Coronavirus Update

March 18, 2020 Update

Hey FCF Family,

Each of us has already experienced a big change in the pace of life due to the coronavirus outbreak, and it seems like we’ll be looking at an opportunity for a new normal over the next several weeks. That’s right, I said “opportunity.” 

Like you, we have been following this quickly evolving situation just trying to figure out how to move forward with wisdom and grace. Prayerfully heeding the direction from our local and national leaders, effective immediately, all in-person FCF gatherings will be moving to “virtual” experiences online. This includes Sunday services, mid-week programs for students, and all Life Groups both on-campus and off. 

Now then, let’s talk about the opportunity in front of us. There’s no better time for us to “BE THE CHURCH”. We were made for this! We can make the most of this opportunity in three ways.

  1. Choose to stay connected to a Life Group. If you don’t already have a Life Group or a GOteam, now is the time. Check in, meet together online regularly, and take care of each other. You can find a complete listing of available groups at fcffamily.com/lifegroups.
  2. Find out what people need and do what you know how to do to meet those needs. What a great time to be On Mission for our community? 
  3. Be generous. While the rest of the world is holding back in fear, we have the opportunity to be faithful givers. 

The very best way to stay tuned in to all the virtual church action is to join a Facebook group. We have groups setup for each of the three communities we serve. We’ll be back face-to-face before you know it. There are no accidents in the Kingdom of God. Let’s make this moment count! 

Steve McCarty
Lead Pastor

March 13, 2020 Update

March 12, 2020 Update

With the increased awareness and public concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as the ongoing seasonal flu virus and the common cold, we assure you that public health and safety concerns are our highest priority.  Below you will find a list of actions we as a church are taking, along with actions that you can take. We encourage you to continue to wash your hands thoroughly and refrain from contact such as high fives, hugs, etc. If you or anyone in your family are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. We’ve made it easy for you to join us no matter where you are. You can watch LIVE online. Remember that the name of Jesus is greater than any other name. We are declaring the following promises over our lives:
 
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
 
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.” Psalm 91:1-3

Be Prepared

Actions we are taking: 

Cleanliness

We are dedicated to offering a clean and safe environment.

Our facilities are cleaned regularly.

+ All toys in FCF Kids will be cleaned after each service.

+ During this time, our greeters will not be giving out handshakes or high-fives but please expect a thumbs-up!

+ In addition to hand soap available in the bathrooms, we have a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizers available for use at every service time and location.

Best practices on how to not spread germs

+ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

+ Stay home if you are not feeling well.

+ Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.

+ Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use soap and water when possible.

+ If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

 

Actions you can take: 

How to prepare for a quarantine

In an outbreak like this, the best thing we can do is prepare. Below is a list of items you can grab at the store to prepare if you become quarantined.

Food: Fresh fruits and vegetables will likely spoil over 14 days, so canned foods that have a long storage life and need little or no cooking are recommended. Meat products, fish or beans, soups, broths and stews, fruits and fruit juices, vegetables, canned (or powdered) milk, are among good supply choices.

Frozen foods are an option, too. Other recommended foods are peanut butter, jelly, crackers, nuts, trail mix, dried fruits, granola bars, bouillon cubes, and staples like sugar, salt, pepper. (Keep in mind you may need to include some special foods for babies and family members on special diets, as well as pet foods.)

Water and liquids: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you have plenty of fluids on hand, such as bottled water and supply of fluids with electrolytes, such as Pedialyte or Gatorade.

Medicine: You will want to have a 14-day supply of any prescription medications for those in your home. You may also want over-the-counter pain relievers, antacids, cough and cold medicines, and vitamins.

Supplies: Many homes already have a 14-day supply of most daily items on hand. But make sure you have toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine supplies, diapers, laundry detergent and disinfectant.

Other items: Perhaps have some board games, cards, toys books, magazines and other fun items to keep the family occupied.

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