Updates

THIS WEEK:

Wednesday, August 26:

PRAYER MEETING IN THE SOCIAL HALL AT 6PM.

CHOIR PRACTICE IN THE SANCTUARY AT 6PM.

YOUTH PURSUIT IN THE GAP AT 6PM.

Online videos will be offered at firstmoultrie.org/watch or on our Facebook page for children at 5:00pm.

Sunday, August 23:

SOCIALLY DISTANCED, IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICE AT 8:15am and 10:30am.

The livestream of the 10:30am worship service will be available on firstmoultrie.org/watch and on our Facebook page.

Nursery birth up to 3 years old will be available during the worship service.

KIDZ worship will be available during the 10:30am service.

In-person Connect Groups on campus with online options available.

Office Hours:

The church office has resumed its normal operating hours of 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

DETAILED UPDATES BY DATE:

Released Monday, August 17, 2020, 1:15p.m.

Dear church family,
We have some exciting news! In an effort to safely accommodate more people on our campus each Sunday for worship, we are temporarily adding an 8:15 a.m. Sunday morning worship service to our weekly schedule. This will allow us to double our worship capacity and still maintain proper social distancing.
Starting this Sunday, August 23, our weekly Sunday morning schedule will be as follows:
- 8:15 a.m. – Morning worship service (NO nursery and NO First Kidz children’s church)
- 9:15 a.m. – Connect groups for all ages
- 10:30 a.m. – Morning worship service (with nursery and First Kidz children’s church)
(The 10:30 a.m. service will continue to be livestreamed on our website
The 8:15 a.m. worship service will be identical in format to the 10:30 a.m. service with the exception that there will be no nursery and no First Kidz children’s church at the 8:15 a.m. service. The sanctuary will be cleaned and sanitized between worship services each Sunday. The chapel will also be available for overflow seating if needed.
Also, be reminded that we are beginning to resume some of our weekly Wednesday night opportunities for you and your family. As of this week, prayer meeting, youth, and choir will all meet on campus each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. We are hoping to resume children’s activities soon (more information to come).
As we continue to provide more opportunities for you to connect to God and your church family through worship and Connect Groups, please remember the following health protocols:
- Stay home if you have ANY symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (even mild ones) or if you have been
exposed to someone who is suspected of having COVID-19
- Please consider wearing a mask to protect our vulnerable population who choose to attend
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly (hand sanitizer stations have been set up at each
entrance to our facility)
- Maintain adequate social distancing before, during, and after services and activities
- Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or any other physical contact
Lastly, deacon election will be this Sunday, August 23 during both worship services. In an effort to allow those who cannot attend due to health concerns the opportunity to vote, ballots will be available under the church portico Monday, August 17 – Friday, August 21 for drive-thru voting. Call the church office for more information.
I am thankful for the wonderful worship and Connect Group time we had this past Sunday, and I look forward to seeing you this week. May the Lord continue to get great glory in our church now and forever!
In Christ alone,
Pastor Matt
CHURCH SERVICE AND ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
(AS OF MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020)
Wednesday, August 19
6:00 p.m.
- On-campus prayer meeting (in the social hall), choir practice (in the sanctuary), and youth ministry
(in the GAP)
- Preschool/children’s resources will be posted online at our church website and Facebook page
Sunday, August 23 (and subsequent Sundays)
8:15 a.m.
- On-campus morning worship service (NO nursery and NO First Kidz children’s church)
9:15 a.m.
- On-campus Connect Groups for all ages
10:30 a.m.
- On-campus morning worship service (nursery and First Kidz children’s worship available)
- The service will be livestreamed online at our church website and Facebook page
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 p.m.
- On-campus prayer meeting (in the social hall), choir practice (in the sanctuary), and youth ministry
(in the GAP)
- Preschool/children’s resources will be posted online at our church website and Facebook page
REMINDERS:

Released Monday, August 10, 2020, 1:55p.m.

