INFORMATION ABOUT FBC AND COVID-19

The landscape of life continues to change. This page will serve as a hub to provide you the most updated information regarding ministries in and through FBC.

On this page you will find ways to…
1.  CARE (emotional support and food & financial support)
2. CONNECT
 

If you have further questions please contact Mary Pike at mary@familybible.church or 269.781.8400

CARE
Emotional Support-Resources to Manage Anxiety and Stress
As the spread of COVID-19 continues to impact many individuals and families, we want to help. We compiled these ideas to help those who are looking for emotional relief resources and strategies.
 
If you are experiencing high levels of anxiety during these uncertain times, that is normal. Your body sends you information to alert you whenever it senses a threat. Know that you are processing your anxiety in healthy ways when you’re able to stay relaxed and make rational decisions without feeling overwhelmed or withdrawing. Anxiety can push us to take care of ourselves, but too much anxiety can become problematic. Below are some resources to help you manage your anxiety and stress levels. We’ve also included some information about how to determine when it might be time to ask a counselor or pastor for help.
 

Create a routine.​ Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. If you’re working from home, establish a start time and an end time. This can help create a sense of normalcy and predictability.

Stay connected to others.​ Use technology to stay connected to friends, family, and co-workers by calling, texting, emailing, and videoing with one another. Connect with people who will be present, compassionate, and good listeners.

Stay connected to your community. Actively seek ways to stay plugged in. Use technology to watch church services online. Support local businesses by buying gift cards for a later date or buying lunch for those on the front lines. Volunteer your time to help your local schools or nonprofits distribute food and essentials to your community.

Take care of your body.​ Do things that help you feel better and relieve stress. Eat healthy foods, get plenty of rest, practice stretching and breathing exercises, and move your body daily.

Access reliable media resources in small doses.​ Stay informed, but limit the amount of time you check the news to once or twice a day to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed.

Limit addictive behaviors.​ Distracting yourself and finding ways to seek relief from what’s going on around you is normal. However, pay attention to how much time you’re spending on television and social media. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.

 

Often we are able to navigate life’s challenges by ourselves or with help from family and friends. However, there are times when we need to get help from a doctor or counselor. Here are a few indicators that it might be time to seek professional help:

  • Struggle is preventing you from functioning in a healthy way or is significantly impacting your quality of life.
  • It’s difficult to resolve an issue through your own ways of coping.
  • Your current coping mechanisms (e.g., overuse of alcohol or drugs) are potentially destructive.
  • You are overwhelmed to the point where negative emotions are dominating the way you feel.
  • You are feeling hopeless and/or losing interest in things that used to bring you joy.
  • Negative thoughts are preventing you from thinking clearly and making healthy decisions.
  • You’re experiencing heightened social conflict or a desire for increased social withdrawal that is difficult to control.
Note that thoughts of self-harm or the desire to harm others require immediate attention, including telling family and friends that care about you and contacting a suicide prevention center and/or other resources listed below. If you feel like you are in immediate danger or are a danger to others, go to your local hospital for an assessment or seek medical attention by dialing 911.
 

If you decide to talk with a counselor, we’ve created a simple way for you to receive a counseling referral. We’ve helped thousands of people connect with vetted, licensed professionals. Many of these counselors are able to meet with you virtually. Two locations we recommend include Desert Streams and also Response Care Center at Gracespring.

For those of you with existing emotional health conditions: Please be aware of your symptoms, and keep in touch with your mental health professionals to stay on track.

If you would like to speak with a pastor about your emotional health or to request prayer, please contact Pastor Kris.
 

Domestic Violence Hotline

Kids and Parenting

Loneliness

Stress and Healthy Coping

Suicide Prevention

Relationship Difficulty — Stress on Relationships

CARE Part Two
Food and Financial Relief-Resources and strategies to help those experiencing hardships
As the spread of COVID-19 continues to impact many individuals and families, we want to help. This resource has been created to help those who are experiencing financial hardship.
 
