Dear Family of FCC,
With the Governor extending the Shelter at Home order through the end of April, the leadership of your church feels it is important to communicate with you now about all that is happening during this unprecedented time. FCC is committed to its mission of:
Loving God – Building the Church – Reaching the World
During this time, when we are not allowed to meet together in our building, the ministry team has developed and is providing resources to guide us in Loving God through our personal worship. Please take advantage of the Monday – Friday morning Worship devotion found on our website and on Facebook. For those unable to access the internet, Allison will get you a printed copy of this devotion. Monday evenings there will be a “Look In” Facebook live session, Wednesday’s Samuel will host “Look Up” and Friday’s Pete will host “Look Out” all at 7:00 on Facebook. Sunday mornings, check out Pete’s sermon at 9:00. As we strive to Build the Church, a care tree has been put in place to help identify needs and to be of support during this time that is so difficult for so many. The Neighborhood Care Center continues to be a catalyst for Reaching the World locally, serving our neighbors with limited operations.
We are committed to making sure the mission and work of our church continues during this time when we are not allowed to meet together. In these times, look for creative ways to “be” the church, keep in contact with others and offer support and care where appropriate. Pray for those in need and for the leadership of FCC. Be faithful with your financial giving to the church. Gifts may be made on-line, through the mail, and dropped off at the office. Offerings received in the office will be counted and deposited on the last Monday of the month through the end of the Shelter at Home order.
Start now planning your personal Easter Sunday celebration of our RISEN Savior. Pete’s sermon at 9:00 will help facilitate your time of worship. Know that as soon as we can meet again corporately, we will celebrate God’s leading through this time of trial and we will celebrate together the RESURRECTION of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Each year, we collect a special offering at Easter and this year the offering will stay in-house and help pay for some of the estimated $30,000.00 of summer capital projects to our building. You may donate to this special offering on-line or by noting Easter Offering on your remittance.
The Shelter at Home order has unfortunately put a delay in the process of selecting our next lead minister. The search committee has been evaluating many applicants and, prior to this unexpected time, was moving forward in the preliminary interview process. They are expecting to soon begin presenting candidates for the elders to interview. This elder interview will be an extended in-person interview to take place in Clinton and will occur soon after the Shelter at Home order has been lifted. The leadership has always trusted fully in God’s timing in this selection process and is using this time to be in prayer asking for wisdom and clarity for this hire. Please join us in that prayer.
So until we are able to meet together again, stay safe and rest in the grace, peace and love of our RISEN Savior, Jesus Christ!
Blessings to Each of You
Chairman of the Congregation
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