Coronavirus Update

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not having any in-person meetings at Faith through the month of April. Because we do not know how long this will last, we will continue to adjust our calendar and updates will be posted on the website as they become available. Please feel free to contact any staff member with any questions or concerns. 


Socially Distanced, Spiritually Connected

While we are physically separated due to the pandemic, we do have opportunities to stay connected to one another online. Below is a list of some of those opportunities: 

Daily Messages from the Pastors: Trinity and Brad are recording short (around 2 minutes) videos each day to share with the Faith Family. These have been dubbed "Simple Faith." You can access them via our Facebook page or individually at the following links:

Week 1 Simple Ways to Pray
March 23:  https://youtu.be/NImCxF5AUoM
March 24:  https://youtu.be/OffHDUt_QlE
March 25:  https://youtu.be/DW3m9P5s7PU
March 26:  https://youtu.be/qx6ZOBh4ZhU
March 27:  

Week 2 Reading & Studying Scripture
March 30:  
March 31:  
April 1:
April 2:
April 3: 

Youth Sunday School (links located on youth calendar on website)
6th and 7th Grade
Confirmation Class  
High School

Adult Sunday School:
You are welcome to join us for adult Sunday School online each Sunday morning as well. This Sunday, March, 29,  join Trinity and Thomas at 9:30 a.m.  on Google Meet for Week 2 of the Animate Small Group Series. 
https://meet.google.com/ina-ncze-hvh

Sunday Morning Worship:
Each Sunday morning at 10:30, we are worshiping together online via video. We would love to have you join us! We post the the worship video, along  with a link to the church bulletin and a children's bulletin, on  the worship page of our website here.  The worship videos are designed so you can participate along with the video, much  as you would in person. There you will also find the previous Sundays' video if you missed one. 

Sunday Evening Youth Group 
Check the youth calendar on the youth page of our website (faithpcusa.org/youth) for the links.

6 p.m. Middle School

6:45 pm High School


March 20, 2020

Dear Faith Family,

This Sunday I hope you will join us as we worship together through an on-line video. Our staff has worked hard to create a meaningful service that will allow you to worship in your own home while caring for our congregation and keeping each other safe.

We are continuing our Lenten Sermon Series entitled, “Searching for Answers,” exploring different questions that Jesus asked during His ministry.  On March 22, Trinity will be preaching a sermon entitled, “What is Written in the Law?” based on scripture from Luke 10:25-28.

On Sunday Morning, you can access the worship video on the worship page of our website (www.faithpcusa.org/worship) or via our Facebook page.

Tips on worshiping from home:

  1. Watch the worship video at 10:30 a.m.  This is our normal worship time and Brad and Julianne will be watching at that time.  We will all be watching together!
  2. If you know other members or neighbors who are alone, invite them to your house to watch with you. As long as you are taking proper health precautions, you will be helping someone worship God.
  3. Use the online bulletin, also available on our worship page, or print out a copy so that you can follow along and worship just like you would in our sanctuary.
  4. Take pictures and videos of your family as you worship God! Post those photos and videos online, and don’t forget to tag us! Facebook:  @faithtally or Instagram:   #faithprestally @faithprestally

There will also be a virtual Sunday School class available on Sunday! Join Trinity and Thomas at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on Google Meet as they kick off Week 1 of the Animate Small Group Series. Grab your coffee, get comfy on your couch, let's talk about God together! A preview of the series is below.  Here's the link for the video chat: https://meet.google.com/hjk-gcww-vnh  

Other Links you need to know:

  1. Please continue to give financially to support the ministry of Faith Presbyterian.  You can drop checks at the office, or you can go to our website and give online
  2. Starting Monday, Trinity and Brad will post a daily video on Instagram and Facebook describing a Spiritual Practice that you can do from home. Look for us on Facebook: @faithtally and on Instagram:  @faithprestally
  3. Lenten Book Study, The Walk: Chapter 3 | Wednesday, March 25. Join Trinity as we continue week 3 of Adam Hamilton's The Walk. We'll meet virtually, on a video chat so that you can be seen and talk with one another.  Trinity will be able to show the video and have questions for discussion. Use the following link to "call" in at 6 p.m.   https://meet.google.com/rmn-mdqk-kgr

I pray you are all staying safe. Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns.

Grace and Peace,

Brad

 


 

March 16, 2020

Dear Faith Family, 

This morning our church staff met to discuss our ongoing response to the Corona Virus Pandemic.  After careful consideration and prayer, we made the decision to suspend all in-person activities for the next two weeks.  Our goal is to care for our community and protect those in our congregation who may be vulnerable.  We remain committed to caring for our neighbors and supporting God’s mission in the world.

We will not host an in-person worship service on March 22 or March 29.  Instead, we will offer an alternative form of worship in video format both Sundays.  You will be able to access this video on-line.  We will send out more information about how to access this video later this week.

On March 29 our church session will meet at 11:30 a.m. as scheduled, and we will assess together how worship and other programs will need to be altered in future weeks.  

During this time, our office will remain open and our church will remain committed to serving others in need.  In response to this commitment, we will still host precinct primary voting on March 17 and we will adapt Manna on Meridian on March 21 to continue to provide food for those in need.  We will continue to provide space for AA and NA meetings.  We will also accept non-perishable food donations at our church office to distribute to those in need.

There are several things you can do to continue to support the ministry of Faith:

1. Support our church leadership, including elders, deacons, and staff as we make difficult decisions.  Pray for our church as we continue to find new ways to serve God.

2. Continue to give to the church financially as long as you are fiscally able.  Although we may not be together in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings, ministry will continue and there will be needs in our community that will be supported by your offering.  You can send your pledge to the church by mail, drop it off at the office, or give online here.

3. Check on your neighbors.  There may be those with extra needs during this time, including those who feel isolated, those who need childcare, and those who are out of work.  Reach out through phone calls, texts, and cards.  Stay connected to your church family too, by calling those in your Sunday school classes or those who you sit next to in the pews.  Remember that our church is not a building, but a community of people, living and serving the world as the Body of Christ.

4. Continue to pray for our community, our nation, and our world.

5. Take care of yourself.  Make sure that you are not taking unnecessary risks that will put others at risk.  Find time to take Sabbath, and fill your spirit.  If you need assistance, either a helping hand with errands or just a friendly voice, please call the church office.  Our office number is 850-385-6151 and the emergency pastor number is 850-728-1965

This pandemic has provided challenges that are uncharted for many of us.  But I continue to believe that each challenge provides us with an opportunity to love our neighbor as ourselves and serve the least of these.  Even when we are apart, we are one in the Spirit, and they will know we are Christians by our love.

Grace and peace,
Brad