July Worship Services Update

Dear Church Family,

This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! 

In spite of Covid!

In spite of the lack of peace in our world and in our society!

In spite of challenges we face as individuals!

In spite of the spiritual battles that we face every day!

Today is the day that the Lord has made!

WE CHOOSE to rejoice in the gift of today!

Updates

#1: After evaluating the situation with the increasing Covid19 numbers in our state and in our countywe have decided to worship via streaming for the month of July.

There will be no “in-house” services for the month of July.  One of my best friends is a pastor in Limestone County (in a church about the size of ours) and they are now up to 20 confirmed cases in their church. We are making the best decisions that we can make under these trying circumstances. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support.  They mean the world!

#2: While we will not have “in house worship” in July, we are tentatively planning a Sunday evening picnic on July the 26th at 6 pm here at the church.

The church would provide one or two pizzas and water/cokes for each family depending upon the size of the family. The reason we are thinking about a picnic is because an outdoor picnic would allow us to both “socially distance” and also have the joy of seeing one another on the church lawn.

We would also take that opportunity to honor our graduates from high school and college as we did not get that opportunity in May.

We will make a final decision on the picnic next week as we evaluate the state of Covid in our county and state.

#3: Wonderful things are going on even as we deal with the issues of Covid. **This Sunday, Bobby Cooper will be baptizing a teenager that he recently led to the Lord.   **Our D-Life groups and Sunday School classes are forging ahead both through Zoom and through Socially distanced meetings.  **Our men’s Bible study had 16 in attendance this past Tuesday morning via Zoom!  **Our giving to the Lord’s work has remained very strong as we averaged over $17,000 per Sunday in June in general fund offerings while money continues to be given to our Forward by faith and Lunches of Love ministries.  **I continue to receive many positive comments about our online services (which are always accompanied by: “But I can’t wait till we are back in church!” And I always say “Amen!” to that! )

#4: We are continuing to renovate our church buildings during this period of time.  The chapel floor has been replaced with the wood look vinyl and the chapel will be painted this week. Also, our parking lots are now repaired and restriped.  We are also in the process of getting all the panels in the various bathrooms fixed and the preschool wing is in the process of being repainted as well.

#5Both our youth and children are having outdoor, socially distanced meetings on Wednesday nights and those are going well.

 Also, please remember that every Tuesday, I post a study in the Psalms to our website and to our Facebook page.

Also, every Wednesday night, we post a teaching time from Bro. David and Bro. Joe as well.

Also, if you have a topic or passage of Scripture that you would like for me to teach on, email me at TommyBolan5@gmail.com! I’ll make sure that I cover it.

Finally, what an honor it is to be your pastor and to serve this great church.  This church body is one of the most committed, worshipful, loving, encouraging, persevering, and giving local churches anywhere to be found! Thank you for the part that you play each day to make this part of the Kingdom of God a joy to our Lord and to this entire church staff!

Yours in Christ Jesus, Bro. Tommy

Online Only Worship This Sunday

Dear Church Family,

Due to the increase of Covid19 cases both in Alabama and in Madison County, we are not going to meet this week (July 5th)  at the church.  We will be streaming our service instead as we have done in the past, at 10:15 on Facebook and YouTube.  We recognize that we have just “opened back up” but the increase in cases is enough to cause us to hold off on meeting this weekend.  We will let you know early next week what our plan is for July 12th.  We will open up registration for the 12th when we know if it is possible to meet.  Thank you.

Returning to Church Guidelines

Returning to Church Guidelines

****Update July 9th: We will not have in-person worship for the month of July. We will reevaluate plans for next month and announce them the first week of August. You can check back on our website homepage, Facebook page, or sign up for our One Call Now weekly email updates by emailing clairefbcm@gmail.com to stay in the loop with announcements.

 

Dear Church family, we are continuing with our plan of returning to in-person worship on June 28th, 2020. Please note in the paragraphs below the measures we will be taking to ensure a safe and meaningful return.

