April 1, 2020

I wanted to take a few minutes to communicate a few things to you in light of our Governor’s request that we stay at home.  Though technically, we would be exempted, we felt it more prudent to forego gathering in person for the time being.  As unpleasant as that is, I trust you understand and will continue to lift up myself, Pastor Tyler, and our ministry staff in prayer.

 

We have spent several hours trying to figure out how to best stay connected during the next few weeks and are currently working on a few ideas.  I so appreciate Pastor Tyler and the other guys for their efforts in checking in on those of our church family who are especially vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus and taking care of the needs they have made known to us.  And should any needs arise in future, please do not hesitate to let us know.

 

For the time being, we will be livestreaming our Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night services.  I think you will especially enjoy our Wednesday night format as I share the preaching time with our ministry staff.

 

We are going to do our best to make your at-home church experience the best it can be which will include Pastor Tyler leading us in a time of worship, and a brief presentation for your children to enjoy.

 

Please note the times that our services will air.  Sunday morning will air at 10:00 AM, Sunday nights will be at 6:00 PM, and Wednesday nights will be at the regular time of 7:00 PM.   As you see our services announced on Facebook, please share the link on your page.  

 

Church, God has given us a tremendous opportunity to impact more people at one time than ever before with the Word of God, so let’s capitalize on it. I’m reminded of Joseph’s words to his brothers at the close of Genesis when he told them that what was intended for evil, God used for good.  Let’s let God use us to us this for good.

 

As you can imagine, we have had to make some painful decisions as we face the weeks ahead, and one of those was the cancellation of our 54th Annual Missions Conference.  We put it off as long as we could, but in anticipation of the Governor extending her request to fall in line with President Trump’s recommendation of April 30th, we have contacted our missionary guests and let them know.  We are not sure as to if or when we will reschedule the conference, but I did inform each missionary that we would be adding them to our missionary family for which each of them were grateful. 

 

We will be doing some other things for them as well including sending them the love offering they would have received had they been with us.

 

For the time being, I trust you will continue giving to missions at the same level you have been since our last conference.  Should the Lord lead you to increase your giving, even though we are not having a conference, by all means, do what He leads you to do.

 

We have also cancelled our scheduled observance of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Again, these have not been easy decisions to make, but we do feel they are the right ones in light of the current circumstances.

 

On a brighter note, following our recent Liberal Love outreach, we have received a significant amount of financial donations from individuals and businesses in our community toward our next effort.  Because of the donations, we will be tripling the amount of pizzas to 300, and will give them away next Thursday, a week from tomorrow, beginning at 5:00 PM.  For those who may be concerned about any safety issues, what we will be doing will be no different than what a number of businesses in our community are doing with their drive through and curbside pickup options, except ours will be free!

 

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for further updates and be watching for some sort of communication from your Fellowship Bible Class leader as to how you can stay connected with your small group.



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MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE

We are currently in a very difficult time in our country.  In my nearly 40 years of ministry, I’ve never seen anything like this.  But that being said, we know that none of this has caught our God by surprise and that He is still our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble, so we have no need to fear.  Be cautious and prudent?  Yes.  Absolutely.  Be fearful?  No.


On Tuesday, March 17th, our Governor signed an Executive Order regarding the Coronavirus.  Fortunately, churches are exempt from the prohibition considering “mass gatherings,” with the stipulation that “attendees can engage in appropriate social distancing.”  It is our desire to function within the parameters that have been established, and I believe we have a plan in place, at least for this coming Lord’s day, that will allow us to do that.


OUR PLAN FOR THIS SUNDAY:

  • We will not be running the buses
  • We will cancel our normal 9:45 Sunday school and Fellowship Bible class gatherings.
  • We will provide two worship times in the morning at 9:00 and 11:00 AM.  We are suggesting those whose last name begins with A-K to attend the 9:00 AM service, and those whose name begins with L-Z to attend at 11:00 AM. We feel that this will allow our church family to gather and allow us to practice the recommended procedures for social distancing.
  • Nurseries will be available for children 2 years old and younger.  However, we ask that if your child has appeared to be sick or just hasn’t been themselves the last few days, please refrain from putting them in the nursery.  All children will undergo a mandatory temperature screening before being admitted to childcare ministry. 
  • Children who are older than the nursery age group will be asked to sit with their parents during the service.
  • We are asking that our older members, those with weakened immune systems and any underlying health issues, and anyone who is feeling sick or has been around others who have been feeling sick, refrain from attending this Sunday.
  • We will livestream to Facebook and have a link to view the livestream via our website (fellowshipfamily.org)


In between services we will be disinfecting door handles, restrooms, and surfaces.  We also have plenty of hand sanitizer available for those who do not have their own.


Should you choose to worship with us from home, please treat that time as seriously as you would if you were in person.  Sit together as a family and participate in the worship. During the preaching time, have your Bibles open, take notes, and pray for your pastor as he delivers God’s Word for the day.


REGARGING GIVING: 

It is important to be reminded during this season that the church cannot function without your tithes, offerings and other financial gifts. I hope you will continue to faithfully support the work of this ministry during this time when we cannot all be physically present and together. Some who will not be meeting with us in person may choose to mail their offering in while others might wish to drop it off in person during normal office hours. If you would prefer, one of our ministry staff or deacons would be more than happy to come pick it up.


The easiest way to give is to do so electronically by going to fellowshipfamily.org/give.