LOGOS Ministry

LOGOS, our intergenerational ministry for ages 3rd through 12th grade resumes Wednesday September 27th from 4:00pm to 7:30pm!!  Registration is open online and if you’d like more information or have questions, please visit our website or email Michelle at michelle@fbcblm.org. We would love to see you there!  LOGOS Wednesdays is the place to be at FBC!!

If you’d like to volunteer in this ministry, please contact our LOGOS Director, Michelle, by email at michelle@fbcblm.org or the church office at 309-662-4253.

Big Give 2023

The BIG Give 2023

Once again, the Mission Committee will be collecting food items for Home Sweet Home Ministries Thanksgiving food drive.  This year we will be collecting items September 18 to 27. Once again HSHM, Midwest Foodbank and Thrivent have partnered with Hy-Vee for special pricing options by the case for the requested food items. Turkey cards are also available to purchase in advance at Hy-Vee registers. Just request to purchase when you arrive at check-out. Hy-Vee will also accept orders online; just leave the message HOLD FOR BIG GIVE in the comments section.

Let’s see how many meals FBC can provide again this year for families in the community!

  • 1 Box of Stuffing Mix
  • 2 Cans of Corn
  • 2 Cans of Green Beans
  • 2 Cans of Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 Box of Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 Envelope of Gravy (No jars, please.)
  • 1 Regular Pouch of French Fried Onions
  • 1 Can of Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 Box of Pie Crust Mix
  • 1 Can of Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • 1 Can of Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Box of Macaroni & Cheese
  • 1 Box of Brownie Mix
  • 1 Turkey


Volunteer Opportunities with Sugar Creek Elementary School


As we enter another year of supporting the students and staff at Sugar Creek Elementary School, here are several ways you can share your talents and time with the school.

Mentoring Programs for 5th grade boys and girls
This small group approach uses conversation and response to real life situations that the students may have faced or will face in life. They meet over the school’s lunch hour to share a meal and conversation.

In class volunteer
They have added another pre-k class this year and need helpers with young children. Grades 1-5 could also use helpers in the classrooms. Various tasks could include cutting, sorting, reading, crafts, being a friend.

Lunch Buddy
School staff will match you up with a student to share a meal once a week or as often as you can just to show an interest in the student and encourage them in their studies.

These volunteers will need to complete a background check found on the school website at https://www.unit5.org/sugarcreek Click on the Parent tab, then Volunteers, and follow the directions. If you have challenges, please let Becky know.

P.T.O. Family Nights

As events are planned during the school year, volunteers are needed to help with various activities. In the past these have been crafts, reading trivia night, reaching for the stars, and science activities.

Thank you for continuing to support this local mission partner with your time, talents, and prayers.


World Mission Offering – “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11


In September, you will have the opportunity to support ABC-USA International Ministries. You can pray for the Global Servants FBC supports, Jon and Amanda Good. You can reflect daily on the messages offered in the eLINK each week. You can give financial support. FBC has a long history of generously supporting this annual offering.

Why support International Ministries? Gifts to the General Fund are needed for resources like the website, awareness-building, mission education, WMO resources, finance and donor services, and home office support. It covers expenses for the work of mobilizing the next generation of global servants, building relationships between global servants, international partners, and mission supporters. Even when personalized support falls behind, IM’s General Fund helps keep global servants in ministry.

How are gifts used?
85% Program expenses
     10% Administrative support and fees
       5% Development and fundraising

Offering envelopes will be available on the table in the back of sanctuary as well on the table in the hallway underneath the Missions bulletin board. Thank you for considering this special offering.

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Vespers Wednesday Evening Service

5:45 PM Wednesday – Evenings

Our fall theme is: Finding God in the Depths – connecting with God in the midst of challenging times.

Participants are welcome to stay for dinner after the worship service, joining the LOGOS meal and family time when LOGOS in session.

Our summer meal schedule for the next few weeks is:

August 23: Potluck meal – bring a side dish or dessert!

August 30: [Vespers will be at the circle in Uptown Normal] – bring your own meal or get dinner at one of the nearby restaurants and we will eat together at the picnic tables under the tent.

September 6: Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

September 13: Pizza dinner!

September 20: Potluck meal – bring a side dish or dessert!

Reservations appreciated the week before when possible.  Those staying for dinner (aside from our potluck and dining out days) are invited to participate in a free will offering to defray the expenses as they are able.

Support and Connect -Faith in Action’s Ministry to Seniors


Sep. 24-Sep. 30, 2023
FIA Bus Trip to Niagara Falls & Toronto!
Get on board our incredible bus trip to Canada!  Just $910 per person, double occupancy.  Enjoy the Hornblower Niagara Cruise and so much more!  Travelers will need a current passport., Call 309.827.7780 to learn more or visit https://bnfia.org/niagara-falls-toronto-bus-trip-9-24-to-9-30-2023.  


