FEFC Update December 11 , 2020

Church family –

Many of you are wondering what effect Governor Wolf’s announcement on Thursday afternoon about increased restrictions on gatherings in Pa. will have on our Christmas season services.  Here is what you need to know –

  1. Churches are exempt for worship services.  So all our normal meetings – Sunday ABF & worship, Christmas Eve, Connect, small groups, Alive, Grief Share – those are all exempt so they will meet as planned (noting they will all be taking breaks over Christmas).
  2. Our Christmas program this Sunday Dec. 13 @ 3 pm is a celebration of Jesus – so it is a worship service, and we will celebrate him as planned.
  3. Any other desired non-worship gatherings will not happen.
  4. We will continue to ask all people to wear masks in our building and to observe physical distancing.

Let’s continue to allow Jesus to fill our hearts this season as we worship him as King!

FEFC Update June 5, 2020

Dear FEFC friends:

We have exciting news to share with youwe will begin holding church services at our building on Sunday, June 14!  This is a great joy since as a church we are meant to be together!

We will be taking precautions to sanitize the building and maintain hygiene to assure you of the safest experience possible.

We will hold one worship service at 10:45 a.m.  There will be no Children’s Ministry or Nursery provided, and there will be no Adult Bible Fellowship or Sunday School hour.

We will host a variety of viewing and listening options for you and your family —

  • When seating in the auditorium, we will practice physical distancing. Members of the same household may sit together, but others should distance 6 feet apart.  We will seat every other pew.
  • The balcony seating will be available for those who are not concerned about health restrictions or physical distancing.
  • If you are concerned about social contact, the service will be live-streamed in the Adult Learning Center (ALC) for those who wish to wear masks and maintain less possible contact.
  • We will live-stream the service on our YouTube channel for those unable to attend or who are not ready to return to public worship. It will also be recorded and posted to our website for viewing at a later time.
  • If you do not have internet access and are comfortable coming to the church parking lot, the service will be broadcast through our FM transmitter where you can tune to FM 90.1 to hear the service without entering the building.

If you and your family plan to join us at our building, please note the following:

  • If you have any sign of illness, please stay home. If you have any medical vulnerabilities, please remain home as well.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer dispensers in our public areas. If you use the restrooms, make sure you wash your hands well.
  • Please respect others’ preferences for personal contact, but do greet one another warmly!
  • Wearing of a mask is optional, but is encouraged if you prefer that.
  • The Higher Grounds Café will be closed indefinitely.
  • The offering will be taken using boxes placed near auditorium doors. We will not be passing plates.  Please continue to use our online giving options.
  • On Communion Sundays, we will use pre-made bread/cup packs available when you enter the auditorium.

We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, and adjust how we worship accordingly. What we do reflects both our devotion to God, and our honor of one another.

The Elder Team

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



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!


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
  • 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