COVID 19 Updates

Services

Sunday School 9:45AM Sunday Service 11:00AM Wednesday Service 6:00PM

7/26/2020

Dear Church Family,

   At this time we are moving forward with all ministries at FSBCO. We would as that you take personal health and safety percautions for COVID19. A mask is encouraged as well as handsanitizer. Also if you are feeling ill please stay home. If you cannot connect with us on campus please join us here or on Facebook for a livestream of the services. Stay healthy!!


6/30/20

Dear Church Family,


As we continue to meet, please use every precaution available and feasible to ensure safe and healthy meetings for all. If you have any concerns about your health and safety, please stay home. The service will still be available online at overgaardbaptist.org (link to YouTube) and on Facebook. We must remain diligent in our use of standard precautions, we have grown a little wear and complacent.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.  HEBREWS 10:23-25

Because of Him,
Pastor Eric
First Southern Baptist Church, Overgaard
2727 Church Lane, PO Box 84
Overgaard, AZ 85933
928-535-4483
www.overgaardbaptist.org


6/27/20

Dear Church Family,

Tomorrow we will partake of the Lord's Summer for the first time in many months. We will do it differently than we normally do it. Instead of passing the plate with the elements, we will have each section come up to a number of serving places, and you will be served there. If you cannot come up to be served, a deacon will take bring the elements to you.

As COVID-19 cases continue to grow, even within our own community, I appreciate our ability to still gather. However, we must exercise due diligence in meeting, to ensure that it is safe and healthy. Again, I would strongly encourage you to wear a mask while moving about the church campus. Maintain safe physical distancing, and try and fellowship outside or in larger areas.

There will be a livestream available at 11:00AM on Facebook, and YouTube for those still not able to attend. A link will be available on the church website, www.overgaardbaptist.org

I am sad to report that the Joni & Friends Family Retreat at Bison Ranch has been cancelled. It was slated to begin July 7th. Health officials have put restrictions on overnight camps again. Unfortunately, for many of these kids, there might not be another opportunity to go to camp again. We lost one of our regular campers just this week. Please keep the Knipe family in prayer.

While this is an uncertain time, we can be certain, and find peace in knowing that God is, and always will be, still in control.

Because of Him,
Pastor Eric

6/20/2020

Dear Church Family,

As you have probably heard in the news, there has been an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since restrictions were essentially lifted a little over a month ago. I am closely monitoring the information as it comes out. At this time the consensus among the leadership is that we will not close the church again. Nonetheless, I feel it is important that we take standard precautions with a heightened awareness as we approach corporate worship and Sunday School. Here are some things to consider as we approach Sunday:

1. We encourage you to wear a face mask.
2. Practice physical distancing and refrain from sitting in the taped off section of the pews, families may sit as a unit.
3. I will return to releasing the service in sections, please proceed outside to fellowship.
4. Hand sanitizer will be available and offered to you at the entrances.
5.  During Sunday School, try and spread around the room as much as possible.

6. If you are not feeling well or have been around anyone sick, or are simply not comfortable attending at this time, please stay home and enjoy the service online.

Service will be live streamed at 11:00AM on Facebook and YouTube, the link will be available on the churches website www.overgaardbaptist.org.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV).

I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday.

Because of Him,
Pastor Eric

6/15/2020

As of right now we as a church are fully open. We are still taking COVID19 precautions such as social distancing in the worship center, hand-sanitizer is available at the door and the encouragement of masks for those with health concerns. For your convenience we will continue to provide the Sunday 11:00AM service live on this website and on Facebook for congregants who don't feel comfortable attending as of yet. Also the Wednesday Bible study will be available on Zoom and in person at the Worship Center. We pray you stay well and join us in whatever form you most feel comfortable.

For more information please check out the events page above.

6/7/20

Dear Church Family,

This Sunday we will resume Sunday School at 9:45 AM and worship service at 11:00 AM all on campus. The 11:00 Am worship service be on live stream on Facebook and on this website. Also the Wednesday night Bible Study will resume on campus and also will be on Zoom. We hope you join us and have a blessed Lords Day.

Because Of Him,

Pastor Eric


5/31/20

Dear Church Family,

I wanted to give some updates as it has come to my attention that some info has not been adequately communicated.

