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Below are all of the Elder Extra updates that have appeared in our Weekly Email Blasts, starting from most recent scrolling down to the first.

ELDER EXTRA update for 01/19/23

Dear FBC Church Family

We are so thankful for all who make up the 1stB family/community. We are His church.

Brad Lauer, Lead Operations Pastor/Elder, recently reported that we’ve grown weekly/monthly in Sunday attendance over the last 18 months. This is very exciting as we worship our Lord and Savior with more voices. Youth group is steady and growing. Our missionaries are being cared for. Next week, the CIT and Elders will hear a presentation of Lead Teaching Pastor Candidate profiles followed by congregant and elder interviews in February.  

AND, we are not waiting for the new LTP to arrive, the ministry continues. Our pastors and many others are giving of their time, talents, and treasure in and out of the church, camp, and campus houses. Our vision has not changed: to see tens of thousands from our church family (locally and globally) of all nations standing ready before Christ!  We continue to find ways to Live, Love, and Lead like Jesus in the children’s ministry, youth group, college group, men’s and women’s ministries, Renewal, 1stB Cares, Senior Life, Missions, and in Life Groups throughout the community.

Over the last three weeks, we’ve all had the opportunity to examine and review proposed changes/edits to the church Constitution and Bylaws. During our two Q&A review meetings, on the 8th and 15th, approximately thirty folks attended from our church family where they voiced their appreciation and/or heart-felt concerns.  We appreciate the hard questions and we hope the clarification provided, to certain sections, gave satisfactory context and rationale. Thank you for taking the time to read (fourteen pages!), review, prepare and participate in these meetings by asking questions and listening.

If you have questions, please reach out to any elder individually or by emailing elders@fbceugene.com

Absentee-ballots will be available starting Sunday 1/22/23 by request at the lobby Welcome Desk or the church office.

  • Our church-wide C&B affirmation vote will take place during each service Sunday 1/29/23.

Thanks from the Elders: 

Glen Eickmeyer, Steve Toler, Marlin Schultz, Al Houck, Ron Ewert, Sanjeev King, Peter Shum, Sheldon Johnson, & Brad Lauer ( https://fbceugene.com/team/ )

ELDER EXTRA update for 12/29/22

FBC Family,

Happy New Year! We pray these last days of 2022 are filled with thankfulness and hope for the coming year.  As a reminder, only one service on New Year’s Day (at 10:30am) and no community lunch, though we will be celebrating communion together as usual on the first Sunday of the month.

LTP:  We are excited to announce and receive a presentation from Vanderbloemen search firm: the profiles of the final candidates for Lead Teaching Pastor will be ready late January.  During the fourth week of January, the Congregant Interview Team and Elders will receive the presentation of candidates. We don’t know the number of candidates yet. Once completed and discussed the interviews will begin. Please pray for all involved including the candidates and their families.

C&B: As we mentioned the past two weeks, our FBC Eugene Constitution & Bylaws were last updated November 2019. Check out the Memo for highlights and rational for proposed updates.

Today, we have three documents available electronically and at the Welcome Center:

(1) an Executive Memo,

(2) the 2019 C&B with proposed changes shown in RED-letter and

(3) a clean copy of the proposed 2023 C&B document.

Please also add to your calendar two opportunities to discuss these changes with the elders: January 8th and 15th 12:00-1:00pm in the Gym.

New Year’s Blessings to you from the elders!

Ron, Glen, Marlin, Sanjeev, Al, Peter, Steve, Brad, and Sheldon

elders@fbceugene.com

ELDER EXTRA update for 12/22/2022

FBC Church Family,

Merry Christmas! We pray each of us may bless others and be blessed during this season. May we also find opportunities to invite family, friends, neighbors, and others to join you for Saturday candlelight services and Sunday Celebration service.

  • LTP:  We are excited to announce and receive a presentation from Vanderbloemen search firm: The profiles of the final candidates for Lead Teaching Pastor will be ready late January.  Somewhere around the third week of January, the Congregant Interview Team and Elders will receive the presentation of candidates. We don’t know the number of candidates yet. Once completed and discussed the interviews will begin. Please pray for all involved including the candidates and their families.

