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Update on Coronavirus precautions at First Church
ALL WORSHIP SERVICES AND EVENTS ON THE CAMPUS OF FIRST CHURCH ARE CANCELED UNTIL THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL LIFTS RESTRICTIONS ON LARGE GATHERINGS

 

Friends of First Church:

 

After consulting with Staff, our Lay Leader, clergy colleagues and medical professionals, I have decided that we will not hold worship services or activities on our campus until the CDC lifts the restrictions on the gathering of large groups.  This is a difficult decision, yet in this escalating situation our top priority is to protect your health.  We need to help minimize the spread of this virus and care for everyone well. 

I want you to know that we are stepping up our care for the elderly, compromised and isolated.   Out of nearly 1000 members, we have at least 200 people in our church who are 80 or older.   We are mobilizing volunteers to help call, see if people need help with groceries, getting prescriptions, or simply need to hear another human voice besides the television.  We will be the church, and this pandemic has the potential to inspire us to be our very best.   Here are some ways that you can help:

 

  • Pray for those who are afraid, alone, diagnosed with the Coronavirus and most impacted by this health crisis.
  • Pray for their caregivers—doctors, nurses, medial personnel, caretakers who often put themselves at risk to care for the most vulnerable.
  • Check on your friends and neighbors.  Often people have a hard time asking for help, even when they need help most.
  • Please be faithful in your giving.  We anticipate that contributions could be severely impacted, as many people only give when they are in worship.  It is so important that we re-commit to faithful stewardship in a crisis like this so that we can care for the vulnerable.    You can easily set up automatic monthly withdraw with your bank.  You can also give on our website: www.fcfumc.net  or by texting the word FirstChurch (no space) to 888-364-4483.  If you have questions about how to set up online giving contact our Financial Secretary Shauna Bjork at  
  • Try to remain calm and trust in God.  We will let you know how you can stay connected and continue to grow spiritually during this pandemic.

 

My sermon for Sunday was going to be “Soul Keeping:  Anxiety”  using this text from Matthew 11:28-30:  “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Put on my yoke and learn from me.  I am gentle and humble and in me you will find rest for your souls.  My yoke is easy and my burden light.”   This is uncharted territory for all of us, yet in times such as this, the people of God need to be governed by faith more than fear, and to find the rest for our souls that only God provides. 

 

I care deeply about you, my friends.  Let us be the church at its best in a time such as this. 

 

Melanie

 



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