Coronavirus Info

(Posted 7/26/2020)

PASTOR SEARCH PROGRESS
Our church leaders met Tuesday, July 21 with Br. Don Pucik and Br. Lonnie Wascom. The primary purpose of our meeting was to discuss with Br. Lonnie the possibility of his serving as Red Bluff's Transitional Interim Pastor beginning the first Sunday of September. Willie Core shared from the pulpit this morning that, should he agree to serve in this capacity, Br. Lonnie would not only fill the pulpit for the foreseeable future but would also help prepare us as a church for the next senior pastor God has for us.


(Posted 6/3/2020)

CHURCH GATHERINGS
Our 10:30 AM Sunday morning worship gatherings in the sanctuary will resume beginning Sunday, June 14. We are all looking forward to coming back together for corporate worship after several long weeks apart, but we must do so wisely and responsibly. Here are a few important things to know if you are considering joining us:​​​​​

  • Plan to practice social distancing (keeping at least 6 feet between members of different households) in the parking lot, foyer, hallways, and pews. Ushers will guide folks from the parking lot to their seats by household.
  • We encourage everyone who chooses to join us to wear a mask. However, it is your choice to do so or not. We will make a limited number of disposable masks available in or near the foyer.
  • Consider arriving a few minutes earlier than usual to help our ushers with the seating process.
  • Ushers, musicians, and those on the platform will have their temperatures checked before each service and will wear masks EXCEPT while actually leading in worship.
  • Congregational singing will be limited to one or two songs each service, and the adult choir will remain "on hiatus" for the time being.
  • Offering plates will not be passed but instead will be placed in or near the foyer.
  • There will be no Nursery/Childcare offered.
  • Anyone 65 or older and/or who has a compromised immune system is encouraged to not gather with us right away. However, it is your choice.
  • Anyone running a fever or who is otherwise unwell should, of course, stay home and recover.
  • Surfaces in the sanctuary will be sanitized between services.

ALTERNATIVES TO GATHERING IN PERSON
*We will continue broadcasting a live worship service each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM via Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/rbbclife).
*Br. Cody Roberts will also continue broadcasting a live mid-week message each Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM via Facebook Live.
*The most recent Sunday and Wednesday videos are available on the church website as well as on Facebook.

CHURCH OFFICE
Our church office will remain officially closed for the time being. As before, the staff can be contacted by emailing info@rbbclife.org or calling 796-3891. If you need to get in touch with someone immediately, text or call Br. Ed Herring (615-260-4265), Br. Cody Roberts (205-468-7782), or one of our deacons.

GOING FORWARD
Currently, Sunday School, Nursery/Childcare, Children's Church, Youth Encounter, Sunday Night Discipleship, Prayer Meeting, M&M, and Adult Choir Rehearsal all remain "on hold." Our leaders will meet next on Tuesday, June 23rd. We'll then consider things like possibly adding back another service (Prayer Meeting, for instance) or two and any other changes that need to be made.

After speaking with Ray Core earlier today, Br. Don Pucik has agreed to continue preaching for us through the end of August. We are grateful not only for the tremendous job he does proclaiming God's word each week from the pulpit but also for the valuable resource he is to our leadership and church family as a whole.


(Posted 3/19/2020)

Our church staff, deacons, and council met for a couple of hours last night with Don Pucik, the Missions Strategist for Northshore Baptist Association (the association to which our church belongs). Following are the decisions that were prayerfully made in that meeting based on the leading of God's Holy Spirit and the most reliable information to date on COVID-19.

CHURCH GATHERINGS
Until further notice, all face-to-face church gatherings have been suspended through May 31, 2020. This includes weekly meetings like Sunday School, AM Worship, Discipleship Study, Prayer Meeting, and all children & youth activities. Likewise, no monthly meetings will take place on the church campus, and we are not planning to gather together in person for special activities/events, including Workdays, 5th Sunday Sing, Sunrise Service, Egg Hunt, Easter Service, Homecoming, and VBS.

ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL GATHERINGS
*Beginning March 22, we will broadcast a live worship service each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM via Facebook Live. Br. Don Pucik has agreed to preach the Sunday morning sermon for at least the next four weeks and possibly longer. Check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rbbclife) just prior to service time to join us.
*Beginning March 25, Br. Cody Roberts, our Youth Minister, will broadcast a live mid-week message each Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM, also via Facebook Live. This will be for the whole church body and will also be accessible by visiting our RBBC Facebook page.
*We are considering the possibility of providing other online content as well. We'll get the word out if/when these come to be.
*Stay in touch with one another!! Call, text, Skpe, email, Zoom, Facetime, wave to your neighbors, send postcards, letters, or smoke signals. Get creative!

GIVING TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Giving to the Lord and His work is an act of worship. Some of us already pay our tithes by mailing a check or using bill pay. Since we won't be "passing the plate" over the next few weeks, we will be making available additional ways for you to give your tithes and offerings safely and securely online. This will allow us to continue responding to a faithful, generous God by giving back a portion of what He has given us. Stay tuned for more details.

CHURCH OFFICES
Beginning the week of March 22, our church offices will be closed. To contact us electronically, email info@rbbclife.org. To leave us a voicemail message, call 796-3891 and one of us will respond as soon as possible. If you need to get in touch with someone immediately, text or call Br. Ed Herring at (615) 260-4265, Br. Cody Roberts at (205) 468-7782, or one of our deacons. For the time being, our church staff may occasionally be on site but will not answer the doors. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we believe this is the safest policy for us all.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: How do I deal with all of this?
A: Spend time daily in God's word (here's one of many Bible reading plans), call out to the Lord in prayer regularly, and stay connected (safely) with family, friends and other believers. God is so much bigger than all of this, but He truly cares about our struggles!

Q: What if I really need to talk or pray with someone, but I don't know who to call? What if I can't leave to go to the pharmacy or to get my groceries?
A: Contact one of our church leaders (see above), and let us know your need. There are folks available to help!

Q: Where do I find reliable information about the coronavirus? What are other ways I can stay up to date on Red Bluff news?
A: Three excellent online sources recommended by Br. Don Pucik are Louisiana Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and World Health Organization. For RBBC-specific info, "like" and "follow" us on Facebook, and visit our website: www.rbbclife.org (we're working to keep both updated).

Q: What about selecting a Pastor Search Team? Wasn't that supposed to happen Sunday, March 22?
A: A Special Called Business Meeting for this purpose will take place the 2nd Sunday that we meet again in person, whenever that may be. We will, of course, remind everyone when the time comes.

Finally, let's be encouraged by what God has to say to Christians in Romans 8:35-39...

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

-Your RBBC Staff

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