In accordance with our local elected officials and the advisement of our county health department and hospital, we are canceling our in-person gatherings at Fellowship Baptist Church for the week of Sunday, March 15, 2020. This cancelation includes our 9:30 AM Connection Groups/Sunday School hour, the 10:30 AM Worship Service, and the afternoon healthy discipleship groups. This also includes the Ludlow Baby Shower/Ladies Fellowship on Monday, March 16, AWANA kid’s ministry on Wednesday, March 18, and the Prayer Group that meets on Thursday, March 19.
The status of COVID-19 is rapidly changing, so we are closely monitoring all information and guidance from local officials and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will make decisions regarding future Sunday worship service gatherings on a week-to-week basis and will communicate those decisions here at fellowshiplinton.org/updates.
This certainly changes our typical plans, but as we have been learning recently, tradition, the order of service, and the building we typically meet in, is not the church – you and I are the church. Regardless of what is going on globally and locally, nothing eternal has changed, so remain encouraged with the circumstances you are facing. So, what do we do from here?
We know that worship isn’t something we attend; it is the attitude of our hearts in response to the truths of God. Although we will not be meeting in person, and many of the elements of a typical gathering are not possible, we will be live-streaming a Sunday morning message at 10:30 AM on our YouTube Channel (accessed by clicking here). We hope you will tune in at 10:30 AM as we open God’s Word together. That message will remain on our page, so if that specific time doesn’t work for you, you can catch up at your convenience.
We are striving to build a culture that slows down sufficiently for the presence and will of God to fill our lives. Although these circumstances are certainly not what we would ask for, they do allow us a different rhythm. For some families, this will be much more hectic with the kids home. For others, work dynamics have already changed. Let us encourage you, regardless of the changes, to intentionally spend time with Jesus during this season. Wake up a bit earlier, pause a few more times throughout the day, and consider ways to intentionally reflect on the truths of scripture. If you need some good resources to read during this season, let us know!
Your church family is in need. Even the individuals you think are fine now, will need the encouragement you can give in time to come. We encourage you to be intentional with reaching out to individuals and families that you are close to. If there is someone you typically speak with at a Sunday gathering, don’t hesitate to reach out to them online or by phone this week! If you need their contact info, let us know.
As the effects of this virus continue, the potential for practical needs from our elderly and those with pre-existing conditions will increase. We are formulating plans now for healthy families to adopt specific individuals and families within our faith family who you can serve through various means (grocery shopping, medicine pickup, etc). Also, there may be other families with extenuating circumstances that we can serve. If you are willing to help or have ideas on how we may serve one another and those in our community, please email Pastor John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we mentioned before, we are actively looking for ways to meet the physical needs of our community. We are partnering with other local churches to meet specific needs and are prayerful that these times will open up opportunities to talk about the Gospel. Although we are praying for God’s grace and healing intervention at this time, we are also intentionally sharing the hope of Jesus in the midst of uncertainty. If there is ever a time to love our neighbor, now is the time! (we will talk about this more on the live stream this Sunday)
Although we will not be meeting in person, you can still give online by visiting our giving page, accessed through our website by clicking here. This ensures that ministry needs are met, and our ongoing community outreach happens without interruption. Your faithful giving enables a collective presence locally that God will use to meet physical needs that lead to Gospel conversations. Thank you for being such a giving people!
If there is something specific you need, do not hesitate to let us know. If we can help, we certainly want to!
We love you and are praying for God’s grace to be fully realized in your life during this time.