Upcoming Sunday Gatherings Info
We are thankful to worship together in-person and online each Sunday at 8:30 & 10:30AM.
This Christmas, we desire to turn our eyes upon Jesus, God incarnate, as we move through this Advent season.
We pray your eyes are turned toward Him as you embrace the beauty of this season rooted in the beauty of God’s love for the world as He sent Jesus.
- December 3: The Eyes of Mary-Nick Walker, 8:30 & 10:30AM
- December 10: The Eyes of Joseph-Nick Walker, 8:30 & 10:30AM
- December 17: The Eyes of TBD-Kris Tarkiewicz, 8:30 & 10:30AM
- December 24 (AM): The Eyes of the World-Kris Tarkiewicz, One Service at 9:30AM
- December 24 (PM): My Eyes-Kris Tarkiewicz, 4:30 & 6PM
- December 31: Title TBD-Andrew Scibbe, One Service at 9:30AM
This Week at FBC
We know life happens beyond the walls of the church. We desire for each person to be in a group where they are known and they know others. We provide daily readings and weekly questions to encourage discussion and connection with God and others. These may be used in groups or in your home with your spouse, family, or friends. Blessings.
ONE DAILY DECISION READING PLAN
- Tuesday 28 Psalm 9
- Wednesday 29 Psalm 35
- Thursday 30 Psalm 69
- Friday 1 John 1:1-5
- Saturday 2 Jeremiah 33:14-16
- Sunday 3 WORSHIP TOGETHER Luke 1:5-10
- Monday 4 Luke 1:11-17
- Tuesday 5 Luke 1:18-25
- Wednesday 6 Luke 1:26-38
- Thursday 7 Matthew 1:18-21
- Friday 8 Matthew 1:22-25
- Saturday 9 Isaiah 7:14
- Sunday 10 WORSHIP TOGETHER Luke 1:39-45
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (following 11/26/23 sermon)
- Pray together. Invite the Spirit of God to move in you and in your group. Pray that God would be glorified and you would continue to grow in Christ-likeness.
- High, low, and (if you are fun) a “buffalo” (something random from your week). Have each person share a “high” and “low” moment from the previous week. Take time to listen to one another.
- Resonate and resist. If you listened to the sermon this week, what is something you resonated with and what is something you resisted? Discuss why.
- Is there a difference between gratitude and thanksgiving? If so what is it? How do you practice them?
- Reread Ephesians 2:1-10. What in this passage stands out the most to you and why?
- Pastor Gerten said, “Every born again person is a miracle”. What thoughts do you have regarding this statement? What difference does it make?
- What role does change play in our walk with Jesus Christ? Where from and how does this change occur? What change have you experienced as you have followed Jesus?
- Now what? What difference has our time together as a group and in the Word made? How will I go from this time differently? Share with one another.
- Pray (maybe even lament) together and for one another.
- Sanctuary – 98
- Online Ave. – 27 households
- Children – 11
- Nursery – 3
- Sanctuary – 177
- Online Ave. – 19 households
- Children – 44
- Nursery – 13
|Weekly Budgeted Need||$11,826.92|
|Current Fiscal Year Weekly Avg. (Jul. ’23-Aug. ’23):||$12,030.89|
|2022-2023 Avg. Weekly Giving||$11,584.26|
|Avg. Jul. ’23-Aug. ’23:||$3,693.07|
SERVE at FBC
MOPS is in need of child care volunteers for their monthly meetings (the third Thursday of the month 9:15am-11:15am). If you are policy approved and are willing to help, please consider signing up here! Questions may be directed to Amy Stults (913) 292-1347.
Brew the self serve coffee and have it ready by 8:15AM. Be part of a regular rotation serving 1-2 times per month. If you are interested please contact email@example.com.
Tech/Worship Teams (8:30 & 10:30AM Services)
We’re looking for more volunteers to serve on our tech and worship teams for Sunday morning services!
Worship roles include
bass and more!
Tech positions include:
running the computer slides
cameras for the livestream
broadcast audio for our livestream
You will be trained for whichever position you choose. Please contact Chris Forystek at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Third Saturday of the month. If you are serving please arrive between 9 and 9:30AM. Distribution is from 9:30-11:30.