Dear church family,
We are excited to announce that we will be resuming several of our church gatherings throughout the month of August. In addition to our weekly Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. (nursery available) and our weekly Wednesday evening prayer meeting at 6:00 p.m., we are planning to resume the following activities this month:
SUNDAYS
- Connect Groups and First Kidz children’s worship resume on August 16
WEDNESDAYS
- Youth resume meeting on August 12
- Choir resumes practice on August 19
- Children resume activities on August 26
While we are planning to resume some of our on-campus activities this month, we realize that some of our church family may not be able to return to campus at this point due to health concerns. Rest assured that we will continue to livestream our Sunday morning worship service on our website (www.firstmoultrie.org/watch) and on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie). Additionally, many of our Connect Groups will also be offering a hybrid of on-campus and online meetings.
Please know that we are working to the best of our ability to provide a safe and clean environment on our church campus. Here are a few of the things we are doing:
- Pews and chairs are spaced apart to provide adequate social distancing
- Masks are encouraged
- Hand sanitizer stations have been set up at each entrance to our facility
- Hand-to-hand contact has been limited (i.e., ushers holding doors open, no passing the offering plate, etc.)
As you return to campus, please remember to do everything in your power to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases:
- If you have ANY symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (even mild ones), please stay home
- If you have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 (or is suspected of having it), please stay home
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
- Maintain adequate social distancing before, during, and after services and activities
- Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or any other physical contact
- Please consider wearing a mask to protect our vulnerable population who chooses to attend
God is faithful, and he is in control. Let’s continue to faithfully trust him and follow him.
In Christ alone,
Pastor Matt
CHURCH SERVICE AND ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
(AS OF MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020)
Wednesday, August 12
6:00 p.m.
- On-campus prayer meeting (in the social hall) and youth ministry (in the GAP)
- Preschool/children’s resources will be posted online at our church website and Facebook page
Sunday, August 16 (and subsequent Sundays)
9:15 a.m.
- On-campus Connect Groups for all ages
10:30 a.m. - On-campus morning worship service (nursery and First Kidz children’s worship available)
- The service will be livestreamed online at our church website and Facebook page
Wednesday, August 19
6:00 p.m.
- On-campus prayer meeting (in the social hall), choir practice (in the sanctuary), and youth ministry (in the GAP)
- Preschool/children’s resources will be posted online at our church website and Facebook page
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 p.m.
- On-campus prayer meeting (in the social hall), choir practice (in the sanctuary), youth ministry (in the GAP), and children’s ministry (preschool wing and upstairs)
- No Wednesday night supper yet
REMINDERS:

Released Sunday, July 26, 2020, 12:00p.m.

Dear church family,

We have much to be thankful for. Although several families in our church have been affected by COVID-19 over the last few weeks, we rejoice in the improvement that we have seen in our church’s health and in that of our
community. We no longer have any COVID-positive church members in the hospital, and the few people in our church family that are still recovering from COVID are all doing much better. We praise the Lord for these things!

At the same time, we recognize that this season is far from over. As COVID numbers continue to remain high in our state and in our country, we need to remain wise in how we proceed as a church.

After much prayer and discussion amongst our church leadership, we have decided on the following changes to our current ministry schedule:

  • On August 2, we plan to resume having a nursery (birth to 3 years) during our 10:30 a.m. worship service.
  • On August 5, we plan to resume a socially-distanced prayer meeting on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m.

At this point, all other details of our current ministry schedule will remain the same. Our hope is that we will resume in-person Connect Groups and some of our other Wednesday activities around mid-August if we are able to do so in
a safe manner.

In the meantime, be reminded that we are still holding an in-person worship service at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

  • Our Sunday morning worship service is socially-distanced.
    • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be set up this week to assist in sanitization.
    • Masks are not required but are encouraged. Out of an abundance of caution, the church staff and
      ushers have been wearing masks and will continue to do so as we interact with church attendees.
    • Pews are spaced at least 6’ apart to ensure adequate social distancing.
  • Please remember the “3 W’s” that Colquitt Regional Medical Center is promoting: (1) Wash your hands. (2) Wear your mask when social distancing is not possible. (3) Watch your distance between other people.
  • If you have had ANY symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you have been around someone suspected of having COVID-19, please do the safe thing and remain at home.
  • Our Sunday worship service is streamed live each week on our website at www.firstmoultrie.org/watch and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie. Additionally, Bible studies, devotional videos, and other resources for all ages are available throughout the week on both of these sites.

Thank you for your continued prayers and faithfulness during this season. God is in control, and he has a plan in this. Let’s continue to trust him, worship him, and share him with a world that needs the hope that only Jesus can
bring.

In Christ alone,

Pastor

Released Sunday, July 19, 2020, 1:55 p.m.

Dear church family,
In Paul’s letter to the Romans, God gives us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15, ESV). This last week has given us cause to do both.
First, we rejoice! To God be the glory for all of these things:
  • We have seen no new cases of COVID-19 in our church family in almost two weeks.
  • God has allowed many of our COVID-positive members to be completely healed of this virus.
  • Of those in our church family who are still fighting COVID-19, most are in recovery or are only experiencing mild symptoms.
Yet while we rejoice in these facts, our hearts still break for the following reasons:
  • One of our dear senior adult ladies, Ms. LaRue Norris, passed away this past week from COVID-related complications. While we know she is with Jesus in glory, we still mourn alongside the Norris family.
  • A few of our COVID-positive members are still experiencing heavier symptoms as they fight the virus. Please continue to pray for their healing and recovery.
As we continue to move forward during this season, know that we as church leaders are fervently praying and doing everything we can to navigate these times with a balance of faith and wisdom. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we move towards August:
  • We are continuing to hold a socially-distanced worship service at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday in the sanctuary.
  • Masks are not required but are encouraged. Out of an abundance of caution, the church staff and ushers have been wearing masks and will continue to do so as we interact with church attendees.
  • Pews are marked at 10-foot intervals to ensure generous social distancing.
  • Measures have been taken to ensure proper sanitization and germ-control.
  • Connect Groups, Wednesday activities, and all other small groups will continue to be suspended through the end of July. Further information on an anticipated restart date will be released next week.
  • Our Sunday worship service is streamed live on our website at www.firstmoultrie.org/watch and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie. Additionally, Bible studies, devotional videos, and other resources for all ages are available throughout the week on both of these sites.
  • Thank you for faithfully continuing to give financially to support our ministry during this time. You can always find out more about giving options on our website at www.firstmoultrie.org/give.
These last few months have been a roller coaster of a journey. Unfortunately, the ride is most likely not over yet. At the same time, we can rest in the fact that God is in control of all these circumstances and is using them to bring himself glory. Let us continue to trust him.
In Christ alone,
Pastor Matt