 Faith In Actions’ Poverty Simulation

Faith in Action is hosting a Poverty Simulation for its volunteers (and the ARC staff) through the U of I Extension and is seeking volunteers to assist on the day of the event.. The poverty simulation addresses the challenges of living with limited resources and an abundance of stress. Role play or simulation is a powerful way to convey real world obstacles to securing food and shelter, while maintaining the family and negotiating support systems, agencies, and the real world.

The simulation will be October 25 at the ARC in Normal at 9 a.m. Volunteers need to be present from 8:30 until noon, depending upon the number of participants. On-line training is available and experience with the program is not necessary.

Click on the link for more information on volunteer roles. Then scroll down to the second link.  Or contact Darla Heath at 309-827-7780.


FBC’s New Mission Partner

Just as Carle BroMenn has a Compassion Closet for those who need basic clothes before leaving the hospital, they have created a Compassion Cupboard to supply those in need with simple food items. Their goal is to provide a small cloth bag of basic food that could see someone through a day or two. They asked a registered dietician and others for advice on what the bags should contain. Along with the food, the bag will also include information on area food banks and other resources to direct the person to longer-term solutions. A copy of the list of requested items is located on the information table in the Narthex, or see below for the list.

We know this is a busy time for all of us and that many of you already participate in some type of ministry helping the residents of Bloomington/Normal. Any item you can donate will be appreciated and if you prefer a financial donation instead, please note on your donation that it is to go toward the Carle BroMenn Compassion Cupboard. This special collection will take place on Sunday July 9th. Your generosity will ease a difficult time for many.


Carle BroMenn Compassion Cupboard Food List

Fruits and Vegetables


  • Tuna and chicken packages
  • Peanut butter
  • Protein bars
  • Nuts
  • Jerky sticks
  • Powdered milk
  • Protein drinks
  • Shelf stable milk (Horizon brand provides shelf stable cartons of milk)
  • Canned meats with pull tabs


  • Oatmeal
  • Premade overnight oats (there are certain varieties in the store now that are shelf stable that already made and ready to eat)
  • Crackers 
  • Precooked rice packets
  • Cereal bars/granola bars
  • Cereal
  • Cracker packs (cheese & crackers, peanut butter & crackers)
  • Pre-popped popcorn


  • Trail mix
  • Pudding packs
  • Fruit snacks
  • Squeezable jelly (plastic bottle)
  • Jelly
  • Jello cups
  • Bottled Water
  • Plastic silverware, bowls
  • Individually packaged clean wipes

Constitutional Changes– Missing Paragraph

Greetings from your Vice Moderator and Facilitator of the ad hoc committee on constitutional changes. First, I would like to thank those who attended the Annual meeting. We had a very informative meeting and accomplished some very good work. More importantly we had a wonderful overview of some of the
significant successes we as a Church have achieved in the past year. Secondly, I need to call your
attention to an omission during the Congregational Meeting on May 7 in regard to one section of the constitution.  In Article VI – Officers, Section 3, Subsection D – Treasurer, this paragraph from the original constitution was intended to carry over as-is, but was accidentally omitted during the reading of the changes in the meeting.

All disbursements shall be within the budget appropriation and no disbursement not in conformity with the budget appropriation shall be made unless approved by the stewardship committee and the Church Board. All checks shall be signed on behalf of the church by the treasurer or the assistant treasurer. The church treasurer and
assistant church treasurer will be bonded as required by the Church Board.

It was also omitted in the mailing you received as well as the online documents on the Church’s website. The omission was purely unintentional and accidental. I discovered it was missing when preparing to send to the changes to the office following the Annual Meeting. Neither the Committee nor the Board made any changes to this paragraph and therefore it should be part of the approved constitution as it was not changed/amended.

I brought this to the attention of the Board at the monthly meeting following the
Annual Meeting. We (the Board) wanted to make you aware of this oversight and let you know that it would be included in the approved constitution. Please contact me or anyone on the Church Board if you would like to discuss this further.

Respectfully, Al Strauch


Short Term Mission Opportunity

The Great Rivers Region is excited to announce an international short-term mission trip opportunity this August!  Join Associate Executive Minister, Rev. Rob Kirbach, on a trip to Budapest, Hungary for hands-on mission work with children and families at the Pannonhalmi Béla Baptist School — an elementary school operated by Hungarian Baptist Aid.  Come alongside as we continue to nurture our growing partnership with the Baptist churches and schools of Hungary.
Trip dates are August 3– 13. All the details about this trip can be found here: