Archive March 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update – In Person Events Canceled

Dear First Church Family,

The current coronavirus pandemic continues to impact daily life in numerous ways. Based on new guidelines issued by the federal government, we are canceling all in-person gatherings including worship services effective immediately through April 1st. We will reassess things at that time. Worship will be conducted online via Facebook live for the next two Sundays, March 22 and 29. Sunday School and Wednesday Bible Study will be conducted online, also. If you would like to join us, please email the church for an invitation to these online meetings.

During this challenging time, let us remember the words of our Lord, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27.  Navigating the possibilities of potential lost income, diminished contact with friends, and contracting a serious illness is stressful and frightening. When those thoughts and feelings come, hold on to Christ. Trust His promises, and seek His presence. True peace of mind is not the product of our daily circumstances. Peace flows from a relationship with Him, which leads to confidence in God’s love, grace, and power. The presence of a challenge is not the same as the absence of God. Trust that God is with us and will see us through this. 

Please call or email the church if you need access to the church pantry or any other assistance. 

First Church Response to the Coronavirus

Dear First Church Family,

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID 19) is affecting virtually every aspect of life. First Church is committed to keeping you informed about our responses as a congregation. Unless we receive new directives or information from the government, we plan to hold all Sunday activities and services as scheduled. Please keep the following in mind during the coming days:

First, hold on to the promises of God during this unsettling time. Isaiah 41:10 teaches “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” It is easy to be overcome with fear and anxiety given the many unknown aspects of this virus and the stress of the major disruptions to our lives. Even when our circumstances are challenging, God is with us. Many may question the existence or grace of God during times of crisis, but we, as people of faith, remember that God has not promised that we will live without difficulties. God promises to be with us through them.

Second, know that we are taking extra measures to keep our facility sanitized. There will be several places where hand sanitizer will be available. We are doing extra cleaning in high traffic areas and on high use surfaces, also.

Third, we ask that if you have any symptoms, please consider the well-being of others in our community and join our worship service online rather than attending in person. Illness is a legitimate reason not to come to church. Also, if you are a member of a group that is especially vulnerable to this virus, make the best decision for yourself. If you are uncomfortable subjecting yourself to the risk, we understand.

Know that God loves you. So do we, and this too shall pass. If you are aware of someone in need of assistance, please call or email the church.

Lastly, we encourage members of our community to stay updated with the best possible guidance. Please visit any of the agencies below for more information about the coronavirus COVID19:

With Christ’s Love,
Pastor Scott