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Weekly Update from Pastor Michael Lea

Wednesday, September 23rd (2020)


First Baptist Family, 


Last Sunday (Sept. 20th), we successfully and safely held our first in-person worship service in six months. Thank you to all our leaders and volunteers who helped make this service possible, and to all of you who attended. For those who plan to attend this outdoor service over the next several weeks, please check the church website for important details that you need to know beforehand. I will note a few. 

  • Please call or email our secretary Becky Johnson to sign up for the service by Friday at 5:00p.m. There is no carry over from the previous week’s list. So, you must call in each week for that week’s service. This helps our team's preparations for the service. 

  • Masks are required. We will have extras if you don’t have one or forget yours.

  • Please bring your own chairs for seating. 

  • Service will begin at 11:15a.m. with pre-service music starting at 11:00a.m. 

  • Finally, any cancellations of these services will be made by 5:00p.m. on Saturday evening and communicated via all-call, email and Facebook. If the in-person service is cancelled, worship that day will be live-stream only. 


Our COVID-19 ad hoc committee met again this week and we discussed several items including our church’s finances, our continued ministry and mission programs, and developing a plan for moving indoors for in-person discipleship groups and worship as we approach colder weather and/or as state limitations on indoor gatherings change. We hope to give more detailed updates and reports on all of these in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please pray for our committee and our leadership as we work to be safe, innovative, and faithful during this pandemic.


Below are other weekly updates. ​


Church offices are open, but staff hours vary from day-to-day. If you need to reach a staff member, please call our cell-phones or e-mail us.  


From Sunday, September 13th through Sunday, October 25th

  1. 9:00a.m. Live-Stream Service@www.fbcwj.org and live at 103.1FM short-range radio broadcast for "drive-in worship." View recordings@www.fbcwj.org. 

  2. 11:15a.m. In-person Outdoor Worship on the grass lawn beside the Ashe County Farmer’s Market. Masks required and social distance measures in place. Call the church office to sign up for these services, and/or for more details. 

  • Worship orders emailed weekly, and DVDs of services are available upon request. 


  • Pastors Under the Portico will be Tuesday, September 29th, 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.

  • Wednesday Night Bible Study on the first five books of the Bible led by Pastor Michael Lea will continue on Zoom @ 6:00p.mthrough November 18th

  • Sunday School via Zoom for children and youth, 9:50a.m. to 10:40a.m. Contact Patricia Turner for more information.

  • Some Adult Sunday School classes are meeting in person on Sunday evenings. Contact the church office for more information these groups. ​


  • A church prayer list is e-mailed 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. 


Staff and lay-leaders are discussing and working on plans for upcoming mission opportunities, including Trunk or Treat, Operation Christmas Child, and Ashe County Children’s Christmas Project. All of these will be conducted differently this year due to COVID-19. More details about these mission activities will be coming soon. 



Offerings may be mailed to First Baptist Church / P. O. Box 180 / West Jefferson, NC / 28694, dropped off at church office, at Sunday morning worship, or donate online through our website: www.fbcwj.org. 


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

Grace and Peace,


Pastor Michael Lea: 336-480-6144

Associate Pastor Patricia Turner: 704-473-4644

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