Current Updates
FBC Family Update #14
                                                                                                   April 6, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,
 
I hope you are in His grace and peace. I love and miss you all!
 
To tell the truth, this social distancing, isolation, and the media and social noise around us is wearing on me. I continue to pray that God’s hand would stay this virus and that we will be able to have some semblance of normalcy in the not too distant future.
 
As Paul stated in Romans 8:18 ESV “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Many are talking about the dire future, but as Christians, our future is bright, very bright. Let us hold on to the hope that is set before us.
 
This morning the Lord brought to remembrance Isaiah 41:10. There is so much there. In this one verse there are seven directives and statements that should bring us much comfort.
 
Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
 
1.  Do not fear
2.  I am with you
3.  Do not be anxious
4.  I am your God
5.  I will strengthen you
6.  I will help you
7.  I will uphold you
 
His continued grace and peace to you all!
 
Love,
Pastor Vince
FBC Family Update #13
                                                                                               April 4, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,
 
I thank God…as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, longing to see you…(2 Timothy 1:3-4)
You are loved and missed. I am looking forward to the day when we can fellowship together again, face-to-face. “Lord, stay this epidemic so that this will be soon!”
 
Sunday morning at 9:30am, we will be ‘live streaming’ this week’s message on the journey to the cross.
As part of the message, we will be sharing the Lord’s Supper. I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit is not constrained by time or distance.  (Colossians 2:5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit…)
 
If at all possible have something with you that resembles bread and juice. It is the remembering of Christ’s death for us that is of primary importance. I am looking forward to fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit tomorrow morning as we celebrate the Lord’s death until He returns. Please note, I am attaching some message notes that will help to follow along as we look at the Seven Sayings of the Cross.
 
May His protection, provision, peace, purpose and power be yours during these times.
1 Timothy 1:14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.
 
Love,
Pastor Vince
 
FBC Update #12
                                                             April 1, 2020
Dear Church Family,

Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. (2 John 3)

I continue to pray for your protection, provision and peace! I have attached pictures of our Church with the banner, “Praying for our City”. Please make this a reality and continue to pray for the Lord to bring revival in these extraordinary times. In these days of constant change Jesus is the same and His Kingdom is unshakeable. 

This Sunday’s message is about the journey from Jesus’s judgment to the cross. As we remember His sacrifice for us let’s share the Lord’s Supper together. If you have any type of bread and grape juice in your home, it would be a wonderful time to remember His death until He returns. Make do with what you have; it is the “remembering” that is important!!!

Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith…

We are rooted and secure in Him…

Love to you all,
Pastor Vince
FBC Family Update #10
                                                                                                March 27, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,
 
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Peter 1:2)
 
James 1:2-3 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
 
We are certainly in a time of various trials. The effects of the Coronavirus are widespread. Certain food supplies and necessities are in short supply, many have been furloughed or have lost their jobs, and our ability to navigate is severely limited with lock downs, curfews and social distancing.
 
These are times of trial and testing. Our faith, our hope, our lives and our futures are in His hands. He supports our lot! We can trust Him, period! The Lord will cause all these things to work together for good for those who love Him. We have need of endurance and patience.
 
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul. (Psalm 131:2)  It takes His grace to find HIS peace in the storm.
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. (Psalm 94:19) We can always delight ourselves in the Lord. Trust in HIM and HE will give us a peace which surpasses understanding.
 
Please pray for our families, our church and our community for His peace, protection, provision, power and purpose.
 
Trust HIM…for ourselves and for others!
 
This Sunday’s message is from Matthew 26:36-45, Gethsemane’s Ground…the Ground of prayer. If you join us on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistchurchstcloud) on Sunday morning at 9:30am, it might be helpful if you have the scripture at your fingertips as we go through the verses one at a time.
 
Colossians 1:9-12 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
 
I love you and have missed you all!
Pastor Vince
FBC Family Update #9
                                                                                             March 25, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,
 
I pray for you as the Apostle Paul prayed for the church, “We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;  constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father…” (1 Thessalonians. 1:2-3)
What a summation; faith, love and hope. Keep seeking the Lord and the strength of His might.
 
This Sunday morning we will be starting our Easter Series. The series title is 5G, the journey from Gethsemane to glory. More on that Sunday!
 
Spring is a special time of year as the world hears more about the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. It’s also a time when the marginalized church is drawn back to thinking about spiritual things. Use these weeks as an opportunity to suggest to your friends and family to join us on Sundays at 9:30am. This week’s message will center on Gethsemane and prayer.
 
Also, on Sunday morning, April 5th, the week before Easter, the message will be about the last supper. I am going to celebrate the Lord’s Supper during the webcast. If you have some type of bread and grape juice in your home, it would be wonderful to remember the Lord together.
 
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
 
Love,
Pastor Vince
                                                    FBC Family Update #8
                                                                                     March 23, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,
 
May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. (1 Peter 1:2)
 
Yesterday was a day of encouragement for the church. God is good, always. I am looking forward to next Sunday morning as we begin our focus on this Easter season. I think it is appropriate, that as we go through the trials of the Coronavirus, we take time to remember what the Lord has accomplished for us on the cross.
 
