Sunday School 9:00am Worship Service 10:15am | 3210 30th St., Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: 402-564-4279

Current Status During Covid-19 Pandemic

 

Dear members and friends of Columbus First Baptist Church,

We are excited to share that we are open and that our Sunday morning service is held at 10:00am.  At this time we will only be offering one service time until we feel the need to schedule two separate services. In an effort to comply with our local, state and national government we continue to obey the ongoing mandate for social distancing and many of the other restrictions that are being highly encouraged.    

We want to make you aware of some of the details we are being asked to observe by our local Health providers as we begin to reopen:

  • If you are sick or feel your health is compromised in anyway at this time (you or a loved one living with you at home) we encourage you to stay home and watch or listen to the message at home. Beginning May 10th, we will begin live-streaming our services (see bottom of page) so that you might be able to participate with us during the actual service.
  • There will be no Sunday School scheduled for any age until further notice.
  • There will be no mid-week Bible Studies until further notice. Pastor Dan will continue to record the mid-week adult study of the Gospel of John and post it on our media page.
  • We have postponed communion indefinitely, pending further clarification around health directives. Please be praying for your Elders as we seriously consider how and when we may participate in this ordinance together again.
  • Children will be required to remain with their families. Parents will need to maintain control of their children at all times. We understand the difficulty that this might cause and should this bring undue difficulty for your family then we would encourage you to stay home during this initial time of re-opening.
  • We will not be passing the collection plates. Instead we have installed collection boxes to receive tithes and offerings. Collection boxes are located in the fellowship hall near the main entrance to the sanctuary. There is also one just inside the office. Of course, you may drop off your offerings at the church throughout the week in the office if you would rather or you can give your offerings online here.
  • We have distributed hand sanitizer just outside the sanctuary and on the tables in the fellowship hall.
  • The nursery will be open for parents to use, however, it will not be staffed. 
  • Restrooms will be available, however, all other rooms will be closed.
  • Family households may sit together, though we will require at least 3 chairs separating individuals or family units in a row. We will also require leaving every other row unoccupied. Due to the unknown size of our first gatherings we have chosen to start with one service. Should the space of six feet require more room then, we will begin two services. Times to be determined.
  • There will be no passing of literature such as a bulletin. Health services has requested us not to use hymnals or pew Bibles as well so we highly encourage you to bring your own Bible.
  • There will be no fellowship time after service as normal. We are being asked to encourage everyone to leave the church building promptly so as to minimize the risk of violating the six foot standard. 
  • If people choose to visit, we would ask that they do so out on the lawn or in the parking lot while maintaining social distancing guidelines. 

Please continue to see our Blog section on the website for regular and weekly reminders of God's Providential Care during these days. 

We will continue to provide links and suggestions to aid you and your family in worshipping at home. 

We want to remind all our members and friends, and anyone reading this page, that the tension caused by the Coronavirus, Covid-19, gives the people of God the opportunity to stand against fear and to pray in faith for those impacted by this outbreak.  As Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7,  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  As God's children, let us throw off fear and anxiety and turn to Him in prayer and stand as a light to the world around us.

Let's continue to pray for the following:

  • Pray in thankfulness for God’s sovereignty.  This pandemic has not caught Him off guard. 
  • Pray that we will seek Him and trust Him as we journey through this challenging season.
  • Pray for those who are sick and for those who love and care for them. 
  • Pray for their comfort and pray for their healing.
  • Pray for those whose livelihoods are at stake and businesses struggling with re-opening.
  • Pray for our healthcare workers who were already operating with little margin prior to the coronavirus. 
  • Pray for their physical, spiritual, and emotional protection as they stand at the frontline of the crisis risking their lives to save ours.
  • Pray for the protection of those who are at a heightened risk such as the elderly, the very young, and those with compromised immune systems.
  • Pray for wisdom for those who lead us in local, state, and federal government, for those who are working to find a vaccine for Covid-19, for the CDC and other medical researchers working to stem the spread of the virus.
  • Pray for your spiritual leaders, that difficult decisions that will need to be made will be done out of care for the body of Christ and not out of fear.
  • Pray for each other and pray for your neighbors. Pray that God will use this as an opportunity for the good news of Jesus Christ to be received in the hearts of many.
  • Finally, pray that our faith might be increased as we depend upon the Lord.

 

During the weeks of this pandemic, we will be live-streaming Sunday mornings at 10:00am. 

 

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