Released Sunday, July 12, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

Dear church family,

The last few weeks have truly been challenging, but we have several reasons to rejoice:

  • Although we still have several families in our church who are fighting COVID-19, the virus’ spread among our church family seems to have slowed significantly.
  • God has graciously brought healing to many of our COVID-positive members, several of which have been cleared by doctors to resume normal activities.
  • Many of our COVID-positive members are still only experiencing mild symptoms.

While we can certainly praise God for his hand of healing and protection, we must also continue to seek him in prayer and intercede for those who are still fighting this terrible disease. We have seen five new positive COVID-19
cases in our church body in the last week. All of these cases occurred within two families, none of whom have been at church in the last two weeks. We also currently have four members in the hospital with COVID, one of which is in
very critical condition. Please pray for healing, relief, and encouragement for these members and their families.

In a desire to be cautious, we will continue to suspend all in-person Connect Groups, Wednesday night activities, and all other small groups through the end of July. Our hope is to resume these components of our ministry at the
beginning of August if it is safe to do so.

We will continue offering a socially-distanced in-person worship service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Pews have been marked off in 10’ increments, and we have taken measures to make the service as clean and safe as possible.
If you are able to come, we encourage you to consider wearing a mask as you interact with others.

Remember that our Sunday morning service is streamed live every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. on our website at www.firstmoultrie.org/watch and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie. You can also find devotional videos, Bible studies, and other resources for you and your family at each of these sites. Recordings of the previous Sunday’s worship service also air each Sunday on CNS channel 6 and on the radio at WMTM 105.1.

We would also like to thank you for faithfully continuing to financially support the ministry of our church during this time. Many of you have continued to give regularly and sacrificially to sustain our ministry, as well as other
ministries that we support. May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness and generosity. If you would like to give, you can do so three different ways: (1) In-person at a church service or at the church office; (2) Mail your gift to 400
S Main St., Moultrie, GA 31768; (3) Give online at www.firstmoultrie.org/give.

I know that we are all ready for this season to be over. In the meantime, let’s continue to trust in the Lord. He has a plan and a purpose in all things—including this pandemic. Additionally, let’s continue to remain vigilant and do our part to limit the spread of the virus to our vulnerable population. May the Lord continue to grant us grace.

In Christ alone,

Pastor Matt

Released Sunday, July 5, 2020, 11:40 a.m.

Dear church family,

The past two weeks have been very difficult as COVID-19 has directly affected our community and our church. We want to take this opportunity to be honest and clear about what is going on so that our church family can respond as best as possible.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • As of today, there have been 18 members in our church family who have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past three weeks.
  • We currently have 4 members who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Two of these are senior adult members who remain in serious condition.
  • Most of our members with COVID-19 have had mild-to-moderate symptoms and have not been hospitalized.
  • Most of our cases are comprised of a few families with multiple members of those families being affected.
  • The virus did not spread to all 18 members as a result of them being in a group gathering at church. In fact, most of our cases can be traced back definitively to individual person-to-
    person interaction. Some of these interactions most likely did occur on our church campus, while many did not.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  • Please pray for those who are affected by COVID-19. Pray for their healing. Pray for their families as they care for them. Pray for the doctors, nurses, DPH workers, and other health officials as they minister during this very challenging time.
  • Please do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19. Follow the guidelines set forth by our Governor’s office as well as the Georgia Department of Public Health.
  • STAY HOME if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if you have developed any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Please also help limit the spread of false information. In times like these, false information is rampant. If you have any questions or desire clarification, please call the church office. We are happy to help you and will do so to the best of our ability while also protecting the private
    health concerns of our members.

WHAT OUR CHURCH LEADERSHIP IS DOING:

  • We are extensively cleaning and sanitizing the church campus.
  • We have suspended all Wednesday activities, Sunday morning Connect Groups, and all other small group activities through at least July 12.
  • We have increased spacing in the sanctuary for even greater social distancing (at least 10 ft. between pews).
  • We are seeking guidance from state and local health officials as we look to make wise decisions regarding our church reopening plan.
  • We are fervently praying and asking our Heavenly Father for wisdom and direction.

As we continue to move forward, we must trust the Lord. He is the Great Physician. He is sovereign over COVID-19. He calls us not to walk in fear but to walk in faith. At the same time, faith is not foolishness. COVID-19 is not a myth. It is a real virus that has affected real people in our own context. Let us continue to be vigilant and mindful of our own health as well as that of our friends
and family.

These are uncharted waters for all of us, but we know the God who knows it all. Let’s continue to cling to him.

