Special Message

February 18, 2021

Dear Church Family,


I pray that you’re having another great week! I’m pleased to inform you that our church body continues making great strides in fighting COVID-19. Nearly everyone affected by the virus is either back to feeling normal or is on the road to a full recovery. God is good... all the time!


Here are the latest plans for FBC Bushnell activities, on and off-campus:


1. Once again this Sunday, the sanctuary will be open for morning on-campus worship at 10:30 am. The nursery will be provided. Seating will be limited to every other row and family units are encouraged to remain six feet apart. Facemasks are optional but strongly encouraged. We will continue streaming the worship service on Facebook and YouTube.


2.  The entire campus will be thoroughly cleaned prior to Sunday. This includes the use of a disinfectant fogger that is 100% safe and approved for use against COVID-19.


3.  We WILL be having Sunday School on February 21. Remember, Sunday School begins at 9:00 am.


4. Wednesday night activities have returned to their normal schedule at 6:00 pm. This includes childcare for preschoolers, RAs and GAs for children in the Children's Wing, Youth fellowship and worship in the Student Center, and week 3 of the Overcomer Bible Study for adults in the Fellowship Hall.


5. All Overcomer Bible Study groups plan to meet this week. Check with your bible study leader if you have any questions.


6. The Hope Ministry Center is back open and ministering to our community. Please consider volunteering and filling the gap in this life-changing ministry.



As I have said in the past, please continue strong in your walk with the Lord. Remember… He is at work, He has a plan, and He is worthy of your trust! Thank you for the ways you continue ministering to one another, both church & family members, and your friends & neighbors in the community. You are awesome!


I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday… either in person or via the internet! Please let me know if I can minister to you in any way!


Pastor Doug

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February 10, 2021

Dear Church Family,


I pray that you’re having a great week! I’m pleased to inform you that we appear to be making great strides in fighting the spread of the COVID-19. Nearly everyone affected by the virus is either back to feeling normal or is on the road to a full recovery. God is good!


Here are our plans for reopening our campus and other church activities:


1. We plan to have the sanctuary open on Sunday, February 14 for morning on-campus worship at 10:30. Nursery will be provided. Seating will be limited to every other row and family units are encouraged to remain six feet apart. Facemasks are optional, but strongly encouraged. We will continue streaming the worship service on Facebook and YouTube.


2. The sanctuary will be thoroughly cleaned prior to Sunday. This includes the use of a disinfectant fogger that is 100% safe and approved for use against COVID-19.



3. We will NOT be having Sunday School on February 14. We plan to restart Sunday School on February 21.


4. Wednesday night activities will return to their normal schedule on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00pm. This includes childcare for preschoolers, RAs and GAs for children, Youth fellowship and worship, and week 2 of the Overcomer Bible Study for adults with Pastor Doug in the fellowship hall.


5. All other Overcomer Bible Study groups plan to restart this week, except for two groups: the Sunday evening Young Adult group and the Hope Ministry Center group on Monday, which will restart the following week.


6. The Quarterly Church Business Meeting has been moved from Wednesday, February 17 to Wednesday, March 17 at 7:15pm.



7. The Hope Ministry Center will reopen on Monday, February 15. Food Distribution will be held on Wednesday, February 17 from 9:00 – noon.


As I have said in the past, please continue strong in your walk with the Lord. Remember… He is at work, He has a plan, and He is worthy of our trust! Thank you for the ways you have continued ministering to one another, both church & family members and your friends & neighbors in the community. You are awesome!


I look forward to seeing you this Sunday… either in person or via the internet! Please let me know if I can minister to you in any way!


Pastor Doug

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February 3, 2021

Dear church family,

I wanted to give you an update on the situation we are currently facing with Covid-19 within our congregation. I'm pleased to inform you that the virus has slowed its spread to additional church staff and church members. The number of new positive cases this week is less than 5, and none of the individuals who have tested positive are in serious condition. One remains hospitalized with the virus and pneumonia, but is making positive progress.

Due to the continued spread of the virus among our church family, we are extending the suspension of all on-campus gatherings through Saturday, February 13. Our desire, at the present, is to have on-campus worship on Sunday, February 14. In addition, our Hope Ministry Center will remain closed and will not reopen until February 15. The next food distribution is scheduled on Wednesday, February 17.

This Sunday we will be worshiping, but only on Facebook and YouTube. Once again, I want to strongly encourage you to redouble your precautionary efforts out in the community, including keeping your distance, regularly cleaning your hands, and wearing face masks, when appropriate.

Please continue doing two things: (1) Draw near to the Lord. Remember... He has a plan, He’s at work, and He is worthy of your trust! He has blessed us in so many ways, especially since everyone is recovering without any major complications. (2) Pray and minister to one another. I have heard many stories of this happening already! Everyone needs to be touched, whether by the phone or the internet, or by dropping off groceries and medicines. In other words, continue doing what you're doing... being the hands and feet of Jesus!

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday... either on Facebook or YouTube!


Please let me know if I can minister to you in any way.

