This hype, albeit overstated by our national leaders, will not shake the faith of God’s faithful  people.

 This brings me, as your under-shepherd, to two points. One, that we maintain common sense where our health is concerned. That we do not  succumb to the fear that is in the hearts of the world. Also, being a part of this community and under governmental care, that we are responsible  to subject ourselves to governmental mandates on issues that do not compromise our faith. Because, on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor  Hogan announced that there be no gatherings of more than 10 people, and that we practice social distancing, we are pressed to make the  following decisions.

  • All FBC church services are canceled until further notice.

  • All FBC public ministries and activities are canceled until further notice. This includes visitation and soul winning which will help restrict the amount of one on one contact – social distancing.

  • FBC’s spring revival is canceled, yet, depending on how long we will be under these mandates, we may reschedule.

  • We will keep you posted on the calendar highlights as time progresses.

 In order to keep the unity of the church, along with providing the spiritual wellbeing of our church, we are implementing some things to keep our  church unified.

  • We are having FBC online services: Online and in the Word. Check out our FBC Live page!

  • We have created a members only prayer page, called FBC Uplift. This page, on our website, will allow you to submit any updates to our prayer list (requests, praises, or updates to existing requests) so that we can continue to uplift each other in the Lord. The address is prayerlist.fbcelktonmd.org@gmail.com , if you choose to send it by email, instead. On this page, you can also view the new prayer list.

  • Offerings: to help you maintain your tithes and offerings, we encourage you to mail in your offerings to the church. To maintain our own financial responsibilities, and, that of our missionaries, I’m asking you to please be faithful in your giving. Mail to address as follows:

FBC Treasurer

725 W. Pulaski Hwy.

Elkton, MD. 21921

 By postmarking it as such, it will be given to the men who handle the deposits.

  • Our responsibility to reach people with the gospel has not diminished. Even though, at this time, we are not gathering together for church-wide outreach, please keep gospel tracts on hand and witness as you interact with others in your community. During a time of fear, the people around us need to know where to get true peace and contentment. Don’t miss God’s open door to witness: more of your neighbors are at home during the day; there is a consciousness of death and eternity in the hearts of our nation; people are looking for true peace and safety; and so on. Ask God to open up your evangelistic imagination in reaching the souls of others.

  • Stay in communication with your church family, via, social media, text, phone, etc.

 Thank you all for working with me and praying for me through this time to make decisions that is best for our church family. Please don’t hesitate  to call me on my cell phone as we move forward during this process.

 Sheryl and I are praying for you and your family, that we all stay healthy, both spiritually and physically.


    Pastor Ron Brown

    Acts 20:24, I Thess. 5:24

    Fellowship Baptist Church

    Elkton, MD. 21921

    410-398-6558