Dear Church Family,
So thankful that you are taking a moment to read this update from your pastor. I appointed a COVID-19 Communications Task Force to assist me in our communications strategy with our church during these days. Our plan is to communicate concisely with you what we know in a weekly format that will be helpful and brief at the same time. We will send an email on Wednesday, with a link to a Bible Study that I have prepared for our church during these days for you to use on Wednesday nights (or whenever convenient). I will also post a short video on Fridays with additional information. We will also do our best to keep you informed about upcoming Live Stream Worship Services and when to anticipate our ability to come together in worship in person.
Here’s What We Know Today, March 25, 2020
- The Honorable Mayor John Cooper has issued a “Safer at Home” Order for Nashville/Davidson County through Midnight, Monday April 6, 2020. Because of that, the church building is closed until Tuesday, April 7.
- We will provide a Live Stream Worship service on Sunday March 29 and Sunday April 5 in support of the Mayor’s “Safer at Home” Order. Our live stream can be viewed on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistNashville/); our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9QS0PH8pAVSYIVqzcDthyg/live); or the church web site (https://nashvillefirst.org/streaming-and-sermons/ )
- Our staff continues to be hard at work connecting with our church members, responding to various needs (church and community) that we are aware of, and praying for each of you during this time.
- There are a number of Sunday Morning Bible Study Groups from Nashville First Baptist Church that are holding virtual classes on-line. Please contact your Bible Study leader about how best to connect on-line with your group.
Our video for this Wednesday is on “Praying from Places of Pain” study of 2 Corinthians 1:3-11. Click here to view video. I have attached an outline of tonight’s Bible Study so that you can follow along easily. Click here to open the outline of tonight’s Bible Study.
This Sunday Morning at 10:30 a.m. we will gather all over the community for worship coming to you via Live Stream from Nashville First Baptist Church. We are going back to the Pre-Easter Sermon Series from John this week. I encourage you to read John 12:1-11 and be prepared for our sermon entitled “Something Is About to Happen”. As of Tuesday, over 1,900 views were made of last Sunday’s service!
Thank you so much for your faithful gifts during this time. As a reminder, members can always give through our website at nashvillefirst.org/give or by mailing in your check. The church has added a new option for giving via text. To give money thru text, enter the amount followed by our code. For example, if you want to give $50, text the number 73256 with “NFBC BUDGET $50”. Make sure that you use all caps and include spaces. The amount can be changed to whatever amount the user wishes to give. After sending your first text, the user will be sent a link to complete their bank account information. Once your information is stored in the system, in the future you can just text your gift to 73256. Our hope is to give members another tool to help during this time.
Frank Lewis, Senior Pastor