  • C&B: As we mentioned last week, our FBC Eugene Constitution & Bylaws were last updated 11/2019 and needed some updates. Today we are sharing an Elder Executive Memo that highlights the key changes and rationale. Click on this LINK to read the memo for yourself.  Paper versions will be available at the Welcome Center starting 12/25.

Next Thursday, two versions of the C&B will be available to you: (1) the current C&B with Red-letter changes shown and (2) a clean copy of the proposed-C&B document.  Please also add to your calendar two opportunities to discuss these changes with the elders: January 8th and 15th 12:00-1:00pm in the Gym.

Christmas Blessings to you from the elders!

Ron, Glen, Marlin, Sanjeev, Al, Peter, Steve, Brad, and Sheldon 
elders@fbceugene.com

Elder Extra Update for 12/15/22

Dear FBC Church Family

Merry Christmas! And praise the King of Kings, always. 

What a wonderful Christmas Concert last Sunday.  We are so thankful for all those folks who served in worship and joy before, during and after those special services.

Informational teaser:
The Elder Board has completed provisional revisions to the FBC Eugene Constitution and Bylaws (C&B). Over the next four weeks, we will provide information and details weekly on this Thursday email and/or at our Sunday services. 

NEXT Thursday, be on the lookout for the Elder Executive Memo of key C&B changes. After the review process, the congregational affirmation-vote will be on Sunday, January 15th. 

Blessings to you from the Elders: 
Ron, Glen, Marlin, Sanjeev, Al, Peter, Steve, Brad, and Sheldon 
elders@fbceugene.com


Elder Extra Update for 12/01/22

Celebrations

There have been 12 Baptisms since September 2022. Amen!

Sunday attendance over the last year (10/2021 vs. 10/2022) is up on average nearly 200 people per Sunday. 

We commissioned two global missionaries to the field with at least one other couple to be sent in 2023.

Ministry Update

First Steps Village, our pallet shelters, will be up and running with families very soon. FBC has partnered with Everyone’s Village to help with the placement of families and programming for First Step Village. The benefit for FBC is that since we are no longer partnering with the city or county, we will have more of an opportunity to connect with the families by loving them as Jesus would love them and inviting them into our church family. More information to come over the following weeks.

Financial Challenges 

2021-2022 (last year)
Giving was short – $542,120 of budget

2022-2023 (this year) 
September 1 through Nov 27 we are -$140,396 as compared to budget requirements. In other words, giving is at 82.75% of budget needs.

Prayerfully consider continuing to support our church and her mission as we take the Gospel of Jesus to a hurting and dying world.

Upcoming Business

The last revision to our FBC of Eugene Constitution and Bylaws (C&B) was November 3, 2019, just a few months before COVID. Much has changed within FBC. The Elder Board is working on final updates to the C&B for your review and vote of affirmation. We hope to present these changes in December or January to be reviewed and discussed before affirmation.

Thursday Email Blast 11/24/22

Church Family, 

The Elders are thankful for His provision and His church. We pray for our local community and those who have not yet met Jesus. We are thankful for all who gather at 1stB, in Lifegroup living rooms, and our missionaries around the world. This week, each home or gathering may express thankfulness in different ways. How will you express thankfulness? We share in our thankfulness of God’s goodness and grace, family and friends, and for one another.  

This is a short recap from last week.  We are all thankful for time together during the “Dessert, Discussion, & Prayer” (11/13/22). One hundred forty members, attenders, elders and staff were in the Gym for presentations, small-group discussion and prayer.

“More communication please,” was a common statement and to that end here are some details around the other point of interest: the search for Lead Teacher Pastor.

Elder board determined that moving forward that the staff leadership structure will be headed by Co-Lead Pastors/Elders: Lead Operations (Executive) Pastor (LOP) and Lead Teaching Pastor (LTP)

  • The LTP position is vacant. Keith Potter is an INTERIM teacher for this time.

  • Brad Lauer, LOP, is directing the staff organization until his Co-lead (LTP) is hired.

  • Three LP Job Descriptions and related materials were re-written to accommodate the planned (two) Co-Lead Pastor structures.

  • The search went live on their site 10/21/22. 

  • Please pray for the Congregant Interview Team and the congregant-elders to discern God’s man for our church.  Al Houck (Elder), Sarah Luker, Gerrie Riihimaki, Miriam Jordan, Larry Seno, Jill Dickison, Rachel Christianson, and Jacob Jacobson.

