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coronavirus

Community, Giving, and Easter Services

First Bossier Family,

Thank you for making this past Sunday such a positive experience for our church family by gathering on-line in record numbers. I’ve heard from so many of you and I am so grateful for your faith, courage, and commitment to seeing our ministry strong through this crisis. I just want to keep you as informed as to how our ministry is functioning and responding during this crisis.

First, we have an incredible staff team. They are praying for you and committed to ministry to our church family during this crisis. As a ministry we will be doing all we can to communicate and care for our family.

  • First Kids will be a part of our Sunday morning Online Experience. They will be providing resources for kids and families each week.
  • First Students will be connecting with Students each week online and in other creative ways.
  • Our Connect Groups will be more important now than ever before. Lots of communication will be needed and our team will do what we can to encourage our Connect Group leaders and help facilitate gathering online and in other creative ways. Our Connect Groups are a great way to know who is in need and how we can meet needs. If you are interested in joining a Connect Group then please contact Matt Cate at mattc@firstbossier.com.
  • Our FB Sports has communicated that our Soccer Season has been postponed and will be sending out further details as we move through this crisis.
  • Celebrate Recovery will still be happening, but with new guidelines.
  • Our Senior Adult ministry is doing all it can to minister to our Senior Adults. While we are limited in our hospital visitation efforts we will certainly be in communication with families and do all we can to minister to individuals and families.
  • Our midweek gathering called JOURNEY has been cancelled for the remainder of this semester.
  • Vertical Lunch events have been cancelled for this semester.
  • Our Diamond Set Gatherings and Diva lunch events have been cancelled.
  • Our Deacons will be intentional with our Widows and in helping show the care and compassion of Jesus to them.

Second, we are committed to being strategic in caring for our community.

  • We are looking at how we can shop for Seniors and Single Parents
  • We are exploring ways to connect with families.
  • We are discussing how we can get food to Seniors, families and individuals.
  • We will support local businesses by using the drive thru at restaurants.

Third, we will need to be intentional in our giving.

  • Many are learning how easy and safe and secure our on-line giving is. Simply visit our website at firstbossier.com and click on “Give.”
  • Our office is open for all who want to drop off their giving.
  • Many still mail in their giving.
  • All three of these avenues are operational and important.
  • Our ministry team is being very intentional to minimize expenses and to take care of our team and their families.
  • It really is encouraging to see how the investment of our ministry in media resources is being used for such a strategic time as we are in. Thank you for giving so that we can stay strong through this crisis.

Fourth, Easter Sunday is weeks away. We will make Easter Sunday morning as great an Online experience as possible. You will be receiving an Easter invite graphic to share with your friends and family via email, text, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so that others can join us for Easter Online!

We will be in touch as we go into this weekend. Praying for you and believing that God will go before us in all things.

Pastor Brad

Sunday Services Update

First Bossier Family,

As I shared with you earlier this week we are monitoring the latest developments of the Coronavirus Impact on our region, nation and world.

Earlier today our Governor issued a policy for our schools, gathering size of groups among other directives that prayerfully will help us navigate this challenging season we are in.

We respect this decision regarding the “no gathering above 250 people” and we are now adjusting our Sunday morning ministries accordingly. Beginning this Sunday, March 15 through April 12, we will not be meeting on campus Sunday mornings. BUT WE WILL gather as an ONLINE community of Believers every Sunday morning at 10:45 via our Facebook Live experience or simply visit our website at firstbossier.com and click the On-Line link on our front page to join our service.

Our Worship Team will be leading in worship and I will be preaching each week. This really is a time for you, your family and a way to encourage your friends to stay connected each week, be strengthened in your faith, and for us to move forward together.

I will be sharing more information this Sunday regarding First Kids, First Students, and Connect Group gatherings, Mid-Week Journey, and more.

This is a time where we need to encourage each other like never before. We need to pray like never before. Pray for our local, state, and national leaders.

Let’s be the People of God so that Bossier, Shreveport, and beyond know the hope we have in Jesus.

In Christ,
Pastor Brad

About Covid-19

First Bossier Family,

Our staff team has been engaged with the latest developments of the COVID-19 situation. We are prayerful, hopeful, planning, and preparing in every way we can. We trust in the Lord. We want to walk in faith and not fear.

As we move forward we want you to be aware of several key things:

We plan to have Sunday service this weekend. This coming Sunday I will be interviewing Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone for insight as to how we are to proceed in light of this virus threat.

We are cleaning our facilities daily in intentional ways. We have stocked up on supplies to help keep our campus clean.

If you are navigating poor health or know you have been in contact with someone who has contracted the Coronavirus, please stay home and participate in our services online.

Some practical steps we are taking this Sunday are that we will not be shaking hands on the way in or observing our typical welcome-time during the worship services, reducing the risks as much as possible. We are going to great lengths to limit touch points and interactions, however we strongly feel that if the people of God can meet together, they should meet together. Should the city mandate the closure of services or events such as our weekly gatherings, we will abide by the mandate. Until then, we will assemble with our reduced risk protocol.

As for the future, a contingency plan has been put in place to facilitate online gatherings for both our Sunday morning services and our small group meetings. We will highlight this plan on Sunday during our worship services and that information will also be emailed to you next week.

This is a time where we need to encourage each other like never before. We need to pray like never before. Pray for our local, state, and national leaders.

Let’s be the People of God so that Bossier, Shreveport and beyond know the hope we have in Jesus.

In Christ,
Pastor Brad