300 Willits Street
Providing Leadership in This Morning’s Service:
Worship Leader today is: Janice Rowe
Sr. Pastor: Rev. Scott Runyon
Organist/Director of Music: Myra Trask
Bell Choir Director: Judy Phillips
Ushers: Harriet Stewart, Glenn Craig, Henry Nabors, Jackie Erhardt
Sound Technicians: Scott Ritchie, Will Olsen, Tim Olsen
Church Administrator: Leslie Jaquez
Music reproduced with permission of One license A-604859. All rights reserved
March 25, 2020
To the family of First Baptist Birmingham,
Below is a message from me about how we can be the Church through this pandemic, as well as information about a new online class, new ways to connect in worship, a note about our upcoming communion service, and giving options.
HOW CAN WE BE THE CHURCH TODAY
This pandemic has propelled us into a different mode of life where none are immune. We don’t know for how long this will last or what things will look like in the future. It is likely that things may get more dicey as we roll into weeks two and three of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” mode. However, let us remember that we are God's Church and God is with us through this season. Let us also remember what it says about those who lived in the first generation of the Church in Acts 2:42-47.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
They faced hardship, they faced poverty, they faced needs in the community just like us. Their example of faith was also very practical. Being grounded in faith and with a commitment to one another, they looked around and saw the specific and real needs in their community. They also took stock of their resources and found ways for those two realities to meet to build a world that worked for all of them.
Our situation looks different from theirs, but we can follow their example by also looking for the needs around us and evaluating what specific resources we have that could meet those needs. This is what it means to be the Church. I invite all of us to raise this question as we meet in Zoom sessions, call one another, and interact on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat. Let’s think creatively and out of the box about how we can best BE the church in this day. The encouraging thing is that the early Church was growing in the middle of their challenging times, and so can we.
NEW ONLINE CLASS BEGINS TONIGHT
“Finding Purpose In The Desert” is a two-week class taught by Joan Trusty online through Zoom beginning tonight, Wednesday, March 25 @ 7 pm and continuing next Wednesday, April 1 @ 7 pm. All can join both sessions using the link: https://zoom.us/j/722778677 or call in for audio at 646-558-8656.
We will continue with worship online for the foreseeable future. Last Sunday, we experienced some technical glitches while running the online worship service, and we are continually evaluating and adjusting to create the most value for our experience together. We are no longer using the conference call phone number because it is not reliable. Beginning this Sunday we are encouraging everyone to connect with Zoom with video. For those without video capability, there is a more reliable phone access number for audio. The plan is to run the service through Zoom, which gives us some new options for worship together, and also simultaneously broadcast the service in the church Facebook group “First Baptist Birmingham.” I invite you to log into the Zoom session at 10:15 am to catch up with others and receive some instructions about how to participate in the Zoom worship experience before the service begins at 10:30 am. Immediately following the service, you are invited to remain in the Zoom meeting for a community connection time. Bring your own "snackage"!
Click to join the worship service: https://zoom.us/j/510658161
Audio phone dial in: 646-558-8656
COMMUNION SUNDAY - APRIL 5
On Sunday, April 5 we will be having communion together online. To make this possible, I am inviting you to have ready a piece of bread or cracker and some sort of juice or other drink. It is not important that you have actual grape juice and actual bread. Whatever you have available will be just fine.
FINANCIAL GIVING OPTIONS
The church still has bills and payroll and is in need of financial support to continue the ministries to which God is calling us. There are two ways to give financially. Please prayerfully consider how God’s Spirit is leading you to give in this season.
1. Write out and mail a check to the church: First Baptist Church Birmingham • 300 Willits Street • Birmingham, MI 48009.
2. Visit the church website www.FirstBaptistBirmingham.org and click the “donate” link at the top of the page and use your debit or credit card to give. On this page you can make your offering a one-time or recurring monthly donation. If you have any difficulty with giving electronically, please contact Tim Olsen, Financial Secretary @ 248-224-8633.
Thank you for being the Church!
First Baptist Church
of Birmingham, Michigan