Coronavirus Update – 7/1/2020

On Sunday, July 5 we will enter another phased opening for our in-person gatherings. Here is what you can expect:


Congregational Singing - We plan to sing a song of praise together at the end of the sermon. As we mentioned this past Sunday, we are recommending those who choose to sing with us to wear a mask to lessen the aerosolized vapor in the air. The church gathered is instructed to teach and encourage one another in the songs we sing to the Lord (Col. 3:16). Although each aspect of faith-life has been strange for the past few months, we are excited to bring this aspect back this coming week!


Nursery - We are planning to offer our nursery again for children two and under during the 10:30 AM service. The safety of our children and the volunteer staff is very important to us, so for those wanting to utilize this oportunity, here are a few things to note:

  • The nursery is available for children 2-years-old and under at the 10:30 service
  • Nursery workers will be made up of safe and caring adults organized by the church staff
  • Snacks will NOT be provided or distributed during the service – you are welcome to come give your child a snack outside the nursery at one of the tables in the Fellowship Hall if needed
  • Drink cups will be labeled and kept out of reach in individual cubbies when not in use
  • Nursery workers will wear a mask and frequently wash their hands during the service
  • We have reduced the number of toys and they will be sanitized before each service

Ministering to children and families is significant for the Church! If you have questions or ideas, email Pastor Bobby at bobby@fellowshiplinton.org. You can also be a part of the team with the vision to help the next generation treasure Jesus Christ! Let us know and we’ll get you plugged in!


Virtual VBS - We know it sounds weird, but we are excited to offer a virtual option for our families to enjoy VBS. Details are still forthcoming, but plan for July 20-24 to be our special week of VVBS!

Coronavirus Update – 6/5/2020

We are planning to start back with in-person gatherings this Sunday, June 7. Here's a quick video with details:



Please note, we will not offer nursery or any other children's ministry meetings, however, the nursery will be open for nursing moms. Here are some details to what you can expect for this first phase of opening:


Service Structure:

  • Two similar, family-friendly 30-minute Sunday services at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM (these services will not include congregational singing)
  • Continued Livestream at the 10:30 AM service


Gathering Recommendations:

  • Recommend anyone symptomatic (Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell) to stay home and watch our Livestream service at 10:30 AM
  • Recommend those 65 and older and those with pre-existing conditions to continue watching our Livestream at 10:30 AM (This is not to be viewed as a requirement. If you desire to come and you fall into this category, we will not turn you away. However, the experts recommend this, and so do we. We love you and want you to be safe!)
  • Recommend family units to sit together (Parents, please have your children stay with you while in the building and sit with you during the service.)
  • Recommend wearing masks while in the building (except children 5 and under) - Masks and hand sanitizer are available upon entry to the church. If you do not have a mask, we have free reusable/washable cloth masks for you to keep located on tables at the upstairs entrances. 
  • Recommend sitting every other pew and social distance by family units within the pew (We will have every other pew marked off to ensure this)
  • Recommend sitting in overflow seating in the lower level when the auditorium is full (watching live on big-screen tv) - Auditorium seating will be first come, first served
  • Recommend giving online or in the designated offering box (Our new offering box will be located outside of Carmen's Office at the south-staired entrance)
  • Recommend social distancing and non-contact greetings (no handshaking or hugging. We encourage you to spend time fellowshipping outside at a safe distance)
  • Recommend using provided hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building 
  • We will be cleaning after each service


We believe that God's design is for the church to be together - digitally gathered is good, but in-person is best!  These guidelines are very different than what we are used to, but we are excited about the prospect they offer. Although we are mindful of health and safety, we do not want to produce an environment that is cold and unwelcoming. We challenge our church family to go above and beyond to be hospitable to one another and guests! There will be many ways to contribute to the services that you attend. 

Whether you choose to stay home or attend in person, please take the time to fill out our May 31st Update form and 


REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE 


so we can make proper plans. If you filled this form out already, you do not need to fill out another. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing everyone again, as the Lord directs each heart to what they are to do. 

Coronavirus Update – 5/6/2020


We sent this email out on May 6, 2020. Please read it and give us input at the link below.
I am sending you this email to update you on our plans as a church and to seek your input as we move forward together. It is important to note, that our past actions and future plans are motivated by love for God and neighbor, not by fear of the unknown. With that said, Governor Holcomb has published a plan to get Indiana "Back on Track," with a five-step process to be completed by July 4th, pending no changes. You can find information about this plan at
https://backontrack.in.gov.

In response to the loosened guidelines, I met with our leadership team this past weekend to pray about and plan a way forward together. We are eager to get back together but know there are some considerations as we move that direction. We have compiled a plan that considers specific guidance from the State regarding places of worship. That specific guidance can be found by clicking this PDFThe governor is encouraging no childcare for the time being. They are also encouraging social distancing and other steps to ensure healthy gatherings.

In accordance with this guidance, we are tentatively considering the following to begin on June 7th.