In Christ alone,

Pastor Matt

Released Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

Dear church family,

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in our community, several members of our church family have contracted
COVID-19. Please pray for them and their families—that God would bring them healing, relief, and encouragement.

To the best of our knowledge, none of these affected members were in attendance this past Sunday; however, we
want to be proactive in doing our part to limit the spread of the virus. After much prayer, we have decided to suspend all in-person Wednesday activities and Sunday morning Connect Groups for the next two weeks.

Opportunities to join in Connect Groups and Wednesday activities will now be limited to online options (i.e., our church website, Facebook, Zoom, etc.).

As for now, we will continue to offer a socially distanced in-person worship service at 10:30 a.m. In an effort to provide as safe an environment as possible for our Sunday morning worship service, social distancing of at least six feet will be strictly enforced. Pews will be marked off at appropriate intervals to limit contact between non-family members. The offering plate will not be passed, and bulletins will be pre-distributed in the pews. Ushers will continue to direct proper seating and exiting.

We are working very hard to extensively clean and sanitize our church campus. Hand sanitizer will be available at all entrances/exits. Greeters will continue to hold doors open for touchless entry. We also encourage you to consider following our state government’s recommendation to wear masks while out in public.

As COVID-19 continues to be a threat in our community, we understand that many in our church family do not feel comfortable coming to the church facility at this time. Allow me to be very clear—we support you as you make decisions that you deem best for your family. If you feel comfortable attending in person, we want to provide you the opportunity to do so. If you do not feel comfortable coming, please rest assured that we will continue to livestream our Sunday worship service and will continue providing online resources for you and your family on our website (www.firstmoultrie.org) and on our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie) throughout the week.

If you do plan to join us in person for worship, please help us maintain a healthy environment by doing the following:

  • STAY HOME if you have fever, cough, or ANY other symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Please wash your hands and use hand sanitizer whenever possible.
  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or engaging in any other physical contact with other attendees.
  • Maintain at least a six-foot distance from other attendees.

As always, God is in control, and he will see us through this time. Let’s continue to trust him and follow him.

In Christ alone,

Pastor Matt

 

CHURCH SERVICE AND ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

(AS OF WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020)

Wednesday, July 1

- No on-campus activities
- Video Bible studies and activities will be available on our church website and Facebook page

Sunday, July 5
10:30 a.m.

- On-campus morning worship service only (no connect groups; no nursery/childcare)
- The service will be livestreamed online at our church website and Facebook page

Wednesday, July 8

- No on-campus activities
- Video Bible studies and activities will be available on our church website and Facebook page

Sunday, July 12
10:30 a.m.

- On-campus morning worship service only (no connect groups; no nursery/childcare)
- The service will be livestreamed online at our church website and Facebook page

**Our church leadership will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the church about subsequent church activities and schedules.

REMINDERS:

Released Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 2:53 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Dear church family,

As of noon today, Monday, June 24, the church staff was made aware that one of our choir members has tested positive for COVID-19. This church member did attend church on Sunday, June 21 and then got tested for COVID-19 on Monday, June 22. They received the positive test result on Wednesday, June 24.

After much prayer and discussion, our church leadership is taking the following steps:

  • SUNDAY SERVICES: We WILL continue to operate under our current schedule—Connect Groups at 9:15
    a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m. We invite you to come if you feel comfortable doing so.
  • WEDNESDAY SERVICES: The choir will suspend all practices until further notice. Prayer meeting will
    continue as scheduled each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Social Hall. Youth will currently continue
    meeting in homes this summer (contact Rob Craft for more information). All Wednesday children’s activities
    will continue to be ONLINE ONLY.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES: Social distancing of six feet will continue to be enforced. The pews in
    the sanctuary will remain marked off at appropriate intervals. The offering plate will not be passed, and
    bulletins will be pre-distributed in the pews. Ushers will continue to direct proper seating and exiting. You
    are welcome to wear masks as you attend services.
  • CLEANING/SANITIZING: The church campus is currently being extensively cleaned and sanitized. Hand
    sanitizer is available at all entrances/exits. Greeters will continue to hold doors open for touchless entry.

We realize that there are many who may not feel comfortable coming to the church facility at this time. Please know
that we understand your caution and support you in your decision. Rest assured that we will continue to livestream
our Sunday morning service and will continue to provide digital resources/content for you and your families on our website (www.firstmoultrie.org) and on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie). We want you to stay safe, and we will do our best to continue encouraging you from a safe distance.

For those who feel comfortable coming to the church facility, please help us out by doing the following:

  • STAY HOME if you have fever, cough, or any other symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Please wash your hands and use hand sanitizer whenever possible.
  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or engaging in any other physical contact with other attendees.

This season has been a difficult one, and only the Lord knows what the future holds. But we know this—God is in
control. He is strong, and he is faithful. He provides wisdom as we ask for it. Let us seek him and trust him. He
has not failed us yet, nor will he ever do so.

