Keeping you in the Loop In response to your requests for information about Runyan FBC we are producing the first Newsletter since March. We suspended the Newsletter because the days were so unpredictable, and we had stopped holding regular activities. We have been waiting for conditions to return to normal before we resumed this Newsletter. We decided we need to move forward with some news even if things are not “normal”.
We are Meeting on Facebook Live and In-Person We realize some of you feel cutoff from the church. We are sorry about that and will try to do better. If you do not have internet or Facebook, then you have not been able to worship with us. We began broadcasting on Facebook Live in March and started in-person services at the church in July. We continue to produce a Facebook Live broadcast in addition to the services in the sanctuary. For the in-person services we are social distancing in the pews and wearing facemasks. You are welcome to attend if you feel safe.
Food Distribution The biggest news for the church is the development of a food distribution ministry. When the Jacksonville School district stopped holding classes, we were contacted and asked if we would like to give out free lunches to families in need. We began to do that and gave out over 700 lunches. We were also contacted and asked if we could use boxes of nonperishable food. We accepted the offer and have used 110 boxes of food to supplement our Free Little Pantry. We have given them all out and are in desperate need of more food for the Pantry.
The latest development in this ministry is to pick up perishable food in Jacksonville from the Arkansas Food Bank and distribute it to a group of caring ladies in our community and to some of you. Each of these ladies has a network of needy families that receive the food. We have given out hundreds of hot dogs, sausage patties, hamburger patties, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast links, apples, potatoes, oranges, chicken quarters, eggs and many other fruits and vegetables.
The response from the neighborhood to your efforts has been extraordinarily strong. We are repeatedly told how much the Little Pantry and our distribution of perishable and nonperishable food means to our community. You are meeting a need. More than a year ago during a Wednesday Prayer meeting we were led to pray that the Lord show us a way to meet needs in our neighborhood which would open doors to share the Gospel. It appears that this Food Ministry is doing that. We have had one person start to attend the worship services because of it. Several others have made promises to attend. The Lord is stirring the spiritual atmosphere. We need to move forward while we have the opportunity.
Second Pantry to be Built The offer has been made to us for the design and construction of a second food pantry. This one would be larger and increase our capacity to help more people. Your Church Council has welcomed the offer and we are moving forward to see it constructed soon. The new pantry would have room for clothing also.
I believe God is doing a work and we will see the fruit of our labors soon. I believe we will see people saved and baptized and attending our church. We need to prepare our hearts to receive them with open arms. Some of these individuals may need the kind of love that Runyan First Baptist is famous for. Let us be ready to give it. Planned Activities As soon as it is possible, we will resume Ladies Night, Men’s Breakfast, Faith Kids and Church Fellowships. Let me repeat, we will resume these activities as soon as it is safe for all those participating. One thing your Church Council felt was a good thing to continue was Lake Day. The date is October 4, 2020 at the usual spot on Lake Conway. We will socially distance and wear masks as needed, eat delicious food, and have a great time.
Giving is such a wonderful experience. God has directed us to give and given us joy when we do. It blesses others and gives glory to God. Summer is a time that giving can be neglected. Right now, the giving to the church is in a slump. We need your help. Please pray about this and consider catching up or giving a special summer gift. Thank you.