Note: Sunday services have been canceled for March 29 and April 5.

FEFC Update March 27, 2020

Dear First Free Family –

We hope you are doing well in this challenging time of COVID-19.  Our world and our nation are not doing business as usual.  Many families are facing the prospect of hospitalization and even death.  Many have lost work (over 3 million unemployment claims in the last week across the U.S.).

As you all know, the Governor issued a “stay at home” mandate this past Monday, March 23.  Very little is happening! Some things you should be aware of as we continue to adapt to the new reality –

  1. Our worship services will be online at least the next 2 weeks – March 29 and April 5.  You can access these through our website (www.myfefc.org) or our YouTube channel (First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport)
  2. All church gatherings are cancelled at least through Monday, April 6.
  3. Some staff are coming in to the office, some are just occasional.  There is someone here to answer the phone if you need to contact the church during normal church hours.
  4. We continue to offer updates and encouragement on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram)
  5. We are using connectivity tools like Zoom to have remote meetings to stay connected.

We will keep adjusting as we need to as conditions may continue to change.  Events coming up like Good Friday & Easter services, the Men’s retreat, and others are still scheduled, but may be cancelled.

We hope you will not stop all contact with each other in this time!  Use your phone – text – email – Facebook – send a card.  We ARE connected because we are the body of Christ, the Church!

Let’s remain diligent in prayer for our world, our nation, our church community, especially those who are on the front lines of fighting this very contagious disease in health care.

Keep looking for emails updating what we’re doing.

From the Elders and ministry team,

Pastor Kirk Albrecht

March 16 Elder Statement to FEFC community regarding COVID-19

As our nation and our community experiences a continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus, many of you are wondering how FEFC is responding. Our Elders and ministry leaders are seeking to honor and trust God, love one another, and support our community through cooperation with local authorities. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we are engaged in continuing dialogue about what will be best for our church and our community.

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 March (March 22 & 29). 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. Groups that meet in homes (in small numbers) should continue. 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 for normal business hours from 8 a.m. – 4:30 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