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27 March 2020
We are continuing to watch the events unfold around us and prayerfully seek to utilize the resources and technology available to us for the sake of the gospel and your souls. You are aware that Governor Holcomb has made an emergency declaration effective through midnight on 6 April. This declaration affects our ability to meet together in person for the next two Sundays and so we will be continuing to provide resources for worship in your homes. This can never replace the gathering of the church in one location as we do normally every week. Yet it is the best we can do at this moment. There are multiple ways you can access these resources: the church’s website (fbcmooresville.org), emails, and Facebook.
Our need for connectedness and growth in the gospel is not stymied by a ‘stay-at-home’ order. If anything, the opportunity is greater. All of the outside entertainment options normally available to us have been temporarily withdrawn. So let us use this time wisely. One way we are seeking to shepherd you in this moment is through various online options. Pastor Bob is leading a ‘small group’ on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. We are hosting a virtual prayer time on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Look for emails that have specific directions on how to access those online services. If you need help with the technology, let us know and we will do what we can to get you set up.
Another blessing of this moment is the provision of great gospel-centered resources from a number of parachurch ministries. Many of these organizations are now providing their resources for free. Since there is a preponderance of opportunities and we do not want to explode your email with them all, we are carefully selecting some of them for your attention. We will link to these resources on the church’s website under the banner ‘COVID-19’.
We have been encouraged by the way you have been connecting one to another. This is exactly what the church should be doing – loving, serving, and praying for each other and our community. Some of these stories are beginning to float up to us. We would love to hear your story. Would you let us know how God has been moving and providing for you and perhaps been using you to serve the gospel to others? Tell us your stories and let us rejoice together in God’s mercy and grace.
We do not know what the future is going to hold for us. We are thinking and planning for the time when we will once again worship together at 680 Indiana Street. Pray for us as we seek wisdom in this area of timing. We are quite sure that it will not be a clear-cut decision to make and godly insight is needed. Of this we are sure – God is not fretting about what to do or what will happen. King Jesus still sits on the throne of this universe, directing all things to be woven together for good to us who love the Father and are called according to his purpose. In this we rest and in him we trust.
Grace and peace,
Guy & Bob
This afternoon, Indiana Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-08. This directs all Hoosiers to shelter in place. While we have already cancelled our in-person church activities, this directive now means that the church office will be closed through April 7th.
However the essential functions of the church can and will continue. We will continue to fulfill the minimum administrative requirements necessary for effective ministry.
If you have a need or know of a need within the congregation, either contact one of the elders and/or deacons, or let us know through our Facebook page.
This will not last long and soon we will be back to our regular ministry activities.
19 March 2020
Do you have your children at home and wondering what you can do to lead them in bible study and devotions? The resources available to you on the Internet are vast. But if you are looking for a high quality discipleship material, we recommend to you Lifeway Kids. Lifeway has opened up this resource to you free of charge and no strings attached. Users have access to video content from the “Bible Studies for Life for Kids” worship hour, Bible story teachings, life application, and kids talking about this week’s topic. The material is not age-graded and is geared toward first through sixth graders.
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17 March 2020
Dear Church Family,
With the COVID-19 virus threat, it is prudent that we take measures to protect ourselves. This is not normal business and I ask for your understanding as we work through our response to it. The situation is changing rapidly and the advice coming to us from our governing authorities changes nearly every day. Yet as you are aware, the general direction is to limit our physical interactions with one another in order to help curb the predicted rapid rise in infections. In order to do so and in compliance with the current mandates, we are taking the following actions.
First, all church activities including Sunday services are canceled for the rest of March. This includes two Sunday morning worship services (March 22 and 29). We will reevaluate the situation as we approach the end of the month and make the appropriate determination on how we move forward from that point. Remember though that worship does not begin or end with our Sunday gathering. While we firmly believe we should gather together to worship and spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Heb 10:24-25), this temporary cessation of our physical togetherness is an opportunity for continue worship in different settings.
To aid you in worshiping at home with your gathered family, I will be producing a ‘sermon’ video and worship guide for you to use. This will include a suggested order of worship with songs you can sing together (Col 3:16-17), Scriptures to read, and of course a time of instruction from the Word of God. This video and accompanying documents will be available to you on the church website (fbcmooresville.org), our Facebook page, and sent to you via email.
Second, while we would never seek out circumstances such as what we are experiencing, this is an opportunity for us to put into practice that which we have believed. We believe the church is not a building but a called-out people. We believe that each of us is called to fulfill the ‘one another’ commands of the Scripture. We are to love and serve one another. We believe that for us, to live is Christ and to die is gain. WE believe God is sovereign over all things and there is not a viral string of genetic material operating outside of His divine oversight and direction.
Therefore, let us act upon our faith. Let us commit to staying in contact with one another. Intentionally call another church member just to check up on them and let them know they are not alone. When you discover a need with another family, push it up to the church’s leadership so we might attempt to meet it. Go next door to your neighbor and make yourself available to them. If you are healthy and able to buy some groceries for someone who cannot or should not get out of their house, do so. Live, love, and serve with the grace of Christ.
Third, because ministry is not stopping, the financial needs of our ministry will not stop. Let me be as transparent as possible. Now is not the time to stop giving for the work of the gospel. Be faithful as the Lord is faithful to you. You can securely give online through our website (fbcmooresville.org), send you offering through the mail, or drop it off at the church office during business hours.
Remember brethren, this is a temporary measure. We will gather again on a Sunday morning with the rest of the saints of God. We will again sing the songs of Zion and the glories of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you miss being with your church family. I do. And I can’ t waits till we are together again. Until that time,
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.