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Wednesday Worship

Dear Family,

As announced on Sunday, we have a new way to worship together online midweek. Colton Potter will lead worship on a live stream from our Facebook page on Wednesdays at 8pm starting tomorrow. He will lead in singing about 6 songs and reading Scripture. The lyrics for the songs are attached here. You can pull the lyrics up on a separate screen or print them out beforehand. The stream will usually last 30-45 minutes. We look forward to taking advantage of this opportunity and others to worship together in this time.

John

Online Giving Information

Dear Family,

Below is all the information you need to know about the new online giving feature on the website. First, giving is NOT exclusively online. We will continue to accept checks and cash. Those forms of payment can be sent to our P.O. Box:

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

Regarding the online option of giving, the last menu option at the top of the screen on our website reads, “Give.” Click on that, then scroll down to click on a green button that reads, “Click Here to Give an Offering.” You will be asked to fill out basic information associated with your offering.

There is a fee with each donation made that goes toward the online platform used. Bank transaction fees are 1% + $0.30. Credit card fees are 2.9% + $0.30. AMEX fees are 3.5% +$0.30. That is all the information concerning online giving. You are welcome to use it or continue giving as you previously did. If anyone has questions, then please contact us.

John

Women’s Zoom Bible Study

Hi Ladies,

We are excited to get back into the study of God’s Word as a group.  Whether you joined us for the study of 1 Peter or not, we would love to have you with us as we gather virtually for Bible Study.  The study will consist of four, one-hour sessions. Two identical studies will be held; one beginning Monday, April 6 at 7 pm and the other Tuesday, April 7 at 9 am. You choose depending on which time fits best with your schedule.  Each group will be limited to 10 women.  We will meet via Zoom.  Zoom is an app that can be used on your cell phone, tablet or computer.  We ask that each group member participates from a private area so everyone feels comfortable to share openly and confidentially.

The first week we will consider why and how to study the Bible based on Jen Wilkin’s book, Women of the Word.  Feel free to read the book before we begin. The following three weeks we will learn how to study on our own by working through the book of 2 Peter.

To register for the study email Paula Runyon at plrunyon@yahoo.com.  Remember to choose Monday evening or Tuesday morning.  We are grateful this option is available while we must be apart physically, and we are looking forward to being with you!

 

Sarah Aiton and Paula Runyon

FBC Women’s Ministry

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

Sunday Church Service Live Stream

Family,

If you have not already read the previous post from Pastor Colin concerning our church’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please do so now by clicking the link. We have received word that some will be present for Sunday’s service while others plan to stay home, and we want to make participation possible for all in this unique situation. We will live stream a video of Sunday morning’s service for those not attending. The video will be streamed in real time on the church Facebook page. You will have the ability to sing, listen to Scripture reading and prayers, and watch the sermon at the same time as those in the church building. We will stream the entire service.

Click here to go to the church Facebook page. To access the video, go to the church page, and the stream will be the first thing you see. The service starts at 10:30 am. Plan on the live stream beginning 15-30 minutes before the service begins. This should provide ample time to access the stream prior to the start of the service. You may need to create a Facebook account if you do not already have one.  Our apologies to those who do not use Facebook. Providing the video on Facebook’s platform is the simplest and most efficient method for our church. If anyone does not like using Facebook, you can still listen to the audio of the sermon which we will post on the church website later on Sunday.

Have a blessed weekend,

John

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

Baptism and All-Church Lunch on 3/22

We will have a baptism during the church service on March 22nd followed by an all-church lunch to celebrate. Lydia Munro has professed faith in Jesus Christ, and she wishes to declare her faith by baptism! We welcome everyone to stay afterward to eat lunch and celebrate in community. Chicken will be provided for the main course of lunch. Those staying for the meal should bring their own drinks. Families A-L can bring a side and M-Z a dessert.

If anyone else has not received baptism since coming to saving faith in Jesus and wishes to be baptized, please contact us.

See you Sunday,

John

FBC Trivia Night

Join us Sunday from 6-7:30pm at Family Bible Church for a thrilling night of trivia
FBC will provide fried chicken. Please bring a side dish to share with all….. and your own drinks. 
Also, come prepared with knowledge on, but not limited to, the following:
The Bible…..numbers
US History…. Since the beginning
US Presidents…..only the good ones
Fifth Grade……knowledge
Disney….magical
Emoji…..🚫😎💡
Ok. Go study….
See you Sunday,
Matt Lovell

Women’s Progressive Dinner

The women of FBC will have a Progressive Dinner on Friday, January 31. Meet at the church for an evening of fun, food and fellowship as we travel to different homes for dinner. Be at the church prior to 6pm as we will leave the church at that time. The ladies do not need to bring anything. We will carpool/travel to eat at 3 houses and return to the church by 9pm.

Contact Sarah Aiton if you are coming by tomorrow (Jan 28).

Thanks,

Sarah Aiton