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Dear FCC family,

Your pastors and leaders continue to pray and discern how to respond to the spread of COVID-19.  As we shared last week, during this time we want to be guided by some principles to help us in the decision making-process:

1. We want to be the church.  More-than-ever, our congregation and community need the tangible presence of Christ that the local church brings.  We are here & we are committed to remain present. Now that the time has come that we cannot gather physically in our typical manner, we will still find ways to stay connected and minister to FCC and our community.

2. We want to be wise, not anxious:  We understand that there is a lot of fear related to the virus, and it’s not unwarranted.  The reports we are hearing are concerning and we are sad for those who are impacted by this outbreak.  However, we are choosing not to lead out of fear and anxiety, and instead out of wisdom, and prayerful discernment.

 

3. We want to be good community members:  We are paying close attention to the recommendations from the CDC and Federal, State and Local Officials.  We are participating in measures that help slowdown the spread of the virus.  

 

4. We want to protect the elderly and vulnerable:  Recognizing that the elderly and those with specific health-issues are the most vulnerable, we want to do our best to care for and protect those who may be most at risk.  

 

Holding all these things in tension, here are the measures we as a community are currently taking.  

 

// Social Distancing:  We are following the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America issued March 16th that includes advice to avoid groups of 10 or more.  The building has been shut down and all organized meetings will be held virtually.  

 

// Service Streaming:  We will be posting our worship service to our Facebook page on Sunday mornings at 10 am.  We encourage you to gather as family or friends that you are already in contact with to worship together.  

 

// Staying Connected:  It is important for our spiritual and emotional health to stay connected with our spiritual family during this time.  FCC’s leaders will be reaching out to each of you this week. In addition, by next week, we’ll be posting short daily devotionals to our Facebook page.  

 

// Prayer: During this season of change and uncertainty, prayer is absolutely essential!  (1) The open-air Prayer Chapel at FCC is a beautiful place to go and connect with God.  (2) We will be hosting prayer meetings via zoom on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  You may join us at zoom meeting ID 598 122 239 anytime during those 90 minutes. Email us at prayer@fcctoday.com if you need help with zoom or want a meeting invitation.  (3) We are encouraging everyone to email their prayer requests to prayer@fcctoday.com.   Please share this with your friends & neighbors.  

 

// Community Engagement:  We are committed to meeting the needs of our church family & community during this time.  Wendy Simpson is leading our Community Engagement and is working with community leaders to organize our involvement.  If you would like to help, email Wendy at wsimpson261@gmail.com.  If you have a personal need, please email us at prayer@fcctoday.com.

 

// Giving:  The changing days will have a significant impact on the way people choose to give to FCC.  This is a great time to consider setting up a recurring weekly or monthly gift. This can be accomplished easily by visiting fcctoday.com/give.   

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I watch services online?
Yes!
 We are pleased to announce that we will be streaming our Sunday Services.  These services can be found on our homepage or on our Facebook page (fccstjohns) on Sundays at 10am.  

 

Are there any changes to how I give?
This is a great time to sign up for Text to Give (simply text a dollar amount to 84321) or to set up recurring giving by
clicking here.

 

How can I stay connected with FCC?
Be sure to like our Facebook page for the most up-to-date news and events.  If you need to get in contact with us you can text our hotline at 904 552 2322 or email us at prayer@fcctoday.com

 

This is a time for us to practice what it looks like to “love your neighbor as yourself”.  We encourage all of us to participate in things that slow the spread of COVID-19 even if we do not personally feel at risk.  Look for ways to be a good neighbor and share the hope and love of Christ.  Pray for each other, our community and the world.  Stand firm and remember that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”.  Psalm 46:1

 

We close today with encouragement from Philippians 4:6-7.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

May the Peace of the Lord be with you,

 

Pastors Wayne & Virginia Bauer