FBC MINISTRY UPDATE
by Noah Hefley
April 23, 2020
Dear FBC Pompano Family,
I want to bring you up to date on ministry in the FBC Family during this Coronavirus Crisis. You may be surprised at what all is going on through the ministry of our Church Family. There is actually a lot happening and perhaps more than you realize…
First of all, the move to an online worship experience has gone extremely well with great attendance each Sunday—more than 1000+ views on Easter Sunday. Interestingly, our Good Friday Service was also well-viewed and involved people from 12 states and 8 views in Canada (likely our winter visitors). Pastor Rick directs this worship ministry and facilitates the music and worship teams while working to engage our Family and guests through our website and Facebook. He also set up our new texting system to improve communication for our ministry teams and to keep the Church Family informed of ministry.
Our Zoom classes have been a God-send! We currently have 10 Adult Connect Groups meeting which involves 200+ each Sunday using our regular Bible Study leadership. Ramona set this up and our Bible study class leadership has done a great job in connecting people and providing quality Bible Study. Our student ministry is also involved with Pastor Jeff leading a Wednesday night class for about 40 students. They play games, have prizes and Jeff teaches God’s word. The students have, as well, a Sunday morning class with 20-30 students participating before the main worship service starts. Pastor Buddy has used Zoom classes with Celebrate Recovery, as has Jane with PraiseKids, and as has our entire leadership for meetings. Zoom in a short time has become an important part of our ministry.
But it’s not all about Zoom. For example, in the children’s ministry Jane has been extremely active with her team of volunteers to reach out and engage our children and their parents. The Children’s ministry sent out 200 Easter Packages to Preschool—5th Grade children with an Easter lesson, activity pages, Easter egg stuffed with candy, wooden cross necklace, an Armor of God craft activity and colorful stickers, along with a personal note from Jane and fellow teachers. They also sent a Good Friday/Lord’s Supper Lesson for parents to teach their children the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. In a few days Jane is sending another mailing for parents to lead their children entitled: “What’s for Dinner” – A Guide to Family Meal Time Conversations during Quarantine.
I suppose what interests me most is the personal ministrywhich is on-going throughout our Family. From our children’s ministry to our Senior Adults, our professional staff, volunteer leadership, and loving church members are making phone calls, and sending emails/texts daily to Church Family Members. Our team of ministers such as Woody in our recreation ministry and Ramona with outreach ministry are communicating with visitors to our ministry, classes or worship. I have been joyful over how our care groups, Bible study leadership, age-group ministries, Pastors and Deacons have been active in checking on people and also dropping off items to those in need. I hear every day about these acts of loving ministry. I am so thankful for you all who are using this time to engage in ministry.
Some other things you would want to know—FBC Pompano is partnered with Florida Baptists in using our facility as a Food Distribution Center for churches all over S. Florida. Pastor Larry is coordinating this ministry with Florida Baptists as part of the Disaster Relief ministry. Also, Southern Baptists have also been active in providing and distributing thousands of the n95 masks for hospital and health care personnel on the front lines of this battle with the Coronavirus. This is part of your mission tithes at work in critical care ministry.
What about giving in support of our church ministry and missions? Our giving is down $80,000 since the effects of the virus hit our area. That is the difference in the last 5 weeks of giving compared to the same weeks in 2019. We are not surprised at this because many have lost work, been furloughed, or had pay cuts because of Covid-19. As a Church Family we want to be sensitive to those in need and be supportive of our Family members who have suffered loss. That is part of what it means to be a Church Family. Further, I would not want to add any pressure to those struggling to meet the needs of their own family and survive this downturn in the economy. There are some in our Family who will not be able to give at this time as they have in past times—and we understand this.
At the same time, for those who are able to give, I would encourage you to give generously as you are able. These are challenging times for churches and FBC Pompano is no exception. The demands of ministry have continued during this crisis and do require our faithfulness in giving as we continue serving. You would want to know that our church, under the outstanding leadership of Pastor Don and with the support of our Finance Team, was able to secure a grant this week from the national PPP (Payroll Protection Plan). This will assist with payroll, insurance and utilities for about a 6 week period. This was an answer to prayer and a great blessing. But please understand—this is only a temporary reprieve and we must be prepared to reboot our ministry in a few weeks. This will require our faithful giving in support of our great ministries and missions. So your support is needed and very much appreciated. You can go to our website (fbcpompano.org) and follow the instructions for giving. Many of you will prefer to send your gifts by U.S Mail to our business office at the church address:
138 N.E. First Street
Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
Thank you for your faithfulness!
Finally, always be mindful of using this time as an opportunity to be a witness to those around you of the peace God brings to you through your relationship with Jesus. Let’s redeem this time and use it as a witness for Him!
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