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4.29.20 Update


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Dear FBC Family,

I begin with a word of heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all of our church family. My heart has been encouraged and blessed as I have watched our congregation’s response during this crisis. Our members have been nothing but kind, patient, gracious, and understanding. It is a joy to be a part of a church that enjoys such a blessed unity.

As we approach the month of May, our prayer is that we can soon begin making plans to once again gather for worship as a family on Sunday mornings. Over the past few days, I have spent many hours in conversations with our church staff, deacon leadership, pastors of other churches, and medical professionals within our church. I have prayed for the Lord to direct our steps in knowing the way of wisdom.

Our church leadership is unified in longing to be back together as a congregation as soon as we feel it is wise to do so. There are just so many various issues to take into consideration. We want to be mindful of our senior adults, families with young children, our ability to carry out what churches are asked to do when they gather, as well as being considerate of our community.

We are hopeful that we will be able to begin having public worship services toward the end of May. We will know more after seeing how our state progresses during Phase 1 of the “reopening” of our state. Please remain patient and prayerful. We will give a further update on Sunday, May 17. I hope to give great news!

I also want to let you know we are doing everything possible to ensure our building is as safe and prepared as can be for when we resume meeting on Sundays. It is exciting that we are now able to be having conversations about welcoming people back to our facility. We are more than excited about that day coming!

There is light at the end of the tunnel. By God’s grace, we have navigated these uncharted waters for the past seven weeks. The Lord has been faithful, and our church has been incredible. With the Lord’s kindness and the faithfulness of our congregation, our ministry has remained extremely active. We continue to teach the Word, preach the gospel, make disciples, and serve one another. We also continue to serve our community through our food pantry and serving free meals each Monday evening. Our financial support to missions and ministry partnerships have continued to be fully funded through your generous giving. Families are being helped through our Love Account. Our staff and volunteers have labored diligently to stay in contact with our congregation. Needs are being met as they are discovered.

I wish I could more fully express my appreciation for every one of you. While the past two months have not been easy, I can honestly say I have never been more proud of this church family. I cannot wait to see all of you again on Sunday mornings. What a day of rejoicing it will be!

If you have any questions at all, never hesitate to let me know. You are always welcome to call our church office or email me directly at with any needs. I love you, church!

Pastor Michael

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