COVID-19 SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Fabric Donations for Surgical Masks

Donations of lightly used, cotton dress shirts, pillow cases, and sheets to be repurposed as personal protection equipment. Drop off at the Sadie Drive Entrance, Wednesday, April 15 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Loaves & Fishes Food Drive

Drop off donated groceries at the Sadie Drive Entrance, Wednesday, April 15 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Please bring only approved items on this list:

  • Canned meat (chicken, tuna, etc)
  • Canned fruit (low sugar or in fruit juice)
  • Pasta (canned or boxed)
  • Low sugar cereal
  • Low sodium canned vegetables
  • Corn muffin mix

Please place the items in your trunk or back of your vehicle. Our volunteers will unload the groceries from your vehicle

If you are interested in serving in either of these ministries, email our Local Missions Director, Kathy Blake.

Church wide response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 25, 2020

Hello Church Family,

“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” 

These words came from the pen of the writer to the Hebrews to those who had endured “a hard struggle with sufferings,” having been “publicly exposed to reproach and affliction” (Hebrews 10:32-39). Instead of giving way to worry and panic, rather than doubting God or blaming Him, they drew near to Him in faith, trusting in His wisdom, might, and plan. They persevered in faith because, as James Montgomery Boice writes, they knew and trusted that “God is in control of history and will yet work all things out in accordance with his just and all-wise plan for humanity.” 

I pray, brothers and sisters, that in our time of uncertainty, struggle, and affliction, we will not shrink back in fear, but step forward in faith to trust our God and King just as the followers of Jesus did to whom the writer of Hebrews sent his letter. What a great challenge this provides to us in whatever current circumstance we face, including the present health crisis. Rather than shrink back, may we advance in faith, allowing God to enlarge our faith and stretch our trust beyond its present borders. 

Future Worship Gatherings

Many of you are likely already aware that Mecklenburg County has issued an Executive Order to Stay at Home starting Thursday, March 26, through Thursday, April 16. 

This decision will not alter our online live stream of our Sunday morning worship service, Wednesday women’s Bible study, and Vessel student ministry Wednesday night gathering, as the order makes allowance for such.

Our staff has decided to continue with our online only live streams through the end of April. We will evaluate the situation in mid-April with the latest information from health organizations and government officials as to how we proceed forward beyond the end of April.

This week I will begin going live on Facebook, Wednesdays at 3 PM to minister the Word of God to our hearts, spend time in prayer, and share any information and updates.

Church Office

As a result of the Executive Order, beginning Thursday, March 26, our church staff will be working remotely as opposed to working in the office. Though our staff will not be in the office, you can still reach us with questions or needs via email or through the following direct contact numbers.

Pastor on call: 704-614-0637
Ron Gregory: 704-840-6746
Jana Reiter: 704-320-8089

The Church Being the Church

Over these last few weeks, I have been blessed to see the hand of God moving upon His people. I want to thank you and commend you for “your love” and “the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and love for all the saints” (Philemon 1:4).

  • Thank you to the more than 400 households who joined with us for our live stream worship service this past Sunday. I am grateful for the number of you who have shared how you have invited others to worship with us via the live stream. We look forward to you joining us again this Sunday at 10:00 AM, and we encourage you to consider those you can invite to worship with us through the online broadcast.
  • Thank you to the Sunday School groups who are connecting online during this season, engaging through virtual community with one another. This could be a great opportunity to invite others to join a small group community from home. If you are not currently connected in a Sunday School small group, it would be our pleasure to help you take this next step. You can contact Mitch Verdell at [email protected] to learn more about our groups and how to join them. Small groups are essential in all times, especially ones like the present, for us to be in community together for mutual encouragement, accountability, studying God’s Word, prayer, and serving the needs of those within our church and in our community and world.
  • Thank you to those of you who continue to faithfully and generously give to support God’s mission through His people at First Baptist Matthews. Everything we do is by God’s power through the generosity of God’s people. Giving is both an act of obedience to the command of God and an exercise of faith to trust Him for all your needs. Your gifts not only support the current work of what God is doing at FBCM, but your generosity is positioning us to meet both physical and spiritual needs of those in our world. You can continue or begin giving through our website HERE, our Church Center App, by mailing a check to

    First Baptist Matthews
    P.O. Box 248
    Matthews, NC 28106

    or by dropping the check into the office dropbox.

I am eager for the days to come when we can gather together again and I can continue to get to know you and build relationships with you. In the meantime, I am honored to be part of the First Matthews family and love and appreciate you.

In Christ alone,

Pastor Justin

Coronavirus Response