ELDER UPDATE (May 8, 2020)
Regathering Plan for May 24, 2020 at 10:15am
**If you plan to attend on May 24, please RSVP to email@example.com
Dear Faith Family,
We are excited to announce that we plan to gather again starting on Sunday, May 24 at 10:15am. The details below are in response to questions and suggestions we have already received.
- Strict social distancing will be observed in our seating arrangement (families can certainly sit together without social distancing). We will observe 6 feet of social distance both front to back and side to side. Please be careful to maintain strict social distancing during fellowship times before and after.
- Face masks can be worn at your own discretion.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own as well.
- The cleaning and disinfecting of our facility will be enhanced to ensure that it is as safe as possible.
- Greeters will wear masks and be ready with hand sanitizer.
- Please do not attend if you are at risk, sick, or not feeling well. Let’s serve one another with an abundance of caution on this point.
- One service at 10:15am.
- The service will be primarily devoted to preaching. We won’t sing congregationally at the outset of our regathering plan.
- Childcare will not be provided at the outset of our regathering plan.
- The offering box will be available in the lobby. We will not be passing the offering bags.
- The service will be livestreamed via the internet and locally to other rooms on our campus. The livestream will also be recorded for future viewing.
We realize that while many are excited about gathering again, some no doubt have fears and concerns. We invite you to share those with us. We plan to do a series of brief videos on "faith versus fear" as we look forward to May 24. Finally, please RSVP to let us know whether or not you plan to attend the service on May 24. Contact Pastor Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and to share any specific fears or concerns you would like us to address. We are praying for you!
ELDER UPDATE March 20, 2020
God is good to remind us that He alone is sovereignly in control of all things. James 4:13-15 cautions us: "Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit'— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.'” Perhaps this past week has served all of us well by reminding us that we must process every moment of our lives in light of the plan and purpose of God.
Our ongoing desire is your spiritual and physical well-being. We are here to serve you. To that end, we will continue to record the weekly sermon and distribute it via email on Sunday mornings. We are also pursuing reliable live-streaming options. Further, we will continue to facilitate live, online gatherings (prayer, small groups, etc.) to cultivate a sense of community. We will use online platforms such as Zoom for these smaller gatherings. We are also willing to use Zoom for counseling needs that you might have during this time. We have trained counselors (male and female) who are ready and willing to minister to you. If you need help navigating technology, please call the church office at (239) 514-4986 and we will do our best to assist you. We can check voicemail remotely so please don't hesitate to leave a message.
To conclude, in light of current governmental mandates we will be unable to gather for the next few weeks. You will receive an email on Sunday morning containing a link to the sermon this week. Be on the lookout for other notifications regarding smaller gatherings. If you need help (or know of people who need help), please let us know. May God use this temporary trial to remind us of how precious it is to gather together. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6)
The Elders of Faith Bible Church
ELDER UPDATE March 17, 2020
We plan to stay in regular communication with you as we deal with the uncertainties brought upon us by the Coronavirus crisis. While these are not the circumstances any of us desire, we know that God will use them for our good and His glory. As we pray and plan, we acknowledge our duty to honor the governing authorities, and therefore we take very seriously the directives and mandates that come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) and the Florida Department of Health (www.floridahealth.gov). We also sense an obligation to care for the physically vulnerable and to cultivate our testimony in the community. All of these are the considerations that direct our policy of when to cancel our public services. Therefore, based upon the most recent directives from the Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html), we will not be able to meet together for several more weeks. In the meantime, we will continue to stream services each week. We are also working on other ways to stay connected virtually so that we can cultivate a sense of community during this season.
We expect that God will provide wonderful opportunities to minister to one another, and to our friends and neighbors. It is comforting to know that God uses these unexpected trials of life to mold us into the image of Christ, and to draw unbelievers to Him. Even while we are apart, we can unite in prayer to that end.
We are here for you. Please contact us if you have any questions, or if we can help you in any way.
The Elders of Faith Bible Church
ELDER UPDATE March 15, 2020
In light of the National Emergency announced yesterday and advisements from our local governing authorities, we believe it is best that we not gather for services this Sunday, March 15 (this includes the Member's Meeting) or this coming Wednesday, March 18.
We are doing this not out of fear, but out of a desire to love our community well, to protect our healthcare system and to protect the most vulnerable. We pray that this situation will be short-lived and that we will soon gather again to worship together. In the meantime, our technology team is working to record video and audio of the sermon. Be on the lookout for those links and other communications as we continue to navigate this situation. We are praying for you and we are here to help you in any way we can. The best way to reach us is via email at email@example.com or via phone (239-514-4986).
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
The Elders of Faith Bible Church