Know that we love you dearly. Please call on us if we can help you in any way.
In Christ alone,

Pastor Matt

Released Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dear church family,

We have some exciting news! On Sunday, June 14, we are looking to resume our normal Sunday morning activities at the church campus. This will include connect groups at 9:15 a.m. for all ages (preschool, children, students, and adults) and our morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. (with nursery and children’s church available).

The governor’s shelter-in-place order for vulnerable populations is set to expire on June 13. Consequently, we would love for any of our senior adults to join us as we meet together again. That said, we understand that many people in our congregation may still be unable to come due to health concerns. Rest assured that we will continue to livestream our service on our website (www.firstmoultrie.org/watch) and on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie).

Please know that we will continue to extensively sanitize the facility and do everything in our power to make our
church campus as clean and safe as possible. At this time, we are still required to maintain social distancing, so seating will continue to be spaced out accordingly. If we reach our seating capacity in the sanctuary, the social hall and chapel will continue to be used for overflow seating with a livestream of the service being displayed on large
screens. Masks will not be required, but the governor does recommend them. Be advised that if you choose to wear a mask, you will need to provide your own. Also, please help us limit the spreading of germs by washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and limiting contact. Additionally, if you are sick or have been exposed to someone
who is ill, please remain at home and connect with us online.

In addition to resuming our regular Sunday morning activities, we will also be resuming a limited on-campus Wednesday night schedule on Wednesday, June 17. This will include prayer meeting in the social hall and choir practice in the sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. Social distancing will be maintained in both prayer meeting and choir practice.

Once again, let me thank you for continuing to financially support our church during this time. If you’d like to give, you can give in person during the worship service, drop your gift by or mail it in to the church office, or give online at our website at www.firstmoultrie.org/give.

This has been a difficult season for us all, but the Lord is faithful. We eagerly look forward to being able to gather again as an entire church family to worship our Savior and King. In the meantime, if our church staff can do anything to serve you or your family, please let us know.

See you soon!

In Christ alone,

Pastor Matt

Below is a date-by-date summary of the next couple of weeks.

CHURCH SERVICE AND ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

(AS OF WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020)

Sunday, June 7
10:30 a.m.

  • On-campus morning worship service only (no connect groups; no nursery/childcare)
  • The service will be livestreamed online at our church website and Facebook page

 

Wednesday, June 10

  • No on-campus activities
  • Video Bible studies and activities will be available on our church website and Facebook page

 

Sunday, June 14 (and subsequent Sundays)
9:15 a.m.

  • On-campus connect groups for all ages (preschool, children, students, and adults)
  • Some connect groups will continue to provide online connection options (i.e. Zoom)

 

10:30 a.m.

  • On-campus morning worship service
  • Nursery will be provided
  • Children’s church will be available for children in grades Pre-K thru 3 rd grade
  • The service will be livestreamed online at our church website and Facebook page

 

Wednesday, June 17 (and subsequent Wednesdays)
6:00 p.m.

  • On-campus prayer meeting (in the social hall) and choir practice (in the sanctuary)
  • Preschool/children’s resources will be posted online at our church website and Facebook page
  • Students will begin meeting in homes (Rob will communicate more details to our youth families)

 

REMINDERS:

  • The latest information/updates on church activities can always be found at www.firstmoultrie.org/updates.
  • All of our worship service videos, Wednesday night videos, and daily devotional videos can be found at
    www.firstmoultrie.org/watch.
  • In addition to giving in our worship service or mailing your gift to the church office, you can always give
    online at www.firstmoultrie.org/give.

Released Monday, May 4, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Dear church family,

Over the past several weeks, our church leadership has been praying and planning about how to best “reopen” our church campus and begin meeting together again as the church body.  As Georgia begins to “reopen,” we have sought to be prayerful, intentional, and wise about how and when we come back together.

On Sunday, May 10, our service will remain online only.  However, we are planning to have our first in-person worship service on Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m.  Although this is exciting news, please be aware that things will not be “normal” as we meet back together again in-person.  The state of Georgia continues to require strict social distancing guidelines, especially for gatherings such as ours.  Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to adhere to government regulations, the following measures will be taken as we meet on Sunday, May 17:

  • The service on May 17 will be a simple, A.M. worship service only. There will be no Connect Groups or P.M. service at the church facility on May 17.
  • There will be no nursery or childcare available. Parents with young children should plan accordingly.
  • The capacity of the sanctuary will be limited to 200 people spaced according to social distancing guidelines. The social hall and chapel will be used for overflow seating and will have the service displayed on large screens.
  • As you arrive for worship, ushers will assist you in finding a seat in the best way possible. Once the service concludes, we will dismiss by rows to allow people to exit in a safe and orderly manner.
  • During the May 17 service, we will also be recognizing our 2020 high school graduates. Please be aware that the graduates and their families will be given priority seating in the sanctuary due to this special occasion.

SANITATION AND VIRUS-PREVENTION

In anticipation of meeting together on Sunday, May 17 please know that our custodial staff has been working diligently to sanitize the facility.  With that in mind, please do your part to limit the spreading of germs by washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and limiting contact.  Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging others. Also, keep in mind that the state of Georgia recommends all individuals wear cloth face coverings when in public.

