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PLEASE NOTE: ALL GATHERINGS ARE CANCELED UNTIL MARCH 29th. We will be updating this website, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel. We will be live streaming on YouTube and on Facebook. Keep checking back.
Here at First Southern of Prescott Valley, we are striving to be the place where every person becomes uniquely called to serve the Savior. Warmth, worship and fellowship embody what we want to exude to each person who is a guest of our fellowship. Our vision mirrors the words of Christ in Matthew 28, where He calls His disciples to make disciples, baptize disciples and grow them to maturity. Come discover God’s will for your life and grow with us.
March 18, 2020 IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM PASTOR TERRELL
Dear First Southern Baptist Church family and friends,
As a result of the dangers associated with the Covid-19 Coronavirus, all First Southern gatherings are canceled through March 29th.
This includes Sunday morning and evening worship services, Sunday School, Kidz4Christ, Choir rehearsals, Tuesday and Thursday Women’s Bible Studies, Tuesday Men’s Bible Study, Awana, Wednesday evening Bible Study, Sister’s Quilting, Tae Kwon Do, ESL, Good News Club, and any other ministries involving groups of people being together.
This is being done in accordance with the recommendations from the CDC, from the governor’s office of the State of Arizona, and from the White House update Monday, March 16.
We will be livestreaming a Sunday service at 10:30 A.M. We invite you to join us digitally for worship in song, the reading of God’s Word, and a sermon. You will find the link to that broadcast on the Homepage of our church web site on Sunday morning. Just go to www.firstsouthernpv.org on Sunday morning. You will also be able to access it directly on our YouTube Channel at First Southern Baptist Church Prescott Valley, AZ. Be sure to Subscribe when you first logon.
Beginning next week, we will be doing several live communications. We plan to provide a daily children’s feature since kids are at home. The Adult Sunday School lesson will be broadcast on Tuesday at 1:00 P.M., with Omer Irby teaching. These will be done using the ZOOM app, so that you will able to interact with the presenters.
Ministry leaders and care-group leaders may choose to host some form of digital gathering. Please reach out to your ministry leader or care-group leader to find out more about what these ministries may be doing (other than in-person) to facilitate fellowship, encouragement, teaching, and prayer.
Together as the Body of Christ:
This is a unique time for First Southern Baptist Church, although it is not unprecedented in church history. Faithful churches closed their doors during the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 that killed 50 million people worldwide and 675,000 in the United States. We have the opportunity during this crisis to demonstrate to a watching world what it looks like to trust our sovereign God, to long for our heavenly home, to serve others, to be compassionate toward those who are suffering, and to give real hope to those whose hopes are tied to things so easily upended by unpredictable circumstance.
We are not being asked to sin by our governing authorities (placed over us as servants of God; see Romans 13:1-7), and so we gladly submit to the recommendations given to us.
It is important for us, however, to continue to hear God’s Word preached, to be together in the ways that technology allows, and to practice those “one-another” commands in the New Testament that operate for our mutual encouragement and spiritual growth. Under Christ, equipped by local shepherds, each member of the local church does the work of ministry in the church (Ephesians 4:12), and it is the body (the church), with each person connected and interdependent, that causes the growth of the body (Ephesians 4:16).
Therefore, the pastors would like to encourage you at this time to pursue personal spiritual growth and the spiritual edification of other believers at First Southern. There is much we can do to this end, even while separated physically from one another.
It is, of course, impossible to predict the future. The situation regarding the coronavirus has been changing rapidly. It is therefore difficult to make long-range plans. For now, all gatherings are canceled through March 29th, and the pastors are planning to send out a communication by Thursday of each week (or more often as necessary) to keep you informed of church activities for the week following.
Giving — including tithes and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for Home Missions: You can still give online or mail checks to: First Southern Baptist Church
2820 N. Pleasant View Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Why is this such a big deal?
This virus is a particularly dangerous one because people who feel very “healthy” become the agents of rapid spread of the virus, which then puts immune-compromised people at real risk. Taking this risk seriously becomes an opportunity to love our neighbors and to “respect what is right in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17). So, while you yourself might not feel threatened by this outbreak, a cavalier mindset toward its risks may very well put others in mortal danger.
Links to recent government recommendations: www.cdc.gov
A final encouragement:
No one knows the final outcome of this pandemic. However, for Christians, every circumstance is an opportunity for worship, trust, hope, and evangelism. We possess what the world does not know and what no virus can touch! These are great days to make known our great God and His glorious Gospel. I believe that our time of physical separation as a church has the potential to strengthen our bonds of love and unity, endearing us to each other in new ways. I look forward to being with you all personally as soon as God allows. In the meantime, we will utilize the means that God provides to be “with” each other and to “grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).
Please reach out to any of our three pastors if you have questions or concerns. Your servant for His glory,
Pastor Terrell Eldreth