Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

It is no secret that we are living in turbulent times. Over the last month we have watched as the world reacts to the spread of the corona virus COVID-19. We, as the leadership of First Baptist Church of Show Low, want to ensure you that we care greatly about your health and the health of your family.

It was very tough to decide to close again after only two weeks of in person services. We, as the church leaders, felt this was the proper thing to do considering the spike in local cases and hospitalizations.

Why did we suspend in-person worship and Bible studies?

"Loving all the saints,” as we have been studying in Colossians 1, means caring for one another, especially for our older and more vulnerable members who may be affected by the Coronavirus. We also believe that being, not only “under compliance,” but under compassion, allows us to join our government and community agencies, whose purpose is to keep people well, and who more is called to keep people well than the church of the Lord Jesus Christ! We believe this change will actually empower our church to scatter our influence and increase our witness in our entire area.

During this time, we have started video recording our worship services, posting them to our website and Facebook page so that all can hear the Word of God. We plan to continue video recording services even when we can regather again in person. At right, Interim Pastor Tommy Thomas is being recorded delivering the April 26 message by Tina Boyer, owner & videographer of Evergreen Films - Arizona.

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So what can you do?

  • Trust God. Jesus never promised us that this life would be easy, but He did promise that He would always be with us. We do not need to let fear and panic rule in our homes because we serve a sovereign God who controls every detail of our lives. Rest in Him!
  • Pray. Pray for our state and national leaders as they seek to guide us during this difficult time. Pray for workers in the healthcare industry. Pray for those who have contracted COVID-19 and their families. Pray for others negatively affected by the outbreak (those who are out of work for a time, those struggling to find childcare as schools close, our elderly population, etc.). Pray for the universal church to shine bright into the darkness.
  • Reach Out to Your Family & Neighbors. Take advantage of opportunities to invite your neighbors and those close to you to your home for the next two Sunday mornings for a time of fellowship, prayer, and sharing in the word. Again, this crisis can represent some of the best opportunities for sharing the love of Christ with people who may be desperately seeking Him.
  • Protect Yourself and Others. If you are not feeling well, please stay home! If you have any concerns about your health or if your immune system is at risk in any way, be sure to limit your interaction around crowds of 10 people or more.
  • Continue following CDC guidelines to help mitigate the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (a verse of Amazing Grace is a fantastic timer!), especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Catch coughs and sneezes in your elbow or shoulder.
  • Stay Connected. This is a great time to connect with and love on one another via phone calls, text messages, emails, and other forms of communication that do not require face-to-face engagement.
  • Be compassionate. If you have a need for prayer, please let someone know, call the church office at (928) 537-4749, or submit your request online. If you are aware of a vulnerable member of our congregation, please minister to her or him by reaching-out and inquiring if she/he needs anything. You can use the Prayer Request form to notify the church leadership of this need. The Deacons and/or Mercy Team cannot respond if they do not know of the need.
  • Strategies for Managing Stress & Anxiety Around COVID-19 (PDF) compiled by Dr. Adam Dell.

Please know that we are NOT closing our church but rather experiencing what it means to BE the church when people need us. Be sure to check this website for updates on events and cancellations, and to submit prayer or assistance requests.

If you or someone you know needs assistance (such as grocery shopping, picking up medications, etc.) call the church office, (928) 537-4749, and describe what is needed with a callback number or use the online assistance request form.

Continued Stewardship IS Important…

  • This article covers some of the reasons to continue to give as the Church has moved outside the walls.
  • You can submit your tithes and offerings securely electronically. You can also mail your check to: 700 N. Central Ave. Show Low, AZ 85901.

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