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS SHOULD REMAIN AT HOME

It is important to note that Governor Kemp has extended the shelter-in-place mandate for vulnerable populations through June 12.  This applies to those who are age 65 and older and to those who are deemed “medically fragile.”  If you fall into either of these categories, we urge you to comply with the governor’s mandate and continue to shelter-in-place.  Additionally, if you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is ill, please remain at home.

DIGITAL WORSHIP OPTIONS

For those who are unable to attend the worship service in person, we will continue to make the worship service available digitally via the following means:

  • Sunday A.M. Live Stream: Beginning May 17, the A.M. worship service will be streamed LIVE on our on our Facebook page at facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie. Previous recordings of all our worship services are always available on Facebook and on our church website at www.firstmoultrie.org/watch.
  • TV Broadcast: We will continue to broadcast our worship services on TV via CNS channel 6 at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday morning and at 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday. These broadcasts are a re-airing of the previous Sunday’s worship service.
  • Radio Broadcast: We will also continue to broadcast our worship services over the radio each Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. on WMTM 105.1 FM and AM 1300. These broadcasts are a re-airing of the previous Sunday’s worship service.
  • Wednesday videos and resources: Each Wednesday evening, videos and resources will be made available for adults, students, children, and preschoolers. These videos will be available at firstmoultrie.org/watch and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie.
  • Daily devotional videos: Each weekday morning, Monday-Friday, we will share brief devotional videos led by our church family and staff. These videos will be available on our website and our Facebook page.

CHILDCARE AND CONNECT GROUPS

Due to the governor’s extension of the shelter-in-place mandate for the elderly and vulnerable, we are currently unable to provide adequate nursery and childcare options at the church facility.  Consequently, we are also tentatively planning to wait to resume on-campus Connect Group meetings until June 14 (or later).  Your Connect Group leaders will be contacting you regarding how your group will meet during this time and going forward.

OFFICE HOURS

The church office has resumed its normal operating hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Please let us know how we can serve you.

GIVING OPTIONS

Thank you for your continued and faithful financial giving during this season.  We know that many of our members’ finances have been directly affected by this crisis, and we are grateful for the way you sacrificially give in order to further the ministry of FBC Moultrie, our missionaries, and the ministries we support.  If you would like to give during this season, there are now four ways you can do so:

  • Give by mail: You can always mail your check to the church office at 400 S Main St., Moultrie, GA 31768.
  • Give during the worship service: As we resume in-person worship on May 17, you can give during the worship service. Be aware that we will not “pass the plate;” however, you will be able to drop your gift in the offering plate at the conclusion of the service.
  • Come by the church office: You are welcome to come by the office anytime during our normal office hours and drop your gift by directly.
  • Give online: You can give online anytime on our website at firstmoultrie.org/give. Through our site, you can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift.  You can give by bank draft or by credit/debit card.  As always, all gifts are tax-deductible.

This season continues to change day-by-day.  For the most up-to-date information about our activities during this time, please check the church Facebook page and our website at www.firstmoultrie.org/updates.  Know that we love you and miss you.  If we can serve you in any way, please let us know.  May the Lord continue to lead us and guide us, and may he get great glory in our church—both now and forevermore.

In Christ alone,

- Pastor Matt

Released Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Dear church family,

Yesterday, Governor Kemp outlined some steps that the state of Georgia is taking to "reopen Georgia."  There have been a lot of questions about what these changes will mean for churches, particularly in regard to when we will be able to worship together in person again.

After consulting with the governor's office and local leadership, our church leadership feels like it is still in the best interest of our church and community to continue meeting solely online for right now.  We hope to be able to be back in person soon, but out of an abundance of caution, we believe it is best for us to meet online at this time.

Consequently, the Sunday, April 26 worship service will be conducted online.  Please tune in at 10:30 a.m. on our website (www.firstmoultrie.org/watch) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie).

We are constantly monitoring this situation and are receiving new information each day.  We will take things week-by-week at this point regarding our worship services and other activities.

Please pray for us as we seek God's wisdom in our decisions.  We long for the day when we can meet together again as the body of Christ, but we want to do so in the safest and wisest way possible.

In the meantime, please let us know if we can do anything to serve you.

May the Lord be honored and glorified even in this season of uncertainty.

- Pastor Matt

Released Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Dear church family,

In response to the shelter-in-place order from the Governor's office, we are making the following adjustments to our church activities:

- The church office will be closed from April 3-13.  The church staff will be available via cell phone and email if you need anything.

- All worship services and Bible studies will continue to be video-only through the month of April.  All videos and Bible study resources can be accessed on our website (www.firstmoultrie.org) and our Facebook page.

Continue to pray and seek the Lord during this time.  He is in control!

Released Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00pm

Dear church family,

We are living in an unprecedented time.  The world around us is reeling from the effects of COVID-19.  Society as we know it looks different right now—and so does church.

