April 24, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of Faith,

 

Some churches will be opening for public (in-person) worship this coming Sunday, April 26th, and others will not.  What will we be doing at Faith Lutheran Church?  After much prayer, dialogue, and thoughtful reflection, the church council, staff, and I have come to the decision to postpone our "re-opening for in-person worship" until Sunday, May 3rd. 

 

There are a couple of compelling reasons in arriving at this decision but, most importantly, we feel we need more time to formulate a thorough and comprehensive plan in offering an in-person worship experience while observing the necessary protocols to keep our church members safe in a COVID-19 world.  This coming week we'll be assessing how best to seat people, commune our worshipers, sanitize hands, etc. while at the same time observing social-distancing guidelines.  We will be following up with you this coming week and sharing our "path forward" plan.  

 

In the meantime, please join us this Sunday, April 26th, for our live-stream worship service at 9:30am.  Know that we love you, miss you, and pray for you as we eagerly look forward to the re-opening of our "in-person" worship services!

 

In Easter hope and in Jesus' love,

 

Pastor Ken

April 1, 2020

We’ve been asked by Benefis Health System and the City County Health Department to help inform the church on city protocols regarding COVID-19. We know there’s a lot of information out there and in the midst of uncertainty, things can get confusing. The specific details they’ve asked us to share can all be found in one single Facebook post that Benefis has shared on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BenefisHealthSystem/posts/10157887697266422

March 27, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of Faith,

 

In light of the recent "Stay at Home" directive issued by Gov. Bullock and subsequent conversations with the FLC Executive Team, Personnel Team, and various staff members, there is a consensus agreement on how we proceed in doing the ministry of the church in the next two weeks (and likely beyond).  Here's what we're deciding to do until further notice:

 

  1. The staff of FLC will be working from home with the exception of our custodian who will be spending the next few weeks focusing his time on "deeping-cleaning" and sanitizing our facility and furnishings.  

  2. Calls to the church office (454-1309) will be forwarded to Tierce's cellphone number at home where she will respond to in-coming calls and/or route to the appropriate staff person or team leader.

  3. We are encouraging all meetings to be "virtual" meetings using formats like Zoom, FaceTIme, Skype, Etc.

  4. We will continue to livestream our worship services and encourage all members and friends of Faith to join us on our FLC webpage (www.faithlutherangf.com) clicking on the "livestream" tab.

  5. We will use all available means to stay closely connected to the membership of our congregation via emails, FLC Facebook page, FLC website, Faith Alive newsletters, direct mail, phone calls, Facebook video, etc.  

  6. We continue to have a list of volunteers poised and ready to meet the needs of our membership in running errands, picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy, delivering grocery items and necessities, etc.  Please call the church office or Diane Lowry (454-3723 or cell 750-2970) if you have a need!

  7.  For Sunday's livestream we will be incorporating a communion service. In preparation for that, please secure the proper elements in order to participate during Sunday's livestream. 

What can you do?  Pray.  Put your faith and trust in Jesus.  Encourage one another.  Pick up your phones to call and check on one another inviting prayer requests.  Reach out in love.  

March 24, 2020

Services will only be accessible via Live Stream through our youtube channel. Click the button below to be redirected to the live stream. If you want to follow along with the service, we do have our bulletin in PDF form. Click the bulletin button below to access them. (The bulletin will be available on Friday afternoon for the Sunday Bulletin, and Tuesday afternoon for the Lenten Bulletin.)

 

Bible Studies, different ministries, and group meetings have been canceled for now. If you want to be added to our congregation email list to receive the latest updates, you can send an email to FaithLutheran.gtf@gmail.com with your email provided. 

Thank you!

March 20, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of Faith,

 

At our staff meeting on Tuesday morning (with Barb Holden, congregational president attending) we shared our thoughts about how best to respond to the current Coronavirus COVID-19 situation to best care for one another in our church family and community as well as to offer continuing opportunities for worship for the strengthening of our faith and our reliance upon the God who claims and loves us.  These recommendations were then forwarded to members of the Church Council for further input, suggestions, and thoughts.  Now, we forward them on to you as recommendations from your church leadership team.

 

1)  It is our thought and recommendation that we continue to offer the opportunity to worship by NOT cancelling worship opportunities on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings but, at the same time, to encourage everyone who is not feeling well (or with a compromised immune system) to stay home and worship via the live-steam or recorded services options.  Those who wish to come and worship during scheduled services are free to do so knowing that we are taking extra precautions in minimizing human contact, providing hand-sanitizers and individually wrapped antibacterial packets, sanitizing door handles, pew tops, counter tops, and fixtures more frequently.  Our custodian Jim Brown is actually cleaning bathrooms and doing this sanitizing daily!  (Note: if there were to be a confirmed case or cases of coronavirus in our community or county, we would quickly determine our immediate course of action and, without hesitation implement necessary changes without delay!)

 

2)  We propose cancelling Lenten soup suppers, after-worship coffee and fellowship hour, small and large group bible studies, choir and bells, and team meetings for the next two weeks -- to be re-evaluated after this two week period.  This includes the Men's Bible Study Breakfast group that meets at Perkins on Thursday mornings at 7:00am.

 

3)  Knowing that public transportation services in our community are currently suspended and folks in our congregation may have shopping or delivery needs which church volunteers can meet, we'd like to implement a "service to others" group of willing volunteers who would be available to the non-medical needs our congregational members are facing.  As our Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Lowry would be coordinating this effort!  What a great time to be the church!

 

4)  For those who choose to self-quarantine during this time, we will be including worship resources in the Faith Alive Newsletter and sending out emails with attached bulletins and resources for personal or "home" worship including scripture readings, reflective questions based on those readings, prayers, and devotional thoughts.

 

We plan on re-evaluating these recommendations in two weeks and updating them based on the most current information and guidelines from health care experts, the Center of Disease Control, and Coronavirus researchers.

 

Please pray for one another, your church family, all in need and keep looking to Jesus who promises to be with us in the midst of each and every challenge we face.  God is our Helper, Strength, Deliverer, and is mighty to save!  Again, what a great time to be the church!

 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Ken

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FAITH LUTHERAN
CHURCH, LCMC

Phone: 406.454.1309

Email: FaithLutheran.gtf@gmail.com

Address:1300 Ferguson Drive

Great Falls, MT 59404

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