NEWS FROM THE OFFICE--Update and Encouragement


(A more detailed version of this update, with prayer requests, birthdays and anniversaries, is available on Vital Concern.)

December 31, 2020

The end of 2020 is upon us! And what a year it has been. The year 2020 will be forever engraved in our minds for countless reasons, good and bad! I believe each one of us could write a whole novel on the effects of this year, but lets just agree to say that – we made it through and GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE AND ON HIS THRONE! Amen!  

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS IS HAPPENING AT  9AM – IN PERSON AND ONLINE via ZOOM. A new class is starting this Sunday, and if you have not taken the opportunity to attend class at the building or on Zoom or Facebook, I would like to encourage you to join us. The topic for the month of January will be “God’s Plan for Men and Women: A Biblical Perspective”. George Cline will lead the class, discussing gender roles in the home, church and beyond.  It will be a celebration of God’s wisdom, foresight, love, mercy, and deliverance. Make plans to attend.  If you are joining class at home via ZOOM, the link is:  If you join via Facebook, just go to the church Facebook page.

Also - Upcoming class in late January: Prayer and Fasting. Books are available via the office (or see Bert or Tom) for $5 each, first come, first served. The book is also available on Amazon. Link: 

“TESTIMONY” – January 10th OUTDOOR CONGREGATIONAL FELLOWSIP! (5:30-6:00pm fellowship, 6:00pm begins singing and testimonies) We want everyone to come! Bring your lawn chairs, enjoy snacks and fellowship followed by singing, praying together and hearing short testimonies from our brothers and sisters about 2020 and 2021 to come! Here’s what is expected: In your testimony, please highlight one blessing of 2020, one disappointment of 2020 AND – Your hope (In Christ) for 2021. This will be casual campfire atmosphere. If you will not be able to attend, send Robby a short (one minute) video which we will also share that evening on our big movie screen. Send message to Robby:  For those who have been able to make it out to one of our earlier outside events, you know how much fun they are! For those who haven’t made it out yet, plan on making it to this one – you will be so glad you did!  And bring the kids – it’s for all ages!!

PRAYERFUL AND THANKFUL: Again, I am not aware of anyone in our immediate church family affected with COVID-19. We do, although, have several of our members we want to be praying for. See Vital Concern.

On a good note: Our dear Brother Harold Stutzman is planning to get to go home to his house this weekend! Please pray that he will transition well and stay healthy. 

FAITH LANE: Sunday morning Faith Lane Kids Children’s Church is going great!  Mrs. Angie will greet all kiddos ages 4 year – 6th grade in the family life center when you arrive for 10am worship. Go straight to the FLC.  Kids will join their parents in the auditorium just before communion.

FAITH LANE EVENTS: Faith Lane kids, Pajama Party’s will continue this week! Be sure to “ZOOM IN” this Thursday at 7pm. If you need the link, please contact Angie. 

YOUTH GROUP:  Sunday morning Bible Class at the building in the youth room with Robby at 9am. Congratulations to Brodie Brunson, the winner of the “Weakest Link Challenge”.  Word is that everyone had a great time in Weakest Link – AND the “White Elephant Gift Exchange With a Covid Twist”. Last Thursday the Youth Group went to the movies! Very cool – they were able to rent THE ENTIRE THEATER just for the youth group! Tonight, the teens are enjoying a get together at the Calvillo’s for a New Years Celebration. Thanks, Robby for your creative ways to keep our youth connected.   Coming Next in later January:  THE GREAT RACE!!!

INTO ALL THE WORLD: Please continue to keep all of our missionaries and their works in your prayers. Bay Area continues to send extra funds monthly to all of our missionaries to provide food and necessities that are not readily available during the pandemic. 

Reports have been received from Northern India who are busy passing out the Bible Correspondence Booklets that Bay Area funded to print. Pics were posted on Facebook recently so be sure and check it out. 

A report from Bernabela Vielma (Venezuela) was also recently received. Stay tuned for awesome photos that they sent with their report. A report was received from our Brother Benito, also in Venezuela with exciting plans to return to work in Ecuador in 2021. More info soon. 

I don’t know about you, but it is SO exciting to me to share in these overseas ministries! Our hands and feet cannot reach these far away places, but through our giving, THEY, our missionary brothers and sisters CAN be the hands and feet of Jesus to many people! (Goosebump moment!)  

NEWS FLASH!  The elders have designated the 5th Sunday in January 2021 as our “MISSION SUNDAY”. Plan NOW how you can be a part of the “give” on this Sunday. 2020 might be going away, but the urgent need to feed children and save souls is not. We can help! We want to be able to continue sending extra funds to those who need it so desperately.

MISSIONS AT HOME: As most know, there are teams of servants, quietly working behind the scenes, who show up at the church building every Saturday for our “Community Meal” – feeding the homeless and those in need in our community. This ministry is coordinated by Dowayne Peterson, facilitated by a different team of servants every week. So, once a month you serve. Serving involves preparing the food (right now mostly prepared sandwiches, chips etc.) to be handed out in a safe way to those who come, and distance visiting to those who wish. URGENT NEED: Dowayne is asking for more volunteers for Team 4 for the year 2021. If your heart is wanting to be more involved in serving this coming year, please give Dowayne a call and let him know he can count on you. Dowayne: (615) 300-2564.   

We also want to remind you that our food pantry is available for anyone who could use a hand up. Ed and Joan Jean-Pierre are available every Sunday from 12pm-1pm to everyone. 

And that’s a wrap for this week – A WRAP FOR 2020! What will 2021 bring ….? It’s a world of unknown, but for sure this I do know – “GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE AND STILL ON HIS THRONE”. We can all take hope in that!


Worship will be held at the building for those who are ready to return.  Sign up for January 10 at


Live streaming of worship will continue, and no one should return to the building if they are at risk or just feel uncomfortable. 

Procedures are outlined in the Reopening Video found on Facebook and YouTube (  Attendance will be limited. To attend, please sign up online by Friday at 9:55am (prior to the Sunday service).  Here's where to sign up.  Please arrive by 9:45.  

We'll continue to join in worship via the Facebook Live / Bay Area Church of Christ page at

Sunday worship will be at 10:00am. Wednesday Bible Study at 7:00pm. Invite your friends & family to watch!

You can also view Sunday worship without Facebook by going directly to  

All previous live services and classes are also available on YouTube at

Want to connect with a small group?  Learn about Bay Area’s Lifegroups that are meeting online during the crisis.  Details and contacts here:


If you need some food, pick up a box on Sunday from noon to 1 pm at the side door of the Bay Area church building.  Thanks to the Pantry Ministry.

There is a food pantry in Riverview.  Details at

A catalog of Life Resources during the pandemic is available here:

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P.O. Box 1657 (for all mail)

Mango, FL 33550

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