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Christmas decorating, Country Christmas and online giving

 What is FBC Inside?

FBC Inside is a weekly or bi-weekly video series that I (Stephen) have started to record. The goal of these videos are to give you some inside information (that’s not typically to be covered on a Sunday morning) about what is going on in the life of the church.

Please feel free to use the form below to share information on what you would like to know more about and I will try to address what you guys send over.

Love Stephen & Nicole

What would you like to know more about?

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Website crash, simple church and thanksgiving

What is FBC Inside?

FBC Inside is a weekly or bi-weekly video series that I (Stephen) have started to record. The goal of these videos are to give you some inside information (that’s not typically to be covered on a Sunday morning) about what is going on in the life of the church.

Please feel free to use the form below to share information on what you would like to know more about and I will try to address what you guys send over.

Love Stephen & Nicole

What would you like to know more about?

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Business meeting, thanksgiving dinner and youth update

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What is FBC Inside?

FBC Inside is a weekly or bi-weekly video series that I (Stephen) have started to record. The goal of these videos are to give you some inside information (that’s not typically to be covered on a Sunday morning) about what is going on in the life of the church.

Please feel free to use the form below to share information on what you would like to know more about and I will try to address what you guys send over.

Love Stephen & Nicole

What would you like to know more about?

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Background checks, sponsored families and church sign

What is FBC Inside?

FBC Inside is a weekly or bi-weekly video series that I (Stephen) have started to record. The goal of these videos are to give you some inside information (that’s not typically to be covered on a Sunday morning) about what is going on in the life of the church.

Please feel free to use the form below to share information on what you would like to know more about and I will try to address what you guys send over.

Love Stephen & Nicole

What would you like to know more about?

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Elders meetings, simple church and the church basement

FBC Inside is a weekly or bi-weekly video series that I (Stephen) have started to record. The goal of these videos are to give you some inside information (that’s not typically to be covered on a Sunday morning) about what is going on in the life of the church.

Please feel free to use the form below to share information on what you would like to know more about and I will try to address what you guys send over.

Love Stephen & Nicole

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The SBC – A Season of Study

Good morning church I hope that this letter nds you well after a blessed week of serving Him.

7) The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8) the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9) the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. – Psalm 19:7-9

It has been the heart of the elders to continue to succeed in maintaining open and honest dialogue with the body about discussions that take place within elders’ meetings, so on that note allow this report to ll you in with our most recent discussions.

On Tuesday September 8, discussions continued about our potential new affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention. It was decided at this meeting that after the most recent discussion/questions that have been brought up over the last month, both by the body and some of the elders, that it would be in the bodies best interest to postpone (until further notice) the vote to move to this aliation.

The reason for this most recent decision was due to varying opinions and concerns surrounding three main topics.

The Baptist Faith and Message vs. our Statement of Faith

This question was raised, “If we are aliating with the SBC and replacing our Statement of Faith with the Baptist Faith & Message, are we completely comfortable with what their document does/doesn’t say about any particular topic?”.

The Gifts of Holy Spirit

The following questions were asked, “Are we ok with the SBC’s conservative stance on speaking in tongues?”, “What is the convention’s understanding of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and do we as a church line up with them?”.

Female Teaching

Discussion arose around the following questions, “What is the churches stance/understanding on 1 Timothy 2:12, and would it line up with the SBC?”, “What would the SBC say about a female teaching a coed Community Group?”.

It is evident, due the diverse views of the elder board on these topics (and other topics), that we need to commit the next few months of our time as elders to studying through these together, and we invite the body to do the same. Unity in the body is more important to us than our aliation and alway will be. After our Tuesday meeting the elders have decided to commit meeting biweekly to discuss areas of doctrine and theology before attempting to move forward unanimously and in unity.

What does that mean about our aliation to the ABC?

Due to the nature of not publicly associating with this denomination for the last 4/5 years because of their stance on certain social issues that the Bible clearly addresses. As an Elder board we would still unanimously recommend removing our ocial aliation with them. This recommendation wouldn’t change how we operate or run as a church in the slightest (nothing would change, not even our constitution). All we would need to do is write a letter to the ABC asking for them to remove our name as an ocial aliated American Baptist Church.

