COVID 19 Update: 3/19/2020
Dear First Christian Church Family,
I’m sure you have been following the latest news about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the precautions and proactive measures that are being taken in order to reduce exposure. By suggestion of the governor and the CDC, First Christian is taking the necessary precautions to limit the spreading of this virus. This decision was not made lightly by the Elders.
For the next two Sundays, First Christian has canceled all services and activities. That means on Sunday March 22nd and 29th there will be no services here in the building. After these two weeks, we will re-evaluate based upon the suggestions recommended to us from the CDC and the leaders appointed over us. We will post updated information on our website, Facebook page, as well as using our one call system.
Now that is the bad news—let's talk about the good news. We still want to worship together. We are dedicated to continuing to serve you and your family during this difficult time. We want to continue to provide you with the resources you need to help continue healthy discipleship practices together. We want to challenge you to continue to worship with us. We will be posting weekly sermons to Facebook, YouTube and on our website. Take time and watch them as family and use that moment as an opportunity to share as a family. If you do not have access to the internet or any of these resources, please contact the church office and we will get you a copy of the messages in other ways. During the services online, will be a time for communion. We encourage you to use elements in your home that represent the body and the blood of Christ. If you would want to drop by the church there will be baggies of bread and small bottles of juice in the entryway that you can take home and use.
We understand that there is more to worship than the physical church building. Use this time, as schedules are cleared and sports are canceled, to rebuild healthy practices of faith—prioritizing your time with God, going deep, and asking the tough questions. We would also encourage you to stay disciplined in the worship of tithing. Tithing can be one of the most powerful ways we can experience worship, God’s blessing, and steps to build faith. Tithing helps us worship God and to honor Him as your provider and remind yourself that all of your resources belong to Him and are provided through His grace and remind us of our dependence on the Father. Currently the best method is to either drop off your tithe at the church office, or mail it in.
During this time, we urge you to stay engaged in the word of God, engaged with your brothers/sisters in Christ through other means besides in person contact and remain in prayer. Pray that God would be glorified even in the unknown, that the lost would turn back to him, that we would honor God with all we are—using our time, talents, and money to worship together.
I would encourage you to follow us online on Facebook, or contact the office to be put on our email/phone list to help stay informed with the constant changes regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus, along with other activities we can participate in together while away from one another. If you have a prayer concern or any need at all feel free to contact the church office. The office will be open normal hours. The great commission doesn’t stop. Church, I would urge you to continue to use this time to continue to make disciples who make disciples.
Dustin Leek, Minister