(The following is the email announcement sent on Friday, March 27)

FBFC Family,

Worship Services online again this Sunday morning – March 29

We will be Live Streaming the Worship Service again this Sunday, March 29 at 10:30am on Facebook Live.  We have a public Facebook page so even if you do not have a Facebook account, you should be able to watch the service.   We have added a page on our website (www.faithbfc.org) where you can find all of the information needed related to the Sunday Morning worship.  We have attached two documents, which are also able to be downloaded from the website: 1) Order of Service & Sermon Outline, 2) Song Sheet.  Plan to join us online Sunday morning at 10:30am, and invite others to log on and join us this Sunday.  It was blessing this past Sunday to see friends that have moved out of the community join us for worship online.  In order to improve the quality of the live streaming and to reduce the number of people at the church during the service, we will be trying different equipment and a different room in the church.  Thank you for your patience as we are learning and improving the live streaming.

How do I give when we aren’t having physical Worship Services? 

It is so important to continue faithfulness in giving during this time – ministry has not stopped!  Please use the online giving app.  If you do not want to give online, you can drop off your offering at the church during normal office hours (9am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday), or mail it to the church (140 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville, PA 19438)

  • We will have a Special Easter Offering that will go to our Benevolence fund to help those in need. Our goal is $3000.  An option to give to this special offering will be added to the online giving app. or you can mark the appropriate box on your giving envelope.

Will there be other opportunities to “get together” for prayer and spiritual growth?

Yes, the elders met yesterday afternoon and discussed ways to “get together” for this purpose.

  • Time of Prayer Tuesdays at 11am – Pastor Mike will be using Zoom (an online meeting app) to lead times of prayer.  The link to join this prayer time is – https://zoom.us/j/535302733
  • Bible Study – Pastor Mike shared a lesson on Psalm 142 last evening.  Join us on Facebook live on Thursday evenings at 6:30 for Bible Study. 

Updated Upcoming Events Schedule:

  • Naples Mission Trip has been canceled. Please pray for the church plant in Naples, FL.  They meet in a school, and with the possible shut down of schools in Florida through the end of the academic year, they may be struggling to find a place to meet for a long time after ‘stay at home’ order has lifted.  If you were planning to be part of this trip, we hope that we are able to assist the Naples church in the near future. 

Praying for all of you,

Pastor Andy

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(The following is the email announcement sent on Thursday, March 19)

FBFC Family,

We wanted to give you an update related to our church and COVID-19

We are all following the news about the coronavirus and we are receiving constant information and recommendations from medical and government sources.  Faith BFC is committed to doing whatever we can to provide a safe environment for you, your family, and our broader community.  While God has not given us a spirit of fear, He has called us to love our neighbors and to contribute to the welfare of our community.  An abundance of caution is not merely wise, but is a tangible way of expressing love toward others!  In light of this, and the recommendations of our governing officials, we wanted to update you regarding Faith’s response to this pandemic.

Worship Services online again this Sunday morning – March 22

We will be Live Streaming the Worship Service again this Sunday, March 22 at 10:30am on Facebook Live.  We have a public Facebook page so even if you do not have a Facebook account, you should be able to watch the service.   We have added a page on our website (www.faithbfc.org) where you can find all of the information needed related to the Sunday Morning worship.  We have attached two documents, which are also able to be downloaded from the website: 1) Order of Service & Sermon Outline, 2) Song Sheet.  Plan to join us online Sunday morning at 10:30am, and invite others to log on and join us this Sunday.  It was blessing this past Sunday to see friends that have moved out of the community join us for worship online.

We are thankful to Nate Orlowski, our worship team and the social media team as they work hard to use technology to help us continue to connect as God’s people to minister the word of God, even when we are unable to gather together physically.  At present, we are scheduled to return to normal activities on Sunday, March 29.  We are monitoring the recommendations from the CDC and the local, state and federal government, and so we are preparing for online ministry to be our means of ministry for a longer period of time.  We will keep you updated.

How do I give when we aren’t having physical Worship Services? 

