Their church motto is, “God will always move in the lives of thankful people”. Pastor Tom LeGodais is very thankful that he’s been serving as Lead Pastor of Family Bible Church for nearly 20 years. This humble church facility is powerfully packed with an enormous amount of God’s love. Pastor Tom and the congregation are, simply put, just really good people. This is a laid back, comfortable setting that is welcoming and judgment free. So grab a cup of coffee and come relax in what will feel like the comfort of your own living room.
The first thing I noticed when I pulled in was the beautiful manger display in their front window. This place was all set up for the season, and they know that Jesus is the reason for it! As the service began, people shared some serious prayer requests. My heart went out to everyone who was suffering with illness, including Pastor Tom who has severe asthma. It was such an easy setting for people to openly share, encourage and pray for one another.
Pastor Tom prefers a verse by verse method of teaching, though today had a different format. FBC has an annual tradition to always begin the Holiday season with “The First Noel” as their FIRST Christmas song. The service today was interspersed with other Christmas video selections of various styles including traditional, contemporary and even country. It was nice to hear such diversity in the music. Pastor Tom has an obvious love for Christian music. An avid drummer, he also ministers through music with his band Facing Grace and on the worship team at Family Bible Church. The church also hosts a really cool monthly coffeehouse, Joyful Noise Café. Here they feature gifted, Christian artists in a casual, intimate setting. I had the great pleasure of scheduling a few artists here including Dave Pettigrew and 4ever1. Some other local talent that has played here includes Agape Blues Company, Driven 11, Nate Fiorino and Bob Lucido. Be sure to check the Facebook page for upcoming café nights.
The scripture of the day was Psalm 62:6, “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” Pastor Tom then took off his shoes before entering the pulpit (which is his custom) and began his message by asking if we think of God when we hear the word “Hollywood”. The answer was a resounding “NO”. He talked about movies that deal with connecting with the dead (i.e., 6th Sense, Ghost) and referenced a few “psychics” who claim to speak with the dead. The Bible is clear that this is an abomination to the Lord. In Leviticus 19:31 it states, “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them”. There are many scriptures referencing this, and they are not limited to the Old Testament. In Galatians 5:19-20 it states, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft …”. And in Revelation 22:15, “Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood”. Making people aware of the seriousness of sorcery and witchcraft is essential as this can so easily creep into the church at large. We must be aware and remain on guard for the Bible warns us that “those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:10).
Sunday morning services are held 11am. Bible studies are held on Mondays from 5:30pm until 7pm. Pastor Tom shares Bible teaching videos twice a week on their Facebook page. Entitled “Give Him a Minute”, each video is only a minute long but is jam packed with scripture and insight. You can also watch their Sunday sermons on their Facebook page. These are generally posted up the same day by their dedicated media team.
Too many small churches and their pastors are laboring under a false impression—a lie, really—that their church can’t be great until it becomes bigger. We need to put that lie to rest, starting in the heart and ministry of every pastor of every small church. Pastor Tom knows that they truly are a “great church”. When he steps into the pulpit, he preaches as though he was speaking to a crowd of thousands. In my estimation, this makes Family Bible Church an AMAZINGLY GREAT church. Pastor Tom has stayed the course, a testament of his strong faith and endurance as a Godly leader. Kudos Pastor Tom!
Church Website – www.facebook.com/groups/1760849587361065/
By Donna Hansen Munafo