Lori Peck is in need for help on Lighthouse Prep day (the Monday before Lighthouse) to help sort and hang clothes. 10am at the annex.
Our Sunday morning prayer team invites you to be a part of the ministry through prayer! We are expanding our prayer care during and after service. We seek people who desire to pray for and with others. Join this team and rotation each month. If interested please contact Pastor Gerten (email@example.com).
Opportunities To Be Generous
Great news! There is now a drop-down menu available for Mustard Seeds when making online donations. Thank you in advance for your commitment to mission around the world!
Kids Ministries at the ARK
First service at 8:30 is fully up and running! We would love for your babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary kids to join us in the kids wing if you are up early.
In December, we are focusing on Christmas – celebrating Jesus – God’s greatest gift.
December memory verse: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Kids ages 4 through 5th Grade are invited to join us at Awana as we explore the Bible. memorize Bible verses, play games and build relationships with one another! Click here to sign up or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
12/5: Christmas Party
Awana will break for the holidays and return on 1/9. Merry Christmas!
Middle & High School Students
HIGH SCHOOL: High School meets Sunday evenings 6:30-8:30PM in the church sanctuary (come in south entrance). This is an awesome time of games, worship, lesson, small group, and more. Join us this Sunday as we conclude our “Acts of the Students” series with a discussion on Finishing the Race. See you then!
Remind is our primary means of communication for all high school youth happenings. You can receive these messages either through the Remind app (blue background with a white script R) or you can receive them as text messages.
You can join the High School Parents group by texting @fbcsrhighp to 81010.
Students can join the High School Students group by texting @fbcsrhighs to 81010.
Contact Student Pastor Nick Walker (email@example.com) with any questions.
Meet us downtown at UN10N (102 W Michigan Ave) from 6-8pm on Friday, December 1st for Where’s Waldo?! Wear something Christmasy and come join in the fun of the search. Open to all high school students. And be sure to invite your friends, the more the merrier!
You can join the Middle School Parents group by texting @fbcjrhighp to 81010.
Students can join the Middle School Students group by texting @fbcjrhighs to 81010.
All middle school students are invited to join us on Thursday afternoons anytime between 2:30-4:30pm at UN10N (102 W Michigan Ave) for our after school hangouts! There will be pizza, snacks, drinks, games, activities, & more! This is the perfect opportunity to have fun and hang out with your friends. Hope to have you join! You can register using the QR code above or this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Qu4Q3vOwvSUcRsIO34JXYoAqxpMhsPbMtIqOu7qsg94
DEVELOP-Opportunities to Grow as a Follower of Jesus
Get involved in a FBC Community. If you are interested in getting involved with a group here at FBC, you can fill out a form to receive more information. https://forms.
If you are unable to use the QR Code, you can also visit us here to reach out for support.
Visit https://familybiblechurchmarshall.org/stephen-ministries/for more information.
Welcome to FBC!
We would love to get to know you! Please fill out a communication card by clicking HERE
The Scriptures teach us to proclaim the salvation we have found in Jesus through baptism. There is a short 30 minute class before you are baptized to help understand the meaning and procedures of baptism.
Upcoming Baptisms: TBA
Classes Offered a week or two before each baptism.
If you desire to be baptized please contact:
- Children/Parents contact Emily VanDorpe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Middle & High School students contact Nick Walker (email@example.com)
- Adults contact Deacon Mark Pike (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Desire to know more about the church? Where we have been, what we are about, and where we are going? Come to this hour long class to discover the history of the church, know the by-laws, and statement of faith of FBC. This class is the first of three steps to join the church (second is meet with deacons to share testimony and third is reception into membership before church).
Please contact Mary at email@example.com if you are interested in attending a membership class and learning more about joining FBC.
Giving Beyond (Gifts from Wills & Trusts to FBC)
If you'd like to leave a gift to Family Bible Church in your will or trust a member of FBC will provide this service at no charge through her law office. Diane Peters (905 W Michigan Ave Suite A, Marshall, MI (269) 248-6500) will amend your will or trust at no charge. Thank you to Diane for this service and thank you for considering FBC.
