This is the place on our website where you can go to get updates related to FBC Robinson and COVID-19.
Below is our current COVID-19 Update (time posted - 3:15pm on Saturday, March 21st)
Our church will hold an online service this Sunday, March 22nd, at 10am on our First Baptist Church of Robinson Facebook page. We plan on doing this for the next several weeks during this period when we have been ordered by the City of Robinson to cease meeting at our building.
Check the Facebook page for details on Sunday Online Gatherings and other videos posted during this interim period. Messages will also be posted to the Resources tab on this site, under the Sermons heading.
If you would like to be updated with regular text/email messages, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 254-662-6803 and leave a message stating that.
Below is one of our previous COVID-19 Updates (time posted - 6:00pm on Friday, March 13th)
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In light of recent declarations made by President Trump and Governor Abbott, as well as precautions prescribed by national and state health care officials, FBC Robinson has decided to suspend all activities and services at our church building through next Sunday, March 22nd.
To clarify, all Sunday morning, afternoon, and evening activities will be cancelled for the next two Sundays (March 15th and 22nd), along with Wednesday night activities on March 18th.
We also will not keep regular office hours this week. Personnel members may still perform their various duties in the office, but we ask that only those normally authorized to perform said duties come to the office. If there is an urgent need, please call the office or contact a staff member or deacon.
After this period, the situation will be re-evaluated.
Per the previous update (see below), this decision was not made out of fear. Rather, it was made from a posture aimed at faith, wisdom, and love of God and neighbor.
Below is one of our previous COVID-19 Update (time posted - 12:30pm on Friday, March 13th)
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Our church will comply with any recommendations made by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). As of 12:30pm on March 13th, we will proceed with regularly scheduled services this Sunday, March 15th.
As a precaution, those who feel ill or "ill at ease" are advised not to attend. For those who do attend, we recommend limited contact with no hugs or handshakes.
The DSHS also recommends the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
As stated previously, as of 12:30pm on March 13th, we are still meeting for regularly scheduled activities this Sunday, March 15th.
However, as we have seen over the past few days, this situation is extremely fluid with things subject to change as more cases become known. As your pastor, I would like to offer a few thoughts on how we can face this situation in a way that is pleasing to God and of most benefit to our neighbors:
1) If we do decide at some point to cancel services, it will not be out of fear.
Scripture is clear on this. We know that death is no longer to be feared because our Savior has already defeated it. We long to please Him and be with Him!
We have come to understand by his grace the truth of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
For those of us in Christ, we can say along with Paul in Philippians 1, "it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not at all be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
2) If we do decide at some point to cancel services, it will be out of love of neighbor.
As one church leader put it, "There is a maddening paradox to coronavirus precautions:
They feel silly, cowardly, extreme. But they are not.
If the preventative measures work, then by definition they'll appear to have been excessive. Success will look like overreaction.
And neighbor love will often feel unloving."
This is what Christians do: we sacrifice, we set aside privileges, out of love for God and one another.
3) Let's proceed with both faith and wisdom.
Our church, and others in McLennan County, around the state, and around the world must seek to walk in faith and wisdom.
During this time when we may be forced to cease meeting in large gatherings of people, still pray for wisdom on how to love your immediate neighbors well. And may God grant us the balance that leads to loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, along with loving our neighbor as ourself.