Church, the order of the day is prayer. Below is a revised prayer list with Scriptures to help us pray.
 
            FIRST RESPONDERS: PRAYER
 
1.         Pray against the spirit of fear and anxiety. Pray for the church to walk in faith.
           
 
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
 
2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight—
 
2.         Pray for the church to rise up and be a light in these dark times. Pray that the Lord would use this crisis to bring revival and manifest His glory.
 
Matthew 5:14, 16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden… Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
 
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
 
3.         Pray for God’s intervention to stay this pandemic. Pray for a vaccine for this virus and for the medical teams treating the sick. Pray for those who are infected to have a swift recovery.
 
Numbers 21:9 And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
 
John 3:14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.
 
Exodus 15:26 …I, the Lord, am your healer.
 
4.         Pray for the authorities running our cities, counties and country.  Pray that the Lord would direct their steps and give them His wisdom.
 
Romans 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
 
1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority…
 
James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
 
 
Thank you for your faithfulness to pray!
 
Love,
Pastor Vince
                                                      FBC Family Update #7
                                                                                           Saturday, March 21
 
Dear Church Family,
 
Jesus will never leave us or forsake us! (Hebrews 13:5)
There may be difficult times ahead because of the Coronavirus, but we will never be without the awareness, love and care of our Savior. Walk in faith and hold on to our trust in HIM. HE will cause these circumstances to ultimately be for good.
 
As we set our eyes on Him, let us also have an “outward” look. How can we help in these trying times? If the Lord is tugging at your heart to help others during this time we ask that you contact Barbara Bennett (Barbara.Bennett@fbcstcloud.org) at the church. We will include you in our “Helping Hands” ministry and as needs arise we will contact you for your assistance.  It could be as simple as getting groceries for some of our home bound members. Thank you for hearing and obeying the Lord.
 
Don’t forget to join us on Sunday morning on our Facebook page as we go on-line at 9:30am. (https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistchurchstcloud). If you can’t join us at that time, just go to the Facebook page later at your convenience. The Lord has given me a message to share on “Peace in the Storm”.
 
Grace and peace to you all!
 
Love,
Pastor Vince
 
FBC Family Update #6
                                                                                         Friday, March 20, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,
 
May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you. (Jude 2)
 
A word of encouragement for the Scriptures:
Matthew 5:14, 16 You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before men…
 
We are those that have hope in this world and the one to come. Let us walk in faith so that others will be drawn to HIM. The light shines brightest in the darkness, so let it shine!
 
Don’t forget to join us on Sunday morning on our Facebook page as we go live at 9:30am. (https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistchurchstcloud). If you can’t join us at that time, just go to the Facebook page later at your convenience and you will be able to watch. The Lord has given me a message to share on “Peace in the Storm”.
 
Love,
Pastor Vince
FBC Family Update #5
Thursday Morning, March 19th

 

Dear Church Family,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3)
 
The Lord often spoke of not being anxious for what we will eat or drink or for our covering.
Matthew 6:31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

 

One of the strongest evidences of faith is to trust the Lord for our provision, and not to put our trust in mammon. Our security is in the Lord only. The current Covid-19 pandemic is going to stretch our faith like nothing else has in this past decade. Let’s look at just two of God’s promises about finance and provision.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
 
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

 

Let’s also look at two of the Lord’s directives.

Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce…
 
Malachi 3:10 …test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
 
When finances get tight, the first thing to go is giving. As fear overcomes faith, many churches are going to be put in critical financial situations. We are not exempt.
 
It seems that the more we put our faith and trust in the Lord, the more we will see the blessings of His grace poured out!  I have always found that if I put the Lord first in my finances HE blesses the rest. This is the walk of faith. God blesses the open hand of faith more than the clenched fist.
 
More than the need of the church (although that need is very real) my desire is that you will be blessed in the Lord. I am absolutely convinced that as we walk in faith, we will see the move of the Holy Spirit in our midst in unprecedented ways, from provision to power.  I am looking for revival in these troubled times.
 
Practically, as always, we ask you to pray and hear from the Lord how He would have you support His church.  For some it is a bit difficult to follow through because we currently are not meeting on Sunday mornings.

 

Here are some ways that may facilitate your obedience to the Lord:

 

  1. Mail: 1717 13th Street, St Cloud, FL 34769

 

  1. FBConnect app (Available on Apple App Store or Google Play)

 

  1. Church Web site: (www.fbcstcloud.org)

 

  1. Text to give. Text the amount to 888-459-8533

 

I thank you for your faithfulness and obedience.

Don’t forget to join us on Sunday morning on our Facebook page as we go on-line at 9:30am. (https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistchurchstcloud). If you can’t join us at that time, just go to the Facebook page at your convenience. The Lord has given me a message to share on “Peace in the Storm.”
 
