SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
WE’RE OPENING SOME CHILD CARE DURING WORSHIP ON OCT. 11
October 11 will be a special Sunday as we reopen some of the Children’s areas during the worship service.
Now that many people are feeling more comfortable attending church again with the guidelines we have in place, Church Council has agreed to open some of our child care areas. Children will be required to wear masks until they are seated at a social distance.
Children’s Church for Kinder-6th grade will be available during the worship service. Children will sit on the floor in the Student Chapel. Pat Becker, Breana Hartley and Paula Barden will be leading.
The nursery will be open with Olga Torres and a volunteer with the bed babies and crawlers.
We are seeking volunteers or paid workers to be in the KidsZone (walkers through pre-K) until our teachers in that area feel led to return to teach. Madison Franke will teach the lesson and lead the worship, then volunteers will take the children to the classroom to help them color, do crafts and go outside to play. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Children’s Minister Debra McDonel at 830-212-1703 or visit the Children’s Ministry Facebook page where she has posted a sign-up link (https://signup.com/go/zkgfodP). Until we have volunteers, these children will be with their parents in the Sanctuary. It would be great if volunteers would sign up for a certain Sunday each month so we could have a rotation schedule. Services are still on Facebook and the website, so you can enjoy the music and message virtually later that day.
New Senior Pastor Rodney Knous will be with us in a special transition service on Oct. 4 when Bro. Ben will preach for a final time as our Interim Pastor. Pastor Rodney will begin his preaching ministry on Oct. 11.
Your Church Council
AUGUST 10, 2020
WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE:
FBC-Castroville will be reopening for in-person Worship Service at 10:30 AM on Sunday, Aug. 16!
We are having Sunday school classes on Zoom so watch for more details.
We are waiting to see the effects after school starts before reopening all in-person activities.
For Sunday Worship:
· We have all safety precautions in place.
· Please wear a face covering until you are seated in the sanctuary out of an extreme sense of compassion for those in your church family who are at-risk because of their age or their health situation. Children under 10 are not required to wear a mask.
· Enter through the glass doors in the foyer. Use the hand sanitizer and maintain social distancing standards by staying at least 6 feet from other people who are not in your family group.
· No childcare will be available during this time. We ask that your children sit with your family unit. The chairs will be sanitized, and we will be placing small groups six feet apart.
· We will receive an offering at the doors.
· For the safety of others, we must insist that you refrain from shaking hands and hugging.
· If you are not well, or show signs of illness, or have been around those who are showing signs of illness, please remain at home and join us online through Facebook or our website.
We look forward to being together again!
FBCC Church Council
JUNE 29, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Church Council has determined that the recent escalation of positive cases that are filling hospital beds in Bexar County necessitates this move. The Worship Team and Pastor will present the service from the sanctuary but no one will be in the congregation. This decision will be re-considered each month.
June 24, 2020
Dear Church Family,
As a matter of extreme caution and with her permission, I need to advise you that our Missions Minister, Tina Santee, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. She had previously tested negative, but became symptomatic on Tuesday, June 23. She immediately went to be tested and was advised of being positive for the virus.
Tina was not at the worship service on June 21. In fact, she has not been on our church campus since Wednesday, June 17. Tina worked the food distribution that day. Other than that, she has not been back to the church campus. She will be in quarantine at her home for at least the next 14 days.
I wanted you all to be aware of the current situation as it stands today. You may feel the need to be tested and/or self-quarantine. Certainly, I leave that to your discretion.
At this point, we will plan to hold services this Sunday, June 28. As announced last week, we are going back to a single service beginning at the usual time of 10:30. Safety protocols will still be in place: masks while inside and moving about; social distancing of 6-feet; no hand-shaking or hugging please.
Blessings and health,
June 21, 2020
Dear FBC-Castroville Family,
I know this has been a tough few months for all of us, but our loneliness and lack of physical connecting will be over soon.
After many hours of meetings and discussions among the church leaders and staff, we have decided to restart all in-person activities on Sunday, July 12. That will include Sunday School classes at 9:30 a.m., one worship service at 10:30 a.m., all children’s and youth activities, all adult Bible studies, and other church group meetings with one exception. We will not reopen the nursery at this time.
The 9 a.m. worship service ended this Sunday, June 21. Attendance decreased as more people felt comfortable in the 10:30 service.
We will be emphasizing safe health practices because the COVID-19 virus has not gone away. The chairs in the various areas will be sanitized and we will be placing small groups six feet apart. Hand washing and hand sanitizer stations will be available. We will only be serving bottled water to avoid spreading any germs with baked goods or coffee with sugar and cream.
I know some of you have objected to our requiring masks. We are eliminating that requirement. However, our leadership is strongly encouraging everyone to continue to wear masks until you are seated with your group out of an extreme sense of compassion for those in your church family who are at-risk because of their age or their health situation. It will make everyone feel more comfortable and will follow the national guidelines that emphasize that masks do reduce the risk of infection. Children under 10 years old are exempt.
The Sunday School classes will meet in the following areas:
- Andy Carnes’ class will spread out in the Fellowship Hall.
- Charlie Carnes’ class will meet in the Student Chapel.
- The Biediger’s class will meet in one of the classrooms in the Fellowship Hall.
- The youth will meet in one of the classrooms in the Fellowship Hall.
- Children will meet in their regular classrooms.
If you or a member of family is sick, please stay home. We will be placing the entire service on Facebook Live and on the church website.
Looking forward to seeing more of you on July 12,
June 16, 2020
From Interim Pastor Ben Craver
How We Are Reopening:
On Sunday, May 31, we began in-person services.
9:00 in the Student Chapel, for those at risk, but with a limit of 75 persons
10:30 in the Sanctuary, for everyone, with a limit of 150
Both services are reduced in time, to approximately 30-35 minutes.
We are receiving an offering in designated places, but plates will not be passed.
How we are staying safe while attending worship
When you arrive, enter through the glass doors in the lobby/foyer of both locations.
Again, for your well-being and the well-being of others, we ask that you maintain social distancing standards by staying at least 6 feet from other persons.
There will be no childcare available during this time; we ask that your children sit with you in your family unit.
Masks or face-coverings must be worn upon entering and exiting the building. While you are seated for the service, you may remove your mask if you desire. Any child under 10 years of age is not required to wear a mask. We request that you use your own masks; however, we will have a limited supply available for your use.
If you are not well, or show signs of illness, or have been around those who are showing signs of illness, please remain at home and join us online through Facebook or our website.
We are sanitizing the facilities before the services in each location. In addition, sanitizing stations are available in both locations.
For the safety of others, we must insist that you refrain from shaking hands and hugging.
We look forward to being together again!