A Slice of Murder
This year, we return to the murder mystery format where the audience (that’s you!) is called on to identify which of the eight cast members committed the crime. Our murder mystery will find you at a cooking retreat where the guest celebrity chef has been murdered. As you ponder the crime and the possible assailants, you will be served a delicious three-course dinner (details below).
Date: Saturday, Feb 12
Menu: Salad, rolls, herb-roasted chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and dessert
Price: $10 per person
Message from Pastor Mark
God loves the body of Christ and this local church is His Body. Our purpose from the Lord for the remainder of 2020: Restore the Body Principle in the Local Church 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many (1 Corinthians 12:12–14).
There are Considerations – As we have worked to develop a re–start plan for our church services, three guiding principles have emerged and given shape to our response:
- Make the environment safe … Deep clean and sanitize all surfaces and shared spaces using chemicals that have minimal impact on people, furnishings and the environment. Minimize and reduce touch points. Set protocols to clean before and after use of all surfaces and devices.
- Take care of our people … There is a lot about this health crisis that is out of our control. In response, we are looking for remedies to bring order to the chaos – utilizing set protocols to maintain a 6’ distance, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and supporting people who are wearing their personal PPE.
- Be flexible and adaptable … We cannot stress enough the need to be flexible and adaptable. We know recommendations for creating safe and healthy environments will continue to change and evolve as we receive additional guidance from experts on how best to safeguard against COVID–19.
There will be Challenges – After we have gathered for Sunday morning services for a few weeks there will be modifications made for sure. At this time, before our first service even happens, people foresee challenges to our success. For example: What will be the timing for next steps? How important are the “other gatherings” and how should they start back up? God has given us strong leadership and wisdom–filled counsel from trusted sources who are in decision making roles in our surrounding community. Your shepherd leans on the word and prayer for discernment and discretion to lead God’s church each step of the way. Please continue praying for everyone in our church family as we refresh our closeness and oneness in fellowship.
Plan for Worship & Online Services Services:
- First Sunday is May 31, 2020 – service times in auditorium 9 & 10:30 AM.
- We are removing 100 chairs from the auditorium to ensure proper distancing.
- There will be no coffee served in the Coffee House.
- We will make provision for in person offering in the lobby.
- Welcome Team will write names of attendees and provide direction for entering the auditorium.
- No Sunday Groups in the Café.
- No Investors or BYM in the Fellowship Hall.
- No FaithPlace for Travelers or for Friends. To clarify there will be no childcare.
- Our 10:30 AM worship service will be on Facebook Live & posted on YouTube upon completion as a recording.
- Zoom meetings continue for Investors, Youth, Men’s, Women’s and Missions Prayer.
Recommendations for Our Family:
- While you are on the property and in the building please be disciplined with your social interaction. No hugs/handshakes please. Be circumspect, considerate, and respectful of our brothers and sisters.
- Social distancing applies in the entry ways, hallways, auditorium, and restrooms.
- Masks are optional. We will not hand out masks. Feel free to wear one.
- Ushers will be responsible to station at each entrance/exit to the building. They will facilitate operation of the doors open for people entering/exiting.
- Lead usher will be stationed at the offering table and place the offering in the secure area at the end of each service.
- Those arriving to the building should enter through the Administrative Office (south) entrance. Exit will be through the double doors of the Coffee House.
- Services will only be one hour long to allow for extra time between services for people to leave the building.
- Pastor will dismiss people in proper manner as to ensure proper distancing.
- Those arriving for the 10:30 AM service should not enter the building before 10:15 AM
- South hallway restrooms operate per usual. Lobby restrooms will be monitored by an usher. He/she will be stationed outside the doors to ensure one person at a time and wipe down of entry/exit door surface.
- For those who are sick or have symptoms please stay home.
- And finally, if there is still a sense of discomfort being together in our church building please make every effort to stay close and connected through our online presence. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your church family as well!
Living Out the “Body Principle”:
- The decision for you as a believer, church goer or member of First Bible Baptist Church to attend in person worship services at any time starting Sunday, May 31 is yours alone. You are free in the liberty of Christ to stay at home, come to the church building, wait for weeks longer or simply attend a 9 am or 10:30 am service on any given Sunday starting May 31. Your pastor asks that all of us honor, respect and support everyone’s decision. It is your personal free will choice and we will be unified in our high regard of everyone making their decision.
- First Bible Baptist church is many members and not just one member. And we are one together! As the scripture says, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” With the Bible mandate in mind, your pastor asks that we all support the leadership and shepherding decisions with unity in the Spirit as we are instructed in Ephesians 4. We will be successful restoring the body principle in the local church through the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God. And we will do it together as we embrace the deep love in Christ we have for one another!
Looking forward to seeing everyone,
Pastor Mark – 1 Corinthians 12:12–14
Our Spring Session has been canceled and will be rescheduled for the Fall.
If you have already registered, that registration will be automatically credited to the Fall Session.
If you would like a refund, please email the ADP Sports Director, Mark Brown with your request.
Fall Session dates will be announced as soon as possible.
Six-week session is just $10!
I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase before, or even seen the hashtag, #thestruggleisreal.
It’s become somewhat of a “saying” for when we don’t like the ‘minor’ discomfort we are going through, almost making light of true struggles. The fact is, everyone deals with struggles…real struggles, every day of their life. The question is, what are you doing about yours?
Special guest speaker, Julie Tsoukalas, will be with us Friday night and Saturday morning. Here is a little bit about her: Julie Tsoukalas will be happily married for 17 years in May to her handsome hubby Jimmy. Together they have three daughters, Tina (15), Kat (14), and Sia (12). Julie loves her life in Zambia working with the Deaf, but admits she doesn’t love the mosquitos! Julie truly believes that laughter is great medicine, and that the Word of God holds all the answers and hope we need for any and every situation. She looks forward to sharing her heart with you at the conference.
The event will be held at the church and included in the conference fee is dinner Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
Easter Sunday @ 8:30 & 10:15 am
Rejoice in the Light of Easter’s Day
Blessed Dawn, created by award-winning songwriter Tony Wood, with narration by Dr. Heidi Petak and arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Semsen, is one of the most profound and provocative Easter musicals in recent history.
Just as the songs portray a landscape of both old and new, the landscape of performance levels found in Blessed Dawn range from the intuitive and accessible to the moderately challenging. Conceptually, the musical strikes tones of great emotion and high celebration, voiced alongside notes of the sorrow, reverence and suffering portrayed in the Passion of the Christ. This new work calls out to those who hear it, urging that you present it with great focus and a special commitment to sharing the message of the Gospel and the power of His resurrection. We pray a special blessing on you and your choir, orchestra, soloists, narrators and media teams, as you present the story of Easter in…Blessed Dawn.
Choir rehearsal starts on February 7 @ 4pm in the Auditorium. The first rehearsal will be followed by a Super Bowl party in the Cafe.