Clarification on face masks…

Dear Family,

In my last post I recommended the wearing of face coverings as we begin meeting again in person this Sunday in accordance with the state Revised Guidance For Places of Worship. Let me emphasize that this is a recommendation, not a requirement. No one will be turned away at the door without a mask or be forced to put one on before entering the building.

Sorry if I caused any confusion. See you Sunday,

Pastor Colin

In-Person Services Resume Sunday

Dear Family,

I trust you are finding God’s grace sufficient for whatever circumstances you are in, whether you are going back to work, working from home, or trying to keep kids safe and productive under quarantine. In years to come we will look back on this season as another chapter in a very long story of God’s faithfulness.

As you probably know, Governor Holcomb has lifted the restrictions on churches holding in-person worship services beginning this Sunday, May 10. Family Bible Church will be open for our worship service at 10:30 AM this Sunday. However, the State of Indiana has issued Revised Guidance for Places of Worship with recommendations to keep people safe as our churches resume meeting in person. Here are a few specific ways we will be applying that guidance at FBC.

  • We will continue to livestream our service on our Facebook page. If you are 65 or older, or have an underlying at-risk health condition, let me encourage you to stay home and join us online until health officials advise otherwise. We love you and miss you, but want you to be safe.
  • Our seating for worship has been spread out to allow six feet in between rows. Most of the rows are divided into sections of 5 or 7 chairs. Please allow 3 empty chairs or comparable distance in between families in the same row.
  • We are working to augment the one large bottle of hand sanitizer we have in the building. Supply is limited in the area and it would be a good idea to bring some with you for your family until we can provide more.
  • In keeping with the recommendations, please bring a face covering for each member of your family and wear it when in the building. I will not be wearing one when I preach, nor will any worship team members who are singing. But until I stand to preach, I will be wearing a face mask. I am learning that people’s opinions on such measures vary widely, are sometimes strongly held, and can even become a tool of the enemy to divide believers. For the time being, as we don our face coverings each week, let them remind us of our mutual love and concern for one another.
  • We will not be serving coffee, though feel free to bring your own.
  • Our nursery will be available to parents with small children, but will not be staffed with volunteers until further notice. If your child gets restless during the service, feel free to make use of the nursery.
  • We will not be passing anything down the rows.
  • Bulletins will be available at the kitchen window.
  • We will be taking communion this Sunday. We will have individually prepackaged communion elements available on a table as you make your way to your seats. Please take enough for your family before service begins. Or if you prefer, feel free to bring your own elements to use when we take communion together.
  • A single offering basket will be available at the kitchen window. We will not be “taking an offering” during the service, but encourage you to continue worshiping the Lord through your giving either online through our website, by mail at:

Family Bible Church
PO Box 3891
Evansville IN 47737-3891

or by simply dropping your contribution in the basket at the kitchen window before or after church.

Though the COVID 19 virus will undoubtedly change some practices that have been common among us, I do not anticipate the need to keep most of these measures in place forever. In fact, I’m sure of it. In heaven we will embrace with no fear of transmitting any disease because there will no longer be any such thing. Until then we learn and adapt to ever-changing circumstances and rejoice in a God who never changes.

I will look forward to seeing most of you Sunday, and seeing all of you soon.

Pastor Colin

FBC Temporarily Switching to Online Worship

Dear Family,

In keeping with the federal recommendations and state directives that all community gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Family Bible Church will be holding services only in an online streaming format on Facebook Live here until such restrictions are lifted. John Grimm has posted instructions on how to access the Facebook Live stream here. To honor what has been asked of us, only those who are directly responsible for facilitating and streaming the worship service will be present in our building on Sunday mornings. Should further restrictions be enacted, we will make adjustments accordingly.

Obviously this will be a difficult change for all of us, on top of all the other changes that already have become part of our new “normal.” The word that is most commonly used in the New Testament for the church is ekklesia, which means “assembly.” Assembling together as God’s people who have been united with Jesus Christ and one another by faith lies at the very heart of the local church’s worship. The apostle Paul was sometimes prevented from gathering with believers who were dear to him. Yet he acknowledged the reality that “though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ” (Colossians 2:5). For the next several weeks, as a church we will need to learn more about how to be with one another “in spirit” while we are absent “in body.” By virtue of our communion with Christ and God’s Holy Spirit always residing in our hearts, we are never truly alone. He is with us and we are present with one another in Him.

