3/24/2020

Dear FBC Family,

We hope that your family is doing well during the midst of this crisis. We just sent a letter to you in the mail regarding the upcoming members meeting this Sunday night, as well as encouraging you to continue supporting the church financially as you are able. The content of that letter is posted below. However, with only one week left in our church’s fiscal year, we wanted to give you a quick update.

The gifts that came in this last week totaled $7,000. During the third week of the month, our normal gifts total roughly $19,000. With this Sunday, March 29, being the last Sunday of the month, we would ask you to consider mailing in your offering by the end of the week or dropping it off at the office by Monday.

In addition, as we communicated in our letter, if you have a need during this time, please reach out to the benevolence committee so that we can help in whatever ways we are able. Continue reading below for the full letter.


Dear Church Family,

The Finance Committee has written this letter to keep you informed about six things in light of this virus and the various cancellations in the community and our church.

1. The pastors, Finance Committee, and the staff have agreed to put a freeze on all low-priority spending. We do not know how long this global crisis will last, and it is prudent to slow our spending and be responsible with what God has given us. Prioritization of expenditures will be overseen by David Attebury, Minister of Administration, and Barry Compton, Church Treasurer, with assistance, as needed, from the Staff and Finance Committee.

2. Our financial needs still remain even though we are not meeting physically. Although we have put a freeze on all low-priority spending, regular expenses will still need to be paid.

3. In addition, there will be those in our church who have financial needs brought upon them by this crisis, and we want to be prepared to help our brothers and sisters in need. Our Benevolence Committee is ready to have a conversation with anyone in our church about their financial needs.

This is a time to display the love seen in the early church: “There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need” (Acts 4:34-35).

The pastors and the Finance Committee are thankful for your faithfulness in giving in the past and know you will continue to be faithful as you are able.

4. You can mail your gifts in or drop them by the church office. The office will begin to restrict access to unessential traffic to prevent cross-contamination, but the staff will open the doors to speak to you about any financial, benevolence, or pastoral matters.

Mail to:
First Baptist Church
PO Box 321
Lindale, TX 75771

5. We will also open up online giving as another option for our members. The pastors and the Finance Committee have talked about the possibility of allowing online giving for over two years—about whether online giving is prudent for our church. But we believe that this is an appropriate time to allow this. We will continue to discuss this as a church and listen to any concerns you have.

This will not replace the time of giving during the worship service. The giving of the church is an act of worship, and we will always emphasize giving as a part of discipleship in our services. Giving online, however, is an additional option our church will open up as a matter of convenience for church members. Several member families have even asked us for the ability to give online during this time of crisis.

You can give online at our church website: http://fbclindale.com/online-giving/. It can also be found at the top menu bar labeled “Online Giving.” We will not allow giving by credit card, but only with debit card or Automated Clearing House (ACH). The option to give to designated funds will still be available to you. More of your questions can be answered at our website, including details of who will be managing our online giving and their security systems.

6. We will still have a Members Meeting on Sunday, March 29 at 6:00pm. It will be a remote, online Members Meeting due to the restriction on the number of people who can attend events.

The members meeting will have only one item on the agenda: “The Finance Committee hereby moves, that beginning April 1, 2020, pending a formal members meeting and subsequent membership vote concerning the 2020/2021 budget, authorization to make prioritized payments for relevant invoices/payrolls/etc is hereby granted. – J Patrick Godin, Chairman”

The meeting will be broadcast on Facebook Live. The video will begin to broadcast at 5:45pm, 15 minutes ahead of the meeting. We will send links through your email at that time.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistLindale for the Members Meeting, or type in “First Baptist Church Lindale” in the search bar of Facebook. If you are logged into your Facebook profile, then you will be able to ask questions, and we will do our best to answer them.

Please continue to pray during this time. Pray that government and health officials will be able to work quickly toward a vaccine. Pray for wisdom for our pastors, committees, and leaders. Pray that we will be able to glorify God during this time of trial.

Remember to continue to check Facebook and our website: fbclindale.com for continual updates and for recorded worship services.

Gratefully,

The Finance Committee,
Pat Godin, Chair
Ky Boyer
Misty Childs
Daniel Deslatte
Roberta (Mike) Dillon
Stephen LeBlanc
Jeff Maeker

Ex-officio Members 
Barry Crumpton, Treasurer
Erin Ward, Financial Secretary
David Attebury, Minister of Administration