The elders would ask you to still attend a meeting on September 27, but this time, to ocially vote on this recommendation.

Church thank you for your input over the last month or so. It is our heart to move forward in unity as the Lord Himself leads His church.

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Elders Vs. Deacons

Even though church was canceled due to the cold weather, here is Stephen with a short video explaining the differences between the roles of Elders and Deacons.

Follow along with Acts 6:1-7

[1] Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. [2] And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. [3] Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. [4] But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” [5] And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. [6] These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. [7] And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.


Elder Moment – July 2014

On the 23rd of May myself and Steve met with Jim Kelsey the Executive Minister of New York for the American Baptist Church.  The goal of the meeting was to meet directly with the upper authority in the ABC to discuss ministry perspectives, specifically in regards to their stance on certain social issues and their leadership structure in general.

The meeting unfortunately went as expected with both ourselves and Jim being very clear and honest on where we stood.  The ABC has a leadership structure where they do not provide oversight or direction unless first asked by a congregation.  This leads to a very apathetic leadership structure and in my opinion frustratingly irresponsible on the shepherding side.  The ABC as a denomination has a fundamental root where they allow churches to interpret scripture how they choose and ABC will back them fully (except in areas of abuse noted Jim).  In the realm of social progressiveness this leads them, as Jim put it, “not to fight this battle anymore” but this is to ensure that they “don’t make their circle too small”.  Jim’s position is specifically designed to oversee and to intervene in matters that need to be resolved amidst churches so if there were a person that would be in the know, it would be him.

At the end of the meeting both Steve and myself left understanding that prayer as a body needs to be sought.  The ABC has a lackluster structure that they are very content in and it is apparent that they are not ones to stand on Biblical Truth for the fear of dying on the mole hill of some social issues.  As elders we would as that as a family we pray through our association with ABC together.  Jim proudly stated in our meeting that he has been in many other denominations and “is American Baptist through and through”, so may we pray and seek what the fruit of having ties with this denomination are and if we can confidently and biblically stand with them.

With Love,
Pastor Tim


Elder Moment – 02.02.14

In our attempt to continue to provide excellent written communication to the church, the Elders are pleased to offer this report of their current work.  Similarly, we would also ask that all other ministry leaders prepare a written report each month to share with the church.  Please send your monthly reports to Elder Doug Farley by the 15th of each month.

After a review of our office space situation in the church, the elders decided to make some changes to make best use of our limited space.  Youth Director Renae Mansfield will have an office on the second floor of the Fellowship Hall.  Pastor Stephen & Pastor Tim are relocating their main offices to the parsonage, and will be sharing an office space on the second floor of the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Tim will be there Tuesday & Wednesday and Pastor Stephen, Thursday & Friday.  We are also setting up a conference room that can be used by any ministry that would like to use an appropriate meeting space.

The elders continue to monitor the finances of the church, especially for the property purchase planned for 2014. The good news is (Praise the Lord!) we ended 2013 with $25,000 more in funds then we had at the start of the year.  Right now we have about $30,000 dedicated to the land purchase in a savings account. (The purchase price for the property is $85,000.)  There is also an additional $15,000 remaining in our operating account to start 2014.  We have received financial information (pledge cards) from 17 families in the church (15 that are able to assist over and above their tithe) with pledges that total $25,000. Of that amount, $7,500 has been received and $17,500 is still to come in. Also, several people are giving towards the building who did not give us pledge cards.  Thank you all for your prayers and support as we draw closer to our planned purchase date of June 1.

As we mentioned last month, we are now ready to ask everyone who attends church to complete a Connect Card. You will be receiving these cards in the bulletin. These forms will give us important information concerning our church family. Deacon Sherrie Twist has very graciously offered to assist with data entry into our church management software. Doug and Stephen will also work with this.  The Welcome Ministry will be involved in utilizing this information.

It was decided to hold a meeting after church today to vote on the proposed Biblical Marriage Amendment to our Constitution.  The meeting will immediately follow the service in the sanctuary. Please plan to stay for this brief but important business matter.   The proposed amendment is printed here for your review.

Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God with Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:24 states: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus reaffirms this: “He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’?” In response to this biblical instruction, the church will only perform marriage between one man and one woman.

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