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
Wednesday April 8, 2020
Hello Church Family!
My heart is with you as you practice social distancing in your homes. I have heard from more than a couple of families with children that reported the first few days or perhaps first couple of weeks were not so difficult, but as time goes on kids report feeling bored and have been edgy with siblings and parents and sometimes have been misbehaving or getting into fights. Perhaps it will help that our school systems are getting their plans in place for more online learning to engage our kids a bit more to finish up the school year. And yet being homebound still presents significant challenges. Below are some helpful tips to ease the tension and help to bring some sanity. I have gleaned these from several sources including psychologists and fellow pastors, as well as from personal experience. I hope that they are helpful for you. I have also posted several links on the church’s Facebook group “First Baptist Birmingham” that might be helpful as well.
In addition to the online worship links and phone numbers for Holy Week and Easter, this email also has an expanded prayer and thanksgiving list at the end. I included those who have been listed as “homebound,” those who are under doctors care, and our mission partners. If you would like to add to this prayer list please call, email, or text me. I encourage all of you to plan your days to include time in prayer for those most in need.
Grace and Peace,
HELPFUL PRACTICES DURING STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP
People can connect through a live Zoom feed (see below) beginning at 10:15 am and the service will be live streamed beginning at 10:30 am in our Facebook group “First Baptist Birmingham.” If you don’t want to be seen by video on Zoom, simply click “join with audio” when you log in.
Zoom Worship: https://zoom.us/j/2486440550
Audio Call In: 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 248 644 0550
Prayer Requests In Worship
Because we are broadcasting online in a public forum, we will not share personal prayer requests during the live service. After the live broadcast, all who are in the Zoom session are invited to remain for a Community Connection time when we will share personal prayer requests and pray together.
Holy Week Services
We will not be offering services for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday this week, however other congregations in the Birmingham area are offering online services. Below are links to connect with several churches offering services during Holy Week.
I am also attaching a Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunrise home service plan that you can print off and use at home with your family. The plans are thoughtfully created and I think you will find them meaningful.
Birmingham First: A United Methodist Church
• Maundy Thursday: April 9 @ 7 pm Livestream
• Good Friday: April 10 @ 7 pm Livestream
First Presbyterian Birmingham
Livestreamed services: http://www.fpcbirmingham.org/sanctuary-cam.html
For bulletins and other information: http://www.fpcbirmingham.org/holy-week--easter.html
• Maundy Thursday: April 9 @ 7 pm
• Good Friday: April 10 @ 7 pm
St. Regis Catholic Parish
Livestreamed services: https://www.facebook.com/SaintRegisParish/
Holy Thursday—Mass Of The Lord’s Supper: April 9 @ 7 pm
• Good Friday—Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: April 10 @ 1 pm
• Holy Saturday—Easter Vigil: April 11 @ 7 pm
From the Transforming Center (from author/speaker Ruth Haley Barton)
• Good Friday Stations of the Cross
Service will be for viewing at any point on Good Friday at:
* Paula Pasch, reporter for the Oakland Press is writing an article about what local congregations are doing for Easter. It will be posted to their site on Thursday, April 9 at TheOaklandPress.com.
April Communion Offering To Benefit Friendship House
First Baptist Birmingham has continued to give consistent support to Friendship House, an American Baptist mission, non-profit organization in Hamtramck. Some of our members serve on their Board of Directors. Their ministry serves a diverse community of residents, mostly immigrants, to help with basic human needs, such as food and clothing. The Outreach Team has decided to replace the agency designated for April with Friendship House because of their extreme and immediate need during the COVID 19 pandemic. Forty-nine per cent of Hamtramck lives under the national poverty line and depend on food and clothing from this ministry.
The building is closed now since they are honoring the government guidelines to stay at home, and their distribution hours have been reduced to one hour, three days a week. Cathy Maher, Executive Director, is asking us to broadcast their escalating need at this time. She said she was able to redirect a Gleaners truck to another warehouse after they closed their building, so the delivery could help feed 300 families. Cathy is also trying to keep her office manager paid while she is working from home and has young children to support. Friendship House is in the same dilemma as many charities and businesses affected by COVID 19, as they struggle to stay in business while meeting an overwhelming demand for services at the same time.
Cathy is asking for prayers for the community; the helpers who have stepped up to volunteer and those coming to Friendship House for their only source of food during this devastating time. She is encouraged by the connections forming to create a neighborhood of compassion. Your donation can help keep services flowing at Friendship House, even with its doors closed, as they demonstrate our Covenant’s commitment to meet each others’ needs and show compassion.
Financially Support The Mission Of The Church
Many are interested in supporting the church’s mission financially, especially in the current season. There are three ways to do this. All of them will work for the general offering and the Communion Offering. 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 and use your debit or credit card to give. You can make your offering a one-time or recurring monthly donation. Simply fill in the amount of your donation on the first page and then type in how you want to designate your offering (communion offering, etc.) in the “Add a note” field on the second page. If you have any questions about giving electronically, please contact Tim Olsen, Financial Secretary @ 248-224-8633.
3. Contact your bank to have them send money from your account directly to the church with a “bill pay” or other feature. You can ask to have a memo included with your payment to designate to Communion Offering.
Zoom Meeting For Families
Since the church now has a Zoom account, families who want to connect over distance can have video chats! This can work for Easter, for birthdays, or for no reason other than to connect. Seeing each other is at least 350% better than only hearing one another! Please call me to let me know when you’d like to have your Zoom session and I will email you the link.
Relaunch and Building Remodel Plans
Adjustments to the summer building remodel and fall relaunch plans are now being evaluated by the Unstuck Team. Updates will be communicated regularly.
I am available by phone or with a Zoom chat for anyone in the congregation and Birmingham community who would like to talk about something that they are facing. I commit to hold non-judgmental space to listen. Please call my cell at 810-229-0668.
First Baptist Church
of Birmingham, Michigan