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:
We are resuming services this coming Sunday, May 17, 2020.
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.
The Sunday School hour will be a “Family School” hour, with families sitting together.
During each service, we are asking that families sit together, and practice social distancing between families.
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.
The Bus will not be running until we can assure health safety for the riders.
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.
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.
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.
We are asking that all congregants remain outdoors, unless otherwise directed.
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
While on the property of F. B. C., please maintain social distancing.
Refrain from all personal contact, i.e. handshaking, hugging, etc.
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.
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.
Pastor Ron Brown
Update- April 7, 2020
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
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 ourFBC 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ,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:
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.