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

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)