UPDATE: March 18, 2020
Hey Faith in Christ Family,
As we navigate the uncharted territory of responding to COVID-19, we seek to prioritize your health and well-being. We are taking advice regarding our response to COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Health, World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please pray for wisdom for our Eldership Team as we seek to lead FICF into a new mode of operation.
We will be making the following changes:
- Tonight (03/18), at 7pm, Deepening Wells will be meeting online, instead of the Stoner’s home.
- If you would like to attend, then reach out to Steve (612-360-4137) or Kathy Swanson (612-749-5129).
Community Food Shelf Event
- This weekend, our Food Shelf will be open by appointment only. Our Clothing Closet will be closed. If you, a friend or your neighbor would like to schedule an appointment, then reach out to Sandra Porras (612-300-3556) with preferred day and time. Appointments will be at 15 minute intervals on Friday March 20th between 5.30pm-8pm and Saturday March 21st between 9am-1pm.
- On Friday, a small group of healthy volunteers will be required to unload the truck and set up the fellowship hall between 4pm-5.30pm. If you are available and willing to serve, then reach out to Joe Kurle (952-666-8124).
- We’ll distribute the food to our guests by setting up a "drive thru”. Our volunteers will bring the food outside and load our guests’ cars. We want to limit the number of people in our church building.
Sunday Morning Service
- We will be streaming our service online for the next two Sundays- March 22nd and March 29th. We won’t be having a public service, only worship team and preacher will be in attendance. More details of how to view our Sunday morning service coming soon!
- We will reassess the situation and keep you informed of our plans for April in the next couple of weeks.
Even in these uncertain times, there are many things that we can be certain about…God is in control, He is sovereign over all creation, His Kingdom will never be overcome and He will always remain with us!
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll all need to be flexible as we find a new rhythm to church life.
We’re praying God’s richest blessing, peace and safety over you and your family,
Sam, on behalf of the Eldership Team.
March 13, 2020
Dear Faith in Christ Fellowship Community,
With reports about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want you to know that the health of our community is of utmost concern, we are doing all that we can to stay current with public health guidelines, follow best practices for hygiene, and exercise an abundance of caution and care in responding to this situation.
We would ask that you wash your hands regularly before, during and after church. Please be sure to have your whole family was their hands upon arrival and wash your kid’s hands before children’s ministry. We are doing our best to secure more hand sanitizer but please bring some with you as our supplies are limited. Also, consider ways you can share what you have. Our cleaning team will continue to keep the building clean. They will increase the cleaning of frequently touched objects and surfaces.
As a community we enjoy greeting each other. Instead of shaking hands or embracing, we will institute a no contact recommendation from the CDC which could include a verbal greeting, smile, wave or bow. This is another way to express Christ’s call to reconciliation in the church and world.
Our communion practices – we do not use a common loaf or cup. Utmost care is taken to prepare the communion elements safely. Preparers will be gloved and bread will also be placed in a separate cup to avoid contamination. These are expressions of our care for the people of God as the body of Christ.
Use common sense and your best judgment in protecting your own health and the health of others. Reduce unnecessary travel, touch and contact to avoid placing yourself or others at greater risk. If you are feeling ill or have recently experienced symptoms of an infectious disease, or if anyone in your household is feeling ill or infections, we ask that you stay home from public events. Even if you believe you are not sick, but are coughing or sneezing, be mindful of the anxiety this may cause in others around you.
If you decide to stay home from worship or other events due to illness, please find ways to stay in touch — through prayer circles, small groups, ministry teams, social media, or emails and phone calls. We don’t want to create situations where those who are ill also feel lonely, isolated or outcast. We want to pray for you and provide other forms of assistance and care as needed.
Let us be faithful and vigilant in our prayer for those nations, communities, families and individuals most affected by this outbreak, and for the medical personnel and government officials seeking to respond.
Let us resist and reject fear and suspicion based on age, ethnicity, social status, or nationality. Let us be generous in supporting organizations that provide assistance and support public health in our area and around the world.
Above all, let us remember and rejoice that “nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Brief Statement of Faith; Rom. 8:38–39).
Some elements of this statement are modified and adapted from a letter by Rev. Dr. Steven T. Yamaguchi and Dr. Peter Mathies at Tokyo Union Church in Tokyo, Japan and Pastor Paul Stephen Olson from Elim Church, Minneapolis, MN
Pastor Sam Rawley, Faith in Christ Fellowship, Eagan, MN