- Phone: (505) 899-0665
- Mailing Address: 6400 Golf Course Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87120
Unless retracted or adapted, this plan is to remain in place through April 10, 2020
Greetings Church Family!
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
I hope this letter finds you well and at peace during the current COVID-19 situation. On Monday, March 23, New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order. This order puts into effect the closure of all non-essential businesses and non-profits, as well as limits gatherings of people to five or less. This order is to be in effect until April 10, 2020.
In response to this order, offices at First Baptist West Albuquerque will be closed through Friday, April 10. As we had already cancelled all on-site meetings and activities through April 7, this new decision simply extends that decision three days. What has changed for us, however, is that there will not be staff in the office regularly through the “stay-at-home” order. Our desire is to continue to be helpful and supportive citizens who follow the just direction and requests of our governing officials. Our decision to close offices will not stop the work or ministry of the church or of its ministry staff.
During the next couple of weeks, you may contact me or pastor Danny directly via email (see below). In addition, we will continue to worship digitally through online services as previously planned. Though it is not possible for us to assemble as we would like, we can still be the church together! I hope you will continue to minister to your friends and neighbors in the love and name of Jesus. Pray with the hurting, help the vulnerable, extend gospel-hospitality as you are able. Above all, in all you do, make much of Jesus!
We both want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each of you for praying for us recently, and for the many encouraging emails and text messages we have received. Thank you! Remember, God is on his throne! Jesus still saves! His church will prevail! And we are determined to meet again to the glory of God soon!
Your partner in the Gospel,
Ways you can help us:
1. Check your email for messages from the church. If you do not receive emails from the church, subscribe at www.fbcwa.org/contact.
2. Join us each Sunday for worship online! Visit www.fbcwa.org for details.
3. Follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @FBCWestABQ
4. Pray . . .
1. For a quick end to this pandemic
2. For wisdom for governing officials
3. For healthcare workers, police, fire and rescue, and EMTs
4. For missionaries serving in heavily affected areas
5. For Christians to make much of Jesus
5. As you are able, continue to support the ministry of First West through your regular tithes and offerings. You may give online at www.fbcwa.org/give, or mail a check to the church or use your bank’s bill pay feature at our address at the head of this letter.
Unless retracted or adapted, this plan is to remain in place through April 7, 2020. Please visit this page regularly for updates.
First Baptist Church of West Albuquerque
6400 Golf Course Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Thank you for your patience and prayer as we navigate these unique circumstances.
Your partners in the Gospel,
Pastors Stephen and Danny
The COVID-19/Coronavirus situation continues to evolve daily.
Yesterday the CDC released a new suggestion for the cancellation of all events with over 50 people in attendance for the next 8 weeks. In light of this we feel it most prudent to suspend until further notice all weekday activities and meetings scheduled to take place at the church. This decision is being made in order to protect the most vulnerable among us and promote the overall health of our community during this time.
This suspension includes:
Obviously this situation continues to develop, and we will do our best to communicate with you regularly and often about developments. Expect to hear more from us by mid-week regarding weekend services and gatherings.
Thank you for your prayer and patience.
This weekend, 9 AM Bible Study & 10:30 AM Worship will continue as normal.
At First West, we want to do all we can to care for our congregation including both their spiritual and physical well-being. We invite you to be praying for all of the aspects regarding the coronavirus, and we remind you to trust in the Lord, not be fearful, and remember as the Psalmist has said, “God is our refuge and strength” (Psalm 46) and all of “our times are in his hands” (Psalm 31). We have an uncommon opportunity to demonstrate the peace, calm, and hope that come with knowing and trusting our sovereign God who holds all things in his hands.
IN SHORT, sanitize, wash hands, avoid touching, stay home if you are sick.
Governor Lujan-Grisham has declared a state of emergency in NM with regard to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to ensure access to funds and materials needed for testing and combating the virus. The governor has suggested that planned large gatherings be postponed or canceled (though public schools will remain in session) until there is a handle on the matter.
For now, First West will remain open, and we will continue to have regular Sunday morning worship and Bible study and our mid-week activities. If local and state health officials do recommend closure, or we determine it is in the best interest to close or cancel any programming, we will inform you through our website, email, and social media.
Pray for the peace of God which surpasses all understanding to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Pray that we would not be swept up in a spirit of fear, but in confidence in Jesus and in God's sovereign control. Pray for our members who may be ill, and call them to check on their well-being and pray with them. Pray that God will give wisdom to health officials and the public at-large to deal with this matter calmly and responsibly.
Remember, if you or a family member are sick and need to stay home during this time, you can listen to our sermons online here or find us on your preferred podcast app.