Monday, March 23 @ 4:00 pm

Good afternoon church,

As you are probably aware of by now, Governor Holcomb asked Indiana residents to stay in their homes (except for work and essential errands) until April 7 to slow down the spread of this virus.  We were not surprised by this move, as our neighbors to the east, west, and south had made similar decrees.

We want you to know this does not change how FBN was already functioning.  Our building is still closed to all groups and gatherings, as we seek to be obedient to the authorities God has put in place and do our part for the health of our community.  But it does not mean that ministry ceases.

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and willingness to take part in our live stream yesterday!  We have heard many stories of you sharing the service with your friends and family, especially those who do not know the Lord.  We could not be more excited that you were so freely sharing the hope we have in Jesus.  Keep it up!  We are thrilled that God is using this to make His Name known to even more and more people!  What a gracious God we serve!

Moving forward, we will continue offering Sunday morning services at 10 AM, and look forward to you joining and sharing those just as enthusiastically in the weeks to come (we will be starting our Easter series this week).  Starting this Wednesday, we will have a video stream of our study in Proverbs at 6:30 PM, in the same places (our website and our facebook page) our Sunday stream was broadcast.  Also, starting next Monday, the FBN staff will be putting on a weekly video series called A Fruitful Home.  The focus of this will be to encourage you to take this extended stay at home and ask God to help you develop each of the fruits of the Spirit in you and your home. Along with the video message we will be giving you links to resources that will encourage you and deepen your study of that week’s fruit.  (In addition to these, our elders are working on devotions that we will share with you in the days to come, and we hope to make some kids lessons via video once we have some key people released from quarantine).

All in all, we still want to be a valuable resource and community for you while we each keep pursuing Jesus in this unique and difficult time.  So what do we want from you?  1) Please keep praying!  For your church, for the slowing and elimination of this virus, for our medical community, and for those who don’t know the Lord to be brought to Him at this time!  2) Keep taking part in—and sharing!—our services online. It’s important that we still “gather” to the degree that we can.  3) Give.  The mission of the gospel has not stopped, even if a lot of things have.  We have been getting notes from many of our missions partners, all whose ministries have been touched in some way by this global pandemic.  All are still doing what they can to spread the gospel of Jesus to the world.  You can mail your tithes to P.O. Box 5308 or give online at  4) Find ways to encourage each other.  Reach out to one another.  Have video chats.  Start text groups.  Send cards. Be the church! 

We continue to be amazed at this loving, awesome, gracious congregation that God has gifted us here at FBN.  We are already longing to see you all in person again, but in the meantime we will “pay careful attention, then, to how (we) live—not as unwise people, but as wise—making the most of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5: 15-16).

In Christ,

Your Pastoral Staff at FBN

Monday, March 16 @ 12:40pm

We are grateful to the Lord this morning for a wonderful weekend of ministry!  Thanks to all of you who went above and beyond to make the events and services such a meaningful time for so many!  Though the coming weeks will stretch our ministry to adapt and accommodate using various worship formats and strategies, we continue to trust that His Word will be proclaimed, that people will be served, and the Gospel will be advanced through FBN.

After much prayerful consideration, the FBN Elder Board has decided to postpone all group gatherings that would regularly meet in the FBN building, including Sunday services, Wednesday night Bible studies/gatherings, men’s and women’s studies/gatherings, Shalom Fitness, Priceless, choir and band rehearsals, etc…

*Food Pantry will remain open for the community.  FBN congregants in need can receive assistance by appointment.

This decision has been made with the help of the CDC recommendations and professional medical advice.  The Elders feel it is better to err on the side of caution in preparation for the coming weeks as the coronavirus nears Vigo County.  If you have any further questions about this decision, the Elders have made themselves available directly and you can find their contact information on our website.

Though our physical gatherings are postponed, please take heart to know that we will still be worshiping together this Sunday virtually!  Whether it be through a reliable live-stream feed, or a pre-recorded experience (more information to come), we invite you all to join us for worship this Sunday.  Consider now how you may foster an environment of worship with your family on Sunday morning.  Be creative! Take advantage of the opportunity for some focused family worship time.  We still encourage all who call FBN home to worship the Lord in giving as well.  

Online giving is available on our website.  You can also mail your gifts @ PO Box 5308, Terre Haute IN, 47805.

Remember that our office hours will remain the same, which are: Mon/Tues 9am-12pm, Wed 9am-4pm, Thurs 9am-12pm

Please let us know if there are any needs that the Elders or staff can assist you with during this unique time.  Remember to pray for Pastor Brett as he recovers from his illness, and pray for the Africa missions team as they travel this week back to the US.  As always, we love you all!  Please stay tuned as we provide updates throughout the week.

In Christ,

FBN Elders

10:55am friday, 3/13

FBN Coronavirus update from our Elder Board:

(Elders: Pastoral Staff - Brett Parks, Adam Conner, Brandon Pittenger; Elders - Mark Schuld MD, Steve Miller, Mark Gibson, Mike Hogan)

Hello FBN!  Due to the recent guidelines announced by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (click here), your FBN Elder Board has prayerfully and thoroughly discussed how these guidelines should affect our services for this Sunday. 

This Sunday our 9am and 11am services will still be in effect, but nursery, FBNkids, and coffee will not be offered during worship services.  Also, we will stand down from all of our 10am gatherings and classes. The reason for this change is to limit the risk of exposure, to give freedom to our volunteers and teachers, and to afford us time between services to clean and sanitize the building.  We are working on a viable livestream option that could be available as early as this Sunday to help accommodate these changes. We will keep you updated on this option, and we will also have the recording of the sermon accessible on our website as early as Sunday afternoon.  If you come Sunday, bring your coffee with you!

We know that emotions are high and there are many different opinions on how to proceed.  Please know that our confidence is in the Lord! These are not decisions made in fear, rather in deference to the many at FBN to promote health, limit risk, offer freedom to our faithful volunteers, and still foster an attitude and environment of worship to our great God!  We will continue to prayerfully walk this balance as an Elder board and keep you all updated as we move forward.  

A few last things to keep in mind:

  • Ministry updates will continue to be sent through email, text and our website, so please stay tuned as we move forward into this weekend and future weeks.

  • Please remember to follow the guidelines provided by the Vigo County Health Department (click here)

  • Please pray that God would use the church to be “salt and light” to our community during this time as we overtly declare our confidence in the Lord and do our part to not feed the panic, but to point people to Jesus.

  • Pray for our Africa mission group as God is using them wonderfully there to implement a children’s ministry strategy.  The reports have been amazing so pray that God would sustain them through the remainder of their trip, that the coronavirus scare would not hinder our celebration for what God is doing, and that God would give them safe travels home early next week.

  • Pray for Pastor Brett as he is on a plane back to the states right now!

Please feel free to reach any of the Elders as we move forward.  With love for you all!

FBN Elder Board