In light of the briefing that President Trump made Monday, 3/16 (He asked that a gathering of no more than 10 people be at one place), all in-person services and activities for our church will be cancelled for the remainder of the month of March.
There will be services live-streamed on our church's Facebook page on the following days:
Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm.
Sunday, March 22:
Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm.
Sunday, March 29:
Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm.
Click here for the link to our Facebook page, or copy and paste this address into your browser: www.facebook.com/fundamentalalvarado
At the end of the month, we will see what the latest advice is from President Trump and the CDC regarding the recommended guidelines for public gatherings.
Online giving—Although the next few weeks will involve unique formats for the services, the ministry responsibilities, both locally and around the world, will continue. Let’s be faithful in our giving. (You can give securely online at www.fundamental.church, just look for the logo on the bottom right of the homepage). You can always mail your tithes and offerings to the church: PO Box 472, Alvarado, TX 76009.
Member Needs—If you have a need that is related to the Coronavirus, please contact Pastor Paul either via email or on his cell phone. You can also visit the Contact Us tab on the website.
***See below for the original post on 3/13 ***
Hello Church Family,
I just wanted to take some time and address the current situation with Coronavirus and the response of Fundamental Baptist. I realize that the circumstances are escalating around this virus outbreak at a fairly rapid rate. Because of that and because of the unknown, many of you may have fears or anxieties about what this all means. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we can rest in the assurance that no matter what the future may hold, we are secure in Him. John 16:33 tells us this: “in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
I also want to address this issue of fear and anxiety. I believe that fear is one of the greatest weapons of the enemy. So many times we face the unknown and we are gripped with fear. For some, this fear and anxiety can be crippling. It is a very real issue that should not be taken lightly. Matthew 10:28 tells us, “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.
Our enemy is not the Coronavirus. I urge you to stay calm in the face of this virus. As a believer in Christ we understand that He is fully in control. The hysteria surrounding this virus causes more fear. Let us not contribute that reaction by sharing unverified “facts” about this virus or joining in the doomsday chorus.
Still, while we should not fear it, we must be prepared for what this may bring. Countless passages in Scripture tell us that, even as we trust that God is in control, we should be wise and seek to be prepared for anything that we may face. Follow the advice of our healthcare professionals (www.cdc.gov). Use good hygiene practices. I believe it is best to not shake hands with others or hug others while at church. Feel free to wave, show the peace sign, or simply say, 'Hi."
If you are not feeling well, do not attend any service, please stay home. If any of your children are not feeling well, please keep them home too. While I appreciate the desire to be at church, coming while not feeling well is not a wise decision. We have hand sanitizing stations; please use them as you pass by.
As far as the plan for Fundamental Baptist, we are monitoring the situation. I have spoken to our mayor, several other local church ministers, as well as our deacons and church leaders. I have also read what both President Trump, as well as Governor Abbott have said about this pandemic.
After much counsel and prayer, I have peace about meeting this Sunday morning. However, I must suggest a few modifications to our social behaviors when we meet. The meal for our church’s 74th anniversary is CANCELLED, along with the afternoon service—we are having Sunday School at 10:00am as well as our morning worship at 11:00am, on March 15, 2020.
As always, we also offer ways for you to give online at www.fundamental.church, just look for the logo on the bottom right of the homepage. You can always drop your tithes and offerings in the mail to: PO Box 472, Alvarado, TX 76009.
Most importantly, remain in prayer for this ongoing situation. While there may be some overhyping of the fear, this is also a very real and potentially dangerous virus. Hundreds of thousands have been affected worldwide and we should be in fervent prayer for those who have contracted this virus or been in contact with it in some way. Pray for our healthcare workers who don’t have the option of staying home. And pray for our leaders to make wise choices in the handling of this outbreak.
As always, if you have any questions or comments you can reach out to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.