We will offer two services each Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:30 am. We will offer more worship services as the need becomes available.   The services will also be live streamed for those who choose to worship from home

  • We are requesting that you pre-register weekly for the service you plan to attend. This will help us to best manage our services and be sure there is a spot for everyone
  • There are 150 seats available for each service. When the limit for either service is reached, no more registrations will be allowed for that service
  • There will be no nursery or children’s church at this time

To Register:

Online: Follow this link  and click the blue “Register” button

Via Phone: Call our office this week Monday-Thursday, 9 am-2:30 pm at (256) 828-1607

Masks are required and the reasons are below:

1) We are charged by God to shepherd the flock of God (which means to take the absolute best care of everyone) and

2) Medical professionals almost without exception highly recommend masks and

3) Being in a church building seated near others for upwards of an hour while singing is much different than being at Walmart or Lowes and

4) We would be heartbroken, if as leaders, we contributed to someone becoming seriously ill or even dying while not following the safest protocols and

5) We will engage in congregational singing which is one of the activities about which some experts encourage caution. Therefore, masks will allow our congregational singing to be a safer experience for everyone and

6) Many who are either older or who have physical issues would either be put at even greater risk if they attended or even prevented from coming if we did not wear masks—for all those reasons, we feel that we must require masks.  This is one way that we show 1 Corinthians 13 love to one another.

As you arrive:

  • Please enter through the front doors of the fellowship hall only
  • We will offer hand sanitizer to those who need it
  • We will offer masks to those who forget theirs
  • Avoid congregating in the fellowship hall or in small groups once you come into the building. Please adhere to strict safe distancing protocols
  • Deacons will be available to help you find a seat
  • Families must sit together
  • Only the main restrooms in the hallway outside of sanctuary and the restrooms on the walking track will be open. Children’s areas will be closed

As you leave:

  • Allow the rows nearest to the fellowship hall to exit first. The back door, which is actually a fairly convenient exit to our upper parking lot, will be open as well and you may exit through that door if you desire

Sunday School will not be meeting at the church at this time.

 

We are making efforts to be as touchless as possible.

  • All doors will remain propped open
  • Please avoid greetings that involve touching (i.e. fist bumps, handshakes, hugs, or high fives)
  • Tithes and offerings will be collected in boxes at the entrance to the sanctuary. A deacon will be standing nearby.
  • Printed bulletins, contact cards, or pens will not be available

We care about your well-being and that of all who are in attendance. If you are not feeling well (fever, coughing, or shortness of breath) or have underlying conditions, please do not attend. Join us for online worship at home.

Thank you church!  We can’t wait to see you! 

Bro. Tommy, Staff, and Deacons of FBC Meridianville

COVID-19 Ministry Opportunities

Reach Out to Neighbors

In an effort to care for our neighbors in this distressing and isolating time, we encourage you to pray for your neighbors, and if it’s wise in your situation, to use this as an opportunity to meet and serve them. This could look like going on walks in your neighborhood, spending more time on the porch or in the front yard to meet passing neighbors, or using social media or apps like Nextdoor to connect with them. If you are able to go in public safely and grocery shop, you could offer to pick items up for them if they are not able to. One way to make this offer to several neighbors or even your whole neighborhood is to print out this Hello Card and distribute it to your neighbors.

Give to our Community Grocery Pickup Ministry

Every Monday from 10am – 2pm, we are providing a drive thru grocery bag pickup. We are offering these to any community members who are in need of it. To help this ministry continue, please consider giving to this ministry financially, which enables us to buy in bulk. Go to our giving page and select the Fund called “Lunches of Love/Food Bags” or mail a check to FBCM’s office with “Food bags” in the memo. We are also accepting food donations in large bins outside the office doors. Details of what items we need are found here.

Community Food Pickup

Coronavirus Response

Mission Firefly News

During the month of January we will be giving updates and sharing testimonies about our mission work in Guatemala and other places through Mission Firefly.

We will be sharing about the water systems, medical clinics, educational opportunities, and child sponsorships we have been blessed to participate in.

On January 15th we will have special guests, Gerson and Crystal Cerritos, who work as partners with us in Guatemala. They will be sharing about themselves and their work there. After church we will be hosting lunch for them –“Alabama Style” – BBQ and fixings. If you would like to come to the lunch for Crystal and Gerson, please sign up on the Mission Firefly bulletin board by January 11th.

We will also be having our Sponsorship Sunday on January 29th. At this time you will have the opportunity to sponsor a child or give in other ways to support the work that is being done and will continue to be done.