  1. Burton Kid's Camp is cancelled. The DPBA is looking at options for the fall.
  2. Centrifuge Youth Camp at Glorietta, NM has been cancelled for all dates. We are looking at a local service camp opportunity with Joni & Friends.
  3. We are rescheduling Vacation Bible School for later in the summer.
  4. We are tentatively considering resuming on-site Sunday School next Sunday, June 7.
  5. We will gather again for on-site Worship Service tomorrow at 11AM. A YouTube and Facebook livestream will be available. (We will try an FM transmission again on 94.9 FM, we know there were technical issues last week).
  6. We will have an online Kid's Time tomorrow at 9:30AM-10AM. Please check your email for Zoom passwords.

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

Worship Service

5/24/20

Dear Church Family,

I am excited to let you know that we will return to having our Sunday Worship Service in the Worship Center this Sunday, May 24th at our normal 11:00AM time. We will not be having Sunday School this week, but we will still have an online Kid’s Time from 9:30AM-10AM. It will not come as a surprise to anyone that we will have some standard COVID-19 precautions in place.

The pews and chairs will be clearly marked to indicate proper social distancing. We ask that families sit together. We can accommodate 42 families in the Worship Center. If needed, overflow seating will be available in the Activity Center.

Ushers will lead you to your seats, and will do their best to accommodate your seating preference, but we ask for your cooperation in spreading out throughout the Worship Center (especially you back row Baptists).

Greeters and Ushers will be handing out bulletins and hand sanitizer will be available.

We will not be doing a typical offertory at this time, but Ushers will have collection satchels at the back doors at the conclusion of service. I would also encourage you at this time to explore electronic giving options and to set up an online giving account under the “GIVE” button on the tip right of the churches website or just click here overgaardbaptist.org/give/ .

Masks are encouraged but not required (Hockey and Halloween masks will be frowned upon).

Greeting with the Holy Kiss (Romans 16:16) is discouraged at this time, as well as virtual hugs (as people could mistake such actions for dancing).

Most importantly, if you are not yet comfortable in returning, if you are feeling sick or have been sick, we encourage you to stay home at this time. We will continue to live-stream our services on both Facebook and YouTube, and it the message will be posted later on the church’s website, overgaardbaptist.org/sermons/ . We will also continue to transmit the service via FM radio frequency 94.9 if you would like to stay in your car in the parking lot.

I will release the congregation by sections at the conclusion of the service and encourage everyone to not congregate in the aisles or lobby, but head outside to fellowship and depart.

We will continue to monitor this situation on a week to week basis and will have forthcoming announcements regarding Sunday School and mid-week meetings. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Please stay safe and pray for our church as we carefully move forward.

*The italicized sections are supposed to be humorous, please do not email your pastor regarding the levity intermingled with the brevity.

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

5/17/2020

Dear Church Family,

Last night the Deacons and myself decided to do another Drive-In Service this Sunday at 10AM. We made this decision to make sure that the church can receive a thorough disinfection and that we have a system in place to renew the facilities each week after we start meeting again. Even when this is all over, I hope to keep the different options in place for attending services virtually.

Please join us 5/13/20 for a Zoom Bible Study. The details were sent out in a church wide email on 5/13/20.

Kids please join us for a kids time Bible Study Sunday at 8:30am on Zoom.

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

5/10/2020

Drive In Church Service

Dear Church Family,

I have some exciting news (that you probably have already heard). This Sunday, May 10th, Mother's Day, we are going to be having a drive-in church service. We are going to have service a little earlier than we normally do, meeting at 10AM. I originally wanted to do this to beat the heat, but the weather is cooling down on Sunday and there is a possibility of some rain. Let's be praying that we beat the weather. So bring your car, with an FM radio, follow the parking lot ushers, tune your radio to 94.9FM and enjoy worshiping the Lord in a parking light gathering of the church. We will have handouts for the music. This is an exciting first step in our church coming back into communion with one another. The main lobby only, will be open for access to the restroom and there will be no childcare. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, we will be watching the weather as we get closer to Sunday for a more accurate forecast, so pay close attention to the website overgaardbaptist.org , your email, or the churches Facebook page for any updates. We will not have adult Sunday School this Sunday but we will have our online KID'S TIME at an earlier time of 8:30AM-9AM.