Pastor Doug

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01-27-2021

Dear church family,


I wanted to give you an update on the situation we are currently facing with Covid-19 within our congregation. Unfortunately, the virus has spread to additional church staff and church members. Praise the Lord that, as of this morning, none of the individuals who have tested positive are in serious condition. 


Due to the recent spread of the virus among our church family, we are suspending all on-campus gatherings until Sunday, February 7. In addition, our Hope Ministry Center is closed and will not reopen until February 8, at the earliest (Food distribution on February 3 is cancelled). You will receive additional updates from me so you'll know how to pray for your church.


This Sunday we will be worshiping, but only on Facebook and YouTube. Once again, I want to strongly encourage you to redouble your precautionary efforts out in the community, including keeping your distance, regularly cleaning your hands, and wearing face masks, when appropriate. 


Please continue doing two things: (1) Draw near to the Lord. Remember... He has a plan, He’s at work, and He is worthy of your trust! (2) Pray and minister to one another. Everyone needs to be touched, whether by the phone or the internet, or by dropping off groceries and medicines to those in need. In other words, continue being the hands and feet of Jesus!


I look forward to seeing you on Sunday... either on Facebook or YouTube!

Please let me know if I can minister to you in any way.


Pastor Doug

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01-22-2021

Dear church family,


I wanted to inform you that one of your church staff members tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday. Those individuals who were in close proximity to this person have been contacted and encouraged to quarantine.


We are still planning to have Sunday School at 9:00 and 10:30 worship on Sunday. Once again, I want to strongly encourage you to redouble your precautionary efforts, including keeping your distance, regularly cleaning your hands, and wearing face masks, when appropriate. 


Please continue doing two things: (1) Draw near to the Lord. Remember, He has a plan, He’s at work, and He is worthy of our trust! (2) Pray and minister to one another. Everyone needs to be touched, whether in person or via the phone or internet, during these difficult days.


I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, either in person or online!


Pastor Doug

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12-26-2020

Dear church family,


I wanted to inform you that several persons that helped us present the Living Nativity and attended a Bible study have either tested positive for Covid-19 or have the symptoms and are waiting for test results. Those persons who were in close proximity to them have been contacted.


Tomorrow we are still planning to have Sunday School at 9:00 and 10:30 worship. I want to strongly encourage you to redouble your precautionary efforts, including keeping your distance, regularly cleaning your hands, and wearing face masks, when appropriate.


Please continue doing two things: (1) Draw near to the Lord. Remember, He has a plan, He’s at work, and He is worthy of our trust! (2) Minister to one another. Everyone needs to be touched, whether in person or via the phone or internet, during these difficult days.


I look forward to seeing you tomorrow, either in person or online!


Pastor Doug

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10/8/2020

Don't Miss 2 BIG Days this Weekend!

Saturday, October 10

    Bringing Sumter Together Prayer Walk

    Downtown Bushnell Gazebo

    9:00 - 11:00AM

Sunday, October 11

    Morning Worship with special guest, Evangelist David Burton

    10:30AM

    Sumter Baptist Association Fall Session at FBC Bushnell

    Special Music provided by the FBC Wildwood Worship Team

    Special guest speaker Evangelist David Burton

    6:00PM

PLEASE NOTE:

In keeping with our state moving to Phase 3 in response to Covid-19, beginning this Sunday we will have open seating in the pews on the FRONT half of the sanctuary. The pews on the BACK half of the sanctuary will remain for those who would like to observe social distancing (every other pew/different family units 6 feet apart). 

I look forward to seeing YOU this weekend!

Pastor Doug


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06/19/2020

Dear Church Family,

I was just informed a short time ago that one of our church members has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. He is resting at home. 

At this point we will proceed with Sunday school and worship this Sunday morning. Please stay on your guard and wash your hands regularly and consider wearing a face mask to protect yourself and others. 

God bless you and I look forward to seeing you in person or via video on Sunday! 

Pastor Doug


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05/18/2020

Dear Church Family,


I am happy to announce that we will regather for worship this Sunday, May 24 at 10:30. For the safety of our congregation and our community, worship will be a little different for a while:

  • For now, we will only have our 10:30 Sunday Worship Service.
  • No Sunday School or Sunday thru Wednesday evening activities.
  • Please wear a mask for the safety of others.
  • We will have hand sanitizer readily available.
  • Please observe safe distancing, refraining from handshakes or hugs.
  • All entry doors will be propped open.
  • Sanctuary seating will be every other row.
  • Different family units will be spaced 6 feet apart.
  • For now, we will not have a preschool nursery or children’s church.
  • Vacation Bible School has been postponed.
  • For now, we will not have an Adult Choir.
  • We will intensely clean high traffic/high touch areas between Sundays.
  • All current giving options will continue.
  • In addition, new offering containers will be placed at the doors.
  • We will continue Live Streaming for the vulnerable & for outreach. 

These safety measures will be quite a change for all of us. 


But, I believe that many are ready to make these necessary adjustments in order to experience corporate worship in the Lord’s house once again.


I cannot wait to see you on May 24. If, for any reason, you are not ready to worship in our sanctuary, we will stay connected to you via our Live Stream on Facebook and YouTube. Please let me know if we can minister to you in any way or how we can pray for you.


Pastor Doug

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