info bar

COVID-19   Updates  for  M1BC

March 17, 2020

Dear M1BC family,

As you know, the situation has been changing daily in our country related to the spread of the Coronavirus.  In order to do our part and to be in compliance with CDC guidelines, we will be moving to livestream worship only beginning this Sunday, March 22.  While we would all prefer to gather together in one place to worship and fellowship, for this season of precaution and safety, we can still focus together on the goodness of our God and the truth of His word through the technology that is available to us. During this time, all personal group studies and meetings are postponed.
 
Our Worship and Technology leadership teams have been working extremely hard to make our livestream events the most engaging and compelling experiences for all of us.  Each Sunday, we will have one livestream service at 10:00 a.m. The service will also be available for viewing any time after its completion.  We will also have other weekly livestream opportunities for your participation and growth:
 
  • M1BC Worship – Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
  • M1Kids Worship - Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
  • M1 Preschool Service in the Morning - Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday Message from the Pastor - Mondays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Live at Lunch – Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. – Right Now Media Bible Study and discussion led by Pastors Jesse and Seth
  • Live at the Venue – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. – Worship with Resonate Worship Team, Prayer, and Pastors’ Panel with Milt and Jesse
  • Student Service - Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Parenting Matters – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. - Insights and ideas on  family resources and issues with Pastors Seth, Daniel, and Tonya.\
  • Prayer from the Back Porch - Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
 
All of these livestream events can be accessed through our website, www.m1bc.org. Your participation, especially in Sunday worship is vital to your continued spiritual growth and the health and unity of our church in these difficult and challenging days.  Your staff is working hard to make this a time of spiritual progress for all of us.  We have been very pleased with the great response to our livestream already.
 
I also have to stress the importance of your faithful financial stewardship in these days.  Though we are not able to gather together physically for a season, ministry is still going on faithfully at M1.  We are seeking to reach out to senior adults and others in our community to meet needs during these days.  We are continuing to support our mission partners in doing God’s work.  The financial resources to do His work continues.
 
Please continue to give as faithfully and sacrificially as God leads you to do so.  You can give in any of these three ways:

  1. You can give online through our website at www.m1bc.org. Just click on the “Give” tab and follow the instructions.
  2. If you prefer to give with personal check, you can mail it to the Church Office at Magnolia’s First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Magnolia, TX 77353.
  3. You can bring your offering to the Church Office during the new office hours of Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Your faithfulness will enable us to remain strong during these days of great challenge and great opportunity.
 
Rather than being discouraged about the difficulties and obstacles that are before us, let’s remind ourselves that our God has a purpose for all that He allows.  I heard someone say that the two questions we should be asking are “What is my role in what God is doing here?” and “What does God want me to learn in all of this?” Let’s be open to what He wants to teach us and how He wants to use us.
 
If you have any questions, please email me at EdSeay@magnoliasfirst.org. See you via livestream on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.!

Thankful to be your pastor,
 
Pastor Ed
March 13, 2020

Dear church family and friends of Magnolia’s First,

It is with great sadness but out of an abundance of caution that I must announce the postponement of both our 30th Anniversary Celebration and our Grandparents Conference that was scheduled for next weekend, March 21-22. Please be assured that this decision was made only after great deliberation and prayer. We will reschedule these events at later dates when the risk of the Coronavirus has been mitigated.

I know that some of you will respond that you think that this is an unnecessary overreaction. However, after consulting with Houston’s leading medical experts, I would ask you to consider these things from your pastor’s perspective.

County Judge Mark Keough has issued a Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 for Montgomery County that recommends that all public gatherings greater than 250 persons, especially those 65 or over and/or with severe medical conditions be cancelled. With the number of different services that we offer, it is very unlikely that any of our services would exceed this attendance level. However, if you are 65 or over, we would encourage you to consider worshiping online rather than in person.

However, we WILL have all regular services for the next two Sundays, March 15 and March 22 for those who choose to attend. If you are already feeling sick, we encourage you to stay home and get well soon. We ask that those who choose to attend, please do not touch one another and seek to keep a safe distance of six feet from one another. If you are more comfortable keeping your children with you during the service you attend, you are welcome to do so. Our Kids and Preschool ministries will continue to offer the excellent care and spiritual nurture they provide each Sunday should you choose that option for your children. All Student and Adult Sunday School classes will meet as usual unless individual classes choose to cancel.

For those who choose to worship from home, Traditions at 9:30 and Encounter at 11:00 will both be livestreamed on our website www.magnoliasfirst.org or www.m1bc.org. Simply go to the MEDIA tab on the HomePage and click on WATCH LIVE. Resonate will be livestreamed on the Resonate Facebook page at 11:00. Your involvement in worship online during these days will be very important to your spiritual life and the ongoing health of your church family.

Though there are a number of viruses common at this time of year (flu, etc.), the thing that makes COVID-19 especially potentially dangerous is how virulent it is. Simply put, it is extremely contagious. As shepherd of this flock, I feel a heavy responsibility for all members of our spiritual family but especially those who would be at highest risk among us. If you have a concern, I encourage you to take advantage of the livestream option to worship at home.

We will continue to monitor and assess the ongoing threat level of this virus to our congregation and community and we will plan to update you at least every two weeks.

I want to say this clearly to you as your pastor – we are not afraid! Our God is in control! Like every other storm, this one shall pass and we will come out stronger on the other side. Let’s bond together tightly as we journey through this together.

Psalm 18:2 (NLT)
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock,
in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to email me at
edseay@magnoliasfirst.org. Our faithful Lord will walk with us as we
go together.

Blessed to be your pastor,
Pastor Ed Seay