I wanted to personally write to you and update you on the latest information and changes regarding what is going on at FBC Moultrie.  Here are a few things you need to know:

 

ONLINE WORSHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP OPTIONS

As you are probably aware, as of March 29, President Trump has extended the coronavirus guidelines for an additional thirty days.  These guidelines include instructions to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people, including church services.  As a church, we value corporate worship, but we also want to be responsible citizens and yield to those that God has placed in leadership over us.  Consequently, we are suspending all on-campus services, Bible studies, and activities through the month of April.

            But just because we cannot gather together in person for the next few weeks does not mean that we cannot continue to connect as a church family.  Here are several ways that you can stay connected during this time:

  • Sunday worship service videos: At 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning, a recorded video worship service led by our church staff will be broadcasted on our website at firstmoultrie.org/watch and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmoultrie. These videos include music, prayer, a sermon, and more.  Currently, we are going through a study of the book of James that I have called “Scattered Church—Same Gospel.”  Tune in each week as we worship and study God’s Word together.
  • Sunday evening radio broadcast: We continue to broadcast our worship services over the radio each Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. on WMTM 105.1 FM and AM 1300. These broadcasts are a re-airing of the previous Sunday’s worship service.
  • Wednesday videos and resources: Each Wednesday evening, videos and resources will be made available for adults, students, children, and preschoolers. These videos will be available on our website and our Facebook page.
  • Daily devotional videos: Each weekday morning, Monday-Friday, we will share brief daily devotional videos led by our staff and members of our church family. These videos will be available on our website and our Facebook page.
  • Connect Group Zoom meetings: Many of our Connect Groups are scheduling video-based discussion times using a platform called Zoom. This is a great way for your connect group to chat with each other in real time on your phone, tablet, or computer.  If you have any questions about using Zoom, just call us at the church office and we can help walk you through it.
  • Devotional booklets and magazines: We have hard copies of our March magazines (Mature Living, HomeLife, etc.) and our March-May daily devotionals available at the church drive-thru on 1st SW. Simply pull up and grab a copy during our adjusted office hours.

 

GIVING OPTIONS

Thank you for your continued and faithful giving during this season.  We know that many of our members’ finances have been directly affected by this crisis, and we are grateful for the way you sacrificially give in order to further the ministry of FBC Moultrie, our missionaries, and the ministries we support.

If you would like to give during this season, there are three ways you can do so:

  • Giving by mail: You can always mail your check to the church office at 400 S Main St., Moultrie, Ga 31768.
  • Come by the church office: You are welcome to come by the office anytime during our adjusted office hours and drop your gift by directly.
  • Online giving: You can give online anytime at our website at firstmoultrie.org/give. Through our site, you can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift.  You can give by bank draft or by credit/debit card.  As always, all gifts are tax-deductible.

 

OFFICE HOURS, STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION, AND UPDATES

At this time, our office does continue to remain open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Of course our staff is always available via cell phone if you need to contact us.

In this season, everything is subject to change day-by-day.  For the most up-to-date information about our church, please check your email, the church Facebook page and the Updates page of our website at www.firstmoultrie.org/updates.

Know that we love you and that we are praying for you.  If we can do anything to serve you during this time, please let us know.  May God continue to lead us, grow us, and use us to serve him and bring him glory, especially in times like this.

Released Monday, March 23, 2020, 12:23pm

Dear church family,
As we enter the second week of the COVID-19 outbreak, here are a couple of things you need to know regarding what's happening at FBC Moultrie:
- All services will continue to be ONLINE ONLY. As of right now, there will be no worship services, Bible studies, or activities on our church campus. We will continue to broadcast worship services, daily video devotions, and other resources via our Facebook page and at www.firstmoultrie.org/watchWe will also continue to send out resources and links to digital curriculum via email.
- As of Monday, March 23, the church office hours are being adjusted to limit personal contact and the spreading of germs. The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday if you need to drop off a donation or have other business at the church. In addition to these hours, our staff will continue to work from home and will be available via cell phone if you need anything.
We are continuing to monitor this unique situation and are working in conjunction with local officials in an effort to navigate this season in the best way possible. Please continue to pray for all those affected by the virus.
Although we are separated from one another physically, we want to stay connected spiritually. Please remember to pray with/for one another, check on each other, and support one another during this time. If the staff can do anything to help, we're just a phone call away.
Let's continue to "lead ourselves to be glad for grace" (James 1:3), even in times like this.
- Pastor Matt Peek

Released Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 8:55am

Dear church family,
How quickly things can change!  As of Monday evening, President Trump released special COVID-19 guidelines which include limiting group gatherings to 10 people or less.  Due to this, we will no longer be gathering in home groups this Sunday.  Instead, we encourage you to gather with your own family and join us at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, March 22 for worship and Bible study.  Lee and a small music ensemble will be leading us in a few songs, and then I will teach a Bible lesson for us.  We may not be able to gather together in person, but we can join together in spirit.  As Paul said in Colossians 2:5, "For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ."
 
In addition to the Sunday morning video, our staff is working to put together several videos and resources for you this week, including Connect Group videos for both the Bible Studies for Life and Explore the Bible curriculums, daily devotional videos, prayer updates, and more.  Stay tuned through email and our church Facebook page for all these resources.
 
If you have any needs that we can help you with, or if you know of someone that we can minister to during this season, please let us know.  We are here to serve you, even in this strange time.
 
