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Weekly Update from Pastor Michael Lea

Wednesday, July 1st (2020)


First Baptist Family, 

A few weeks ago we began a partnership with Baylor University Garland School of Social Work (BGSSW) for a virtual summer internship with three students: Cheryl Gomez, Madison Scott, and Maegan Vance. To introduce them, we have provided their bios and introductory videos on the member page of our church’s website. We also want to invite you to a virtual "floating meet and greet" with them on Tuesday, July 7th, 5:00-6:30p.m. We will send a link to the Zoom call via e-mail.I hope you will take the opportunity to meet our interns. In my interactions with them, they have shown their compassion for people and passion for service. We are fortunate to have them join us during this unique time. They are planning some exciting opportunities for our church. 


More specifically, based on the data from the needs assessment survey many of you filled out, we are working with our interns to plan some focus groups and team projects for the summer. Cheryl and Maegan are developing and will be facilitating two focus groups (one for youth and one for adults), and one adult support group. More details on these groups will be coming in the next few weeks. Also, Madison is working on an asset mapping project focused on identifying local, regional, and virtual resources that can help provide education and awareness on topics of race. This project is being done in response to the racial tensions that we have seen this summer in our country. Madison will be doing this work with a team of church members. Again, we are grateful for their presence and the ministry work they will be doing with us this summer. 

Now, below are other weekly updates. ​


  • All of our church's in-person worship services are still cancelled until further notice. 

  • Church staff are working from home and the church office. You can reach us via our cell-phones or e-mail. 


  • Sunday, July 5th service will be live-streamed at 9:00a.m. @ www.fbcwj.org and live at 103.1FM short-range radio broadcast for "drive-in worship." View recordings @ www.fbcwj.org. Worship orders will be emailed weekly.  

  • DVDs of the services are available upon request. 


  • Adult discipleship and ministry groups within the church of 10 or less may meet outdoors and it is strongly recommended everyone practice the 3 “Ws”: Wait six feet apart, Wear a Face Covering, & Wash Your Hands for 20 Seconds. Groups that choose to meet in person (outdoors) must make available virtual or teleconference options for those that do not feel comfortable or are not able to meet in person. 

  • Adult Bible Study led by Pastor Michael Lea via Zoom every Wednesday @ 6:00p.m. Check your Email for a link. 

  • Sunday School via Zoom every Sunday (children@10:00a.m. & youth@11:00a.m.). Contact Patricia Turner for more information. 

  • Children and Youth are attending Passport Camp events and activities virtually through July 24th.

  • A virtual Vacation Bible School is scheduled for Monday, July 27th to Friday, July 31st. More details coming soon. 


  • We will also be e-mailing a prayer list out to the congregation weekly. If you would like to add to or delete requests from the list, email one of our church staff. 

  • All pastoral staff are available for virtual meetings. Pastor Michael is available for in-person meetings by appointment. 


  • There will be a bleach giveaway for small businesses in FBCWJ parking lot Thursday, July 9th, 10:00a.m. to 12:00noon. For more info contact Travis Birdsell @ travis_birdsell@ncsu.edu.

  • Our COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund is providing emergency relief to our local community through direct financial gifts to various mission partners and community programs that are meeting the needs of those impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Thank you for your continued financial support! Mail offerings and donations to First Baptist Church / P. O. Box 180 / West Jefferson, NC / 28694 or donate online through our website. 


  • Please check e-mail, FBC's Facebook page, website, and listen our for all-calls each week for updates. 

Grace and Peace,


Pastor Michael Lea: 336-480-6144

Associate Pastor Patricia Turner: 704-473-4644

Please see COVID-19 update below.

Services information

Response to COVID-19 March 13th


COVID-19 Document