Service Structure:
  • Offer two family-friendly 30-minute Sunday services at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM
  • Offer continued Livestream at the 10:30 AM service
Gathering Recommendations:
  • Recommend anyone symptomatic (Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell) to watch our Livestream service at 10:30 AM
  • Recommend those 65 and older and those with pre-existing conditions to continue watching our Livestream at 10:30 AM
  • Recommend family units to sit together
  • Recommend wearing masks while in the building (except children 5 and under)
  • Recommend sitting every other pew and social distance by family units within the pew
  • Recommend sitting in overflow seating in the lower level when the auditorium is full (watching live on big-screen tv)
  • Recommend giving online or in the designated offering box
  • Recommend social distancing and non-contact greetings (no handshaking or hugging, and spending time fellowshipping outside at a safe distance)
  • Recommend using provided hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building
  • We will be cleaning after each service

Some of these guidelines are different from what the governor has recommended. We feel it is important to contextualize his guidance to best fit the perceived needs of our faith family. We do plan to make adjustments to these plans as we progress but do not have dates scheduled for these adjustments. We are so thankful for you and can't wait to gather in person again soon!

⬇️ Please take a few minutes and fill out the attached Input Form below. ⬇️

Fill out the INPUT FORM here!

Coronavirus Update – 3/22/2020

In accordance with our local and state officials, there will be no in-person gatherings until further notice. 


How to Connect?

This has already felt like a long road for many of us, but we want you to know that you are never alone! The Lord is with you, and we are here for you. We are working on multiple ways for individuals and families in our faith family to get together digitally, and one primary way is by joining our live stream message on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM on our YouTube Channel (accessed by clicking here). There will soon be other digital venues available online too. For the time being, we encourage you to call those who come to mind and write a note to those who may need encouragement. Reach out to your immediate neighbors and see how you can positively help someone else during this difficult time. Remember, regardless of what is going on globally and locally, nothing eternal has changed, so remain encouraged with the circumstances you are facing. 


Financial Giving

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!


Your Needs

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.

Coronavirus Update – 3/13/2020

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


What now?

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?


Gospel-centered Worship

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. 


Gospel-centered Transformation

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!


Gospel-centered Relationships

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. 


Gospel-centered Service

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 john@fellowshiplinton.org.


Gospel-centered Outreach

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)


Financial Giving

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!


Your Needs

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.

Coronavirus Update – 3/12/2020

As many of you are already aware, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has now confirmed 12 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indiana, representing eight Indiana counties.  

In response to the growing concern, we wanted to touch base and let you know that we are aware of the situation and will continue to monitor the state protocol for group gatherings closely. At this time, all of our gatherings at Fellowship will continue as regularly scheduled. However, if confirmed cases occur in Greene County, or if we are directed otherwise, we will reevaluate. 

We are closely monitoring all information and guidance from officials with the ISDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will prayerfully determine on a day-to-day basis, whether further steps are needed and update accordingly.  


Think Through Sunday Morning Participation

We desire our entire faith family to think through what would be wise and loving-your-neighbor during this time. Each family and individual should consider the following:

Precautions

For Sunday mornings, we encourage you to click the following link and practice the standard, flu-season safety precautions that many are already familiar with, including: 

  • Cough etiquette and hygiene
  • Thorough and regular hand washing (particularly after touching your face)
  • Social distancing (limiting physical contact with others)  

Guidance

We want to make you aware that the CDC has issued guidance and caution about attending gatherings to the individuals in the following categories:  

  • Older adults (typically age 60 and above)
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
  • Immunosuppressed individuals (people with recent or upcoming surgeries; people on autoimmune treatments, including steroids; people with impaired heart, kidney, or liver function; or people going through cancer treatment)
  • Direct caregivers of at-risk individuals (non-medical personnel)  

Recommendations

For families with small children, we are meticulous with cleaning our nursery and children’s classes. However, if your child has been sick recently, or if they are more susceptible to illness, please remain at home with them. 

Additionally, we request you do not attend our gatherings if you meet any of the following conditions:  

  • Have had flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting) in the past 14 days
  • Have traveled internationally within the past 14 days
  • Have traveled recently to domestic areas that have been highly affected by the coronavirus in the past 14 days
  • Have been in close contact with someone with flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days   


Pastoral Care  

Our pastoral staff is beginning to develop plans for pastoral care for our people in this season, especially for those in our congregation who are at the highest risk. We are grateful to have live streaming set up if gatherings need to be canceled for the health and safety of our church family and community.

We care deeply for those who are already affected by this and are praying for God’s healing, leading, and wisdom as we navigate the next few weeks.   


Stay Encouraged  

There are a lot of directions our hearts can go when facing uncertainty. We encourage you to click the following link and read through this articleespecially if you are anxious about what to expect. 

Thank you for helping us keep Fellowship’s campus a safe place to glorify God by makings spiritually and relationally healthy disciples.

We love you Church and will reach back out if anything changes for this coming Sunday.