Letter From Dr. Woods

 

March 23, 2020

Dear Fellow Members

Greetings in the name of our risen Lord. It has been a long time since I have communicated with you by letter but I feel moved to do so in these present times. The COVIAN-19 crisis has impacted our entire country and 144 nations around the world. The church has not been immune to the effects of the virus. Our leadership made a decision early in the process to put the health and well-being of people above every other consideration. To that end we have cancelled all public worship services until further notice.

We are committed to following the directions of public health officials on social distancing and limiting all in-person meetings and gatherings at First Baptist Church–West. Note that effective Thursday, March 25, the church office is closed and all Wednesday Bible Studies are cancelled. However, each Wednesday evening we are taping a worship service that will be available on the church website each week. Last Sunday 230 persons viewed the online sermon and 320 views have been registered to date. The church website is www.fbcwest.org. I encourage you to visit the website routinely for updated information.

Starting Tuesday, March 31, we will provide a call-in conference line for weekly devotion and prayer that will last 10-15 minutes. The call number is (205) 825-9633 with no passcode needed. The call will take place at 8:15 am each Tuesday morning.

We are examining other ways to use technology as a means to stay connected as a church family and continue the work that God has given us. The church leadership is meeting by conference call each week to ensure that the church is able to meet its debt obligations and remain vibrant in these trying times.

Although we are unable to meet for public worship, I encourage you to still pray for the church and support the church with your tithes and offerings. You are able to give by mailing your contributions to the church, bringing your gifts and placing them in the mailbox near the glass doors and finally giving online at www.fbcwest.org. Your gifts are vital at this moment as we seek to not only meet our needs but support efforts in the community that assist our neighbors.

This is the time when we need the spirit of the Good Samaritan and to be the neighbor we can be and bear witness to our faith. I have always been proud and honored to serve as your pastor and I am certain that you are up to the challenge before us. So let us rise up and go to the work before us because of Him who strengthens us and has promised to be with us always.

Because of Grace,
Dr Ricky A. Woods
Senior Minster