LATEST NEWS RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS

March 13th, 2020 Update
First Church Family,
As we have continued to track the rapidly moving developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) and after prayerful consideration while in continual consultation with medical and safety professionals, we’ve decided to suspend all large in-person gatherings at all of our campuses-effective immediately-until further notice, which includes this weekend’s Sunday services. We will continue to provide updates periodically, as the situation develops.
First Church will be meeting exclusively LIVE online this weekend FOR WORSHIP SERVICES. We welcome you to join us online on all of our church-wide digital platforms: YouTube, Facebook, and at  myfirstchurch.com, which BROADCASTS LIVE Sunday mornings at 11:00am.
We will continue to provide updates via our website and social media. We will provide further updates with specific details concerning our plans for the near future in the coming days.
As believers in Jesus, we have hope even in moments of confusion and fear. We always want to be wise in the decisions we make, but simultaneously bold in our love for one another and the communities we live in. We are grateful for our incredible community and its leaders, compassionate and wise healthcare workers, collaboration and unity with churches in our region, and most of all, we are grateful for the grace of Jesus that covers us and compels us to love and serve our communities one person at a time.
Let us be people of hope,
David Colp
Lead Pastor
March 12th, 2020 Update

First Church Family,

We invite you to watch this video concerning worship services for the weekend and regularly scheduled programming for the upcoming week.
In addition to the video, we have more information on our website that includes exact worship times for each of our campuses. We’d also invite you, especially if you’ve been feeling unwell, to worship with us remotely, via the online campus
Please know, our staff is committed to your health and safety as you connect with one another at your First Church campus; therefore, we are monitoring all updates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will keep you updated as new information is learned.
While we cannot control the virus, the spread or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make our campuses as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” My prayer is that God will fill all of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.
Questions or concerns?
If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please email Jessica with any questions or comments.
We’re grateful for you, our church family.
In Christ,
David Colp
Lead Pastor
 
March 5th, 2020 Update
Dear First Church Family,
At First Church, we want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially during cold and flu season and in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please be mindful of the guidance from the CDC, including:
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If you or someone in your family is feeling unwell, we encourage you to continue to be an active part of our church community. You can watch church online, live every Sunday at 11am myfirstchurch.churchonline.org or throughout the week online at myfirstchurch.com/watch. Most of all, we want to pray for your family. You can submit confidential prayer requests here: [email protected].
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
In Christ,
David Colp
Lead Pastor
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