Note: In person Sunday services have been canceled until April 30. Online services are available every Sunday at 10:45 a.m. on our YouTube channel.

FEFC Update April 3, 2020

Dear FEFC family –

For many people, it seems like there is just bad news all around. Some are even no longer watching TV news, because it’s all pretty grim as networks cover the expanding footprint of the Coronavirus.

Yet for us as followers of Jesus, we have a different landscape for life. The core of what we believe – the Gospel – is by its name “Good News.” Good news invades our souls through faith in Christ. Good news fills us as we live as children of our heavenly Father. Good news awaits us eternally as redeemed members of a new society, the Kingdom of God. Good news shapes our very being and identity each and every moment!

That is not to dismiss what is real – people are getting sick and dying, people are losing jobs and struggling with finances, students are wondering about their future, entire industries are shutting down (sports). It is a challenging trial the likes of which most of us have not seen.

But we do not lose hope, we do not lose heart!

Some things you need to be aware of in the coming days –

  • Our Good Friday service will be online through our website and YouTube channel on Friday, April 10 at 7 pm.
  • Our Easter Sunday service will also be online on April 12 at 10:45 am.
  • The church office is open from 9 am – 3:30 pm if you have needs.
  •  In cooperation with directives from our local, state, and federal governments, we have no meetings scheduled through April 30.
  • The men’s retreat scheduled for May 1-3 has been cancelled.

As ministry leaders, we are praying for each of you!

Let us close with an admonition from the Apostle Paul to the early church in light of the resurrection of Jesus —

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

The Ministry Team

FEFC

 

March 16 Update

*revised to reflect April 3rd update

We have prepared a sheet of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that hopefully will address most of your questions. If you have a need, please call the church office at 412-678-6655. We remain here for you!

FAQ

Will FEFC continue to have church services?

FEFC is cancelling all normal church meetings through the end of April. This includes:

  • ABF hour
  • Sunday worship service
  • Wednesday programs – Connect / REACH / AWANA
  • ALIVE
  • Grief Share
  • White Cross
  • Small Groups
  • Women’s Spring Event
  • First Responders’ Breakfast

Because this is a rapidly changing situation, we will keep reassessing our response as things develop. Regularly check our website for any updates.

What ministry will go on during this time?

We will be using other options to keep loving and serving our congregation. We will be making more phone calls and reaching out over social media. We encourage you all to “love one another” as Jesus commanded.

Will the church office remain open?

Yes, the church office will be open from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Staff will keep their normal hours during this time, as long as they remain healthy. Any staff who are presenting symptoms of illness will be asked to stay home.

Will church services be online?

We plan to offer a shorter worship service with songs and a message recorded and available for viewing each week. You will be able to access it through our website or our YouTube channel.

Will pastors still visits shut-ins?

Many shut-in’s are being limited by their facility to not having visitors. Personal visits except in emergencies will be suspended while this virus is still spreading.

Will there be any other resources available (for kids, adults, etc.)?

We will post each week some online resources for Bible study, kids’ learning and activities. Pastor Kirk will record a brief message of encouragement on our website and social media each week while we are not meeting.

Can I keep giving my normal offering?

Yes! We encourage you to keep giving so we can continue to support our ministries and missionaries. Ministry continues even if we are not opening our doors at our normal times. You can continue to give to our church through:

  • online giving
  • text to give
  • by mail

For more information, please visit the Giving tab on our website: www.myfefc.org/giving/

What else can I do?

We are asking all of our FEFC family to—

  • pray
  • spend time in family worship
  • trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty
  • love one another practically
  • talk to your neighbors and co-workers about your hope in Christ
  • seek to serve those in need
  • avoid large gatherings
  • follow official guidelines
  • practice good personal hygiene

Again, if you have a need, please call the church office at 412-678-6655.

The Elders

First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport