First Baptist…Online!

In response to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to keep our community safe, we have suspended all in-person church programming (with the exception of Community Café, which will move to a take-out only format). You can read the most recent update (6/4/20) from our deacon chair and interim pastor here.

However, though our building is closed, the church is still open and active! Here’s what you can expect:

Sunday Mornings
We are live streaming a worship service at 10 am each Sunday via our Facebook page and YouTube channel. These videos will stay on the page after the livestream is done, for those who miss it live. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still access our public page! Sermon audio files are also being uploaded to our sermon podcast.

Several of our Sunday School classes are finding new ways to gather via telephone and Zoom. If your class needs assistance, please contact Doug Reedy.

Monday Nights
Bo Prosser, our interim pastor, offers Monday School on his personal Facebook page at 7 pm. He offers lessons and teaching tips using the Formations literature from Smyth & Helwys. For more about this offering, please contact Bo.

Wednesday Nights
Every Wednesday at 6 pm, we gather on a Zoom call for sharing of prayer requests, a time of prayer, and a brief devotion. For log-in information, please contact Daphne Fletcher.

Children & Youth Activities
Periodic online offerings and other means of connection are being offered during this time. For more information, contact Erin Collier (children) or Doug Reedy (youth).

Office Hours and Administration
Our staff is working, but our office remains closed to walk-in traffic due to current daycare precautions. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with a minister, please call the church office. Committees are still doing their administrative work as needed. Remote meetings via technology are strongly suggested during this time.

Pastoral Care
In this season of social distancing, our ministerial staff and deacon care teams are working to connect with members via phone and email. Regulations prevent hospital and assisted living facility visitation at this time. If you have a specific or urgent pastoral care concern, please contact a minister or one of your deacons.

We also encourage our church family to reach out to each other! Call your fellow Sunday School members or musicians or other church friends. Let’s find ways to be creative as we connect with each other!

Tithes and Offerings
Even though we are not meeting together, your gifts are still important and needed during this time as we continue our ministries of worship, discipleship, missions, and pastoral care. You can mail in your gifts to the church office (606 N Walnut St.; Lumberton, NC 28358) or give online via our giving portal. You may also drop off your gifts in person during our “tithing time” on Monday afternoons from 1-2:30 pm. Simply pull up to the 6th Street entrance, and a staff member will meet you at your car to receive your offering.

Who to Contact
As our ministerial staff is working remotely and differently during this time, please use the list of duties below to know who to contact with your questions or concerns:

Rev. Doug Reedy, Associate Pastor
Overseeing pastoral care, Sunday School, deacon care teams, office staff coordination, youth, community ministry

Rev. Erin Collier, Associate Pastor
Overseeing worship, Wednesday nights, ECM, technology and social media, video production, children and families

Dr. Bo Prosser, Interim Pastor
Contributing to worship, teaching, and pastoral care as needed, as well as giving leadership to our staff and working with the COVID-19 leadership team

Rev. Tim Little, Minister of Music
Coordinating music and building issues, and providing pastoral care as needed

COVID-19 Leadership Team
David Ramsaur (deacon chair), Chris Walters (deacon vice chair), Kenneth Rust (treasurer), James Gore (finance chair), Katie Davis (personnel chair), Christy Strickland (ECM chair), Bo Prosser (ex-officio, interim pastor)