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21Apr

Online Ministry and Gatherings

Sunday Online Worship Schedule

10 AM Sunday: Worship livestream: https://www.youtube.com/user/FBCBloomingtonIL/live

(Live stream will appear on the channel at 10:00am on Sunday)

Following Sunday Worship – Online Prayer gathering via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/820303010

Daily Devotional at 7pm via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/871333802

Our YouTube Channel with past Worship Services and Devotionals

Online Small Group Gatherings:

FBC Ladies Colossians Study: 1st and 3rd Sundays 6:15 pm- 6:45 pm
Zoom Link – Click to join at the meeting time.

You can prepare by reading Chapter 1 of Colossians. We are using discussion questions from Max Lucado’s Colossians study guide. Even if you don’t have the book, you can discuss the questions with us when we read them in the meeting. We would love to see new faces!

Online Men’s Breakfast: July 11 9:00-10:00 – Guest Speaker: Clayt Irmeger

Zoom Link – Click to join the Men’s Breakfast

Blended Small Group Gatherings:

Let’s Talk about Racism and Justice: Sunday evenings at 7pm

Meets in Barker Hall at the church AND online via. Zoom

(Masking and socially distanced seating will be in place for those attending in person)

Please RSVP to let us know you’re planning to attend.

Accessing the Building and Office 

The office has been reopened as of the first of the month, with Jania keeping our normal office hours of 9:00 am to 1:30 pm from Monday – Thursday and 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday.  Pastor Brian will have a mix of office hours and working outside the office as needs dictate.

All those who visit and use the church building during this time will be required to wear masks when in the presence of others, and practice social distancing from those not in their family group.  Masks are available (free) for those who need them in the narthex of the church.  Additional instructions on the use of meeting spaces will be posted in the narthex and communicated to those reserving rooms in the church to hold meetings or small groups.

The sanctuary is available during office hours for individuals and family groups to come and pray and meditate as they wish, subject to other groups/staff who have reserved the sanctuary for meetings and/or practice time.   There will be a limit of 10 people present, again, with masking and social distancing observed.

The following rooms available to use by reservation for small groups and committees of less than 10 people: Barker Hall, the Sanctuary, the Assembly Room in the basement.  Reservations may be made through Jania by phone or email.  Meeting rooms will not be available on Sunday morning, and meeting start times will be staggered in 30 minute intervals if multiple groups are in the building at once.  A maximum of 3 groups may meet in the building at the same time.

A word about ministry in this time:  

Over the years, we’ve heard it said that the church is not the building, it is the people.  The events unfolding in our world are challenging and upsetting, and at the same time, they reveal the essential truth that community and the bonds we share in love as children of God in Jesus Christ remain even when we cannot gather in person as we are used to.

At the same time, we are all leaning into and learning new ways of being the church in this time.  We believe that despite all of our uncertainty, God is present, God is active, and God is moving to redeem these events, bringing good out of what is not good.

One way we will continue to honor God and connect with each other is by gathering online for worship together; not as if we were watching Netflix or a podcast, but actively engaging and being together in a virtual space.

I believe that in the midst of something none of us would choose, God has given us the opportunity to ask some of the most important questions about our faith, to realize the value of our church family, to step into a time of fear and respond with grace, love, and the confidence that as Paul writes in Romans 8:39 “No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”