Letter from Church Moderator, Bob Huggins
August 29, 2020
Dear Church Family,
We, as a family, are living through some challenging times. Covid has prevented us from gathering and enjoying personal fellowship that we treasure. Pastor Derek's resignation was a surprise to all of us. He led us when still a seminary student, through the departure of Rev. Robertson and the separation of the Deaf congregation when they leH to establish their own church. In addition, I have to report that Susan and Jay Peach have retired as worship pastors and Kelli White has resigned as youth pastor. The Peaches have been with us for 10 years and have led the music ministry with innovative ideas and energy, even as we have been separated these last months. Thank you, Susan and Jay, for those years of service. Kelli has been with us for two and a half years and was instrumental in developing our youth worship center into a place where youth have a welcoming environment for fellowship and worship. Thank you, Kelli, for all your efforts in leading our youth program.
I hope each of you here at FBC will take the time to write and thank each of these individuals for their dedication and faithfulness to us. On behalf of myself and FBC, thank you all.
Where do we go from here? Below are things the diaconate is working on or will be working on in the near future.
The diaconate is reviewing names for the pastoral search commiSee and will nominate a slate for a vote by the church. A special meeting of the congregation has been set for September 19th. More on this will follow.
The diaconate is in communication with the Central Region (ABCCR) about geWng an interim minister on board and intend to move quickly on this decision.
The diaconate will be evaluating options for the way forward with our music ministry. The Peaches have agreed to stay with us for up to 30 days which gives us opportunity to prepare a plan on how to move forward in our music ministry.
We will soon be contacting our youth and their families about youth ministry this fall and winter. Until that happens, Kelli has said she will continue in her position for up to 30 days. The diaconate will work with the congregation to put adult leaders in place with a passion for youth work.
The diaconate is looking at options for opening the church for some form of in-person worship. Any future worship plans will include the option of streaming the worship online. I am not prepared to report any details, but will be able to in the next 2 weeks.
Let's remember that First Baptist is God's church. We are his people and God loves each and every one of us; Christ is the head of our church. What beSer hands can we be in. This is a time for prayer and reflection. Let God use this time to build His kingdom among us.
Keep the faith friends,