COVID-19 Update – March 19, 2020

Dear Church Family,

In response to community health concerns, we are cancelling all on-campus activities through March 28th.

Sunday, March 22nd, we are providing our ONLINE worship opportunity at 10:30 a.m. It will also be available to view afterwards. You will be able to access this on our website, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. The links are below.

https://www.fbclancaster.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistChurchLancasterOH/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4zjfUxQf7UOoMQPkTAcLPQ

We are still evaluating this on a week-by-week basis. Up-to-date information will be available on our website and Facebook page.

One important reason for this decision is the protection of the most vulnerable of our congregation and community. We believe that prayer and godly wisdom informed this decision. We also believe that it is an appropriate Gospel response to biblical guidance in honoring those God has gifted to us in governmental authority.

We continue to join our SBC and Church Family around the world in praying for God’s intervention in this health crisis, for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be effectively lived and shared through this situation, and for the glory of God to be shown. The pastors and Ministry Advisory Council ask you to pray with us for wisdom over these coming days.

In my devotions this week, I was taken to 2 Corinthians 5:9 which reminds us that our primary aim as believers is to ’be well pleasing to Him.’ For each of us, that will look somewhat unique as our circumstances change. What does that look like for someone who is ’sheltering’ versus someone who is still going to work? I was challenged to ask myself that question each morning and then to ask God at the end of the day if He was pleased with my life today.

Find ways to engage with your LIFE Group…to reach out to others by call, text, email, or card. I have learned that when God puts someone on your heart to pray for, it is often a prompting to an action that will encourage them.

The church gathered on Sundays is just a small part of our purpose. We pray that God would intervene in these difficult days, while becoming even more aware that our Gospel mission is primarily meant to be outside the walls of the church building. May God use us for His glory through this.

Blessings.

Pastor Art