Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
Unsurprisingly, things keep changing. Governor Abbot announced a state-wide mask requirement, with several exceptions. Churches fall under one of those exceptions. However, Governor Abbot specifically requested that churches strongly encourage people to wear masks. FBC is following Governor Abbot’s Executive Order: we are not requiring masks, but strongly encouraging you to wear them. As a reminder, masks are not meant to protect you from getting Covid, they are meant to reduce the likelihood that you will spread it if you have it and do not know you have it.
FBC leadership has been working on a reopening schedule. I set out the plan at the Congregational Meeting. Small Groups are currently meeting if they choose to. The gym is currently available for use throughout the week, but you need to schedule it with Kathy Silvertooth.
Sunday, July 5 we return to a 10:30am service. Kids’ Ministries will have a program for 1st through 6th graders in the Loft. We plan to take temperatures of the kids going to that program (this is in keeping with guidelines we are seeing for childcare facilities). Of course, children are ALWAYS welcome in the main service. Wednesday night Youth Group will resume on July 8. As of July 1, Slade Rinehart has handed off the Youth Ministry to the capable hands of Jordan Johnson. There will be a celebration of Slade and Jordan at Youth Group on July 22.
August will see major transitions. Kids’ Ministry will offer some classes during the 10:30 hour starting on August 2. The full campus will reopen on August 3 for mid-week activities. Sunday morning activities will return to normal on August 16 for Kids’ Ministries, Youth Group, and Life Groups. In the congregational meeting, we stated that Kid’s Ministries and Youth Ministries would resume on August 2. We pushed this back two weeks to coordinate it with Life Groups. We do not have a specific date for reopening the Nursery. We want to make sure that masks are not required for nursery workers before we reopen.
A couple of things to remember about Sunday mornings. We have taped off every other row to help us maintain social distancing. Please do not sit in the taped-off rows. Remember to follow the general guidelines that have been laid out by the state. For example, it is best to stay at home if you are running a fever, have been in a high-risk area, have been around someone who tested positive, or have another condition that increases your risk if you catch Covid. Please be careful and do not feel bad if you worship with us online.
Communion in July
July’s Communion service will be a little different. We will not have Communion on Sunday morning, July 5. Instead, we will have a special Communion Service at 5:00pm on July 12. We will have a time of prayer, singing, and communion. We will also kick off our 40 Days of Prayer. Plan to join us in the Sanctuary.
40 Days of Prayer 2020
We will kick off 40 Days of Prayer on July 12. Each week will take us through a different Psalm, allowing us to pray that Psalm together as a church. The Psalms we will pray through will take us through thanking God for the blessings He gives us, trusting Him when our world seems chaotic, and rejoicing as we watch God bring something new out of the chaos.
The first part of Romans 9 confronts us with the question of whether God failed Israel. If not all of Israel would be saved, how can it be said that God kept His promises to them? As Slade showed us, God is faithful. God kept His promises to Israel and He will keep His promises to us.
I need the reminder: God is faithful. I need it when I’m feeling Blah, like I have been the past couple of weeks. Not sick, not especially down, just Blah. I am ready to do stuff beyond wondering if coronaviruses ever die. It’s in those small moments of life that I need to remember that God is faithful. He is working in me and through me even in my Blah, even when the coronavirus is more active than I am.
Rocky Railway VBS – Help with Snacks!
Our Kids’ Ministry will host backyard VBS clubs at host homes the week of July 20th. They are asking for help with providing snacks for the kids at these neighborhood gatherings. You may sign up to bring items at https://bit.ly/VBSSnacks or you may donate directly for this purpose at https://bit.ly/SnackDonationsVBS.