Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Fellowship of the Crossroads Family

Over the past few weeks we have been closely tracking the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally. For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Scripture is clear that God has given us a spirit of love, not fear. My prayer is that God would give us all a sense of peace in the midst of these circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary; rather, may we work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God who is in control.

From the beginning of the outbreak the FOTC Team as been assessing the situation day by day, putting protocols in place at our building to help prevent the spread of the virus, and making contingency plans in case we felt the need, or were asked by our governmental leaders, to suspend normal worship services. On Monday, March 16, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended the cancellation of community gatherings of 50 people or more to help slowdown the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Following the CDC’s announcement, our community leaders in Victoria County ask all area churches to follow that recommendation.

The health and safety of our congregation and community is our top priority; we do not want to further the spread of COVID-19 by hosting services, classes, small groups, or other gatherings at Fellowship of the Crossroads, so we are suspending all those activities through the rest of the month of March.

In the past, an event like this would have isolated our church family from each other. However, with today’s technology, Fellowship of the Crossroads can still provide virtual group teaching and worship activities. This Sunday we ask that you join us on-line at our normal weekend service time of 10:30AM. I will be suspending our CrossWords series for one week to give a special message titled “Faith, not Fear” because Jesus is still on His throne and God is still in control. Now is not the time to panic or be fearful, but instead we need to be looking for opportunities to love and serve our neighbors, our community and the people in our church.

FOTC is also planning on launching an “On-Line Small Group” on Wednesday, March 25 starting at 7:00PM. I will give more details during the message this Sunday.

In the meantime:

PRAY for healing for those who have been impacted and afflicted directly by Coronavirus. Pray that God would stem the tide and spread of the virus, and protect those who are weak and most vulnerable to it. Pray that this crisis would be an open door for Fellowship of the Crossroads to share the love of Christ to the people of our community.

CHECK ON the well-being of family, friends or neighbors who are most at risk, i.e., those who are over the age of 60 with lowered immunity due to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or upper respiratory problems.

GIVE wholeheartedly and sacrificially of your time, talent and treasure during this time. Your giving is crucial in order for the church to maintain its regular ministries and day to day operations of Fellowship of the Crossroads.

Thank you for your willingness to be flexible and experience church in a new way.

We love all of you and look forward to seeing how God is going to grow each of us and our Crossroads family during this time.

In His service