Tonight, the Elders met to discuss how we are going to respond to the threat of the Coronavirus. Unanimously, we agreed that we wanted to respond in love (1 Cor. 16:14). We want to give glory to God, love Him, and honor Him throughout this process (Deut. 6:5). We want to love the Church body through fellowship, support, and service (John 13:34). We want to love the community by stepping in for the vulnerable and defend them when they are unable, or even unwilling, to defend themselves (Prov. 31:8-9).
After much prayer, seeking wisdom and guidance from God we have decided that all Church functions will be ceased effective immediately. This includes all events, outings, and Sunday Services. Following with most of the local schools, we will tentatively resume events beginning April 6th.
We understand that for many that this might appear to be excessive and fear driven. We want to ensure you that it is not. We know that we have many vulnerable people in our congregation, and we want to protect you. We know that many have vulnerable people in their homes, and we want to protect them. We know that many have vulnerable neighbors and loved ones and we want to protect them. We are not afraid to take necessary short-term steps if it means saving lives.
What you need to know:
- SERVICE: Although our building will not be open, we will continue to provide a worship experience for you on Sunday mornings. We are finalizing those plans now, so please watch for more communication on how you can access those services. This week we will begin our sermon series that leads us to Easter. This message is one that reminds us Christ is Here. How important for us to remember that in the midst of crisis.
- PRAYER: Seeking God and doing it in community is essential. We will transition from a weekly prayer meeting to daily prayer meetings during this time. They will occur every day at 8:00am and 5:30pm. You can call into the prayer calls at (951) 799-9548.
- BIBLE STUDY: We will continue with our Bible Study, but they will be done through short teaching videos and interactions through Faithlife. More communication will be coming out on this.
- SMALL GROUPS: We believe fellowship and community are essential and want to encourage our small groups to continue in community, even if they are unable to meet face to face. We are currently asking our Small Group Leaders to decide when and if their Small Groups will be meeting. We will be contacting each Small Group Leader with alternative ways to meet if they feel that their group is a vulnerable population or could hurt a vulnerable population by continuing to meet face to face.
- COMMUNION/OFFERING: We understand that communion is essential, that is why we practice it weekly. During our Worship Services we will still offer a time for you to take communion. We will guide you through this process. Offering is also an essential discipline in the life of a Christian. We want to encourage you, if you have not already done so, please consider setting up a recurring gift online at www.FVCC.com/give.
- COMMUNITY: When the world runs from sickness, we have seen the Church historically run towards it. Because of this, we are working with our community leaders to find ways that we can be supporting our community and the vulnerable without endangering them. We will be sending out additional communication tomorrow with ways you can help now. Additionally, as we get more information, we will communicate it with you. If you haven’t already, begin looking around at your neighbors and seeing how you can help, especially if there are any that are in the vulnerable population.
- MEMBERS: Many of our members meet the criteria for the vulnerable population. Because of that we are requesting that everyone follow the CDC guidelines to prepare and take action (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html). We are also asking any members that have needs arise to please communicate them with us. One of the best ways that we can learn how to support others throughout this process is going to be by supporting those in our congregation. Let us know your needs and it will help us to understand the needs of those that might not have a Church to surround them.
We love you and we want to support you in any way that we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, suggestions, or requests.