Dear Church family:

We are so excited to have an opportunity to gather again for a time of worship as the family of God in the Church’s house. I’m excited but need to share some important needs with you. In the interest of being faithful to God, meeting the spiritual and physical needs of our people, and complying with the Governor’s requests – here is the plan developed by our leadership team. This plan will begin on Sunday, May 17th2020…the Sunday AFTER Mother’s Day.  This coming Sunday we will only be on Facebook.

In order to ensure we do not exceed groups of 50, we are making two important adjustments. 

First, we will hold two worship services.  Keep in mind, there will be no Connection Classes (Sunday School).  First service will be at 8:45 a.m. and Second service will be at the usual 10:45 a.m. time.  The 10:45 service will be online and live streamed on Facebook.  FHBC’s congregation is being divided by Deacon families.  If you are unsure who your Deacon is, a list is included. If you are not on the list or you need an alternative time, please notify the church office at 870-423-2509.  Otherwise, let’s assemble as follows:

8:45 a.m.:  Jay Bullock, Ken Richardson, Wade Hill, Buster Janes, Charles Orrell.

10:45 a.m.:  Rob Boaz, Michael Law, Marty Strough, Travis Gregory, Steve Warren

Second, we will use both the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall to ensure safe distances and avoid going over 50 people in either location. 

With those two thoughts in mind, we ask your help as follows:

  1. Masks are strongly encouraged for everyone age 10 and up, especially if you have allergies, etc. 
  2. Arrive 15 minutes earlier so that we can get everyone seated and maintain the 6-foot of separation as we enter.  Please…no hugging, handshaking or physical contact at this time.
  3. The Fellowship Hall will be the only entrance and exit for the building.  All other doors will be locked.
  4. If you need to drop someone off (Senior Adult, Handicapped or inclement weather) please drop them off and go park, our Deacons and Usher will lend a hand. 
  5. If there is a line going into the building, maintain 6 feet of separation and avoid blocking traffic…or park and wait until the line goes down. 
  6. Seats will be separated (please do not move furniture around).  Pews will be sectioned off so that there is one pew space between rows. 
  7. Remaining areas of the building will be closed.  Only the Fellowship Hall, bathrooms on the main floor, Sanctuary and Foyer will be used. 
  8. To comply with distancing requirements, no childcare, nursery or children’s church at this time.
  9. No snacks or coffee will be provided by the church.  You are welcome to bring your own water or coffee from home. 
  10. Hand sanitizers, wipes and tissues will be available.  Please dispose of any trash properly to avoid contact by others.
  11. No bulletins will be printed, nor will the offering plates be passed around. We will have collection receptacles in the foyers of the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary for you to drop your offering in before or after the service. No money will be left out after the services begin. You can still give online
  12. At the conclusion of each service we will dismiss from the back in both areas and ask you that visit outside the building so we can prepare for the next service.
  13. We will ask for a few volunteers to help disinfect bathrooms, pews, knobs, handles, etc. 
  14. Please see a Deacon, Usher, or staff member if you need anything. 

If you have been sick or running a fever, you should stay home unless you have been fever-free for a minimum of 48 hours. If you are not comfortable getting out just yet, please stay home and know we love you. Join us in worshiping our Lord and Savior online at

We realize this environment is not perfect.  These are uncharted times we face.  Please remember this is only temporary. Still, we are excited to be back together.  I encourage you again to resist getting too close. Let’s get this COVID-19 stuff behind us. 

Since we will begin this the Sunday AFTER Mother’s Day, I want to thank Patty Orrell and Diane Mosbleck for putting together a wonderful tribute to the Mothers and Ladies of our Church in the form of a cookbook.  We hope it brings you much love and joy and great dishes to enjoy for a lifetime.

God is faithful.  He knows our hearts and is still Lord of His Church.  We are going to worship, serve and grow as a family of God no matter what our challenges.

God bless you all and please contact us with questions.

Bro. Alan