Dear First Baptist Family and Friends,
First, let me express my appreciation to each of you for your patience with our communication to the congregation this past week concerning COVID-19. Our present situation is quite fluid, as updates come from governmental agencies on a daily basis. At this time, we will act on information on a week by week basis, beginning today. Please note the following for the week of March 16-22.
The Church Office is closed to the public with the exception of essential Staff. The Staff will be available by phone and email each day during regular office hours. People who desire to meet with Staff due to needs for pastoral ministry are asked to do so by appointment. I ask that members, including those with keys to the Church, respect this request as the building has been sanitized and disinfected. The congregation is encouraged to contact the Pastor directly at his mobile number after 2:30 pm.
Worship for Sunday, March 22, has been cancelled. We will provide an online worship experience this week for those who wish to participate. The service can be accessed at www.fbcdsm.org/media. Governor Reynolds has announced that she will hold a press conference today at 4:30 pm, which may result in additional cancellations.
Updates and communications will be shared through the following media:
Emails through Constant Contact and REALM
Social Media, including Facebook and Twitter (@FirstBaptistDSM)
The Pastor’s blog site (www.timdeatrick.com)
Our members and friends are encouraged to continue their faithful stewardship during the coming weeks by sending their offerings to the Church by mail, through online bill pay, or online through the Church's website. To access online giving, use the following link: www.fbcdsm.org/ways-to-give
Finally, in addition to your regular intercessory prayers for our membership, please continue to be in prayer for those who are directly impacted by influenza, pneumonia and COVID-19. Pray for those who are first responders and health care professionals. Pray as well for our governmental agencies who not only monitor the situation but offer guidance and counsel to organizations including our houses of worship.
The apostle Paul admonished young Timothy with the following words of encouragement in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” May these holy words encourage you today, as you continue to live as persons of faith and trust in our sovereign God!