Manitoba Covid Code Red and Church Services (updated Nov. 13, 2020)
In compliance with the Government of Manitoba gathering restrictions announced Nov. 10 (effective Nov. 12), Faith Bible Church will discontinue holding all in-person services. We eagerly look forward to meeting again just as soon as we are able.
Since we resumed church services on May 31, 2020, following ten Sundays of no services, the Faith Bible Church family has done an outstanding job of being respectful of each other and guarding the health of one another. I have repeatedly received messages of how FBC people have chosen to stay home due to not quite feeling right though they very much wanted to gather for worship. A number of you have also absented yourself from Sunday worship due to having been near someone either with Covid or awaiting test results. I wish to express my deepest thanks for the consideration you have shown through all of this. To my knowledge, we have had only one case of Covid in our wider church family and that case was due to a workplace contact, not as a result of a church related contact. That individual has make a good recovery. The Lord has been very gracious to us and, I believe, that is reason for thanksgiving but not for presumption.
Please seize every opportunity to encourage one another in Christ through these days of increased movement and gathering restrictions. Many are lonely and feeling so horribly isolated. Your expression of concern by a phone call, text, email or letter/card can be a tremendous blessing – especially as this continues to drag on and worsen.
Do be reminded of the online church services and Bible studies which are available on this site. New video postings are made each Sunday morning so be sure to check back then (after 8:00 a.m.)
God be with you!
PS – the following letter I wrote on March 12 and I read it in the service of Sunday morning, March 15. May it be a blessing to you.
In Luke 21:26, Jesus speaks of “men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world.” You do not need any lengthy comment from me that this is what we are witnessing in our world even today. In January, as I was making my way from Canada to two ministers’ conferences, I transferred through the immense Hong Kong airport twice. I had been through that airport on prior trips and took no special notice of the face masks being worn or the news of a strange new sickness. But since that time the worldwide concerns have escalated and unheard of measures are being taken to seek to halt the further spread of COVID-19.
What is to be the stance of the Child of God? Certainly, we are to be, as Jesus said in Matthew 10:16, “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” That is, we use the brains God has given us and we receive the helpful instruction of others for our own good and for the protection of those about us. But I would especially wish to zero in on the fear which is so eager to grip us in these days. The Bible repeatedly instructs believers to stand against fear’s terror with words just as these:
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”*
I greatly love the hymn “Be strong in the Lord and be of good courage, your mighty Defender is always the same. Mount up with wings, as the eagle ascending; victory is sure when you call on His name.” May you find rich comfort and strength as you call on the blessed and sweet Name of Jesus Christ – our mighty Defender and the great Shepherd of the sheep. Hear this most pointedly again – “HE CARETH FOR YOU!”
*Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 23:4, 2 Timothy 1:7, Deuteronomy 31:6, John 14:1, 1 Peter 5:7
Several weeks ago, completely independent of what is swirling about us now, we started to work towards making donations to FBC possible via credit cards. The following is included in this Sunday’s bulletin. If this is of interest to you, a call to Andrea in the church office this coming week can set the wheels in motion. A donation by phone call to the office may be either for a one time gift or you may set up for monthly giving.
Faith Bible Church Donations
In recognition that some donors to Faith Bible Church do not write cheques and work their finances electronically or by credit card, the FBC Elders have directed that donations be made possible by credit card and auto withdrawal. This has become a very common means of giving in many North American churches and Christian charities. New offering envelopes are in the FBC pews today which reflect this new donation option. FBC will continue to receive donations either by cash or by cheque.
However, if you wish to donate using a credit card, and it is your first time doing so, please be sure to provide your credit card number, expiry date, and phone number (should further verification be required) on the back of the offering envelope OR place a separate piece of paper inside the enveloped with this info on it. Please be sure to clearly mark your offering envelope as either a one-time donation OR as a recurring, monthly donation (to be processed on 1st of each month).
We understand that while using a credit card may be a convenience for some, it does come with a transaction fee to FBC of approximately 2%. If donors choosing to use credit wish to donate extra to cover the cost to FBC, that is at the donor’s discretion.
If you have any questions about how this works (or to arrange for auto withdrawal from your bank account) please call Andrea Whiteside (FBC Administrative Assistant) at the FBC office (204-333-2486). Thank you for your continued faithful and generous giving to FBC which permits both local ministry as well as the support of FBC’s six mission partners.