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 firstbaptistnorth.com 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).
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.