Last Sunday, when we first “road tested” streaming our service, Ryan Johann wrote a comment on the stream as our service was getting started, “Johann family in the virtual house!” I was greatly encouraged by that simple message. It occured to me that this is of the ways that we can affirm our presence “in spirit” to one another as we gather in our homes to worship together on Sunday morning. Please use such means as well as text messages and calls to “greet one another” in the Lord as our service begins. John Grimm will have our stream active beginning at 10:15 to allow time for you to greet one another online.

A streaming format will require other modifications to our common practice in worship. It may feel awkward to sing in your living room with your family along with our worship leaders—it will be a little awkward for them to sing and for me to preach to an invisible congregation as well! But let me encourage you to sing and pray along with us anyway. We shall be like the ancient people of Israel: “And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door” (Exodus 33:10).

Please continue to share your prayer requests with us. Our elders will continue meeting and praying for you every week. Please send your prayer requests to evansvillefbc@gmail.com. By all means continue to reach out to one another and pray for one another. Pray for those who are sick and those who are caring for them. Pray for those who are struggling economically, or soon will be. Pray for those who are making hard decisions every day for the protection of our people and the good of mankind.

Let us do what we can to care for our neighbors who are particularly vulnerable to this virus, offering practical help in providing daily necessities. If you need help, please reach out to us at evansvillefbc@gmail.com or 812.453.8998.

We are exploring online giving options but we do not have something set up to allow for that yet. Giving checks can be mailed to:

Family Bible Church
P.O. Box 3891
Evansville, IN 47737-3891

or to our physical address:

Family Bible Church
15515 Husky Way
Evansville, IN 47725

I am already missing you. I pray that our absence “in body” from one another will make our fellowship “in spirit” precious to us, and our eventual reunion all the sweeter.

Steady as she goes,

Pastor Colin

Family Bible Church service this Sunday, 3/15

Dear Family,

Like you, I have been closely monitoring the global, national and local efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus for several weeks now. Initially I regarded this as a matter of prayer for the preservation of life and health of people far away among whom we have many brothers and sisters. I never imagined this would directly affect our nation, our community and our little flock as it has. When we relinquish our national obsession with sports–all sports (and the money generated by them), clearly this virus is a serious matter that calls for diligent prayer. And while we are praying that the Lord will preserve people from this virus and for the healing of those who already have it, let us also follow the guidance of James 5:14-15,

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

Regarding that last promise, following the pattern of believers throughout church history in times of plague, let us take this as an opportunity for self examination, confession of sin and repentance as we pray. I am not suggesting that COVID-19 is the specific judgment of God on the sin of mankind (though such evils entered the world as a result of human sin) nor that those who contract the disease are worse sinners than others. But when we are confronted with our true fragility and mortality, we are fools if we do not bow before God in humility, repent of our sins and pray for his mercy.

As you know, today Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb requested that non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, including churches. I do not consider this a violation of religious liberty by the state, but an honest attempt to protect its citizens from a serious threat. I am grateful for their abundance of caution. Yet neither do I consider the gathering of believers for worship non-essential. Christians across the ages have risked their lives for the privilege of worshiping together, often in secret. Since our family does not surpass 250 even when we all show up at the same time, our elders have decided to proceed with our worship service this Sunday as scheduled at 10:30, though we will not be holding Sunday School.

However, I do not wish to put any of our people at risk, especially those who are more vulnerable to this virus. Following the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, if you are over 60 years of age or have a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease, please consider worshiping from home. Furthermore, if you have signs or symptoms of illness, especially respiratory illness, please stay home. If you prefer to minimize public exposure to others during this time please do not feel pressure to come. If you decide to join us on Sunday, we will provide an ample supply of hand sanitizer, a bit more social distance than usual, and under the circumstances, forgo Paul’s instructions to “greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16). If you choose to worship from home, we will upload the sermon audio file to our website as soon as possible following the service.

Above all, pray that the Lord will save us from this virus and use it as an opportunity to save many people from the far more deadly virus of sin through Jesus Christ. Pray that he will give our leaders wisdom as they make extraordinarily difficult decisions for the protection of our people.

