eLink: Ministry This Week


          eLink for June 26 – July 3 
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                                          Scripture This Week: Galatians 5:1, 13-25

  First Baptist Church Welcomes You

Upcoming at FBC:

**All Red Links will take you directly to that event *

THURSDAY , June 23
Praise Team Rehearsal
@ 6:30 pm

SUNDAY, June 26
Sunday School videos (YouTube)
Coffee & Conversation 9:30 & 11 am
Indoor Worship Service @ 10 am (YouTube)
Koinonia Sm. Grp @ 11:15 am
Pathfinders @ 11:15 am
Bible Study @ 6 pm Galatians 5:1, 13-25(Zoom)

MONDAY, June 27
Ukulele Jam @ 5:15 pm

TUESDAY, June 28
Summer reading Grp. Informative Meeting @ 6:00 pm

Crusaders Class @ 11 am
Vespers & Special Presentation @ 5:45 pm

THURSDAY , June 30
High School Event – Hiking
@ 9:00 am

Sat Small Grp.
@ 1:30 pm

Kayaking Grp. @ 2 pm

SUNDAY, July 3
Sunday School videos (YouTube)
Coffee & Conversation 9:30
Worship Service @ 10 am (YouTube)
Old Fashioned Church Picnic @ 11:30 am
Bible Study @ 6 pm Galatians 6:1-6 (Zoom)

MONDAY, July 4

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 Our Zoom Link

Our church Zoom ministries will use one link for all regular meetings: 

    • Church Accounthttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/3096624253
      Meeting ID: 309 662 4253   (same as the church phone number)
      Used for the Sunday Prayer & Sharing time, the Wednesday Bible Study, the Men’s Breakfast, Board and Committee Meetings, LOGOS program, the Women’s Small Group and the Koinonia Class
      To Join  Zoom meeting by phone dial: 1 312 626 6799, then when prompted, enter the Meeting ID number, followed by the # key.      


Ministry & Events:


New Small Groups & Programs

    • Elementary LEGOS Small Group
      Everything is AWESOME… when you are having Bible Study with LEGOS!! There will be a new Summer Elementary Small group for youth in 1st – 5th Grade that teach on Jesus’ parables using LEGOS!
    • Junior & Senior High Small Group
      Jesus commissioned us saying “Go therefore and make disciples…” This small group will be for the summer for youth in Jr and Sr High where they will go out on different outings every other week. Each outing will have correlating Bible Study/Devotional!
    • Summer Reading Program!
      On Tuesdays in July and August, FBC will be hosting a summer reading program for youth ages 3 through 5th grade from 6-7pm. We would like to be able to break up the youth into small groups with adults, if not one-to-one so need volunteers. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. You can volunteer for all the Tuesdays or just specific ones.

      Please email Michelle to be learn more or to get signed up
    • Calling all kayaking or other paddling enthusiasts!
      Group Starts @ 2 pm Dates scheduled -Sat- July 2, 9, 30, & Aug. 6
      A summer fun group for adults (18 years and older) is being coordinated for outdoor adventures at Dawson Lake. Boats are available for rent If you have your own, you can launch it there also.
      If you are interested in joining this small group, contact Jennifer Devine at (309)310-9511,or Gabrielle Hastings at (920)904-4857, for more information
      Learn about small groups here or get signed up 

Condolences to the Family of Ron Kaufman
We are saddened to share with the First Baptist Church Family that we received news of the passing of Ron Kaufman this last week. Ron had been a faithful part of the First Baptist Church family for the past few years, and hard to miss with his readiness to laugh, generous spirit and love of the Lord and of the fellowship he experienced here.
We do not have information on a formal service, but FBC will host a special reception in Ron’s memory immediately after worship this Sunday. All are welcome to gather, share some memories of Ron, and enjoy some refreshments before moving on to Sunday Classes or staying as they wish.
May we give thanks to God for Ron’s life, and lift up his family for God’s presence in this time