Our goal is “To shine the Light of Christ…one child at a time”. We hope that you will join us in praying, giving and going!

 

Mission Firefly News

Mission Firefly Sponsors
We are asking each sponsor to pack a “Birthday Bag” for your sponsored child. Pack coloring books, crayons, small toys, t-shirts, hard candy, etc. in one gallon size Ziploc bag. Add a note and a photo for your child. Label the bag with your child’s name label. Bring the bags to the church no later than June 30. Keep in mind that these bags will be packed in our luggage and delivered to the children during our July trip. (Please no liquids, perishables, heavy or bulky items). See, Kim Hutto, Stacia Jones or Bonnie Richburg if you have questions.

Mission Firefly Update:
A team will be going to Guatemala July 7-14. Please pray for the events that will take place that week:
* Teacher Training and VBS in San Antonio
* “Family Day” in San Antonio with soccer games, a dinner for all the families and an evangelistic worship service.
* “Birthday Party” for our sponsored children in San Antonio
* Water System installation in a new village

A medical team will be going to Guatemala July 29-August 4. Please pray for them as they minister to children and adults and share the Gospel with them. Items needed for this trip:
* Children’s vitamins (No Gummies)
* Children’s Tylenol & Motrin (Generic is good)
* Benadryl Tablets (Generic is good)

A Word to Graduates

 A Word to Graduates from Bro D,

To the 32 of you High School and College Graduates, I say well done!  I love you more than you will ever know.  We have journeyed together many miles physically more importantly spiritually.  Remember there is nothing more important that I and your parents and leaders have tried to instill in you than-“Christ First”.  He is your life.

C-Commit yourself to being a follower of Christ.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37-38)  The essence of Christianity is not that you prayed a prayer or got baptized or that you went to church.  It is –you are a Christ follower.

H-Honor Christ in your life.  “Whoever claims to live in Christ must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6)  Live out who you say you are.

R-Read the instructions.  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” “This has been my practice, I have obeyed your word.” (Psalm 119:105, 56)  Be a lifelong student of God’s Word.

I-Integrity must define you.  “A truthful witness gives honest answers, but a false witness tells lies.” (Proverbs 12:17)  Live your life in such a way that when people hear your name they say, “I can trust their word to the truth.”

S-Serve humbly.  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)  As you live, do what nobody else is willing to do in the name of Jesus.  There is nobody in this world so low that you can’t get lower than them and serve them.

T-Take Christ to your world.  “Therefore, go into all the world and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19-20)  The overall purpose in your life as a Christ follower is to know God and to make Him known.  If you have a pulse then you are a missionary to the nations.  May your calendar and your wallet reveal that.

Fly well my friends and enjoy the journey!  I love you, Bro D (Matthew 6:33)

A Word for Parents of Graduates

A Word from Bro. David,

I came across this article that is very appropriate for parents who are releasing their children to a new stage in life.  The author, Dr. Stephen Graves, gives 5 pieces of Godly advice.  1. Let go, but don’t disconnect.  You will always be their parents but your role will change from “fixer” to “advisor”; from “coach” to “cheerleader” in many ways.  Remember, you want them to become who God created them to be.  Johann Von Goethe puts it this way, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One of these is roots, the other, wings.”  2.  Inject mighty vision into their souls.  Release them catch God’s vision for their lives because His plans for them are greater than they could ever dream or imagine.  Antoine De Saint-Exupery says, “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”  3. Trust yourself.  Trust them.  Trust God.  Though there were things you would do different if had it to do over again, remember, you did what you thought was best in raising them.  Trust your children to remember their roots in Christ and to live for Him.  Above all, trust God because He is has them in His hands.  Corrie Ten Boom said,“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”   4. It’s time to celebrate.  Celebrate God’s gift to you of a graduate who has done well.  Celebrate the 18 years of life you have lived together.  Celebrate that God has wonderful plans for their lives.  Celebrate that God has use you to raise up a “world changer”.  Barbara Hoffman, “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”  5. Learn to enjoy the “empty nest”. God wants to grow you and use you in new ways to continue building His kingdom.  Invest in your own discipleship.  Invest in your church family.  Go on a mission trip.  Mother Teresa, Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  We have only today.  Let us begin.”