We’re in this together.

As the news of COVID-19 expands, there are many sources….some excellent, some OK and some not so good.  You may or may not know that FBC has 2 Public Health professionals in our membership.  We’re collaborating to provide you with accurate news resources.

In keeping with the Baptist philosophy of “priesthood of the believer”, below are some resources for your consumption and discernment.  These below resources are updated daily.

Local
Davidson County, NC Health Department. COVID-19

State of NC
State of NC COVID-19

National Resource
Center for Disease Control, COVID-19

And, if you really want a deep dive into Public Health, International Resource
World Health Organization

Perhaps, one of the best summations to-date of this pandemic, was given by a former Harvard epidemiologist, now with UCLA School of Public Health:

The most important question is, “How do we all get through this?” And we get through this by focusing on what we know, and what we need to learn, and taking care of each other — so not by discriminating, not by panicking, and not by trying to isolate ourselves with our 500 rolls of toilet paper. If you’re my age (note: mid 50s), you have lived through two pandemic influenza outbreaks, 1968 and 2009, you have lived through HIV, you have lived through SARS and MERS and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And in every one of these cases, using what we know we have either been able to make huge advances in minimizing the impact of these viruses, or actually containing them completely. And that’s going to help us with this virus too.

Further, when asked: In terms of possible interventions, then, what can we do?

His response was: I think the last thing I would say we can do, very concrete, is we can take care of each other. If you’re aware of a friend or colleague or a neighbor who has had to self-isolate because either they have COVID-19 or they have been in contact, call them up. You cannot get COVID-19 over the phone. It just doesn’t happen. So call up and make sure they’re OK, see if they need anything, just check in on them. If you know someone who is elderly and home alone, call them up, make sure they’re OK. Just check in on them. That’s how we’re going to get through this, is by using knowledge that we learn both about this virus and what we know about other viruses and public health in general, and compassion. 

The above reads like some thing we, FBC, are already doing!  Keep ministering (at a distance) and if you’re not, start ministering…we’re in this together for the long haul and there’s good to be had in bad situations!

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Save this date: November 16, 2016.

Our church has participated in the Christmas Shoe Box collection since it began in operationchristmaschild-smallpng1993. When it first started we collected 200 plus boxes, but numbers have steadily declined in recent years, down to about 65 last year.

We can do better than that!

This year we want everyone to pack a shoe box (from the youngest to the oldest senior adult) boys, girls, men, and women. If you have physical limitations and are unable to shop, contact Barbara Epley at 336-2491331 and she will shop for you, bring the box to you, and help you pack it.

We need your help to collect the most shoe boxes ever!  We have ordered shoe boxes from Operation Christmas Child. They are now available for pickup.

Determine whether you wish to sponsor a boy or girl and choose the age group. Simply pack items that are age appropriate in a shoe box, include a $7.00 check payable to Samaritan’s Purse (covers shipping and handling). Attach a brochure, available in the church office or the Fellowship Hall. The final day for us to these in is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Pick up your box today and start shopping.

“Souper” Bowl Sunday 2014 Visual Recap

While the Super Bowl game was anticlimactic, the FBC version, Souper Bowl 2014, was a hit.  The stars of the event were the FBC congregation and guests along with Mrs. Joyce’s homemade vegetable soup, Conrad & Hinkle pimento cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches and Brownies.

To top it all off, FBC’s youth did it again…..another successful fundraiser for the pursuit of mission and service to our local and international community.

Great job FBC Youth!