FBC’s Former Organist’s Recital
June 26, 2022 – 3:00PM Wesley United Methodist Church Blm, IL
Andrew Johnson was a former FBC Bloomington organist, keyboardist and praise team leader. As a student of Leslie Sompong, he was in our church during his high school and early college years and has now graduated with a Master of Music in organ performance from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. He will present a recital open this Sunday. Check out Andrew’s FB page to learn more about this event


Vespers Presentation June 29th
You are invited to meet Sue Hegarty, Global Servant for International Ministries in Costa Rico, on June 29th. Sue will share a brief message during Vespers, followed by a light supper and presentation hosted by the Missions Committee and ABWM who have supported Sue and her work for several years. Be sure to put your name on the sign- up list in the Narthex, or contact the office to reserve your Costa Rician supper


Old Fashioned picnic 11:30am After Outdoor Worship Service
Plan to join us after worship Sunday July 3rd at 11:30 for a picnic. Hot Dogs, chips and drink provided. Bring a salad or dessert to share. OR Bring your own picnic.

Also, bring any yard games you may want to play with your church family.


Listening, Learning & Building Bridges: Multi Church Reading Group on Racial Reconciliation
As FBC and many churches have responded to the deep need of the church as a whole to pursue racial reconciliation and racial justice, we are excited to share information about ongoing efforts from the E-Free Church in Bloomington to bring multiple churches together in this work.
This summer, they have started a reading group on the book: Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison, and three members of FBC attended the initial meeting this past Tuesday. The readings and conversation afterward was powerful, honest and grace filled, an invitation for the church to embrace the work of doing a better job than the world around us of reflecting God’s vision of community. Learn More Here 


Technical Notes on the Worship Livestream:
         * Recordings of the worship service are usually available on our YouTube Channel immediately after the service ends. 

In the event of livestream disruptions:
        * Try completely exiting the program/tab or app and the rejoining from the front page of the website or using this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/FBCBloomingtonIL/live

       * Check the front page of our website or the FBC Facebook page. We will post information and updates there on what happened and how to rejoin.  

       *  On a brighter note: did you know that there are lots of ways to watch our church services and other videos on your TV?  If you have internet access and either a smart TV or other device connected to your TV (like Roku, Amazon Fire, TIVO, PC, etc.), you can use a built-in YouTube player to access our YouTube Channel – just look for First Baptist Church Bloomington.  Chatting during services will still require a separate computing or mobile device. Call or email the church if you’d like technical support in getting this set up.


Supporting the ministry together



Contact Us

 – Office Hours 
Mon -Thurs:        9:00am –   1:30pm
Fri:                        9:00am –   11:00am
Office Phone:      (309) -662 -4253

Church Officesecretary@fbcblm.org / (309) 662-4253
Pastor Brian: brian@fbcblm.org / (920) 924-6857
Pastor Chericherigrizzard@comcast.net / (309) 212-1609
LOGOS Director: michelle@fbcblm.org / (618) 303-3630
Praise Team Leader: Allison@fbcblm.org /(309) 846-0403



Mission Connection Opportunities






FBC Community Partner volunteer Opportunities 

Sugar Creek Elementary School
FBC members help make Sugar Creek a wonderful place to be and they would love to have you volunteer in their school. If you are interested in donating your time you must complete the background form through Bushue. This has to be completed each year. You will not hear back from Unit 5 unless there is a problem. We do ask that you complete the background check at least 7 calendar days before you volunteer. Thank you for supporting our students and staff and being a part of our school community, your time is GREATLY appreciated!

Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter
For over 12 years a small group of FBC members have faithfully purchased, prepared and served a meal once a month at the Safe Harbor Shelter in downtown Bloomington. It only takes a couple of hours if you cook and less than an hour if you serve of your time.
For more information about these FBC mission opportunities contact the office

Faith in Action
Are you ready to brighten an older adult’s day?  With Faith in Action, volunteer drivers, shoppers and friendly visitors choose when and how often they volunteer.  To register for Volunteer Orientation, email Stacey@bnfia.org or call (309) 827-7780.  Upcoming new volunteer orientation dates:

July 5 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm 


Local Community Mission Opportunities

Consider volunteering with PATH. The team is always looking for compassionate, respectful, and responsible prospects to join. PATH offers the following volunteer opportunity:

