Greetings FBC Family,
During the next number of weeks we will be contacting you with more than the normal amount of emails. It will be the best way to keep you up to date on what is happening with our church life at FBC. Thank you for taking the time to read them.
Following are some decisions we have had to make in regards to how we will do church over the next few weeks, as well as some important information and invitations for you. Currently, we are working with a timeline of 6 weeks but that will continue to be reassessed as our pandemic situation unfolds.
Again, to reiterate what we stated last week, these are measures that we are putting in place not because we are afraid, but rather because we see the importance of listening to wisdom.
We are suspending our Sunday morning services. This is not to say that we stop engaging in worship of our God; it is just that now this will take a different form for the foreseeable future. The pastoral team is working to figure out creative ways to help us still engage with prayer and scripture in united ways while we are socially distant. Lots of what we have sourced thus far is technology related, so there is more work to be done to include those of our congregation who this will not be an option for. We welcome your input and feedback. (stay tuned for more information that we will send out of Friday in terms of our online Sunday service.)
In terms of giving, in light of the fact that we will not be meeting, we encourage you to drop off your offering to the church office. And in going forward, this might be a great opportunity to sign up for EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). See the attached form. If you fill out the form and get it by the end of next week it could be initiated in April. Another serious consideration is to make a contribution to our benevolent fund. We anticipate that many of the people that are getting laid off for a period of time will need assistance. Although giving to our benevolent fund is not tax receiptable, it could go a long way to help out during this season. Please drop your benevolent offering to the office, or contact the office and make arrangements to get it collected. Lastly, in terms of benevolent help, if you are someone, or you know someone who needs help, please contact the office.
Lastly, and most importantly, as we said yesterday, don't be afraid to reach out if you are in need of help. It might be as practical as asking someone to pick something up for you (groceries or prescriptions), or to just call and chat with a pastor, elder or brother/sister in Christ. Don't let the opportunity to fellowship over the phone or video call pass you by.
From Philippians 4
"The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Kids Church during church closure
There is no doubt all the CM volunteers will be missing meeting with your kids and although nothing can replace meeting together in person, we hope that weekly resources will provide an online option for you to stay consistent in the spiritual discipleship of your children.
We say it often... As a parent, you are the greatest spiritual leader in your child's life. You have the greatest opportunity to influence them to love God and love others. Therefore Pastor Natasha will be sending out weekly resources to each family so that you can have your own worship together on Sunday mornings or when it fits into your week.
These resources would include what we would have normally done and taught at FBC as part of our Orange curriculum. To start we would like to pass on the presentations from this past Sunday.
Here is the link:
If you have any questions or are not receiving the resources please contact Pastor Natasha (firstname.lastname@example.org).