Summertime Limited Attendance, In-person Church Services
We are currently holding limited attendance services each Sunday morning in our sanctuary at 600 Minto St. The start times are 9:15 and 10:45. The services are essentially the same and are approximately one hour long. These in person services are recorded and posted YOUTUBE with a one week delay (see the link on the front page of this website).
Due to the need to limit attendance to a maximum of 75 people in the building at any one time (30% of our building capacity) and so as to not disappoint anyone “at the door,” we are using a sign up system. Please call the church office (204-333-2486) during weekday office hours to sign up to attend a service. We have reactivated our Sunday school for kids during the second half of the 10:45 service using all of the Dept of Health directives for children’s programming. If you plan to attend with children, please consider the 10:45 service and, when you call, indicate how many children will be joining you.
Everyone is welcome. Faith Bible Church does not need to be your “church home.”
For ten Sundays, March 22 to May 24, 2020, Faith Bible Church did not hold any public gatherings of any size in compliance with the Manitoba Dept of Health COVID containment requirements. On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020 – at first with a cap of 25 people in the building at any one time – Faith Bible Church began holding limited attendance public worship services . Effective June 21, 2020, the Manitoba Dept of Health Phase III guidelines increased the attendance cap for public indoor gatherings to 50 people provided adequate distancing and precautions were implemented for the wellbeing of all present. With the introduction of Phase IV guidelines on July 25, 2020, the attendance cap was set at 30% of building capacity for faith based gatherings and this was implemented to allow Faith Bible Church to accommodate up to 75 people in the building at any one time.
We look forward to the time when we will again be able to meet all together at the same time.
Please check back for further updates.
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.