Crisis Line/ 211 Volunteers – Spring (usually beginning in early February), Summer (usually starting in mid-June), and Fall (generally beginning in mid-September) Click for more information

Midwest Food Bank
Midwest Food Bank is structured to provide service opportunities and operate through the work of volunteers. Our volunteers are more than our hands and feet; they are fundamental to the success of our organization. They collect, sort, pack, and distribute food and disaster relief donations, and remind us every day that our mission could not be achieved without them. Click for more information

Home Sweet Home Ministries
Home Sweet Home Ministries demonstrates Christ’s love through innovative approaches that instill hope, restore lives, and build community. Our vision is for our ministry to be a ministry of refuge and renewal powered by Jesus Christ. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the way we serve those in need at Home Sweet Home Ministries. Every year, volunteers dedicate thousands of hours of service to accomplish our mission and vision. Click for more information





One Great Hour of Sharing- Love Remains


“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13

OGHS supports disaster relief, ministries to displaced persons, and development projects of the American Baptist Churches and it partners. FBC participated in a special collection in March to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. According to Lisa Rothenberger-Winter, World Relief Officer, ABC-USA the response was, “Unprecedented. Across six countries, Baptists spontaneously opened their churches, homes, camps, etc. to shelter some of the millions that have been forced to flee their homes…Within days, more that 1000 places were made ready – 600 within Ukraine – for all that are migrating to sleep, eat shower, and receive a word of hope. … Amanda and Jon Good in Debrecen Hungary opened their home to host families, providing space and radical hospitality when their church is at capacity hosting other refugees. And Larry Stanton is traveling to the border weekly with IM partner, Hungarian Baptist Aid, modeling the best of what it means to serve alongside a partner – doing whatever needs to be done. Our funds are following our relationships – foundations of trust, support and mutual accountability that were established in times of stability.” (ABC-USA OGHS publication 2022) The most recent amount the Great Rivers Region has raised is $48,587.11.

The response to the Ukraine crisis is just ONE aspect of how OGHS offers help to those hurting. OGHS has responded to Covid19 relief, building schools for children in Liberia, working with partner Lutheran World Relief providing blankets, hygiene supplies and clothing to families in Yemen, supporting immigrants from Central America finding a new life in Indiana, and helping with hurricane relief in Louisiana. Prayerfully consider supporting this annual offering. Click here for more information or to learn how to help 

Breakfast Fellowship- All Are Welcome


 Saturday, March 12, 2022  @  9:00 AM

All Are Welcome to Join us on ZOOM


Speaker: Don Mahannah from INtegRIty Counseling

INtegRIty Counseling is a community-based, non-profit counseling agency located in the heart of Bloomington’s west side.
They do not have a set fee for counseling, but instead, use a pay-as-you-can method and ask clients to contribute what they can.
We use qualified professionals and

counseling interns who donate their time to see clients.
People cannot easily address emotional or mental health issues on their own.
Emotional and mental problems affect economic and physical health.
Poverty, unemployment, family issues, peer pressure and neighborhood conflict can cause abuse, neglect, low self-esteem, depression, addiction, trust issues, violence and other problems that limit self-growth.

Contact: Daniel Schuetz @dschuetz11@gmail.com



LOGOS resumes January 19th with Pajama Night!


LOGOS resumes January 19th with
Pajama Night!! LOGOS is from 4:15-7:30pm on Wednesdays and is for ages 3 through 12th Grade! Youth are still able to join LOGOS! Please contact Michelle to register!
In the case of inclement weather, the cancellation of in-person LOGOS will be sent out through text, updated on the website, and sent in a LOGOS email. Please know that if you feel unsafe to drive in your area, it is okay to remain home. Remember to call to let us know if you/or child will be absent, so we know you are safe.
On LOGOS “Snow Days”, we will hold a shortened LOGOS Game-Time on the church Zoom! This will be from 4:15-5:15pm where will check in, play games, and have a prayer time. You can join this at Zoom


Youth Ministry Events!

is our midweek intergenerational ministry for ages 3-12th Grade! Check out our website! (Click Here)

Sunday school- Video Playlist on our FBC YouTube Channel


Upcoming Events: 

♥Junior/Senior High Event!- On December 12 we will be providing lunch at 11am (following the Worship Service), taking them to see “The Chosen” in theaters and baking Christmas Cookies!!  If your Junior/Senior High youth is interested in attending this event or if you’d like to chaperone, please let me know at michelle@fbcblm.org so we can order tickets.

