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Coronavirus Update

Mar 02, 2020

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

— 2 Timothy 1:7



Updated: Thu, Mar 26 @ 4:25p

Houston's First is staying up-to-date with the progress of COVID-19 around the world.

Like we do when hurricanes strike the Houston area, we are listening to what local and national authorities advise as we determine any necessary response as a church. Church leaders have also consulted with one of our deacons who is a physician specializing in public health and general preventive medicine to gain insight and wisdom from his expertise. Please read ahead for additional information about how our church is responding and what you can do to remain actively engaged with Houston's First.

What WE Are Doing
Sunday Schedule ChangesEvent ChangesFacility HoursMission TripsAdditional Steps

What YOU Can Do
Basic PrecautionsWatch OnlineGiveBible StudyPrayerDaily DevotionalTravel Implications

CDC Resources
Helpful Links"Flattening The Curve"Understanding Symptoms


Sunday's Message

On Sun, Mar 29, Pastor Gregg Matte encouraged us that God is going to see us through. Let's be people of prayer. Let’s let God do something great in us and through us. In these days of staying at home, be still and know that He is God. He will be exalted among the nations. The Lord almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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What WE Are Doing

SUNDAY SCHEDULE CHANGES

Our Sunday in-person worship services and Life Bible Studies at every campus of Houston's First will not take place now through Sun, Apr 5. Instead, you are invited to gather with the Houston's First family online for worship services each Sunday at 9:15a, 11a, and 5. Visit our Sunday Toolkit for tools to help you engage fully as we worship together each Sunday.

EVENT CHANGES

No in-person events involving more than 10 people will take place now until further notice at any campus of Houston’s First. This includes Wednesday evening programming, regular weekly events, and all special events.

If a previously scheduled event will be made available for online participation, details about that will be provided as they are available on the event’s information page here on our website event calendar.

FACILITY HOURS

  • The Fitness & Recreation Center at The Loop Campus is closed from Wed, Mar 18, until Wed, Apr 1. They will reassess the closure every 2 weeks going forward.
  • CornerBooks at The Loop Campus is closed through Sun, Apr 5, including weekdays.
  • The Faith Center–Harwin is temporarily closed until further notice. For questions or opportunities to serve the Houston refugee community, please email Ana.Cowpersmith@HoustonsFirst.org.
  • First Baptist Academy is closed through Tue, Apr 14. This applies to infants through 8th grade. FBA already had Fri, Apr 10, and Mon, Apr 13, scheduled as holidays for the Easter weekend.

MISSION TRIPS

Our Missions team is monitoring the global spread of the virus to see if the situation might impact any of our scheduled mission trips. They will follow guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of State and the International Mission Board (IMB).

      ADDITIONAL STEPS

      Beyond the action steps and decisions above, the church is taking the following steps in response to COVID-19:

      • Hand sanitizer. Wall-mounted or countertop supplies are available at every campus. According to the CDC, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best precautions you can take to prevent the spread of the virus. When hand washing is not possible, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a recommended alternative.
      • DTK Facility Services. Our contracted provider of cleaning and other facility services is equipped to assist us in response to COVID-19. Read the email they sent to their clients on Fri, Mar 6, here.

      What YOU Can DO

      Here are some things you can do to keep yourself and others safe, and to remain engaged with your Houston's First family:

      BASIC PRECAUTIONS

      The World Health Organization says to do these five simple things to help stop COVID-19.

      • HANDS: Wash them often
      • ELBOW: Cough or sneeze into it ("cough in the crook")
      • FACE: Don't touch it
      • FEET: Stay more than three feet apart
      • FEEL: Sick? Stay home.

      WATCH ONLINE

      Gather with Pastor Gregg and the Houston's First family online each Sunday at 9:15a, 11a, and 5p as we worship together. Visit our Sunday Toolkit for tools you'll need to fully engage each Sunday. Or, go directly to one of our online streaming options:

      Our worship service is also available on the radio at 11a on KHCB 105.7FM in the Houston area.

        GIVE

        If you would like to worship by giving to the ministry of Houston's First online, we've provided easy and secure steps for giving online on our Online Giving page. You can also give by a mobile device by texting HFBCGIVE to 41411. If you prefer to give my check, you can mail your contribution to:

        Houston's First Baptist Church
        7401 Katy Freeway
        Houston, TX 77024

        BIBLE STUDY

        Each week, Executive Pastor Dr. David Self prepares a lesson overview based on the curriculum used by many of our Life Bible Study teachers. The content of these overviews are available at HFBCBibleStudy.org — a website created originally by a volunteer church member as a service to our LBS leaders. You will find a written summary of the lesson, as well as an audio recording of each.

        PRAYER

        Please join with Pastor Gregg and our church as we pray for those who are impacted by or confronting the virus — patients, families, healthcare workers, authorities — and for God's protection over all of us. Download some COVID-19 Prayer Points here.

        If you or a loved one have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak — illness, job loss, etc. — feel free to request prayer here from our dedicated team of staff members and volunteers.

        DAILY DEVOTIONAL

        Houston's First and Pastor Gregg launched Moment: A Daily Devotional at the end of 2019. Now, this fresh new tool for enhancing our daily moments with Jesus is available for reading online here.

        TRAVEL IMPLICATIONS

        As a precautionary measure, we ask that families or individuals who travel to a country or region labeled as a Level 2 or higher by the CDC as it relates to COVID-19 (find list here) please self-quarantine from Houston's First activities and facilities for the recommended 14 days before you and/or your children return to church. Thank you for taking into consideration the health and safety of our entire church family and our guests.


        The CDC is the primary source for information and updates on COVID-19. Here are just a few of the helpful links found on their website:

        "FLATTENING THE CURVE"

        The goal of protective measures such as consistent hand washing, travel restrictions, cancelling or postponing large public events, closing schools, and other such actions is to "flatten the curve" — extending the timeline by which the coronavirus spreads among the population. Doing so will keep the demand for healthcare services at a level our system is able to accommodate.


        CORONAVIRUS, FLU, COLD OR ALLERGIES?

        This graphic provided by the CDC can be a helpful tool for understanding symptoms you or loved ones might be experiencing. Remember — only a healthcare professional can give you an official diagnosis. We are posting this here only as a reference, not as a substitute for seeking medical attention.


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