FBC Initial Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dear FBC Family,

We want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are very fortunate to have as our Diaconate chair Janelle A. Rhyne, MD, MA, MACP, who is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. Dr. Rhyne is providing church leadership real time updates from national, state and local health officials. Although there is currently not a confirmed case in Wilmington, we want to begin to take precautions.
Here are some guidelines to help you:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • We also ask that anyone returning from a high-alert area (currently China, South Korea, Iran, Italy) refrain from attending church events, classes and services until a 14-day time-frame has been observed. While you are out, you can listen to an audio of the sermons on our website.

The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.

There will be additional church-specific information provided as this situation changes. Use our website as a resource for updates on any schedule changes we may make.

You may also choose to go to the NC Department of Health and Human Service for community and state updates or call 866-462-3821 for more information.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

In Christ,

Dr. Jim Everette                Bruce Lennon                                Dr. Jan Rhyne
Chief of Staff                     Chair of Leadership Council            Chair of Deacons
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