John 3:14-15,

Pastor Colin

Members Meeting postponed until 7/29

Dear Family,

Since I have learned that so many of our members will be out of town this Sunday, July 22, our elders have decided to postpone our upcoming Members Meeting by one week until July 29, immediately following our worship service. I hope you will not be inconvenienced by this change in our schedule.

However, we will still be serving a pancake breakfast before worship this Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 AM. Come hungry!

See you Sunday,

Pastor Colin

P.S. Thanks for praying for the Martin family. Carmen Sophia was born July 16 at 2:37 PM. Isaac, Ely and Atticus are thrilled to meet her and mom and baby are recovering well.

Texas Mission Trip

Dear Family,

As you know Family Bible Church will be partnering with Samaritan’s Purse on a mission trip to Pearland, TX July 1-6 to help rebuild homes that were flooded or destroyed during Hurricane Harvey last fall. We hope to send a team of 12 people and we still have some spots available. Participants must be 14 or older and no construction experience is necessary, though certainly desirable. If you want to go, it is time to decide as we plan to purchase plane tickets within the next week.

The total cost per person (mostly air fare and vehicle rental) is about $700. Of this cost, FBC will be providing $300 per person from our missions budget. Participants will provide and/or raise support for the remaining costs. If you are unable to go but would like to help provide for others to go, you can contribute by check payable to Family Bible Church in the offering on Sunday morning or by mail to:

Family Bible Church
15515 Husky Way
Evansville, IN 47725

 Please mark checks “Texas Mission Trip” in the memo line.

I you would like to join us on the trip, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make travel arrangements.

Please pray that our church will be a blessing to families who have suffered.

Pastor Colin

Women’s Ministry Event this Wednesday, Jan. 24

Ladies, please mark your calendars and come join us for a Family Bible Church Women’s Ministry event:

LOL Night

“Laughter is good medicine” so we want to chase away any winter blues all this snow has brought!

Join us Wednesday, January 24th
7-8:30pm at Family Bible Church

We will enjoy some games, videos and laughter together.
No need to bring anything unless you want to bring a friend.
Questions or to let us know you are coming, please contact Sarah Aiton (812.499.5131) or Paula Runyon (812.430.1205)

Christmas Eve Service Times

Dear Family,

Despite all my planning for this weekend, several texts and emails have alerted me to the fact that I have failed to send out the times for our services on Christmas Eve. We will worship at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning and also at 5:00 PM. The two services will be different so I hope you will join us for both.

He is still Emmanuel,

Pastor Colin

FBC Christmas Party 12/10

Dear Family,

Here are the details for our Christmas party this Sunday afternoon, 12/10 at 4:00 PM: We will meet at FBC at 4, and then visit our neighbors at North River Health Campus for some caroling from 4:15-4:45. We will then reconvene at FBC for dinner and games. Pizza will be provided as the main course for dinner. Families with last names beginning with A-L please bring a salad or appetizer; M-Z families please bring a desert or cookies. All families please bring your own drinks. Cups and tableware will be provided.

Please join us to sing and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus and enjoy each other’s company.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Colin

Breakfast and Operation Christmas Child this Sunday!

Greetings FBC,

Sunday we will have a church breakfast at 9:30 in lieu of Sunday School. Breakfast will be hot and ready for you! Please bring your items for your family’s Operation Christmas Child Shoebox. We have 20 boxes that were ordered from Samaritan’s Purse so we can use these to fill or you may bring your own box if you so desire.

Items to fill the box – if you need ideas of what to put in it – the best people to ask are our little FBC members – the kids themselves! If you have questions about what is allowed or not allowed please check here for further instructions.

Please note that Samaritan’s Purse asks for a $9 donation per box to help with shipping expenses. This can be made online and will include a “Follow Your Box” tracking code enabling you to see your box’s destination. Alternatively, you can include cash or a check made out to Samaritan’s Purse inside your box.

Savannah will have the family pictures she took last week and her camera to take more if needed this coming Sunday during breakfast as well. We have notecards you may use to put in the box with your pictures so we can write a personal note to the child that God picks to receive your filled shoebox.

If you have any questions or need anything at all please call or text Holli Sullivan 812-204-1993 or Chad Sullivan 812-204-1534 and we will get you an answer!

Excited to see you all Sunday!

Holli Sullivan