Thank you for your support and giving to the Lord!
If you have questions about online giving please watch this video. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Thank you for your commitment, giving, and most importantly PRAYER toward this amazing project!
We are working together. After one year of the Forward Campaign, we had new pledges and also some reductions/cancellations (which is okay as we know life situation change). The updated pledge total is $757,690.
Our savings and the Forward Campaign have given us a great start on paying for the building. We are still trusting God for the remaining balance of the long term debt.
Ever donation matters and moves us closer to our completion.
All Things Construction
The building remains OPEN during construction. ALL MINISTRIES AND GROUPS WILL CONTINUE. Changes will be posted here and at the construction update board in the sanctuary lobby.
To access the building during the week AND on Sundays, please use the OLD 27 driveway and enter the building from the south doors (children’s wing). Press the doorbell for entry.
- Family Bible Church
- Deacon Vice Chairperson-Dennis Craft (Craftphoto@aol.com, 269-209-2252)
- Building Committee Chairperson-Doug Kiessling (firstname.lastname@example.org, 269-579-0960)
- Owner Representative-David Mead (email@example.com, 269-275-5902)
- FED Design/Builders
- Project Manager-Gary Rea
- Project Superintendent-Dan Henry
As we shared when we first launched the FORWARD Campaign in May 2022, together we will continue to be a church who develops followers of Jesus who serve to reach ONE more. We will expand our facility in order for you, your ONE, and many others to encounter Jesus in a loving community. Our fully built out building will have space in the large hub/gathering lobby where we will see the formation of community and healing conversations before and after services over coffee from the coffee shop. We will build a kitchen where meals will be prepared and fellowship, laughter and stories will be shared. We will build a large indoor playground, open to the community during the week, year-round, where children make new friends and so do mom, dad or grandma and grandpa with others who come together. Where these small conversations lead to big conversations of faith.
We will build a space for our middle and high school students in Marshall and the surrounding communities, who in recent years have met in lobbies, the sanctuary, and various rooms, to have a dedicated place of their own. It will be a building where they can welcome their friends from their neighborhood or school to encounter Jesus for the first time. This building will create a dedicated space where children of all ages have a warm, welcoming, secure, dedicated space to learn about Jesus and develop new friendships on Sunday mornings, at Awana and each summer at VBS. We envision ministries and groups of all ages from the church and community gathering in this new building during the week in our warm and welcoming spaces where strangers become friends and ultimately family as we follow Jesus together.
What Are We Building Now & Later?
Today as we construct, the vision of this project has not changed, and it is the intention of the leadership to complete the project in its entirety.
The construction industry, like most industries, has seen increases in both labor and material costs. In addition, inflation continues to impact prices. The Building Committee has reviewed the bids based on professional discipline and has reached out to local contractors. Based on this detailed review, they were confident that the bids are appropriate for the current market. It is anticipated that a delay in the project would result in higher costs in the future.
When the FORWARD campaign began we described the process that the building committee and Deacon board would follow if the FORWARD commitments fell short of our $750,000 goal. When the bids were received we went through the same process to “right size” the project to fit the budget. There are certain building components that cannot be delayed or modified, like the size of the building which is needed to link the children wing to the sanctuary.
Some items, at this time, will be delayed including the completion of the cafe, kitchen, playground (however the planned electric and plumbing for these items would be stubbed now) and/or lengthening the amount of time the debt is paid.
The board, building committee and finance committee will continue to review, work and plan toward the completion of this entire project.
You will also be able to be part of the solution by your continued or first time involvement with the FORWARD campaign. We invite you to join us in this step of faith. We are excited for the future, trusting God in each step.
Discover more about the project and campaign HERE
You can learn more below in the FORWARD campaign link and update. CLICK HERE: www.familybible.church/forward
May marks one year since we began our campaign. We will revisited FORWARD May 2023 and gave the opportunity to you to readjust your pledge (higher or lower) or may a first time pledge.
If you choose not to pledge, you may still give to the building campaign.
Thank you for your commitment, giving, and most importantly PRAYER toward this amazing project!