At First Baptist Church of Zeeland, we exist to know Christ and to make Him known.

616-772-4377

246 W Main St

Zeeland, MI 49464

 

office@fbczeeland.org

© 2018-2020 First Baptist Church of Zeeland

FBC ZEELAND

PUBLIC HEALTH PLAN

MARCH 24TH UPDATE

Hi Church Family,

Due to the Governor’s stay at home order, the church office is closed until April 13.  Even though the office is closed, the church staff are working from home and able to set up appointments as needed.

 

For general ministry inquiries, you can reach our Pastor-on-Call at (616) 953-0330. If you need to contact a specific staff member, you may find their emails on our staff page. If you have a prayer need, you may contact the pastor-on-call or submit it via our prayer page.

 

Our Sunday services continue to be available live on the internet at www.fbczeeland.org/livestream .

 

Tithes and offerings can be given online, or mailed to the church office.  Mail will be processed several times a week.

 

While we may live in changing times, we serve an unchanging God who delights in us. Be encouraged--the LORD is with us always (Matt 28.20). 

 

Blessings!

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MARCH 18TH UPDATE

Hey friends,

 

Here’s a quick update regarding ministry at FBCZ in the coming weeks.

 

With the situation still changing, our elder team has proactively canceled all in person ministry gatherings over 10 individuals through Sunday, April 5.

 

This includes Sunday gatherings, the Trauma training seminar, student and children’s ministry, worship arts, and community group meetings. As we know more, we will be making decisions about ministry dates beyond April 5.

 

JOIN US ONLINE

10 AM Livestream on Sunday morning – Visit fbczeeland.org/livestream

  • This live teaching from Matthew 6.19-34 will be available on demand by 1pm for those that miss the livestream.

  • **Pro Tip – We will be going live with our stream at 9:55AM. Use these minutes to test your video. Refresh your browser if you encounter problems.  

  • This teaching audio will be posted later on our website, Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play.

 

IF YOU HAVE A NEED

  • If you find yourself in physical need due to illness or because you are particularly at a high risk of infection, please let us know. You may call our office at (616-772-4377) or the pastor-on-call (616-953-0330) at any time. You may also email us at office@fbczeeland.org.

 

IF YOU CAN ASSIST WITH A NEED

  • Thanks so much for volunteering. We had several people respond with ways they can assist others during this time. We have your info and will contact you when needs arise.  If you are healthy and able to assist with needs (and haven’t yet signed up), please call (616-772-4377)  or email our office (office@fbczeeland.org).

 

PRAY

  • 1 Timothy 2.1-2 teaches us to pray for all people, including all those in authority so that we might lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
    This week, reach out to three people (outside your family) to see how you can pray for them. This might be a neighbor, church friend, or a co-worker. Be in prayer for our leaders and the decisions they must make.

 

If you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our staff members, please don't hesitate to reach out in one of the following ways:

BY PHONE

Church Office - (616) 772-4377

Pastor-on-Call - (616) 953-0330

BY EMAIL

office@fbczeeland.org

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MARCH 13TH UPDATE, 12:05PM

Dear Church Family,

 

We want to update you regarding how we are responding to public health issues related to Covid 19. In compliance to Governor Whitmer’s request to limit gatherings we will not be meeting in person for the next two Sundays (March 15 and 22). We will reevaluate the week of March 22 and communicate future plans at that point.

 

JOIN US ONLINE

10 AM Livestream on Sunday morning – Visit www.fbczeeland.org/livestream

  • This live teaching from James 4 will be archived if you miss the event.

  • This teaching audio will also be posted on our website, Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play.

 

IF YOU HAVE A NEED

  • If you find yourself in physical need due to illness or because you are particularly at a high risk of infection, please let us know. You may call our office at (616-772-4377) or the pastor-on-call (616-953-0330) at any time. You may also email us at office@fbczeeland.org.

 

IF YOU CAN ASSIST WITH A NEED

  • If you are healthy and able to assist with needs, please call (616-772-4377)  or email our office (office@fbczeeland.org). We will include you on a list and will contact you if a need arises that requires assistance.

 

PRAY

  • The Apostle Paul said these words to the followers of Jesus at Philippi:

  • 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.  6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses  every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
    --Philippians 4.4-7

 

When we experience fear and uncertainty, our response should be to pray. God knows the path we take. Thank God today for his grace and mercy toward us. Thank him for meeting our needs. Thank him for this opportunity to practice active trust.

 

You may likely experience people this week (digitally or in person) who experience fear and uncertainty. Use these moments to prayerfully share your trust and hope in Jesus. Pray that God would use your testimony to impact someone’s life for eternity.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our staff members, please don't hesitate to reach out in one of the following ways:

BY PHONE

Church Office - (616) 772-4377

Pastor-on-Call - (616) 953-0330

BY EMAIL

office@fbczeeland.org

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MARCH 12TH UPDATE

Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”  We can safely trust in the Lord, no matter what is going on around us.  He is able to care for us, both in this life and in the life to come.

 

As many of you are aware, the first cases of Covid-19 have now been confirmed in the State of Michigan.  Although more than 80% of those who become infected have experienced only minor illness, we want to take steps to reduce the risk of infection for those who may be susceptible to the more serious complications.  As a result, we plan to take the following steps:

 

AS A CHURCH FAMILY

1. Since we have confirmed cases in the State of Michigan, we are encouraging our staff to disinfect their work surfaces daily.  Doors and bathrooms will be disinfected daily.  We are requesting that people who are ill or who have immediate family who are ill to isolate at home.

2. If there are one or more confirmed cases in Ottawa, Allegan, or Kent Counties, we plan to limit church activities.  We will continue to request that people who are ill or who have immediate family who are ill to isolate at home and attend services via the internet.  Senior citizens and people with pre-existing conditions will be encouraged to isolate at home and attend services via the internet.  There will be enhanced cleaning of doors and bathrooms.

3. If Federal, State, or Local authorities request or mandate the cancellation of public gatherings, public church activities will be cancelled.  Church services will be provided via the internet.

WHAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN DO

1. Isolate at home if you are sick...

2. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.

3. Try to avoid touching your face.  (This is virtually impossible, but if you try, perhaps you will be helped by touching it less).

4. Temporarily avoid shaking hands, hugging, or other physical contact.

5. If the situation calls for it, wear gloves (to help protect yourself).

6. If the situation calls for it, wear a mask (to help protect others. The mask will help to catch any droplets you emit).

7. Be prepared to volunteer.  We may need people to do things like deliver groceries to people who are isolating at home, check on others in our church family, or help out in other ways.  Be prepared to help if God provides you with the ability and the opportunity.  If you yourself need assistance, please contact the church office (616-772-4377) or the pastor-on-call (616-953-0330).

8. Be alert to spiritual needs.  During a time of anxiety, people may be more aware of their spiritual needs.  Be prepared to point them toward eternal refuge in Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our staff members, please don't hesitate to reach out in one of the following ways:

BY PHONE

Church Office - (616) 772-4377

Pastor-on-Call - (616) 953-0330

BY EMAIL

office@fbczeeland.org