FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF LULING
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 

UPDATED 7/19

Hello FBCL Family,
Great news! We are ready to begin meeting again for worship! Church leadership has met and decided on a plan allowing us to worship together through Phase 2 of the state reopening.
 
Worship will be offered at the normal time on Sundays at 10:45 am. If you are in an at-risk category you are encouraged to stay home until such a time that you feel comfortable returning. We will begin live streaming our services again on Facebook so that you can view the service from home.  These messages will also be posted here on the website as well. 
In order to provide the safest environment for our church family, we be following several health and safety guidelines for worship:
1. One entrance, the Vestibule, will be used with the door being opened for you with an usher.
2. There will be an Usher/Deacon available to answer questions as well as wipe down entry surfaces as needed.
3. There will be hand sanitizer available upon entry if needed.
4. Due to capacity restrictions, we will be counting visitors upon entry, with staff prepared to step out if needed.
5. We are asking that everyone attending wear a protective mask during the entirety of the service.
6. While attending worship, we’re asking that you sit with your family unit. Please help us provide a safe environment for everyone by maintaining social distance while seated at least 6ft from other visitors. Ushers will be available to direct alternating seating as needed.
7. Please avoid any direct contact with each other, as well as only contacting items brought into the service. We would like to limit contact with as many different surfaces as possible.
8. The restroom will be supplied with additional cleaning and sanitation supplies in order to clean between visitors.
9. Offering will be taken on the way out in a stationary plate without being passed around.
10. We ask that processional be conducted in a row by row basis to maintain social distancing.
 
Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer Small Groups/Sunday School or childcare at this time. 
Like you, we are ready to get back to normal as quickly as possible. We do realize, however, that reopening will be a process and will take place in stages. We are proud of our church family and the love and concern that you have shown for each other during this time.
 
God is at work, and we look forward to celebrating that with you…together!  If anyone has any urgent needs, please contact your assigned Deacon. If your Deacon can’t be reached, please contact any of the church leadership via their posted email addresses on the contact information page. Our Facebook page is also a point of contact during this time.
 
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how First Baptist Church of Luling is responding. Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community.
                                                                                                                                                            
WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE WE TAKING TO MAKE SURE WHEN FBCL GATHERINGS RESUME THEY ARE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
                                                                                                                                                                  
First Baptist Church of Luling is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
                                                                                                                                                   
WHAT ABOUT WEE CENTER (PRESCHOOL)?
 
At this time due to the directive given by the Governor of Louisiana, all schools are closed until April 13, 2020. As per our policy, our WEE CENTER ministry follows the lead of the St. Charles Parish School System. For example, when St. Charles Parish Schools close, so will our WEE Center.
 
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
 
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries. The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
 
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
 
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the Gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God. If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So, let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus. In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
  • Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed. Contact the Church Office as well if you see a particular need that may demand a congregational response.
  • Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. We want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
  • Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
  • Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
  • Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.