May the Lord bless us as we trust in him!
 
- Pastor Matt

Released Monday, March 16, 2020, 3:35pm

Dear church family,

As of last night, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidelines asking that organizations not hold mass gatherings of more than 50 people at one time. In an effort to yield to our governing authorities and to be good neighbors to our community, we feel the need to comply with this request.

In an effort to help our church family stay connected in fellowship, worship, and discipleship during this time, we are asking our Connect Group leaders to organize small group gatherings this Sunday. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the church staff will provide a video-based time of musical worship and a message by Pastor Matt on our website and through Facebook Live. Our goal is that our church will be able to meet together in small groups that morning to worship, study God's Word, and pray together.

We know that some people may not be able to meet in homes or may not feel comfortable doing so, and we certainly understand this precaution. Moreover, if you are sick or have recently experienced any signs of illness, we encourage you to stay home for the sake of everyone's health. If you are unable to attend one of these home groups, you can always tune in to the video broadcast in your own home via our church website or Facebook Live.

The church staff is working diligently to lead our church to continue to grow in the Lord and in our relationships with one another, even during this unusual time. Please pray with us that God will be glorified in this season of ministry.

Don't forget, you can always stay up-to-date on the latest information during this time at firstmoultrie.org/updates.

Released Sunday, March 15, 2020, 11:15am

All evening activities will be cancelled for tonight, including Financial Peace University and our evening worship service.

All activities throughout the week will be cancelled, including the Ladies Community Bible Study, Women on Mission, TLC Ladies Bible Study, all regular Wednesday night activities, and the Men's Morning Bible Study on Friday morning.

As of right now, the church office will hold normal office hours on Monday and Tuesday. However, due to us continuing to sanitize the building as best as possible, please call if you have any questions or need anything. Beyond Tuesday, please check back on this page for the latest updates.

Please note, as well, that all suppers over the next several weeks will be cancelled. Supper will resume on April 15th. Please plan accordingly.

Released Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7:53pm

Join us tomorrow, in-person or by Facebook live if you aren’t feeling well, as Pastor Matt discusses “The Cure For Chaos,” something we should all hear during this time of uncertainty. #WorshipHimWithUs

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Released Saturday, March 14, 2020, 12:30pm

FBC Moultrie will be having our normal activities and worship service tomorrow morning. Connect Groups will meet at 9:15. Worship begins at 10:30.

We have taken extra efforts to sanitize our facility, and have made adjustments to our service to limit hand-to-hand contact.

Pastor Matt will be updating the church on our response to the coronavirus outbreak and will be preaching from 2 Timothy 1:7 on how we should respond to events such is this.

If you are sick, or have recently had any symptoms such as cough, fever, etc., please stay home and watch the service on Facebook Live stream on our church page. Please be in prayer for those affected by the virus and for our leaders as they seek to make wise decisions in this time.

Released Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:58am

Dear church family,
Our church leadership has been tracking the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state and region. We have been formulating a plan of response and will continue to monitor changes and make adjustments in the coming days.
For now, here are a few things you need to know:
1. Church services for this Sunday, March 15 will CONTINUE AS SCHEDULED. We have been in contact with local health officials, and they are not advising churches to cancel services at this time. We will continue to monitor things over the coming days and will communicate any changes as they occur.
2. We are taking extra precautions to sanitize our facilities. Our custodial staff has already been taking extra steps to make sure all of our surfaces are clean and sanitized, and we will continue to do so.
3. Be smart about personal hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Try not to touch your face. Do what you can to limit the spread of germs.
4. Please stay home if you are sick. If you are running fever, have a persistent cough, or have other cold-like symptoms, do yourself and others a favor and please stay home. Rest and get better. We'll look forward to seeing you after you get better!
5. Trust in the Lord. Yes, the COVID-19 outbreak is a serious concern, but it is not out of God's control. We serve a God who is sovereign over all things--including pandemics. He calls us not to fear or be worried, but to trust him and pray. Now is a great time to communicate to the world around us that we can have faith in Jesus while we walk in wisdom regarding health and safety.
6. Pray. Pray for wisdom for our government and organizational leaders (both national and local) as they make decisions. Pray for our staff as we seek to lead our church's response. Pray for all those affected by the virus. Pray for people to remain calm and not be overcome with fear and panic. Pray that God would be glorified in this situation.
The Lord is in control! Let's trust him.
See you on Sunday,
- Matt

Released Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:16am

We wanted to assure you that we are fully aware of the situation with closings in the area, including school for 2 weeks, as a precaution for keeping everyone healthy. We wanted to let you know that we will definitely continue to keep tabs on the progress and what the CDC, Governor's office, and CRMC have to say about public meetings and closings. We plan to have Sunday worship services as usual with Connect Groups starting at 9:15am, Worship beginning at 10:30am, and our Evening Worship at 6:00pm. For those who may be ill with a fever, cough, or respiratory issues, remember that we do a live stream of our morning worship service that you can see live beginning at 10:30! Otherwise, see you Sunday! #ComeWorshipWithUs