March 30, 2020

Dear Church Family,

The Church Council, Deacons, and Staff met on Sunday afternoon, March 29, via conference call and decided to continue the cancellation of services and activities indefinitely until our government and health officials deem it safe. This is a difficult decision. But, we believe that it is in the best interests of all our members. Know that our hearts break with having to miss additional days, activities, and worship services for our Lord. We will continue to monitor the situation and prayerfully and carefully minister in the meantime.

Thanks, Ben

March 16, 2020

Dear Church Family,

This is an unprecedented time in the world, and various churches are considering options to continue to minister to our communities while protecting everyone’s health from the COVID-19.

The Pastor, Church Council, Deacons and staff met in person on Sunday, March 15, to determine what to do on future Sundays and whether to keep the offices open.

Fifteen of your leaders practiced “social distancing” and shared many thoughts and prayed. We talked about suspending services and trying to live stream an online worship service. We also talked about having two services so people could sit farther apart and with no childcare to avoid the virus spreading from possible carriers.

With an abundance of caution and compassion, we overwhelmingly decided to cancel all services and face-to-face activities through March 29. We are working with those in the church with technical skills to prerecord a service with music and Pastor Ben preaching and make it available on our website and/or Facebook. That is our goal.

Many of us are returning from Spring Break trips. Our national, state and local leaders are discouraging gatherings of more than 50. The schools all have closed. We also noted that many people might come to church and not know they are sick, exposing others to the virus.

The medical community is emphasizing that if people stay away from others to avoid spreading the virus, the infection and death rates will decrease as we get ahead of the curve. It’s been determined that the only way to be sure that we are safe is to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for sanitation and to avoid crowds.

The Watoto Children’s Choir’s concert on March 29 has been canceled. We will be monitoring Medina Valley ISD to help determine when to re-open.

Our church offices will remain open in order to help you with any needs you may have. You may call the office from 8-5 Monday-Thursday.  When the office is closed, you can leave a phone message or reach out via email, the website or Facebook.

Our church will continue to minister to the needs of the community, which have increased because of the current crisis. We will call upon members as necessary to help as we fill those needs, especially because some in our community are vulnerable, cannot afford to buy extra food, or need counseling.

During this time, the church still needs your tithes and offerings to continue our ministry efforts. You can give online. You can mail or take a check to the church. Giving is an important part of worship as we return to God part of what he has blessed us with as His stewards.

Please watch your emails, Facebook and the website – the three primary methods we are using to share this message and updates. If you know people in our congregation without Internet access, please share updates with them.

Please pray for your leadership in their decisions and pray that God will honor these decisions by reducing the threat of the coronavirus.

Ben Craver, Interim Pastor
Andy Carnes, Deacon Chairman/Moderator

March 14, 2020

Dear Church Family,

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been at the forefront of our thoughts and conversations as we all try to decide how our families should respond.  Schools are closing next week, sporting and other major events are being delayed or canceled, and large gatherings greater than 500 are strongly discouraged.  The Pastor, Deacons, Church Council and staff have been discussing what we should do as a church and has been closely monitoring what other churches in the area are doing. 

Our current plan for Bible study and worship service this Sunday (March 15th) is to cancel our regularly scheduled Sunday services.  In addition, next week (March 16-20), the Castroville Day Academy, MDO, Ladies Bible study, and all Wednesday services including the monthly business meeting will not meet.  

We also urge everyone to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and do what is necessary to protect yourselves and others as much as possible.

We will continue to monitor what local, state, and national health officials are recommending.  This is a very fluid time and plans may have to be adjusted at a moment’s notice.  We love our church family and our community and will do everything we can to minister to their needs, especially during this challenging time.  We will be sharing any updates via email, social media and our website.  Stay in touch with your church family by calling, texting and emailing each other.

We are exploring other ways of worshiping when we can’t be together physically.  Please consider giving your tithes and offerings online through our website:

Prayerfully consider what you as a family should do.  We know that God is in control and we are praying that He will resolve this crisis soon.  Be in prayer for our world as we navigate this serious situation.

If you have questions, you can email the church at, send a private message through the church’s Facebook page (First Baptist Church of Castroville), or call the church office at (830) 538-3220.

In Christ,

Ben Craver, Interim Pastor
Andy Carnes, Deacon Chairman/Moderator