♥Elementary and Preschool Event!- On December 17th from 5:30-7:30pm, we will be watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, having a special “Follow the Star” Christmas Scavenger Hunt and playing Glow in the Dark games. Parents are welcome to drop off their youth or join in that night. Please RSVP to michelle@fbcblm.org.

Welcome to our new Praise Team Leader, Allison Benton!

On behalf of the First Baptist Church board, we are excited to share that Allison Benton has been hired as our Interim Praise Team leader, with an additional role in coordinating our new Wednesday Evening Vespers Service that is scheduled to begin on September 22.  Allison has a Bachelor’s degree in Worship Arts from Greenville University, is a member of First Baptist and has a long history of participation in our worship ministry.  She has a great love for the Lord and seeing the church thrive.  

Springfield Baptist Church Camp

LSBC Offers a safe, nurturing  environment for your family. Our directors and counselors are extensively vetted., and background checked.  Staff and Lifeguards are CPR and first aid trained and we have a medical doctor on call.

Encompassing nearly 40 acres,  LBSC walking trails, outdoor sports, boating, fishing and in ground pool.  Our directors and counselors provide excellent biblical teaching, fun games, and time for worship and devotion. All designed to build a relationship  with Christ and with each other. Check out their website for more information

The C.E. Committee reminds you that scholarships are available to all who attend camp. 50% of the camp fee can be covered by FBC for all children and youth campers.

Connecting with Others: Sharing meals, sharing life

Food is a necessity of life — and a meal shared with others can be life for the soul.

Our human interactions with and around food are a universal experience and are likewise found throughout scripture.  Sometimes those meals are life-changing; from Abraham and Sarah setting a feast before three strangers who will share good news, to a Passover feast eaten hurriedly in anticipation of God’s saving work, to the meal Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion…

In our lives today, meals are both an ordinary experience and one with the potential to experience God’s presence is made tangible.  How might we lean into that potential, both in our the lives of our homes/families and among our friends and wider community?

Some quick thoughts:

  • Use a meal as an opportunity not only to connect with friends but to get to know new people.  Invite someone you don’t know as well.
  • If family meal time has become scattered – what would it look to prioritize that time at least a few times a week?
  • Another building block would be to use conversation starters or short devotional times as part of the meal.
  • Remember that at the core of this is loving one another where they are at.  It is important to stay open to spiritual opportunities and deeper conversations – but the goal is not “getting people to come to church” or a aiming for some kind of conversion conversation.  Let God do that work.  People are not projects for us to work on, but are beloved by God whatever happens or doesn’t happen in a specific moment.


A quick note – obviously much of this is more difficult in the time of Covid; particularly outside of the people in our immediate circles.  The CDC has provided updated guidance for small gatherings of fully vaccinated people, and the possibilities that opens up.  For Christians, the law of love of neighbor and care for those most vulnerable/at risk, continues to take precedent in guiding our choices and actions.  In the midst of this, let us continue to think and act creatively so that we are connecting with others while caring for one another’s health. 

Ideas and Resources for Gathering around the Table:

(links provided are not a blanket endorsement of all content and perspectives found within them; take/adapt what is useful)

Small Group Meal Resources:

Meal Ideas — something to get some friends together and try: http://sneakyspoons.com/2012/01/small-group-meal-ideas.html

Incorporating meals into existing small groups: https://www.smallgroups.com/articles/2009/sharing-meal.html

Family Resources: 

Simple conversation starters provided monthly by the UMC https://www.umc.org/en/content/get-them-talking-discussion-starters-for-families

50 Table Talk Questions (general questions that open up conversation)

The challenge of leaning into difficult subjects around the dinner table:

Religion and Politics at the Dinner Table: Challenging the Old Maxim

Tips for Having Challenging Conversations – Some really good practical advice here