Dear FBBC family,
With the growing concern over COVID-19 (coronavirus), and in response to Ohio Governor DeWine’s statement Thursday afternoon regarding a ban of large gatherings over 100, Falls Berean Bible Church has decided to cancel all church events for the next week—beginning today and continuing through next Saturday, March 21.
While churches are excluded from this ban and our church is smaller in size, in a spirit of love for one another and with hope of slowing the spread of this virus within our communities, we are temporarily limiting our meetings as a church. We want to do our part to prevent the spread of illness, especially to those who are at greater risk.
All FBBC events are canceled for this week, including the following:
Today, Friday, March 13 – Children’s Night/Parents’ Night Out
Saturday, March 14 – Men’s Morning Prayer Meeting
Sunday, March 15 – All Lord’s Day Services & Teen Fellowship
Wednesday, March 18 – Kids4Truth & Prayer Meeting
Thursday, March 19 – Retirees Fellowship
Saturday, March 21 – Men’s Morning Prayer Meeting
Saturday, March 21 – Indoor Workday
We plan to reevaluate the situation next week. Sunday services for March 22 will be decided as this situation develops and as we have further information.
I will be sending via email some suggestions for your spiritual encouragement this weekend.
While all of our church’s public gatherings are canceled through the week, the deacons and I will be available to continue to care for our church family. As you have physical and spiritual needs, please stay in contact with us so that we can support and help you during this time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to issue updates. This situation is developing and changing rapidly, and we will continue to work hard to respond with caution and wisdom for our church.
As we are apart, please pray for our church, our sister churches, our missionaries, Governor DeWine, our nation, those suffering from the flu or this virus, the elderly, those with weaker immune systems, those who work in healthcare environments, and organizational leaders regularly assessing these changing situations and seeking to make wise decisions.
While this situation is extremely unusual for our church and our nation, we do not want to respond with fear and alarm. Instead, we want to sincerely trust in our sovereign Lord and seek opportunities to show His love to those around us.
“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me.” Psalm 57:1–2 (NASB)
In Jesus Christ,
Joel Huffstutler, Ph.D.
Falls Berean Bible Church
1736 Bailey Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221