Topic: FSBCO Kid's Time
Time: May 10, 2020 08:30 AM
Zoom Meeting

Please note for internet security reasons the Zoom meeting ID is not posted to the website. A church wide email with the Zoom information was sent out on 5/7/20. If you did not receive an email and would like to join us please contact the office at 928.535.4483 or use the contact us tab at the top of the page. Have a blessed Sunday!

I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday, we will be taking things a week at a time as we look forward reconvening soon.

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

Virtual Sunday Online

5/3/20

Dear Church Family,

The novelty of this new way of doing things has worn off, I am ready to gather again with the saints, and that day is coming soon. We are actively planning and preparing for that day, but we are not quite there yet. So behold, we will meet together again this Lord's Day online. Here is the information for this Sunday.

Zoom Meeting details sent out by email on 4/30/20.

Topic: FSBCO Kid's Time

Time: May 3, 2020 09:15 AM
Zoom Meeting

Topic: FSBCO Sunday School

Time: May 3, 2020 10:00 AM
Zoom Meeting

Topic: Sermon

The sermon will be available Sunday morning right here on the church website under the Sermons tab at the top of the page.

Topic: Online Giving

Online giving is available at the top of the page on this website. Also contributions can be brought by the office during normal business hours, 9A-12P, 1P-3P Monday through Thursday or by mail to P.O. Box 84, Overgarrd AZ 85933.

Thank you for your faithful and continued fellowship.

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

4/26/20

Virtual Sunday Online

Dear Church Family,

Another Lord's Day is upon us, here is the information for tomorrow's online gatherings.

Topic: FSBCO Kid's Time
Time: Apr 26, 2020 09:15 AM
Zoom Meeting

Topic: Sunday School
Time: Apr 26, 2020 10:00 AM
Zoom Meeting

MESSAGE FROM THE WORD

This week's message from John 3:1-21, "The Christian's Nature" can be found here on the church website just click on the Sermon tab at the top of the page.

Please note for internet security reasons the Zoom meeting ID is not posted to the website. A church wide email with the Zoom information was sent out on 4/25/20. If you did not receive an email and would like to join us please contact the office at 928.535.4483 or use the contact us tab at the top of the page. Have a blessed Sunday!

4/19/2020

Dear Church Family,

I am so excited to hear talk of re-opening the country, I hope soon we can reconvene and gather together again. I am sure there will be some safety precautions that we need to put in place when the time comes, but it will be wonderful to gather together again. In the meantime here is the information for this week's online Sunday Worship gathering.


Topic: Kid's Time
Time: Apr 19, 2020 09:15 AM Arizona
Join us in a Zoom Meeting.

Topic: Sunday School

Time: Apr 19, 2020 10:00 AM Arizona
Join us in a Zoom Meeting.

Topic: Sermon

The sermon will be available anytime on Sunday, on this website under the Sermons Tab at the top of this page on the right side.

"You Must Be Born Again" John 3:1-10

Please note for internet security reasons the Zoom meeting ID is not posted to the website. A church wide email with the Zoom information was sent out on 4/17/20. If you did not receive an email and would like to join us please contact the office at 928.535.4483 or use the contact us tab at the top of the page. Have a blessed Sunday!

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

4/8/2020

Passion Week Details

Dear Church Family,

To my knowledge, this will be the first Resurrection Sunday that I have not "gone to church". But the church will gather as one in spirit and collectively online. Here is the schedule for this wonderfully special week, where we remember the redeeming work of Christ our Lord and King, and the great victory over sin, death and the grave.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER

Topic: Wednesday Night Bible Study and Prayer

Time: Apr 8, 2020 06:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

GOOD FRIDAY BIBLE STUDY

Topic: Good Friday Bible Study

Time: Apr 10, 2020 06:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

RESURRECTION SUNDAY KID'S TIME

Topic: Resurrection Sunday Kid's Time

Time: Apr 12, 2020 09:15 AM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

RESURRECTION SUNDAY SCHOOL

Topic: Resurrection Sunday School

Time: Apr 12, 2020 10:00 AM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

RESURRECTION WORSHIP MESSAGE

The sermon will be available Sunday morning anytime here, just click on the sermons tab.

