Dear Church Family,
Once again, I pray that everyone is staying safe and well during this time. In spite of the very unique situation we are still in, ministry is moving forward! The Bible tells us that there is a “season for everything,” and this is not different. With that in mind, I wanted to give you an update on the church and our tentative plans for the next few months.
Becky has worked diligently to put together "Break Out-Take Out VBS" an at home VBS alternative so that we can continue to minister the Gospel to the children in our community. Packets, provided upon request, will be delivered or picked up on June 20, and children and families can work on them together at home. Please be much in prayer for this ministry.
The elders have met and established August 2 as the tentative date by which we would like to begin re-opening the church for all activities. This will not happen all at once and will be determined by several factors. One of the most important factors is the ability to keep the church clean and safe so that we do not spread sickness in the current health climate. We are also watching to see what the schools will do and how they open. Keeping the children’s area clean will be one of the most challenging areas and we want to be fully prepared.
We are also concerned about the many at-risk elderly members of FBCM. We want to make sure that anyone who wants to return is comfortable and knows that we are taking all possible measures to prevent the spread of any viruses.
The Governor has lifted certain restrictions and groups of 25 or less are now able to meet without 6 feet of social distancing, but with safe hygiene considerations and practices still in place. With that in mind, we are encouraging Sunday School classes to meet as they are comfortable. We encourage online meetings, such as Zoom, or even in homes as you are able. If a class wishes to use the church facility, please contact the elders so that we can discuss that option. We are not ready to fully open at this
time, but we are ready to move forward with any options that let members know they are in a safe environment. Ultimately, we know that God is in control and that He is watching over us and we want our actions to reflect faithfulness and trust in Him without being unnecessarily foolish or hasty.
We are also asking church members to complete a survey to help us identify when and how to move forward in a full return to normal worship and activities. The survey should open in a seperate window, and you can print it from there. If it does not, please right click the link, and click on download linked file. Please complete this as you are able and return it to the church by July 15 so that we can be fully informed and ready to make a full presentation at the July 19 Members’ Meeting. As always, if you need anything please contact the church so that we may continue to minister to you during this time.
Also, don't forget to email a photo or short video to Mike for Father's Day Project. Mike's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,
Blessings in Christ,