Dear Church Family,
As you may have heard, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a statement limiting public gatherings to 250 people or less for the next 4 weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thought it would be important to let you know how this affects SFB. There will be many voices shouting as to the seriousness or overhype of this virus. It is not our place to be doctors, or specialists in assessing risk measures when it comes to COVID-19. To begin with, let me give you some guiding principles that will direct our decision-making in this time:
We trust God. He is not surprised, He is not overwhelmed and He is not scared.
We care about people. Our church has thrived at loving people and we will continue to fulfill that vision. It will look a little different over the next few weeks, but nothing has changed regarding our love for each other.
We respect authority. As this fluid situation continues we will continue to trust God in all things and act in faith and not fear, we will make decisions in the best interest of our congregation and our city and we will comply with the regulations and the spirit of those who lead our state and country.
For the next four weeks, all weekend services have been suspended. We will live-stream our service on Saturday night at 6:00 pm. We chose this time so that our Saturday night service could view at their normal time and Sunday service viewers could watch any time it fits their schedule. We hope our entire congregation will join us at some point through these streamed services. We are going to have fun preparing them for you.
Since giving our tithes and offerings is a part of our worship services, we wanted to assure you that there are still means to do so even though we are not meeting together. If you write a check, you can mail it or drop it by the church office M-F between 8-4. You are also able to give online via our website or the Church Center App and set it up as a recurring tithe or a one-time gift. Lastly you can give via text by texting the dollar amount to 84321.
Our pastoral staff is working with various leaders to provide fellowship time, discipleship materials for our families and small groups as well as other materials to encourage us during this season.
Please see below a list of events that have been canceled. If a Bible study or event is not listed below, please contact the office or be sure to contact the ministry in charge of the event. This is a fluid situation nationwide as we have discovered in the past 24 hours. We will continue to communicate any updates via the website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and email.
As always we are here to serve you so please give us a call, email or come by. The office will remain open for normal hours, unless we are instructed otherwise.
All worship services and community groups cancelled for the next 4 weeks
Saturday Night Service - We will still provide worship and teaching through our livestream via our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/salemfirstbaptistchurch).
Sunday Morning Services - The video from the livestream from the previous night will be available to view at your leisure on our YouTube channel. Link will be on the website and on our Facebook page as well. Community group leaders have been contacted with ways to stay connected over these 4 weeks. Any curriculum that ministry leaders want to share will be on the church website.
Sunday Evening Service
Recurring weekday events cancelled for the next 4 weeks
Mondays - Boy Scouts & American Heritage Girls
Tuesdays - Thrive
Wednesdays - Women’s Bible Study, Dinner @ First, Fusion & MidWeek Kids
Fridays - Mom2Mom
One-time events that are cancelled
Sportsmen’s Dinner this Friday - an email has gone out to all ticket purchasers with more information
Helping the Poor - Sunday afternoon session that was to deal with next steps following Pastor Mark’s series
Suicide Training scheduled for April 2nd
Nerf War for the Bridge on April 3rd
Easter Jam - Family event in place of MidWeek Kids that was scheduled for April 8th