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       Scripture This Week: James 5:7-11

 First Baptist Church Welcomes You

Upcoming at FBC:

**All Red Links will take you directly to that event *
Remember –To make sure your event is added to this Calendar, please make sure dates and times are sent to the office No later than Wednesday of each week!

SATURDAY, December 10
Breakfast Fellowship
@ 9 am

SUNDAY, December 11 3rd Sunday of Advent
Choir Rehearsal @ 9:30 am
Coffee & Conversation before and after worship
Worship Service @ 10 am (YouTube)
children from 3yrs-5th grade can join Children’s Church program after participating in the first half of Sun. worship
Mini holiday bazaar (Craft Fair) @ 11 am
FBC Small Groups 11:`15 am
Sr. High trip to Artful Designs @ 3:00 pm
(More information below)
Bible Study@ 6:00 pm James 5:7-11

MONDAY, December 12
Ukulele Jam
@ 5:15 pm

WEDNESDAY, December 14
Crusaders Class @ 11 am
LOGOS @ 4:00 pm Christmas Night 
Vespers Service @ 5:45 pm
Bell & Choir Rehearsal Meets Together & Separately @ 7:30 pm

SUNDAY, December 18 4th Sunday of Advent
    Regular Sunday Schedule 
Choir Rehearsal @ 9:30
Caroling Event with Koinonia @ 3:00 pm (More information below)

      **Nursey Care available during Worship for Newborns- 3 Yrs. Ask our greeters!**

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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 Fellowship Breakfast, Board & Committee Meetings, LOGOS program, the Saturday 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:

Mini holiday bazaar (Craft Fair) Sun Dec. 11 Before & after Worship 
Hungary Mission Team will hold on a mini bazaar & craft fair on Sunday before and after worship. There will be a variety of items from commemorative ornaments, Bags by Allison, Crochet items by Ashley, a silent auction for Socks by Gabrielle (one made out of yarn direct from
Hungary), Baked Goods by Becky, as well as items from Rev. Newell’s closet (aka stuff found in the closet that we aren’t sure why it is there). Also, back by popular demand -a few copies of the 2004 cd produced by the FBC choirs, copies of the 150th history A Journey in Faith and notecards with a Fred V. Mills drawing of our current house of
worship that was commissioned in 1995.
The team thanks you for your prayers and support!

Candle Light Vigil Service Sun. Dec. 11 @ 7:00pm
The B-N chapter of The compassionate friends invites families and friends who have experienced the loss of a child to attend the 31st Annual Candlelight Memorial Service
St John’s Lutheran Church (1617 E Emerson, Blm)
Want to Volunteer?
Contact Sandie at 309-825-9104

Calling all High School Students! Sun. Dec. 11 @ 3:00 pm
The senior high leaders have put together a special event just for you! We are going to Artful Designs to design Christmas ornaments. There is no cost for the students. If you need a ride to attend, please contact Michelle.


Caroling  with Koinonia Dec. 18 @ 3:00 pm
Our FBC koinonia group would like to invite our youth and their families to go caroling. The Koinonia group goes caroling at different nursing homes around Bloomington as well as visit some of our church elders and shut ins every year. They will meet at FBC and divide into groups and travel to each stop.
Afterwards they are hosting a pizza party at Monical’s Pizza in the Veterans Plaza. To help with costs, they ask that each person bring $5 to eat. If your child is elementary or younger, we would like a parent to attend this event with them. Please RSVP to Michelle that you are attending this event by December 14th so we can plan accordingly! Thank you!




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
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 

 Recycle for Families. Recycling Furniture for Families has been privileged to serve almost 25,000 men, women and children since 2002. We are in search of new volunteers as well as people that may be in need of our services. We are a not-for-profit organization helping those in need obtain gently used furniture We continue to serve the individuals and families of McLean County who are in need of those basic household items that most of us take for granted. If you are aware of anyone that may be interested in our services or willing to help our cause, please feel free to contact us.


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. Have you completed a Volunteer Interest Form? To register for Volunteer Orientation, email Stacey@bnfia.org or call (309) 827-7780.

Upcoming new volunteer orientation dates

    • Oct. 4,  2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Nov. 1, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Dec. 6, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Jan. 3,  2023 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Feb.7,  2023 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Mar.7, 2023 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Apr. 4, 2023 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

**If these dates are inconvenient, please contact the Volunteer Coordination team (Stacey and Mary) to discuss options


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


ESL Star Literacy Needs Volunteers The fall 2022 tutor training begins Sept. 24 at the STAR office in downtown Bloomington. Contact Robin Landry for more information


Youth Ministry Events!





Upcoming Youth Events: 

♥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 Junior and Senior High where they will go out on different field trips every other week. Some of these outings will be to going out to hike or out to the lake while others will be mission trips like helping at Midwest Food Bank or visiting people in Nursing Homes. Each outing will have correlating Bible Study/Devotional! Please contact Michelle if interested. Outing Times to be announced!

   Next Outings:    Cornbelters Baseball Game on July 21st, Lake Day on July 31st

♥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! This class will be Sundays from 11:15-Noon starting on July 10th. 
♥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. Youth will be able to read with adult volunteers or play games/activities that help reading skills. Youth can join any time in July and August! 

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


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