It is so important to continue faithfulness in giving during this time – ministry has not stopped!  Please use the online giving app.  If you do not want to give online, you can drop off your offering at the church during normal office hours (9am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday), or mail it to the church (140 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville, PA 19438)

Will there be other opportunities to “get together” for prayer and spiritual growth?

Yes, the elders met yesterday afternoon and discussed ways to “get together” for this purpose.

  • Time of Prayer Tuesdays at 11am – Pastor Mike will be using Zoom (an online meeting app) to lead times of prayer. Contact Pastor Mike (mwalker@faithbfc.org) and he will send you the link to connect to the prayer meeting.
  • Pre-recorded study for youth, and kids resources will be made available to parents. These will be posted on our website and social media on Wednesdays.
  • Also, reminders and resources will be made available for parents to work on Awana lessons with their children.
  • Bible Study – This Friday at 6:30, we are planning to conclude the Life of Christ Sunday School class on FB live.  In the weeks to come, we will hold a Bible Study on Thursday evenings at 6:30.  Topics and teachers will be announced in a later email.
  • Bible study leaders and Connection group leaders may try to contact those involved in their ministries to set up a gathering online to pray and discuss the Scriptures.
  • As individuals and as families, make time to read God’s word and pray together.

What if I have a need, or know someone who needs help?

By God’s grace, our Deacon’s Benevolence fund is the highest it has ever been.  It would seem the Lord was preparing us for the times that we are now facing.  We expect that the mandated closing of businesses and temporary unemployment for many in the congregation and our community will result in people needing help.  If you have a need or know of a need, please contact Dave Pfeiffer, or any of the elders or deacons.

How can I minister to my neighbors and to others?

First of all, pray for your neighbors.  Call or text them to see how they are doing, and offer to pray with them.  Attached is a postcard idea that another ministry created.  You may find it to be a great way to connect with your neighbors and offer to help.

Second, contact people in our congregation.  Some of you have been doing a great job of contacting people in your Connection Groups, and the Seniors of our church.  Thank you for making these contacts and for passing updates along to the pastors, elders and deacons.

Third, let us know what you are doing.  We would love to share your ideas with the rest of the congregation to help them in their ministry to our community.

Updated Upcoming Events Schedule:

  • Connection Groups and Bible Studies for the next two weeks (CANCELLED – leaders may try to set up get togethers using Zoom or other online service)
  • Sunday School for March 22 (CANCELLED)
  • Worship Service for March 22 (LIVE STREAM ONLY – go to faithbfc.org for more information)
  • Wiser Bunch Lunch – March 22 (CANCELLED)
  • Volleyball – March 23 (CANCELLED)
  • Ladies’ One Day Retreat – March 28 (POSTPONED – new date to be determined)
  • Naples Mission Trip Decision Day – March 29 (Please submit applications to the church office during normal office hours (9am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday), or contact Amy Hillborn for more information)
  • Stream Clean Up with the Perkiomen Watershed – April 4 (RESCHEDULED to October 31)
  • At present time, Church activities resume as normal after March 29. We will continue to monitor the situation and announce changes as they come

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(The following is the email announcement sent on Saturday, March 14)

FBFC Family,

We will be Live Streaming the Worship Service on Sunday, March 15 at 10:30am on Facebook Live.  We have a public Facebook page so even if you do not have a Facebook account, you should be able to watch the service.  Follow this link to our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/faithbfcHarleysville/

You may want to test things out in advance of the service – follow the link and watch one of the videos that is already posted on our page to make sure things are working properly for you.  This will be our first time streaming the worship service, so please be patient with us as we get things worked out.

