We want to keep you well-informed as we continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates in and around our community.
Latest Update: April 1, 2020 at 10:00am
Church Office Closure Extended Through April 24 | New Ministry Activities to Help Stay Connected
Good Morning FHBC Family,
A new month is here, and some big challenges lie ahead — but God is with us!
I wanted to encourage you by sharing this devotional thought from pastor and author Max Lucado entitled Surviving April. I really encourage you to click the link and read it! Here's an excerpt...
This isn’t the April we wanted. We wanted spring training. We wanted to go to church on Easter Sunday. We wanted a weekend trip to see the spring flowers. We wanted the Masters golf tournament....
But this is the April we’ve been handed: daily reports of disease and death. An economy that’s in freefall. Dwindling supplies. Another 30 days of distance and isolation. And, most of all, a month of fear. We fear for our family. We fear for the health of our health workers. We fear this microscopic, COVID-19 culprit that stalks our streets like a thief.
So we need to brace ourselves. Adjust our expectations. April as we wanted will not happen. God willing, it will reappear in 2021. But the 2020 version? It’s time for a deep breath, a steady resolve and a few decisions... t’s time for gratitude. It’s time to serve others and it’s time for determination. Good, old-fashioned grit, a resolve that says, “I’m not giving in to fear. I’m not caving in to despair. With God as my helper, I’m going to weather this storm.”
Gratitude. Others. Determination. G-O-D.
He is still in charge. He is still Emmanuel, God with us. Heaven still awaits. The tomb of Christ is still vacant. Children still laugh and grass still turns green in April... It’s not the month we wanted, but it is the month we’ve been given. And we will get through it.
My theme scripture for the next few weeks is the one Max Lucado mentions in his article: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, "Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." I've written it on a sticky note and put it on my computer monitor so I see it regularly!
How are you going to keep your focus on God in the month ahead? Let me know! I'd love to hear about it and maybe even share it with our church in a future letter to encourage them! Email me at
One last thing: In compliance with Metro's SAFER AT HOME order, which Mayor Cooper just extended, the church office will remain closed through at least Friday, April 24. All staff are working from home, though! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have a question or a need. And know that we love you and continue to lift up all of you in prayer daily!
Keep reading this email for more information...
Join us online each Sunday at 10am Central Time!
- Wayne and Matt will lead us in musical worship
- Hear from guest preacher, Dr. Ben Mandrell, President of Lifeway Christian Resources
Watch and participate...
- By going to our website at fhbc.org/live
- On your phone or tablet through the FHBC Mobile App
- Via FHBC's Facebook page: @FHBCnashville
Ben Mandrell, President of Lifeway Christian Resources, will continue to serve as our Guest Preacher on April 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 5.
'CHECK-IN AT 10' ADDS SATURDAYS!
Join us at 10am CT on our Facebook page as our ministerial staff shares scripture and a devotional thought for the day. You can watch previous videos at fhbc.org/checkinat10. Plus, we've now added an ENGAGE Partners Edition that will air live on Saturday mornings, hosted by Chad Mize.
PALM SUNDAY CONCERT
In place of our annual Sanctuary Choir & Orchestra Palm Sunday concert, this year we're delighted to present an encore video from 2018! It will be available on Sunday, April 5 at 4pm on our Facebook page and Vimeo video account.
NEED HELP? WE'RE HERE FOR YOU!
Reach out to the church office or any of our ministers if there's anything we can do to minister to you! Our Deacons are able and willing to help as well! FHBC's Deacon Ministry is an extension of the church's pastoral ministry and is performed by spirit-filled men who are called to exemplify the love of God by praying, serving, and encouraging all people to grow into the likeness of Jesus.
PRAY FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS
During this time of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear due to COVID-19, remember to check on and care for your neighbors as best you can. No matter what, you can pray for your their health, safety, and well-being! A couple of years ago, we launched a tool called BLESS EVERY HOME and encouraged you to become a light for Christ in your neighborhood... If you'd like to learn more and sign-up, click here!
STAY CONNECTED ~ FOLLOW 'FHBCNashville' ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Like and follow our social media accounts, as we're posting updates, videos, news, and content daily. Connect with us on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & TWITTER.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES CAN MEET ONLINE!
Associate Pastor of Education Jeff Bowden has provided all of our adult Sunday School leaders with instructions on how to use Zoom video conferencing program — email your teacher for more information! Zoom is an online video conferencing service that will allow our Sunday School classes to continue meeting!
OUR PRAYER MINISTRY NEVER CLOSES!
We believe in the power of prayer! Submit a prayer request via...
- Phone: 615-3-PRAY-21 (615-377-2921)
- Online Prayer Wall: fhbc.org/prayer
MULTIPLE WAYS TO GIVE
Please continue to worship through giving, and thank you for your continued faithfulness.
- Giving online at fhbc.org/give
- Texting GIVE to 615-488-4774
- Bringing your donation by the church office during the week
- Mailing your donation to 2101 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville TN 37215