 
*please note what is below is provided simply as thoughts to consider and should not be considered a professional opinion, all choices you make and outcomes are your responsibility
 

 Budget

  • If you haven’t looked at a budget in a while, now’s the time to do so. Every Dollar is a great free app to use to get a budget together.
  • Get clarity from your income sources as to what the reality will look like over the coming weeks.
  • Cut spending to bare necessities. If you can’t pay all of your bills, Dave Ramsey recommends you spend your money on these four items first and in this order:
    • Food 
    • Utilities 
    • Shelter 
    • Transportation

     

    Defer Payments

    • If you’re still not able to cover all of your expenses, identify payments that can be deferred:
      • Call creditors to explain your situation. You can ask for temporary relief on your monthly payments. If you offer to still send some money, even if it’s a smaller amount than your typical payment, they might be more willing to work with you.
      • If you have federal student loans, you can forbear (interest accrues) or defer (interest doesn’t accrue on subsidized federal loans) your loan payments.
      • For student loans, use this questionnaire to understand what options are available to you.
    • If you’re paying extra on debt(s) right now and have less than one to two months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund, it might not be a bad idea to temporarily stop extra payments and then restart them once things settle down.
    • Enroll for health insurance, if you can.
    • Use this week to get a game plan together and gather information, as there may be more changes coming.
 

Broad Measures

  • The tax-filing deadline has been moved from April 15 to July 15 for both Federal and Michigan.
  • Call your bank. Some banks have said that if customers are having trouble making payments on loans (mortgages, credit cards, personal loans, auto loans, etc.) to call them to find out what options are available.
  • Check with your loan servicer about Federal student loan payment options.
 

Rent

  • Contact your landlord to see if you have any payment options.

Utilities

  • Contact your local company to discuss options.

Cell Phone/Internet

  • Contact your provider to discuss options.
  •  
Diaper Give Away-Behind the YMCA (182 Capital Ave NE)-Every Wednesday 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM.
 
Food Pantry Listings
 

Battle Creek

  • His Hands Ministry/First Church of the Nazarene-12688 Beadle Lake Rd., Battle Creek-2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Tri-County Labor Agency-5906 E. Morgan Rd., Battle Creek-must go through 211
  • Kendall Street Pantry-175 Kendall Street, Battle Creek-Mondays 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Community Missionary Baptist Church-88 Saratoga Ave, Battle Creek-3rd Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Neighborhood Pantry Assoc/North East-342 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek-Mon, Tues, Wed 9:00am to 11:45am
  • Neighborhood Pantry Assoc/Franklin Pantry-111 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek-Mon, Tues and Thurs 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Neighborhood Pantry Assoc/Parkway Pantry-380 Truth Dr, Battle Creek-Mon, Wed and Fri 9:45 to 11:45
  • Neighborhood Pantry Assoc/Lakeview-7 South 20th St, Battle Creek-Mon, Wed and Fri 9:30 to 11:45
  • Neighborhood Pantry Assoc/Love Thy Neighbor-1391 East Michigan Ave., Battle Creek-Mon 3:00pm to 6:00pm Wed/Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Thomas Episcopal Church-16 E. Van Buren St take-away breakfast every Saturday from 8:30- 10:00 a.m. Use Van Buren Street entrance
  • The Fort Food Pantry-5451 Wayne Road, Battle Creek-Tuesday 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Albion

  • Albion Interfaith Ministries-202 West Erie St., Albion-Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00am to 3:00pm

Athens

  • Athens Christian Center-128 Church Street, Athens-Tue and Thurs 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • First Congregational Church-203 W. Burr Oak, Athens-2nd Tuesday 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Marshall

  • Family Bible Church-725 US 27 North, Marshall-3rd Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Crossroads Church Bread of Life-14701 N. Old US 27, Marshall-2nd Monday 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Homer

  • Homer Caring and Sharing-6020 23 Mile Rd, Homer-Mon 3:00pm to 5:00pm, Thurs 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Ceresco

Newton United Church-8804 F Drive S, Ceresco-3rd Tuesday 4:30pm to 5:15pm

 

Meal Sites

  • Philip Catholic Church-112 Capital Ave, Battle Creek-Dinner Sunday 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Salvation Army-400 Capital Ave, Battle Creek-Lunch Mon – Fri 11:30 to 1:00 Sat 1:00 to 2:00
  • Share Center-120 E Grove St, Battle Creek-Call for dates and times (269) 964-8133

