As you most assuredly know, the Coronavirus has reached New Mexico. Although the Secretary of Health has issued a prohibition against mass gatherings, thankfully churches are exempt. However, we will use wisdom and prudence should the need arise to change our structure for meeting together.
We understand you may have serious concerns about COVID-19 (commonly called the Coronavirus).
At this time your staff and leadership team are continuing to meet and evaluate the situation. We want to help provide an environment for you to worship our Lord. We want to encourage you to make use of the hand sanitizers that are placed throughout the church building. We want to discourage you from shaking hands. However, we continue to encourage you to welcome guests and visitors with kind words and a warm smile. We encourage you to stay home if you feel sick, have not been fever free for 24 hours, or if you have severe underlying health conditions and are greatly concerned about coronavirus.
As always, if you cannot come, we would love for you to worship with us through our Facebook page , feel free to send a friend request to johnnycandacespicer on Facebook. Currently, our services are streamed live on our personal page weekly.
In times like these, let us not lose sight of the Hope that we have. Possibly, during this kind of climate – people we have been praying for will be most sensitive to the truths of the gospel.
We encourage you to be open to the questions of others and sharing with others about the hope you have in Jesus during this time. We will continue to update you about plans and services at FBC Moriarty as conditions change and are warranted.
First, unless you hear otherwise, all First Baptist Church Moriarty events will go on as scheduled.
Additionally, we want to remind all what this means to us as believers in Christ. Remember that “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). While none of us hopes to catch this or any other sickness, we have confidence and peace knowing we belong to and are under the sovereign watch-care of the Lord! We want to fall somewhere in between the extreme of dismissing this (or any other sickness) as insignificant, and the other extreme of hysteria encouraged by some in the media and others.
Finally, join us in asking God to use this virus scare for the good of His Kingdom. (Romans 8:28) Pray that many will open their hearts to Christ as they are forced to consider life and death. Pray that churches will be strengthened during this time rather than weakened. Use this window of opportunity to talk to people about eternity and your assurance because of your relationship with Jesus.
My prayer for my life and yours is that we will choose Faith over fear, prayer or panic, and joy over despair. God is good and we are hopeful for how He will use this situation for His good.
Your pastor, staff & deacons are praying for you to our unchanging God during these ever-changing times that we live!
2 Peter 1:3-4
Initial Coronavirus Response Plan (COVID-19)*
- Washing hands frequently (using warm/hot water and soap and the ideal duration is the time it takes to say “The Lord’s Prayer” twice.)
- Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Greet one another without hand shaking (elbow bump or wave).
- Anyone who is sick needs to stay home. Fever free for 24 hours.
- Be sure the church has your current contact information (forms at Welcome Center).
- Continuous cleaning and sanitation practices (all areas of the church will be cleaned).
Weekly church services can be viewed on-line on Facebook; johnnycandacespicer– feel free to send a friend request. The audio recorded messages are also available on our website; www.thepeoplechurch.org