Message from

Immanuel Baptist Church

CORONAVIRUS

March 19, 2020

Members and guests,


The following is an update to the phone call that was made by Pastor Jeremy on Tuesday, March 17th.

After much prayer and consideration, and in light of state and national recommendations regarding public gatherings and COVID-19, Immanuel Baptist Church will be suspending all activities on campus through March 31st.

However, our Sunday worship services will be livestreamed at 10:00 am each Sunday for the church body to remain connected in this uncertain time.

Our Sunday livestream will include worship music with a very limited number of instrumentalists and vocalists. Pastor Curtis will give his last message on March 22nd. On Sunday morning, the church campus will remain closed and locked with signs indicating the physical closure of the campus. We will transmit the service online via the livestream link on our website (www.ibcpace.com).

If you or a loved one need assistance in accessing the livestream or online giving, please contact the church office during normal business hours for assistance: 850-994-6152.  Our pastoral staff is willing to visit your home and walk you through the steps to access the service.

Life Groups will also not meet physically during this period, however, there are many options open to Life Groups for staying connected. Life Groups may utilize video chat meetings, social media posts, or other forms of communication to continue fellowship with one another.  Please connect with your Life Group teacher for more details.  We, as a church, are working on alternate ways of communicating Life Group messages for the entire family. Preschool, Children, and Youth ministries will be contacting families with resources to use in the discipleship of their children and youth in this time. Keep a lookout on social media, email, and U.S. Postal mail for these resources.

Follow us on social media on our Immanuel Baptist Church Facebook page, IBC Kids Facebook page, and the youth Facebook page or their Instagram (Wave242 Student Ministry or @wave242).

We understand that this can be a difficult time for families and individuals who are particularly at risk for COVID-19. Senior Adults are encouraged to contact the church office (850-994-6152) if they need assistance with errands, such as grocery or prescription pick up, or help with social media and the IBC website.
If you are an individual at a lower risk, who is available to help with the needs of our members, please contact the church office as well and let us know. 

Don’t forget that you can continue to support the ministries of Immanuel through giving online, text giving, USPS mailing, or bringing tithes and offerings to the church office during normal business hours.

The pastoral staff continues to be here for you. We are available to assist you with prayer, counseling, or physical needs. Our church office currently remains open for regular business hours. Please call if you have a need.
 
Pastor Ray

March 14, 2020

Good Morning Immanuel Members and Guests.

The pastoral staff of IBC wants you to know that we have been keeping up-to-date with COVID-19 around the world and in the local area. With that in mind, we have compiled a document that we hope will bring you reassurance that we are taking active measures to keep you healthy and minimize exposure while at Immanuel. Our custodial staff being diligent in their duties to ensure that the campus is clean and sanitized. In addition, hand sanitizing stations are located in every building. We are also changing the way we collect offering and greet each other in the Worship Service. Please read the following information to receive more details on what Immanuel is doing and how to minimize exposure to the virus.

 

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

2 Timothy 1:7

 

Immanuel Baptist Church is staying up-to-date with the progress of COVID-19 around the world. Like we do when hurricanes threaten the panhandle, we are listening to what local and national authorities advise as we determine any necessary response as a church.

GENERAL UPDATES

As of this Sunday, March 15th, guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other agencies are having minimal impact on our normal operations and ministries.

 

For the month of March, we will forego our customary "turn and greet someone" moment in our worship services. We do not want to create a situation where people might shake hands out of habit.

 

SCHEDULE CHANGES

As of this Sunday (March 15th) no changes have been made to our normal Sunday or weekday schedules. However, with spring break upon us, we will not have Sunday or Wednesday evening activities (March 15th and 18th).

 

The IBC pastoral staff is giving the decision to continue with services a great deal of deliberation and prayer, and they are in ongoing conversations with fellow churches, health care professionals, and local officials.

 

The tithes and offerings will be collected at the end of the service. Our ushers will be stationed at the exits with collection plates. This action is being taken as an extra precaution.

 

ACTION STEPS

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. The church has provided hand sanitizer stations in every building (look for the yellow signs located above the sanitizer).

 

As with any normal flu season, follow these "common sense" guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:

· Wash your hands regularly

· Cough or sneeze in the bend of your elbow ("cough in the crook")

· Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids

· Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick

 

 WATCH ONLINE

If you or a loved one is feeling ill, know that you can view the service livestream on Sundays at 10am through the link available on the IBC website (www.ibcpace.com).

 

ONLINE GIVING

If you do need to stay home and would like to give online, we've provided easy steps to follow on our website at www.ibcpace.com.

 

PRAYER

Please join with the pastors 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.

 

If you or a loved one has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak — illness, job loss, etc. — feel free to contact our staff for pray or additional assistance.

 

CDC Resources

The CDC is the primary source for information and updates on COVID-19. Here are just a few of the helpful topics found on their website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html):

 

· How COVID-19 spreads

· Symptoms

·  Prevention and Treatment

· Frequently asked questions and answers

 

Please know that we are praying each of you and for everyone effected by this virus.

can take to prevent the spread of the virus. When hand washing is not possible, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a recommended alternative. The church has provided hand sanitizer stations in every building (look for the yellow signs located above the sanitizer).

 

As with any normal flu season, follow these "common sense" guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:

· Wash your hands regularly

· Cough or sneeze in the bend of your elbow ("cough in the crook")

· Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids

· Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick

 

 WATCH ONLINE

If you or a loved one is feeling ill, know that you can view the service livestream on Sundays at 10am through the link available on the IBC website (www.ibcpace.com).

 

ONLINE GIVING

If you do need to stay home and would like to give online, we've provided easy steps to follow on our website at www.ibcpace.com.

 

PRAYER

Please join with the pastors 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.

 

If you or a loved one has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak — illness, job loss, etc. — feel free to contact our staff for pray or additional assistance.

 

CDC Resources

The CDC is the primary source for information and updates on COVID-19. Here are just a few of the helpful topics found on their website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html):

 

· How COVID-19 spreads

· Symptoms

·  Prevention and Treatment

· Frequently asked questions and answers

 

Please know that we are praying each of you and for everyone effected by this virus.

We are glad you found our website and we hope that you can visit us soon. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by phone, email, or in person.

Sunday Morning Schedule

8:45 Life Groups

10:00 Worship

11:15 Life Groups

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