Christmas Worship Schedule

Dear Family,

We will gather for worship this weekend on Christmas Eve, Saturday at 5 PM rather than on Sunday morning at 10:30. We will resume our normal meeting time on January 1 at 10:30, and Sunday School will resume meeting at 9:30 on January 8. I will look forward to worshiping with you on Christmas Eve as we celebrate our Lord Immanuel’s coming.

Pastor Colin

Annual Members Mtg. Nov. 20

Dear Family,

I am writing to remind you of our annual members business meeting at Family Bible Church this Sunday, November 20, immediately following our worship service. All members over 18 are encouraged to attend in order to establish a quorum needed to conduct business. We will be presenting our annual budget for your approval and hearing a few brief reports on the state of our ministry and building project. In addition, our elders will present Jim McDonald for your approval as a candidate for our team of elders. Jim served on our original team of elders for six years and has graciously agreed to stand for re-election. Martin Brown is rotating off our elder team after faithfully serving our church for two consecutive three year terms. Please thank Martin for his faithful and steady guidance and prayers on our behalf. I hope you will join us to consider these important matters.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Colin

FBC Building Pledges and Meal this Sunday

Dear Family

As a reminder, during our worship service this Sunday, August 14th we will be collecting our giving pledge cards for our building expansion project. This is a huge undertaking for us, but I believe it will be of great benefit to future generations at Family Bible Church. I am assuming that by now you have taken time to pray and decide what your family is willing to give cheerfully and sacrificially so please come with your pledge card prepared to let us know what you plan to give. If you did not receive a pledge card, you can pick one up Sunday to fill out or contact us to have one emailed to you. If you would like more information about our building expansion, please see the previous post or feel free to speak to one of our elders if you have further questions. If you are unable to join us this Sunday, please mail your pledge to Family Bible Church, 15515 Husky Way, Evansville IN 47725.

After our service we will celebrate God’s provision with a meal. The main course (bbq) and tableware will be provided. Please bring drinks for your family and a side dish or dessert to share.

I will look forward to worshipping with you again this Sunday,

Pastor Colin

Members Meeting on July 24

Dear Family,

If you have been at Family Bible Church over the last two weeks, you have heard that our elders have called a Members Meeting on July 24th immediately following our worship service. I am writing to inform you regarding what our meeting will be about.

Before the construction of our current facility, our elders and several of our members formed a building committee to develop a master plan for the construction of a building that will serve, not just our current needs, but future generations at Family Bible Church. God has graciously provided our current building as stage 1 of that plan, which has been fully paid for through your generous giving. Our building has been a great place for us to gather for worship, enjoy meals together and serve as a base for other FBC events and community gatherings. One of our current limitations has been classroom space for Sunday school. We have been doing the best we can to hold classes behind screen flex walls and in our conference room. But, as many of you can testify, this has been quite challenging as we knew it would be. We also have no permanent storage space which we now create with more screen flex walls.

To address these limitations, over the past year our elders have been working on a design for stage 2 of our master plan and have collected bids from several building contractors. We eventually selected Midwest Contracting as our preferred builder who, with the support of Morley Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors, has developed a floor plan and exterior design that we are pleased with and would like to share with you. It includes new nursery and classroom space, additional bathrooms, storage, additional offices and an expanded kitchen, coffee bar and cafe area that will serve our existing facility and future expansion to the south. We believe this design will serve our family well for many years to come.

According to our By-laws the approval of our members is required for the purchase, construction or sale of any church real estate. If you have completed our process of membership will you please pray for wisdom and come to our meeting on July 24th to seek the Lord’s will together as we present this project for your approval?

See you Sunday,

Pastor Colin

The Megal Family

One of our dear families, the Megals, lost their home to a fire early Thursday morning. We are grateful that their family, their two dogs, and one snake are safe. But they are obviously overwhelmed with all of the upcoming decisions they need to make. Many of you have asked about ways to help. Here are a few ways to help out while they deal with insurance claims, housing decisions and organizing their home again.

  • You can purchase items from their Amazon wish list.
  • You can purchase gift cards to their favorite restaurants: Azzip, Dairy Queen, Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings, Los Bravos, Hacienda, Papa Johns, Chic-Fil-A, Jason’s Deli, McCalister’s. You can either deliver these cards to the Megals in church, or mail them to 506 Brook Meadow Circle, Evansville, IN 47711.
  • We will send out further information on signing up for a Meal Train next week.

Please pray for the Megals as they trust the Lord to provide for them.