I will continue to send updates throughout the week. A church wide email was sent out on 4/8/20. Please let us know if you did not receive it.

Please note we cannot post the Zoom Meeting details directly on the web page because of internet security reasons. if you would like to join a Zoom Meeting please contact the church office at 928.535.4483. Other wise you can enjoy the sermons on this website under the sermons tab . Have a blessed Passion Week.

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

4/5/2020

Dear Church Family,

WE ARE NOT CLOSED!!! But instead God is stretching us to Minister in new ways. Romans 8:28

SERMON

The sermon will be available Sunday here under the sermons tab.

It is entitled "Death and Life?" John 12:12-50. While watching the message please SUBSCRIBE to the Overgaard Baptist YouTube Channel.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Virtual Sunday School Live will be at 10:00AM on Zoom

Time: April 5th, 2020 10:00 AM Arizona

How do I join Zoom Sunday School? On 4/5/2020 a church wide email was sent out on 4/3/2020 with a link, password and instructions. If you do not receive church emails you will need to contact the church office and update your information at 928.535.4483 or you can also do so through the Contact US Tab at the top of this page. Another option is also sending us a PM on the church FaceBook page. Please let us know we want to keep you connected. Unfortunately because of internet security reasons we cannot post the Zoom information directly on this page.

GIVING

You can give to both the General Offering and to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering here on this website under the Give tag at the top of the page.

Because of Him,Pastor Eric Wood

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

April 04/01/2020

Bible Study and Prayer Meeting, We will be meeting together online at our normal Wednesday time of 6PM. You will need to contact the office at 928.535.4483 or check your email sent on 04/01/20 for the password and member meeting ID to join the Zoom meeting. Unfortunately we cannot just post this information on the website because of internet safety reasons.

Just a reminder that while you are in a ZOOM meeting, everyone in attendance can potentially see what you are doing and hear what is being said in the room you are in.

Please continue to pray for God's mercy regarding this current situation. I look forward to when we can gather together again.

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

3/29/2020

Dear Church Family,

Tomorrow will be our second week of having a virtual Sunday due to the Corona Virus.

SERMON

The sermon will be available Sunday here under the sermons tab.

It is entitled "How Clean is Your Temple?" John 2:12-25. While watching the message please SUBSCRIBE to the Overgaard Baptist YouTube Channel.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Virtual Sunday School Live will be at 10:00AM on Zoom

Time: Mar 29, 2020 10:00 AM Arizona

How do I join Zoom Sunday School? On 3/28/2020 a church wide email was sent out with a link, password and instructions. If you do not receive church emails you will need to contact the church office and update your information at 928.535.4483 or you can also do so through the Contact US Tab at the top of this page. Another option is also sending us a PM on the church FaceBook page. Please let us know we want to keep you connected. Unfortunately because of internet security reasons we cannot post the Zoom information directly on this page.

GIVING

You can give to both the General Offering and to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering here on this website under the Give tag at the top of the page.

Because of Him,Pastor Eric Wood

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

March 25th, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I want to keep you informed about church activities, but I don't want to add to all of the noise out there, so I will only try and contact you when necessary. First and foremost, I wanted to let you know that the church has online, electronic giving available. The "GIVE" button is located at the top left corner of the church's website (Below is a screenshot of our home page). When you press the "GIVE" button it will redirect you to a page that shows the different giving options. If you choose to give electronically, there is a drop down menu that will allow you to select between giving to the "GENERAL FUND" or giving to the "ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER OFFERING". The church is in good financial shape at the moment, but we need your continued financial stewardship to continue to meet our financial obligations and to continue to support our mission efforts. Also check out the sermons tab above for weekly up to date Sunday Sermons.

Bible Study and Prayer Meeting, We will be meeting together online at our normal Wednesday time of 6PM. You will need to contact the office at 928.535.4483 or check your email sent on 3/24/20 for the password and member meeting ID to join the Zoom meeting. Unfortunately we cannot just post this information on the website because of internet safety reasons.