  • The CIT provides important feedback and observations to the congregant-elders. The CIT members provide insights from and for different segments of the church family.

  • The congregant-elders will choose who will be interviewed and ultimately who will be presented to the congregation for evaluation and vote of affirmation.

To view the LTP candidate profile online, click this link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanderbloemen.com/job/first-baptist-church-of-eugene-lead-teaching-pastor-

Thursday Email Blast 11/17/22

The elders deeply appreciate the attendance and participation during the “Dessert, Discussion, and Prayer” last Sunday evening. We had a time of listening, sharing, caring, and praying.

One hundred forty folks were in the Gym for large-group, brief presentations on several topics, including the search process for Lead Teaching Pastor (LTP.) We then divided into seven small groups of 20 congregants per elder for more intimate discussions and prayer.

 

Thank you for coming! if you missed it, please join us next time.

We are still processing the many comments and suggestions to see opportunities to improve and communicate more effectively. A first step is to provide more regular updates in this Weekly Email Blast. Rather than waiting for bigger announcements over longer periods of time, we will provide some incremental updates that may, by contrast, feel repetitive at times.

To that point here’s a Lead Teaching Pastor search (reminder) update

  • The Elder board determined that moving forward, the staff leadership structure will be headed by two Co-Lead Pastors/Elders: Lead Operations (Executive) Pastor (LOP) and Lead Teaching Pastor (LTP)
  • The LTP position is vacant. Keith Potter is an INTERIM teacher for this time.
  • Brad Lauer, LOP, is heading the entire staff organization until his Co-lead (LTP) is hired.
  • Job Descriptions and related materials were rewritten, updated, and approved. 
  • Vanderbloemen search firm updated our information on their website.
  • The search went live on their site 10/21/22. As of a week ago or so, approximately 15 applications had been submitted. They’re being vetted now along with receiving any additional applications as the process remains open until further notice. 
  • The Congregant Interview Team (CIT) members were presented by name and prayed for in each service last Sunday (11/13.) Please pray for them (see names on image below) and the congregant-elders to discern God’s man for our LTP. Congregant-elders include: Peter Shum, Ron Ewert, Sanjeev King, Al Houck, Marlin Schultz, Glen Eickmeyer, Steve Toler and myself, Sheldon Johnson.
  • Al Houck, congregant-elder, is facilitating the CIT. The CIT and elders hope to receive from Vanderbloemen the top final candidate profiles in the near future. At that time we will begin to interview and narrow the field.
  • The CIT provides important feedback and observations to the congregant-elders. They have insights from and for different segments for the church family.
  • The congregant-elders will choose who will be interviewed and ultimately who will be presented to the congregation for evaluation and vote of affirmation.
  • To view the LTP candidate profile online,  click this link: www.vanderbloemen.com/job/first-baptist-church-of-eugene-lead-teaching-pastor-

Elder Extra Update for 12/01/22

Celebrations

There have been 12 Baptisms since September 2022. Amen!

Sunday attendance over the last year (10/2021 vs. 10/2022) is up on average nearly 200 people per Sunday. 

We commissioned two global missionaries to the field with at least one other couple to be sent in 2023.

Ministry Update

First Steps Village, our pallet shelters, will be up and running with families very soon. FBC has partnered with Everyone’s Village to help with the placement of families and programming for First Step Village. The benefit for FBC is that since we are no longer partnering with the city or county, we will have more of an opportunity to connect with the families by loving them as Jesus would love them and inviting them into our church family. More information to come over the following weeks.

Financial Challenges 

2021-2022 (last year)
Giving was short – $542,120 of budget

2022-2023 (this year) 
September 1 through Nov 27 we are -$140,396 as compared to budget requirements. In other words, giving is at 82.75% of budget needs.

Prayerfully consider continuing to support our church and her mission as we take the Gospel of Jesus to a hurting and dying world.

Upcoming Business

The last revision to our FBC of Eugene Constitution and Bylaws (C&B) was November 3, 2019, just a few months before COVID. Much has changed within FBC. The Elder Board is working on final updates to the C&B for your review and vote of affirmation. We hope to present these changes in December or January to be reviewed and discussed before affirmation.

