Dear FLC Family,
As you know, we’re in a situation none of us have been in before and things are changing day by day. We’ve seen some organizations close. Others stay open. And both are options. Out of an abundance of caution and care and concern for the wellbeing of our members and community and growing concerns with the coronavirus, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend our Saturday and Sunday services for this weekend, March 14 & 15, as well as our mid-week Lent service on Wednesday, March 18.
This was a very difficult decision and one the church council did not take lightly. Expert medical and public health opinions were investigated and discussed carefully considered. We also considered our Faith Lutheran mission: ”LOVING GOD. LOVING EACH OTHER. SERVING OUR COMMUNITY.” We came to the conclusion that Faith Lutheran Church is obligated to decrease the potential spread of the virus and protect our members and community by limiting large gatherings, including traditional church services. The health and wellbeing of our many church members over 70 years-of-age and those with compromised immune systems also weighed heavily in making this decision.
Make no mistake about it, we will continue to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will continue to do so in unity and as a faith family – it will just look different for a short while. It is important we continue to dedicate time to worship in our homes, with our families. Jesus preached, “For where two or three have gathered in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20). It is important we stay connected and united during these challenging circumstances and give thanks to our Heavenly Father that we have the technology and resources to do so!
In the meantime, we are working diligently to offer an online streaming option for church services. Resumption of our regular in-person worship schedule will be reviewed on a weekly basis. There will be more communication in the coming days with guidance and options for worship and staying connected as a Faith Lutheran family.
In this pandemic, we are to stand firm in prayer and the promises of God. Our courage and strength are found in Him, and we believe He is the source of all our hope. We ask all of our members to be prayerful. Here are seven ways we ask you to pray:
- Calm assurance in God’s sovereignty
- Dispelling of fear and worry
- Opportunities to serve neighbors
- Wisdom in decision making
- Global gospel advance
- Willingness to follow instruction
- Healing for those affected
Thank you for your understanding and continued prayers for our leaders, medical professionals, teachers, clergy and Faith Lutheran leadership and church as we navigate these circumstances together.
In closing, we want to draw our attention to this passage from Isaiah:
Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation]. Isaiah 41:10 AMP
God loves you and so do we: