Coronavirus Update

Church Family,

Your leadership at FBC Irving has been actively monitoring the ongoing situation related to COVID-19, carefully considering how to walk wisely in this time of uncertainty. We want to continue the gospel ministry that God has called us to, while at the same time making sure that we honor the requests of the secular authorities God has placed over us. This is a time to walk in faith and in wisdom.

As a result of these commitments, we have decided to suspend all activities on our campus through at least Sunday, March 29th. While the offices of the church will be open from 9am-noon on weekdays and limited staff onsite, there will be no other activities, including our Wednesday night gathering or other onsite Bible studies. While we are saddened by the necessity of this suspension, we are also grateful for the opportunity technology provides us to gather in different ways. While meeting through digital platforms cannot replace the unique and necessary gathering of God’s people in corporate worship, it can help us minister in the absence of that gathering. To this end, we will livestream a modified service at 10am on the remaining Sundays in March. We will also make the service available to watch on our website throughout that specific Sunday, if you are unable to join us at 10am.

Another way that technology will aid us in this season is through online giving. As you know, even though we are not gathering, we still have financial commitments that need to be honored. Further, we want to be in a position as a church to help members who are affected by the financial fallout of this season of uncertainty. While you can still give in the office or by mailing a check to the church, you can also give online here: https://firstirving.org/give.

If you are in need of particular help during this season because of the risk this virus poses to your health or because of another reason, we would love to serve you. Please make your needs known to us by emailing Alicia Frick at africk@fbcirving.org or by calling the church office at 972-253-1171. This is not a burden to us as a church, but our joy.

We will continue to update you as other changes are needed based on the advice of counsel and the direction of our national, state, and local authorities. Please continue to be prayerful and flexible during this time. There are many things that we cannot do right now, but there is much we can do. We can continue to be ministers of the gospel in this time of uncertainty. As people around us are captured by fear, may we point them to the sure hope of Jesus Christ. If our neighbors or family members are not taking this issue serious enough, may we point them to the biblical principle that teaches us to love our neighbors well. There are numerous ways that we can minister to our community in the coming weeks. Our mission has not changed, even if our methods have.

I will miss seeing you all in person and anxiously await the day when the Lord allows us to unite together as a family of faith again.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jared Richard

Common Questions

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Will First Irving continue to gather for worship and weekly activities?
We have decided that in the best interest of our members and for the good of our community to suspend all on-campus gatherings for the next week (through March 20th). This includes all Sunday activities, Wednesday night activities, and other various on-campus Bible studies. We will continue to update you regarding future meetings. We will offer livestream, modified services on Sunday, March 15th, at 10am.

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