COVID Announcement

Announcement of Updated Mask Requirements

May 8, 2022

Hello IBC Family,

First I would like to thank you for your service over these last 2 years during this COVID pandemic. Your efforts mean so much.

The IBC leadership team has determined, in conjunction with current CDC guidelines, that we will relax the mask requirements during attendance at church as optional but encouraged. Based on the latest CDC Covid risk maps, Butler County and surrounding counties are considered low risk.

In addition, we are making plans to soon restart Sunday School and Children's Church on Sunday mornings.

The church will continue to provide masks, gloves, take temperatures, disinfectant to maintain good hygiene.

Best regards,
Pastor McPeters and Deacon Don Ramsey

Announcement of Church Re-Opening

Jun 1, 2021

Israel Church Family:

The Pastor and the Israel Baptist Church Leadership Team have been seeking God’s direction and wisdom while discussing for the past year the approach of reopening the church building. We want to reopen the church in a careful, safe, & God ordained way.

We have continued to monitor the weekly improving statistics of the CDC and the State of Ohio Vaccination Board and have determined that we feel that it is now safe to reopen our church building for what we call Step/Phase 1 of the IBC Reopening Plan.

After much pray, preparation, and planning we have decided that we would like to reopen the church on Sunday June 6th.

In Step/Phase 1 we have the following guidelines:

  1. 1- hour Sunday morning services only
  2. Transportation services will be provided for those who need it
  3. No in-person Sunday School, Children’s church, Nursery or Youth Sessions
  4. Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Prayer Meetings via telecom
  5. Attendance will be for main sanctuary level only
  6. Funeral Services- TBD. Maximum 50 people & Live Streaming provided
  7. Wedding Ceremonies- TBD. Maximum 50 people & Live Streaming provided

There will also be safety protocols that will need to be followed for those who attend our Sunday morning services, which includes checking everyone’s temperatures when entering the building, wearing masks at all times while in the building, continuing to do social distancing, and sanitation stations will be available throughout the main level.

Keeping YOU safe is OUR FIRST & MAIN PRIORITY!!    GOD Bless each of YOU!!

FEMA COVID Funeral Assistance

Apr 12, 2021

FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12th through our dedicated call center. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time

You will be able to call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get an application completed with help from FEMA's representatives.

No online applications will be accepted.

Expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
  • Transfer of remains
  • Casket or urn
  • Burial plot or cremation niche
  • Marker or headstone
  • Clergy or officiant services
  • Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
  • Use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
  • Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances


Apr 5, 2021

Dear IBC Family,

Now that the rollout of vaccines to fight COVID are being opened to all Ohio residents 16 years and older, the church leadership has begun discussion of how to potentially reopen the church for indoor worship.

As we begin to have these discussions, please be aware that we strive to first seek God’s direction and wisdom through prayer. Also to keep the health & well-being of IBC members/congregants first priority in decision making. And lastly to make decisions based on data and directions from State of Ohio, Federal gov’t and CDC/health guidelines.

We envision a 2 step reopening.

Step 1 would be an indoor worship of Sunday Service only, to last roughly 60 minutes. No Sunday School, Children’s Church, Nursery nor Youth sessions. Transportation services would be provided.

Here are the considerations we are using as guide to implement Step 1:

  1. A high percentage of Ohioans and residents in Butler, Hamilton and Montgomery counties have been vaccinated as reported by State of Ohio, by vaccinated population count.
  2. A low 7 day moving average positivity rate reported in Butler, Hamilton and Montgomery counties.
  3. Dramatically reduced numbers of new cases and deaths as reported by State/Federal gov’t/CDC.

With these considerations we believe we are still months away from implementing Step 1 indoor worship.

Afterwards, when we see that Step 1 is successful, we will decide when to implement a full reopening as a Step 2.

We will strive to keep the church updated on a regular basis as we go through this process.

Thank you & God Bless,
Pastor Anthony McPeters and the Israel Baptist Church Leadership Team

IBC Leadership Team

Israel Baptist Church office 513-867-0099

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Cell Phone

Pastor Anthony McPeters

Don Ramsey


Ron Green


Lewis Tucker


Ray Boyd


John Williams


Tim Hill


Jamaal Ishmon


Carlos Boyd, Sr.