Just a reminder that while you are in a ZOOM meeting, everyone in attendance can potentially see what you are doing and hear what is being said in the room you are in.

I want to thank you for your many ideas to help the church stay on mission and stay mobilized during this time. The deacons and myself will be meeting tonight to discuss these ideas.

Continue to pray for God's mercy regarding this current situation. I look forward to when we can gather together again.

--

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

March 22nd, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to give you all of the information for our online service this weekend and some tips for "going to church" at home.

WORSHIP SERVICE

The sermon will be posted to the church website at midnight tonight. Go to https://overgaardbaptist.org/sermons/ tomorrow and the sermon will be there. The title is "The First Miracle of Jesus" and is dated March 22. I want to encourage you while you are watching the sermon to "Like" and "Subscribe" to the "Overgaard Baptist" YouTube Channel. (The sermon is pre-recorded)

Here are a couple of tips for getting the most out of our online service:

1. Turn off all other distractions. There are not any sports taking place right now and the rest of TV is just pretty depressing.

2. Gather as a family and watch the sermon together.

3. Open your Bibles and follow along as you normally would.

4. Watch it at our normal Worship Service time of 11:00 AM to keep your normal schedule if you want to. The sermon can be watched at any time after midnight.

5. We did not record any hymns or music because there are copyright issues at hand. But I encourage you to listen to and sing along to your favorite worship songs. (I love my Keith and Kristen Getty channel on my Pandora Music App).

6. Discuss the sermon over a meal.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

I will have a live Sunday School session for adults (and kids if they want) on ZOOM at 10:00 AM (It would not let me schedule a meeting for 9:45AM). Just click on the below link to come to Sunday School at 10:00AM. (Please note: When you log into an online meeting, the camera and microphone on your electronic device are activated).

Topic: Sunday School
Time: Mar 22, 2020 10:00 AM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting


GIVING

The leadership of the church has been discussing electronic giving options for several months now. The recent events surrounding COVID-19 has just increased the urgency. We now have electronic giving available. I understand that the current school closures and other work closures have effected many of you and your ability to give at this time. However, if you are able to give, and would like to utilize our electronic giving options we appreciate your stewardship.

To give, go to the church website giving page at: https://overgaardbaptist.org/give/

I appreciate your faithfulness during this time. I know this is an usual time in our country's history, but take peace knowing that God is sovereign over all.

Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change.

--

Because of Him,Pastor Eric Woods

FSBC, Overgaard

928-535-4483

PO Box 84

Overgaard, AZ 85933

March 19th, 2020

Sunday's Sermon for 3/22/2020 will be available to you Sunday morning. You will find the sermon on this website under the tab at the top of the page titled Sermons. Also look for Virtual Bible Studies every Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM. We will have the Bible Study details right here on this page so you can join in.

March 17th, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I wanted to give you an update as to where we are as a church in regards to our COVID-19 Coronavirus response. As of right now, we are cancelling all gatherings this week, including tomorrows scheduled Membership Meeting and this weekend’s Sunday School and Worship gatherings, as requested by the CDC and President Donald Trump. David Johnson, the head of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention is encouraging churches to comply with the request at this time. Right now the cases of COVID-19 are doubling every 2-3 days and just this morning Navajo County confirmed its first case. We are taking this action, not out of fear, but out of civil obedience. It is wise for you to use standard precautions, hand washing, avoiding large crowds, staying in your own home or enjoying isolated outdoors. God is sovereign over all of this and we have not been given a spirit of fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” During this time, I would encourage you to pray for God’s mercy and stay in touch with one another. If you are elderly and homebound and have any needs please contact one of the deacons or myself. We are also expecting weather for the next couple of days, so be prepared.

I will be contacting you soon with information regarding virtual Bible Studies and this weekend’s Worship Service, which will be available online. We will be resuming our normal ministry calendar as soon as is practical. Also we will be updating the events page daily to keep you as updated as possible on current church events.

We praise God for the hope and the promise of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the great salvation that comes only through Him.

Because of Him,

Pastor Eric Woods

First Southern Baptist Church of Overgaard

PO Box 84, Overgaard, AZ 85933

P: 928-535-4483 F:928-535-6599

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