Information Regarding Tragic Bus Crash
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MEDIA STATEMENT April 3, 2017
Church Pastor Prays for Healing for All Families Affected by Fatal Bus Crash that Claimed Lives of 13 Congregants
All Funeral Services for Victims Closed to Media
NEW BRAUNFELS – At the first weekly Sunday worship service held at First Baptist Church New Braunfels since the tragic bus crash that claimed the lives of 13 members of their congregation, Pastor Brad McLean reminded worshippers that the healing process has just begun.
“We gather as a church family who has suffered the loss of 13 of our family members, and so we gather with a heavy heart this morning,” said Pastor McLean at the Sunday morning service. “It is important for us to recognize that our pain is real, our loss is real, our grief is real, and as a church family we will have to work through these losses together. It will not be done in one Sunday. It will not be done after one week of memorial services – it will take time.”
Out of courtesy and respect for our families and church community, funeral services and memorials at First Baptist Church New Braunfels will not be open to the media. This means that members of the media will not be allowed to enter or conduct interviews on church property during these services.
“We ask that media respect the sanctity of the memorial services and the privacy of our church family while they are grieving,” said Pastor Brad McLean. “Our priority at this time is to comfort our grieving families and glorify God.”
“Even as our families are mourning the loss of their loved ones, many have expressed that they are praying for the driver of the truck involved in the crash. God’s grace is for each one of us, and our church family extends our prayers to the driver and his family at this difficult time.”
MESSAGE REGARDING SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP APRIL 2, 2017
We will gather to worship our Lord, glorify Him and love and comfort one another at our weekly Sunday morning worship service at 10:45 a.m., April 2nd. Although 13 members of our church family will be missing from the church Sanctuary, we know they are celebrating with our Lord in Heaven.
We are expecting many worshippers will attend the 10:45 a.m. service, so we encourage you to arrive early to secure parking and a seat, and carpool if possible. Granzin's Restaurant has offered us their parking lot. As we're sure you're aware, there is intense media interest in the tragedy. Because our desire is to Lead People to Jesus and we are welcoming to all, there will be a few media outlets on-site Sunday morning. They will be in a designated parking lot on Guenther Street, and permitted to sit in Rushing Hall only, with 1 video camera and 1 still photographer in the balcony. They have been notified that no interviews will be permitted on church property, so you are not obligated to provide any statement or comment if approached. Our focus will be on worship, fellowship, and protecting the privacy of our families. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Brad H. McLean
Pastor, FBC New Braunfels, TX
March 29, 2017 10:40 p.m.
It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that thirteen of the fourteen passengers in today’s bus accident were called home to Jesus. The survivor is in serious but stable condition. Families have been notified. Out of respect for the families, we will wait to publish an official statement and list of names. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support. Please continue to pray.
March 29, 2017 4:52 p.m.
At approximately 2 pm this afternoon, a group of our senior adults were returning home from a 3-day retreat at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment when their vehicle was involved in a head-on collision. We have heard that there have been fatalities, but we have not received any official details from the local authorities. We are ministering to family members to help them deal with this tragedy. Counselors will be on hand at the church tomorrow.
Please pray for those who lost their loved ones and for the church family.
March 29, 2017 3:42 p.m.
We have received word that the bus carrying our senior adults back from their retreat was involved in an accident. We understand there have been some fatalities. All activities for tonight are cancelled, including dinner. The Sanctuary will be open this evening for prayer and support. Please be in prayer for all involved. God bless you,
Pastor Brad and the Staff at FBCNB