Our Response to the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Statement Update March 26th

Dear First Baptist Church Family,

Our church services will continue to be livestreamed on our website at www.fbcrosemount.org and on Facebook live. Services times are on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday’s service is at 7 p.m. We are also working to provide attachments with Wednesday sermon notes as well as Sunday and Wednesday bulletins.

Regarding our children’s ministries, we are also considering in the future doing some distance meetings with technology.

Some new information about First Baptist School is as follows:

Following the announcement of Governor Walz on March 25th, we are planning on the following beginning Monday, March 30th:

  1. While we are under a Stay-at-Home Executive Order, we also want to be supportive of those parents who need the childcare during this critical time. First Baptist K3 and K4 classes will be re-opened with special guidelines because these could be considered essential pre-school and childcare classes. In the coming days, we are also considering the possibility of providing a voluntary and minimal on-site option for parents of 5-12 year-olds whose jobs fall under the “critical sectors” categories as outlined in the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-20. This is, of course, voluntary, and parents who choose to keep their preschool children home can do so.
  2. The remainder of First Baptist School (K5-12th grade) will begin a Distance Learning program. More instructions will follow, and our teachers and staff are committed to providing the best quality education for your children under the circumstances.
  3. These are extraordinary times. While we understand the desire for individuals to get back to normalcy, we also take very seriously the health threat we live under. We encourage everyone to follow the instructions of our government leaders and health care experts.

If you have any questions about First Baptist Church ministry, please contact the church office at 651-423-2271 or contact@fbcrosemount.org .

3/17/2020 Update

Our Response to the Coronavirus

(Updated 3/17/2020)

Dear First Baptist Church Family,

As our world deals with this ongoing health challenge, I am also reminded that we can pray, and I believe that prayer truly makes a difference in needy times like this. There are not any reported cases with our church and school family, but we also want to act with wisdom and appropriate caution in the days ahead.

With these things in mind, I wanted to share with you a couple of statements.

1st – What about church services?

All weekly services (Sunday 11 a.m., Sunday 6 p.m. and Wednesday 7 p.m.) are going to be live streamed only for the time being. While we will miss gathering together every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night, you can join with us in worshipful singing and a helpful Bible message through our livestream. For Wednesday, March 18th, the service will be available to livestream at fbcrosemount.org. Following the Wednesday service, we are considering moving to Facebook. Instructions will be given on our church website on how to connect to the livestream. Should you have any difficulty connecting to livestream, please either text or email Brother Stephen Fletcher (219-746-4471 or stephen.fletcher@fbcrosemount.org).

2nd – What about Sunday school classes, bus routes, AWANA, Patch Club, Youth Chapel?

For the present time, all Sunday school classes, bus routes, AWANA, Patch Club, and Youth Chapel meetings are canceled. We will notify when we will resume these ministries.

3rd – What about First Baptist School?

Following the announcement of Governor Walz and the decision by District 196, First Baptist School closed, starting Monday, March 16. Our school will remain closed at least through Friday, March 27. We have started working on contingency plans should this shutdown continue past March 27. If school remains cancelled further starting March 30, we will start Distance Learning, with more instructions to follow.

4th – What is FBC doing to prevent the Coronavirus?

As always, our church and school facility is being cleaned every day. We are going to be continue using hand sanitizers as placed throughout the property. And we are also asking for church volunteers this week to help us to do some extra deep cleaning and sanitizing of every room. Brother Ohlemacher will be at Guest Services with a sign-up list to record volunteers and will oversee equipping and instructing any and all volunteer workers.

We also encourage you to follow standard hygiene practices to stay healthy. These practices including washing hands frequently with soapy water, using hand sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding contact with sick individuals.

5th – How will I give my offering?

I want to encourage you to remain faithful in your giving, even during these challenging weeks. Since we are moving to livestream only, FBC members and friends can drop off their tithe or offering during the week (normal office hours). You may also mail a check directly to the church at 14400 Diamond Path W., Rosemount, MN 55068. We also strongly encourage you to consider giving electronically.

Online giving can be received at fbcrosemount.org (“Give”).

Texting giving can be received by texting $xx.xx to 833-996-1148.

6th – Will the building be open? What if I have a question or a need?

Our building will be open during normal hours Monday through Friday (8am – 3pm). We request that all visitors enter through Door #1 (Church Office doors).

If you have specific questions not addressed here, you can email Pastor Clear at pastor.dave.clear@fbcrosemount.org or contact the church at 651-423-2271. Any updates to these areas will be posted on our website and Facebook, along with a text to those who have signed up for our texting service.