Month: April 2021

Update 05/26/2021 from the Pastoral Transition Team

 The Pastoral Transition Team (PTT) website is now live! You will find a lot of information contained in this website about the PTT members (Bios), Frequently Asked Questions, timelines, meeting minutes from our most recent meeting, current plans, and links to contact the PTT members to ask questions and submit candidate resumes. 

The website information contained herein is designed to foster transparency between the PTT and the church membership (internal stakeholders). It is also provided to inform external stakeholders such as those in the mission fields we support and other external parties that rely on FCBC support such as church plants. The goal of this information is to help everyone stay abreast of the progress the PTT is making towards our ultimate goal of finding a suitable replacement for Pastor Tim as he transitions to a new chapter of his life after 30 years of service to FCBC. June 1st, 2023 will mark 30 years for Pastor Tim since he assumed the mantle of lead pastor. 

You will also find the church survey we developed which is live and ready for all members to take online. You can find the survey prominently posted on this website. And you will find things like our communication plan and other documents that we publish available here as well. For your survey results to have the most impact on the outcome of picking a new pastor, we are looking for as close to 100% participation as possible from all church members. We are asking anyone who is in a leadership role such as Church Staff, Pastoral Staff, Connect Group leaders, Mission Team leaders, Worship Team leaders, Deacons, Preschool staff, Children’s ministry; College, High School and Middle School ministries; SportsLife and other important areas of the church to be sure to fill out a survey. We want 100% participation by every leader in the church.

I thank you in advance for everyone’s participation and will be sure to report back to the church membership the results of the survey (raw data and the summary for each area contained in the survey). Those results will be published in the Church Profile Document we are building. The PTT will report periodically to the church membership through the business meeting forum. We will also communicate through this website by updating material posted in this section of the website.

In addition we will be hosting a Townhall Event on September 12th. This Townhall event will be a panel of experts in the field from notable organizations such as the Jacksonville Baptist Association, the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the chairman of the PTT and one additional expert who has authored a book on the subject of transitioning a senior pastor. You will be able to ask your questions and get straight answers from a panel who will have reviewed our efforts to date and can comment on them using their years of best practice experience shepherding churches through the transition process. Look for more on this in the coming months via email and through posters placed around the campus. Have a blessed day!

Dustin Kanady, PTT Chairman

Reservations

At this time reservations are no longer necessary for Preschool and Children on Sunday mornings.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility over the past 7 months that our reservations system has been in place. Our Preschool and Children’s ministry areas were the two hardest hit church-wide when it comes to the number of people who opted out of serving due to the pandemic. As such we needed to rebuild both of these ministries. The reservations system helped us be ready for you and your children on a weekly basis.

While the reservations system is not currently needed there may be a time in the future that we will need to revert to it. But for now and the immediate following Sundays, we look forward to seeing you and your family Sunday mornings at Fruit Cove…without reservations!

-Family Ministries Team

Lent #7: It is Friday, Good Friday

They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. — Matthew 27:33-37
It was Friday.  Now came the time for the clash between good and evil, heaven and hell. The crucifixion of Jesus is both the worst moment in all human history, and the reality of humanity’s only hope. That’s why we call the Friday before Easter, Good Friday.
It was Friday. Jesus’ followers were still too weak to understand, and so they ran. The religious elite carried out their wicked plans. The political leaders passed the buck, and in the end, they discarded Jesus for the sake of convenience. The crowds gawked.
It was Friday. Two thieves hung on either side of a man whose crime was hard to comprehend. The placard above his head announced with a degree of sarcasm: “King of the Jews.” That must have attracted some attention. We know of seven things Jesus said from that cross, including a pronouncement of forgiveness for the soldiers, provision for the care of his mother, and a plea for something to wet his parched mouth. But the last words on that last day of his natural human life were the most important: “It is finished!” (John 19:30). That was not a cry of resignation, nor capitulation or surrender. It was a shout of victory that all that God had planned for the restoration of sinful human beings was now accomplished. Now there could be justification! Redemption! Reconciliation! Salvation! All that needed to be done for the debt and wound of sin had been done. Forgiveness was now free.
It was Friday. All that remained was for Jesus to step out from the shadow of death, which he would easily do after a few days. But first, the disciples had time to search their hearts for how something good could be found in something so bad. And the enemies of God disappeared into the darkness of their own duplicity.
But that was Friday… Sunday was coming!

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