 

Fresh Food Giveaway

Battle Creek

  • First Congregational United Church of Christ-145 Capital Ave., Battle Creek-3rd Tuesday of the month (no distribution June, July & August)
  • Kendall Street Pantry-175 Kendall Street S, Battle Creek-3rd Monday of every month 4pm-6pm
  • Battle Creek Tabernacle-264 W. Michigan Ave Battle Creek-Tuesday Every Week 1-3pm Till-April 28, 2020/ Starting May 2020 3rd Tuesday every month 1-3pm
  • Fort Food Pantry-5451 Wayne Road, Battle Creek-1st Tuesday of every month 2:30-4:30pm

Albion

  • New Hope Worship Center-13600 28 Mile Road, Albion-2nd Thursday & 4th Tuesday of every month 5pm-7pm
  • Albion Food Hub-112 East Erie Street, Albion-2nd Thursday & 4th Tuesday of every month 5pm-7pm

 

Student Meals

Check your local school system.

 

 
CONNECT
SUNDAY WORSHIP
Join us at 9am or 10:45AM (notice the small time change) Sunday mornings for worship service. 
Website – Live Stream
 
THREAD. We will continue preaching and teaching through our THREAD series.
  • Study Guide and Small Group Questions can be found here 
  • Weekend Messages and Two Minute Recaps can be found here 
  • One Daily Decision Bible reading plans can be found here
 
PRAYER:
Daily join us in prayer as we pray with 2 Chronicles 7:14 in mind.
Mondays: Prayer Walk Your Neighborhood
Thursdays: Pray With Your Small Group
If you have prayer requests and needs, please send them to kris@familybible.church
 
WORSHIP WEDNESDAYS:
3:00PM Worship with Jon and Angela LIVE
 
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
SUNDAY
Join us 9am or 10:45am Sunday mornings for our worship services, including a children’s message from our children’s ministry team and a children’s song!
 
We will also provide children’s ministry videos, discussion guides and more for families to discuss together. Weekly content can be found by clicking here: https://familybiblechurchmarshall.org/kids-min/
 
TUESDAY (AWANA)
Join us at 6pm for Awana @ Home. This is an interactive time with families to experience Awana together. The night will include songs, handbook time, family game and a Bible lesson.
 
Awana will NOT meet in person again this school year.
We hope to have a gathering to celebrate the student’s accomplishments this summer!
 
Join us at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Awanafams/ (with live chat with Children’s Ministries team)
or
 
YOUTH MINISTRIES
HIGH SCHOOL
Sundays
6:30PM Youth Group – available through Zoom. Contact Nick for more information
Thursdays
3:00PM Trivia on Zoom
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mondays
3:00PM Game Day – Online games. Zoom.
Tuesdays
6:00PM Youth Group – Tuesdays virtual youth group through Zoom
 
Thursday Middle School UN10N Hangout – Canceled through the end of the school year.
 
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES
Wednesday Young Adults at UN10N – available through Zoom. Contact Nick for more information
 
ADULT MINISTRIES
All Women’s Exercise Groups – Postponed until May 1
April Mom’s Night Off – Cancelled
Tuesday Iron Man Bible Study  – Postponed until May 1
A Woman’s Heart Bible Study – Postponed until May 1
Wednesday Mustard Seeds  – Postponed until May 1
Wednesday Prayer Meeting – Postponed until May 1
 
LIGHTHOUSE (Drive Up)
April 18th (10am-Noon) – As Scheduled (limited access to Annex with focus on food distribution to cars)
CLASSES
Baptism Class – By appointment. Contact jon@familybible.church
Policy and Procedures – By appointment. Contact chelsea@familybible.church
 
GIVING
1. Mail to Family Bible Church c/o Mary Pike 725 US HWY 27 North, Marshall, MI 49068
2. Fill out the ACH form to sign up for automatic giving (weekly or bi-weekly). You can get the form by clicking here. Available for those currently without giving envelopes
3. Give online at www.familybible.church > click on GIVE or VISIT BY CLICKING HERE
 
SMALL GROUPS
Please contact your group leader to find out how your group is meeting
 
We suggest checking out resources like Google Hangouts or Zoom Video Conferencing.