Thursday Email Blast 11/24/22

Church Family, 

The Elders are thankful for His provision and His church. We pray for our local community and those who have not yet met Jesus. We are thankful for all who gather at 1stB, in Lifegroup living rooms, and our missionaries around the world. This week, each home or gathering may express thankfulness in different ways. How will you express thankfulness? We share in our thankfulness of God’s goodness and grace, family and friends, and for one another.  

This is a short recap from last week.  We are all thankful for time together during the “Dessert, Discussion, & Prayer” (11/13/22). One hundred forty members, attenders, elders and staff were in the Gym for presentations, small-group discussion and prayer.

“More communication please,” was a common statement and to that end here are some details around the other point of interest: the search for Lead Teacher Pastor.

Elder board determined that moving forward that the staff leadership structure will be headed by Co-Lead Pastors/Elders: Lead Operations (Executive) Pastor (LOP) and Lead Teaching Pastor (LTP)

  • The LTP position is vacant. Keith Potter is an INTERIM teacher for this time.

  • Brad Lauer, LOP, is directing the staff organization until his Co-lead (LTP) is hired.

  • Three LP Job Descriptions and related materials were re-written to accommodate the planned (two) Co-Lead Pastor structures.

  • The search went live on their site 10/21/22. 

  • Please pray for the Congregant Interview Team and the congregant-elders to discern God’s man for our church.  Al Houck (Elder), Sarah Luker, Gerrie Riihimaki, Miriam Jordan, Larry Seno, Jill Dickison, Rachel Christianson, and Jacob Jacobson.

  • The CIT provides important feedback and observations to the congregant-elders. The CIT members provide insights from and for different segments of the church family.

  • The congregant-elders will choose who will be interviewed and ultimately who will be presented to the congregation for evaluation and vote of affirmation.

To view the LTP candidate profile online, click this link: https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/first-baptist-church-of-eugene-lead-teaching-pastor-

Thursday Email Blast 11/17/22

The elders deeply appreciate the attendance and participation during the “Dessert, Discussion, and Prayer” last Sunday evening. We had a time of listening, sharing, caring, and praying.

One hundred forty folks were in the Gym for large-group, brief presentations on several topics, including the search process for Lead Teaching Pastor (LTP.) We then divided into seven small groups of 20 congregants per elder for more intimate discussions and prayer.

 

Thank you for coming! if you missed it, please join us next time.

We are still processing the many comments and suggestions to see opportunities to improve and communicate more effectively. A first step is to provide more regular updates in this Weekly Email Blast. Rather than waiting for bigger announcements over longer periods of time, we will provide some incremental updates that may, by contrast, feel repetitive at times.

To that point here’s a Lead Teaching Pastor search (reminder) update

  • The Elder board determined that moving forward, the staff leadership structure will be headed by two Co-Lead Pastors/Elders: Lead Operations (Executive) Pastor (LOP) and Lead Teaching Pastor (LTP)
  • The LTP position is vacant. Keith Potter is an INTERIM teacher for this time.
  • Brad Lauer, LOP, is heading the entire staff organization until his Co-lead (LTP) is hired.
  • Job Descriptions and related materials were rewritten, updated, and approved. 
  • Vanderbloemen search firm updated our information on their website.
  • The search went live on their site 10/21/22. As of a week ago or so, approximately 15 applications had been submitted. They’re being vetted now along with receiving any additional applications as the process remains open until further notice. 
  • The Congregant Interview Team (CIT) members were presented by name and prayed for in each service last Sunday (11/13.) Please pray for them (see names on image below) and the congregant-elders to discern God’s man for our LTP. Congregant-elders include: Peter Shum, Ron Ewert, Sanjeev King, Al Houck, Marlin Schultz, Glen Eickmeyer, Steve Toler and myself, Sheldon Johnson.
  • Al Houck, congregant-elder, is facilitating the CIT. The CIT and elders hope to receive from Vanderbloemen the top final candidate profiles in the near future. At that time we will begin to interview and narrow the field.
  • The CIT provides important feedback and observations to the congregant-elders. They have insights from and for different segments for the church family.
  • The congregant-elders will choose who will be interviewed and ultimately who will be presented to the congregation for evaluation and vote of affirmation.