Pastor Colin

Members Meeting Rescheduled

Dear Friends,

I am writing to inform those of you who are members at Family Bible Church that our elders have decided to postpone our upcoming Members Meeting by one week to allow our church family to support one of our own at a funeral. Our annual meeting will now be held on November 14th, immediately following our morning worship service. I apologize to any of you who will be unable to accommodate this schedule change, but we felt it was the right thing to do.

We will be presenting our annual budget for your approval, hearing a few brief reports on the state of our ministry, and presenting plans to expand our building to include additional classrooms, offices and storage space. I hope you will join us to consider these important matters, especially since your vote, in person, is needed to approve our budget for the coming year.

Business thus concluded, we will gather again later that evening for fun at our Barn Dance at 5 PM. John Grimm will send out a post with more details about that later.

Please help us get the word out about our Members Meeting schedule change by forwarding this email to those you know who might not be subscribed to our website.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Colin

Lunch and Grimm Baby Celebration

Dear Family,

It was great to enjoy breakfast as a church family a few weeks ago, so we’ve planned another opportunity to eat together. Please mark your calendar for a barbecue lunch after church on Sunday, July 25th. The church will provide the barbecue and dessert. Please bring a side to share and drinks for your family.

During lunch we want to celebrate with John and Allie Grimm as their baby (our first FBC staff baby) is due September 2nd. To show our love and support for them, you can choose one or both of the following: bring a package of diapers (any size, any quantity) and/or donate any amount of money toward one of the bigger items that they need. If you would like to donate money, there will be a container by the bulletins the next two Sundays marked for the baby gift. Please put cash or a check made out to Family Bible Church with “baby gift” in the memo line. If you prefer to mail the money, send to: Family Bible Church PO Box 3891 Evansville 47737-3891.

We are grateful to be able to fellowship together again and celebrate with the Grimms!

See you Sunday,

Pastor Colin

On the Positive side…

Dear Family,

As some of you may have heard, yesterday I received a positive result from a COVID 19 test that I took on Wednesday. I feel fine, and never developed any fever or symptoms beyond what I considered a mild cold or allergies, all of which are gone now. Brenda briefly developed a fever, which was the reason we both were tested, but her result was negative. Please pray that neither she, nor Joel will become infected as we quarantine at home.

Obviously I will be absent from church this Sunday. My friend, pastor Cliff Herring has graciously agreed to preach at our service, which will meet in person as scheduled and will also stream on our Facebook Live page. Extra care was taken in disinfecting the building this week, and I have not been in the building for more than five minutes since our service last Sunday. I want you to know these things in advance so that you can decide how your family will participate in worship this week.

As always, thank you for your consideration with wearing masks at FBC except when you are seated with your family in worship.

If the Lord wills, I will be back with you on the 15th. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Pastor Colin

Regarding Face Coverings

Dear Family,

In keeping with Governor Holcomb’s executive order 20-37 regarding face coverings now in effect until August 26, we ask that until everyone wear a face mask when entering the church and continue wearing it until you take your seat for worship. Since our seating arrangement maintains six feet of social distance, you may remove your mask while at your seat as long as you are sitting with members of your household. When our service is dismissed and you are visiting afterward, please put your face covering back on since it is difficult for us to ensure six feet of social distance when entering and exiting the building.

Please read sections 1. a. and 4. o. of the exec. order linked above for information applicable to our worship service. For exemptions concerning small children, medical conditions, or hearing impairment, please see sections 4. a. – d.

I know we are all looking forward to life without such requirements. But until that time comes, let’s do what we can to help keep each other safe. Please keep praying that the Lord will bring about an end to the danger of this virus soon.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Colin

on behalf of our elders at Family Bible Church

Worth Reading on Racial Conflict

Dear Family,

Like most of you I have been disturbed, concerned, saddened, confused (and a host of other adjectives) by the racial conflict engulfing our country following the death of George Floyd. To gain perspective I have tried to read widely from sources I know and trust, and from others I was less familiar with who would challenge my thinking on issues of race. While I am sure I have not read widely enough, it has become clear to me that I much to learn on these matters, which is why I have been hesitant to speak or write to you about them.

However one pastor and writer has been useful in helping me sift through the steadily expanding cloud of chaff to find the grain that informs careful and biblical thinking. I commend to you the series of articles that Pastor Kevin DeYoung is writing called Thinking Theologically about Racial TensionsThis link is to part 3 of a four part series. I suggest reading them first to last (though perhaps not all at once as there is a lot to digest). There are links to the previous posts in this article and you can subscribe to his blog to receive the fourth if you wish. May the Lord Jesus use them to expose sin in our own hearts so that we may be useful to him in bringing healing as he leads. Please pray with me that he will do so.

Pastor Colin