  • The order of service and sermon outline is attached to this email.  It is also included at the bottom of this email.
  • We will not be together to collect the offering, so please use the online giving app.  If you do not want to give online, you can drop off your offering at the church during normal office hours (9am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday)

Updated Upcoming Events Schedule:

  • Sunday School for March 15 (CANCELLED)
  • Worship Service for March 15 & 22 (LIVE STREAM ONLY)
  • VBS Volunteer Informational Meeting – March 15 after church (CANCELLEDplease contact Toni Alderfer if you want more information about helping out with VBS, which will be June 28-July 2)
  • Youth Group – March 15 (CANCELLED)
  • Connection Groups and Bible Studies for the next two weeks (CANCELLED)
  • Homeschool Co-ops at church for next two weeks (CANCELLED)
  • Volleyball – March 16 & 23 (CANCELLED)
  • Wiser Bunch Lunch – March 22 (CANCELLED)
  • Ladies’ One Day Retreat – March 28 (POSTPONED – new date to be determined)
  • What Do We Believe Class – (RESCHEDULED) – Session 5 will be 4/8, Session 6 will be 4/22, 6:30pm
  • Naples Mission Trip Decision Day – March 29 (Please submit applications to the church office during normal office hours (9am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday), or contact Amy Hillborn for more information.)
  • At present time, Church activities resume as normal after March 28
  • Stream Clean Up – April 4
  • Good Friday Service – April 10, 7pm at Faith BFC, Harleysville
  • Easter Sunday – April 12
    • Sunrise Service – 6:30am at Franconia Park
    • Breakfast at Church following Sunrise service
    • Sunday School – 9:15am
    • Worship Service – 10:30am
  • CPR/AED Training – (RESCHEDULED) – April 14, 7pm
  • “Help Nelson” Night – (RESCHEDULED) – April 24, 6-8:30pm

 

ORDER OF SERVICE

Opening Song
Welcome & Announcements
Worship Leader Reading
Songs of Exaltation
Prayer
Sermon
Closing Song
Benediction

 

Sermon Notes

“Abide in Christ to Bear Fruit”
John 15:1-5
Pastor Andy Crossgrove

DEFINITION OF A DISCIPLE OF JESUS…
A Disciple is one who by the grace of God…(we are a follower of Christ because of God’s love and grace and supernatural work in our hard sin-filled hearts)…is yielding to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to love God the Father and walk in humble obedience to God’s word so that their transformed lives – in thoughts, attitudes, words and actions – display the nature and power of Jesus Christ living in them both to believers and unbelievers alike.

1. A Disciple is “IN” Christ (John 15:1, 4-5)

2. A Disciple Bears Fruit (John 15:2, 4-5)

3. A Disciple is “Pruned” by God (John 15:2-3)

In response to God’s Word, I/we will:

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(The following is the email announcement sent on Friday, March 13)
Dear Church Family,

Yesterday (March 12), the elders sent out a letter related to the flu and COVID-19 coronavirus.  We began the letter by stating that the coronavirus is in the news daily, and we are all wondering how this crisis will unfold.  Last evening, the elders and deacons were scheduled to meet for prayer and to discuss the search for the Director of Student Ministries and to discuss the feedback that we have received related to the ministries of the church and our next steps.  We added to our agenda prayer and discussion for our next steps as a church in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  The letter we sent yesterday began with the encouragement for the body at Faith BFC to think about this threat from a biblical perspective.  Let us be reminded of this as we consider our next steps as a church.

First, Christians do not live in fear even in the face of great danger. Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything…”  God, in Christ has conquered the dangers of this world, even death has lost its sting (1 Corinthians 15:55).  We keep our eyes fixed on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.

Second, Christians live in love.  The dangers and even tragedies of our broken world are opportunities for us to minister the grace of God in the power of the Spirit.  In China, some Christians instead of fleeing the areas of greatest virus infection, have gone into those areas to serve and help in the name of Jesus.  As the people around us isolate themselves, we need to fight the temptation to run away from people, rather in love, we need to find ways to reach out to our neighbors and those in need.

Third, Christians do respond to dangers of our world by taking practical steps to avoid the danger when possible. We don’t want to overreact but neither do we want to underreact.

