“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” ~ Psalm 56:3–4
In response to growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Mike DeWine has issued an Executive Order indefinitely banning any gathering of more than 10 people. With that in mind, we have to alter, at least for a while, our usual approach to church gatherings and worship.
Love for our neighbor is the reason we are changing our approach to church. One of the basic axioms of the Christian life is that the “strong” must consider the “weak” (see Rom. 15). We are making these choices not to so much to minimize our own risk, but to protect others from risk.
Our Response to Worship
Thus, in the interest of public safety, and as a display of love of neighbor, The Findlay Bible Methodist Church is making the following decisions and recommendations:
Though we can’t personally be together, that doesn’t mean we can’t meet around the Word of God.
Pastor Travis will be speaking to us via live stream at 10:00 am through the month of April from our Facebook live page. Services will be recorded and CDs will be taken to those who have no way to view Facebook.
All midweek ministries and outreach ministries are cancelled as well, but there will be a Wednesday evening (7:00 pm) devotional and prayer time via Facebook live from our FBMC Community group. This group will also be used for regular communication to our church family.
We recognize that this is a fluid situation with constant new information and updates. While we do not know when we will begin operating according to a normal schedule, we will continue to communicate updates on social media, phone calls, and on our website: www.biblemethodistchurchfindlay.org.
After the two weeks, the leadership will meet and reevaluate our schedule going forward.
Our Response to Giving
Since giving is an important part of our worship and ongoing ministry, we are encouraging you to do the following things to continue to support our church ministry:
You can drop off your offering at the church during office hours (Tue. - Fri., 9:00 am - 1:00pm). If no one is in the office you can place your offering in mail box slot. It is locked and secure.
You can mail your offerings to 529 Stadium Drive, Findlay, OH 45840.
If there is enough interest, we can try to develop a way for you to give digitally though the cash app on your smart phone. More information to follow.
You can utilize Bill Pay by setting up automatic payments through your bank's website. Send to the church address.
Our Response to Our Community
For those of you who may be anxious, remember the words of Isaiah 26:3 to trust in the Lord: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Our pastoral staff is committed to serving you, so our church offices will remain open and we encourage you to come by or give us a call if you have any spiritual need.
Furthermore, followers of Christ are not called to run from tragedy, but to run toward it. While we will continue to take wise precautions, we also recognize that we have a responsibility to be the hands and feet of Christ, caring for the sick and the vulnerable in times of great need. We will be communicating to you different ways for us to serve our community.
Join us for the next two Sundays via live stream in your homes along with your family as we continue to be encouraged and equipped from the Word of God.
Pastor Travis J. Johnson