Colossians 2:5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

 

Love,

Pastor Vince

FBC Family Update #4

                                                                               Wednesday Afternoon March 18th
 
Dear Church Family,
 
I hope this latest communication finds you in His grace and peace, even in these difficult circumstances.
 
Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
 
After much prayer and counsel and given how quickly the coronavirus response is evolving in our communities, the Elders have made the decision to postpone our Sunday services through the end of March.

As a church we need to do our part to help arrest the spread of Covid-19. Our concern is for our congregation as well as our community. (We will update you as the days unfold before us.)
 
To help be an encouragement during these difficult times we are planning to have an on-line message this Sunday at 9:30am.
 This message will be shown on the Church’s Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistchurchstcloud).
 
This week’s message is entitled, “Peace in the Storm”. You can watch it as it is being streamed this Sunday morning on our Facebook page, or anytime thereafter by clicking on the video. I hope this will be a strength to you during these uncertain days.
 
Let us not forget to look to the “mountain” from where our help comes. (Psalm 121:1) We serve an unchanging Lord and we abide in an unshakable Kingdom.
 
There is no substitute for the sweet fellowship and wonderful worship we have had on Sunday mornings., but I hope this will be a connection that will help feed the fellowship we have in the Holy Spirit.
 
Brothers and sisters, be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.
 
Love,
Pastor Vince
FBC Family Update #3
                                                                                 Wednesday morning, March 18th
 
Dear Church Family,
 
The World is in turmoil. The Kingdom of God is not!
 
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
 
Christians are to let their light shine in such a time as this. We are to walk in faith and also be prudent and ask the Lord for His wisdom in these tumultuous times. Our strength and stability are in the Lord and Him only. Crisis always brings forth opportunity for those of the Faith.
 
1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
 
As we navigate the ever-changing conditions around us, we are to stand firm in our faith and be ready to answer for the hope that is within us.
 
Let me share one word about prudence. Prudence does not negate faith!
Proverbs 22:3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, but the naive go on, and are punished for it.
 
We are to be concerned for the well-being and health for all who we come in contact with; and to also be in subjection to the governing authorities who we should be praying for.  Pray that the Lord gives them wisdom and directs their steps.  Please don’t be cavalier in the face of this serious health situation.
 
That being said, Christianity is about relationship; first, our relationship with the Lord, and secondly, our relationship with others.
 
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
 
Please remain in contact with your Christian brothers and sisters during this time to encourage and strengthen each other in the faith. For those in Connect Groups, give a shout out and pray with each other. Social media is our friend.  If you do get together with others, please take the wise precautions of:
 
1.         Using hand sanitizer or washing your hands.
2.         Refraining from hugging and shaking hands.
3.         Trying to observe social distancing, (6 Feet) as much as possible.
4.         Limiting the number of people you fellowship with at one time.
5.         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. (Good luck with that one)
 
The subject of this afternoon’s communication will be our plans for a Sunday online message.
 
Our most precious possession is always our relationship with the Lord. In these times, take the opportunity to draw closer to HIM. May His grace and peace be yours…
 
Love,
Pastor Vince

FBC Family Update #2  3/17/20

The Church’s first response to the Coronavirus: Prayer
 

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1. Pray for God’s intervention to stay this pandemic.

2. Pray for the physical well being of our families, our church, our community, our country, “and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

3. Pray for the authorities running our cities, counties and country.

4. Pray for the medical teams treating the sick.

5. Pray for a vaccine for this virus.

6. Pray for faith and pray against the spirit of fear.

7. Pray for those who are infected; for a swift recovery. Especially pray for those who are high risk.

8. Pray for the financial crisis that is being caused.

9. Pray for the church to rise up and be a light in these dark times.

10. Pray that the events of these days would draw many to Christ and that the Lord would use this for the praise of His glory.

 
 
 
 
                                                  FBC Family Update #1   3/17/20
Dear Church Family,
 
On  behalf of the Elders I would like to greet you in the name of the Lord.
 
On Monday evening, March 16th, your leaders had an extended time of prayer for the church. We take seriously the charge the Lord has given us to care for His Flock.
 
Personally, I would like to encourage you with these realities:
 
1.         The Lord is not surprised about the current world conditions.
 
2.         HE is still on His throne and providentially superintends the affairs of man.
 
3.         The Lord will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
 
4.         He will never leave us or forsake us.
 
5.         We, the Church, are His agents of faith, hope, love and grace during this current crisis.
 
6.         We take seriously the spiritual, emotional and physical health of the congregation.
 
7.         In the days ahead we will unfold a plan for the church’s spiritual health and practical suggestions for navigating the Covid-19 dilemma.
 
Going forward, there will be numerous communications via e-mail, the church website (fbcstcloud.org), and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistchurchstcloud).  These communications are meant to help us stay in contact with the Lord, each other, and the community.
 
The next communication from the church will be a prayer guide for us as an aide for corporately seeking the Lord.
 
God has called us to face troubles and threats with courage. The Lord tells us to boldly approach the throne of grace to find grace and mercy in time of need.
 
May God’s grace be more than abundant for the need of the moment.
 
Love
Pastor Vince