After we sent our letter yesterday morning, PA Governor Tom Wolf made an announcement that with the PA Dept. of Health, the State Government was imposing restrictions on public gatherings for the next fourteen (14) days.  All public gatherings have been highly encouraged to be cancelled for the present time.  The goal of these measures as explained by the Governor and the PA Dept. of Health is to stem the tide of the spread of the virus.  God’s word reminds us that God is sovereign over all human governments and he has established human authorities for our good and for the welfare of society (Rom. 13:1-3).  We are also told in the Scriptures that we are to render due loyalty, respect and obedience to the governing authorities (1 Peter 2:13-14) except in times where demands of civil law militate against the supreme and higher law of God (Acts 5:29).  (See BFC Faith & Order, Articles 23 & 104-3)

The elders and deacons believe that the strong encouragement of the PA government to cancel and postpone all public gatherings for the next 14 days is to be respected and followed as much as we are able to comply.  Therefore, all church public ministries are being cancelled or postponed for the next 14 days.  We will be live streaming the worship service for the next two Sundays, March 15 and 22.  At the bottom of this email, we will give further instructions for upcoming events.  As public gatherings are being cancelled, the ministry of the church will continue.  Our passionate pursuit is to glorify the Lord as we worship Him and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

  • The elders and deacons will be contacting each person on their shepherding/oversight list to pray with you and see how you are doing and how you are growing in the Lord.
  • Ministry leaders (Bible study leaders, teachers, Connection group leaders, Children’s ministry leaders, etc.) will try to contact those involved in their ministries to encourage continued time in prayer and God’s word for growth in Christ.
  • As individuals and as families, make time to read God’s word and pray together.
  • We will try to send regular updates and encouragements from God’s word through email and social media.
  • Call one another to pray and check up with each other.
  • If you need help with child care, or other needs, please ask one another, or let the church office know. We will try to make these needs known to the church so that we can meet one another’s needs.
  • Look for opportunities to help your neighbors and meet needs of others.
  • Pray with neighbors and friends as we are in this time of uncertainty and many are fearful.

Worship Services for March 15 & 22

  • We will not have a public gathering for the service, but the service will be streamed online. Once the links for the live stream are set up, we will send out instructions for watching the service.
  • We will not have communion this Sunday as originally planned.
  • We will not be together to collect the offering, so please use the online giving app. If you do not want to give online, you can drop off your offering at the church during normal office hours (9am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday)

Upcoming Events:

  • BFC Day of Prayer – March 14 (POSTPONED – new date to be determined)
  • Sunday School for March 15 (CANCELLED)
  • FBFC Day of Prayer – March 15 (This is not a public event, so please set aside time to pray for our church, community, country and the world)
  • VBS Volunteer Informational Meeting – March 15 after church (POSTPONED – please contact Toni Alderfer if you want more information about helping out with VBS, which will be June 28-July 2)
  • Youth Group – March 15 (CANCELLED)
  • Connection Groups and Bible Studies for the next two weeks (CANCELLED)
  • Homeschool Co-ops at church for next two weeks (CANCELLED)
  • “Help Nelson” Night – March 20 (POSTPONED – new date to be determined)
  • Wiser Bunch Lunch – March 22 (CANCELLED)
  • CPR/AED Training – March 24 (POSTPONED – rescheduled for April 14)
  • What Do We Believe Class – March 25 (POSTPONED – Session 5 will be 4/8, Session 6 will be 4/22)
  • Ladies’ One Day Retreat – March 28 (POSTPONED – new date to be determined)

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Letter sent on March 12:
March 2020 letter – related to the flu and coronavirus

Here are some blogs that I have found helpful in considering a biblical response to the anxieties and fears facing us today:
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/christians-anxious-coronavirus/
https://www.ccef.org/anxiety-waiting-and-the-coronavirus/?mc_cid=ce309ee12d&mc_eid=a817249df6
https://matthiasmedia.com.au/blogs/news/calvinism-in-the-time-of-coronavirus
https://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/its-okay-to-fear-coronavirus

 

Church Office Hours

9:00am - 4:00pm

Tuesday-Friday

Faith Bible Fellowship Church

140 Harleysville Pike,

Harleysville, PA 19438

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Contact

Phone - 215-256-6026

Email - office@faithbfc.org