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.
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.
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.
Domestic Violence Hotline
- National Domestic Violence Hotline or 1-800-799-7233
Kids and Parenting
Stress and Healthy Coping
- Suicide Prevention Hotline or 1-800-273-8255
Relationship Difficulty — Stress on Relationships
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Contact your landlord to see if you have any payment options.
- Contact your local company to discuss options.
- Contact your provider to discuss options.
- 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 Interfaith Ministries-202 West Erie St., Albion-Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00am to 3:00pm
- 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
- 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 Caring and Sharing-6020 23 Mile Rd, Homer-Mon 3:00pm to 5:00pm, Thurs 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Newton United Church-8804 F Drive S, Ceresco-3rd Tuesday 4:30pm to 5:15pm
- 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
- 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
- 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
Check your local school system.