Please read the following update from our leadership team regarding the precautions we are taking with the COVID-19 virus.
 
 
 
 
March 17, 2020

Dear First Southern Family,

 

Due to the current situation of COVID-19, and the recent statements of our president and state officials, we have decided as a church to maintain our mission as well as keeping our current members safe.  Romans 13:1 (ESV) says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”  Also 1 Peter 2:13 (ESV) says, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. “ 

 

We feel as the staff of First Southern that we have been given guidelines to keep one another safe during this threat and we should abide by them.  Consequently, we will adjust our gatherings from meeting at the church to just meeting online until April 5th.  In the interim of this advisement, we will meet together virtually and will have a website designed to keep you informed. 

 

In the next day or two, you will receive an email from info@firstsouthern.tv with directions on how to keep your information up-to-date and to stay aware of any new developments that we face as a church.  We have also created a webpage for you to access regarding questions, concerns, or any updated info on our services at www.firstsouthern.tv/update.  For our livestreaming services, we will be posting on our social media platforms for viewing.  Here is the link to access all livestreaming services  www.firstsouthern.tv/watch.

 

Below is a timeline for the next fifteen days and how we will handle all services within that time period moving forward.  Please stand by for additional information as it is updated through all of our social media outlets.  We will also add some useful methods upon entering into our church to enhance our safety.  These next two weeks will give us the time to get these entry methods in place.

 

Also, please remember our text-to-give option for your tithe during this time since we will not be physically meeting together.  Please text to (405)407-0900 and in the message box type, “FSBC”.  You will then be sent a link to enter your account information.  Then you can text the amount you would like to give online. 

 

Please remember also to check on one another and be diligent to keep yourself healthy, not only physically, but spiritually by staying connected to our services and in God’s Word.  Let us all pray for one another, our church and our nation as we continue to make disciples for Christ.

 

We love you family,

 

Pastor Keith and your First Southern Staff

 

Timeline for the next 15 days:

March 22, Sunday Services

  • 11:00 am – Livestream only
  • 5:00 pm – Livestream only
 

March 25, Wednesday Services

  • 6:00 pm – Livestream only
 

March 29, Sunday Services

  • 11:00 am – Livestream only
  • 5:00  pm– Livestream only
 

April 1, Wednesday Services

  • 6:00 pm – Livestream only
 

April 5, Sunday Services

  • 11:00 am – Livestream only
  • 5:00 pm – Livestream only
 
Connection Groups
All Connection Groups will be held online. Click here to find your class’ link!
 
 
 
 
 

We would love to pray for you! Click here to fill out a prayer request form and our prayer team will pray with you!

 
 
 
 
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12 Mar 2020
First Southern Baptist Church Coronavirus Response                                                                                                               
 
 
Current Situation- The current environment of how we socially worship, interact, serve and give will be impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 ‘Corona Virus’ in our society. While these impacts are new, they also present a new opportunity for the body of Christ to provide love and hope to people that may for the first time be thinking about their own mortality. As believers, we have the hope of knowing our origin, our purpose, and our destiny and can exhibit that hope to those around us.

Our Mission– As Christians and as a fellowship of believers, our mission has not changed: to bring the lost to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and to disciple Christians in their faith.

Current Operations– We will accomplish that in our new environment by providing the following guidance:
  • Stay informed– In times of stress, the mind takes bits of information and ‘bridges’ the gaps between them with what seems logical, even if it is entirely inaccurate. This results in rumor, conjecture, and false information. The best, current health and scientific information regarding the virus is found at the new website for that purpose www.coronavirus.gov. This has the best and most accurate information and also suggested protective measures to take at a personal and collective level. This site will be the source of our secular information regarding the Corona Virus. Remember, “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might.” (Prov. 24:5)
  • Stay connected– Make sure that our church has your email and best phone contact. Make sure that your Connection Group knows your current situation. Check for any periodic updates on our Facebook page and on our website. While we may see adjustment in the ways we interact temporarily, there is absolutely no reason for any of us to be isolated. We must bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2).
  • Adapt to minor changes– We are reminded in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” The exciting opportunity is that people may be more in tune with their vulnerabilities. Sadly, while the world will exhibit selfishness and harm to one another, we can exhibit the opposite. Minor changes may be necessary in how we operate, but we will still operate. These are some temporary, minor changes you will see in the way we worship, interact, serve and give:
      • Worship– We will continue to meet. For those who are unable or exercising caution, we have our video live stream available at https://www.firstsouthern.tv/watch/.  We will now live stream both the early and late services on Sunday but only record the second service. This recording will be available online as well for later viewing. On Sunday evenings at 5:00 PM and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM, we will also livestream the Bible teaching in the worship center.
      • Interaction– Friendly smiles and nods are good substitutes for handshakes. We want to greet one another and welcome visitors. Our visitors may need answers they do not have about life. Take the time to greet them, learn their names, their faces, etc. Ministry Guides may be placed for pickup by the individual rather than handed to you. The visitor/prayer section of the Ministry Guide can still be placed in the offering boxes. Our ushers and members need to be alert to those seeking assistance.
      • Serving– 1 Peter 4:10 tells us, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” As our interactions adjust, we have great opportunity to assist our widows, shut-ins, those who are sick, those who are temporarily withdrawn, etc. Ask one of our pastors how you can serve. If you have special skills or tools in a particular area, make that know as well. Also bear in mind as some are temporarily absent, you may be the one to step up and fill that spot where they once served. As believers, we should be on scan to the needs around us.
      • Giving– Our offering boxes are still available but will be temporarily replacing the offering baskets. Of course, your generous gifts can still be mailed. For the large portion of our fellowship that participates in online giving, we have a new and updated system. Even if you have been faithfully giving online under the old system, we now have a new online giving procedure.
        Option A – TEXT – Use the new TEXT number (405)407-0900 and follow the instructions. The old number no longer works.
        Option B – Giving with Apps – Delete the old ACS Church Life app. It is no longer being utilized. Instead, download the Elexio Community app. Once loaded, click the ‘Give’ button and follow instructions in the app.
        Option C – Giving Online – Go to firstsouthern.tv/give and complete the form and follow instructions.
        If you have any questions on any of these, please call 405-732-1300.
  • Support with Resources to Implement Temporary Changes– 2 Cor. 8:14- “…now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack.” We have great opportunity to contrast the world’s fears and selfishness. If you see a need and can help supply it, bring it. If you see that the church needs something to conduct its mission, see if you might have it and can help provide it. There will be a fear and a hoarding nature among some. We can contrast that with our love and service.
 
Christ reminds and comforts us in John 16:33- “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” This crisis is not bigger than our God. 1 Peter 1:5 tells us that God is guarding our faith. As we stand to show His love, let us take courage that we can still perform our mission in Christ.
Blessings,

First Southern Staff