For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Friendship Church Family,
By now, you've probably gotten emails from everyone who has your email address about what they're doing during this new era of COVID-19. I'll keep this brief, but we do want to update you on the changes we're making here at Friendship.
1. CANCEL: We have canceled all activities and services until 3/29. Things are changing so rapidly, we will continue to monitor the situation and will update you accordingly. We encourage you to get your news on this issue from the experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov) instead of mainstream media outlets who, for ratings, like to fan the flames of fear.
2. PRAY: Pray for God to intervene and for the plague to stop. Pray for your family & neighbors, especially those who may be susceptible to infection, that God would keep disease far from them. Pray for our local, state, and federal government for God's wisdom to know how to handle this the best way. Pray for our nation to turn to God in this time of crisis. Pray for peace, wisdom, and opportunities to responsibly demonstrate God's love through our actions.
3. WORSHIP: We will record a Sunday morning service for adults. This service will be available online Sunday at 10:30am at https://friendshipchurch.online.church/ You can share the link with friends on your mobile devices or on your Facebook page. In this time of fear, a message of hope can be what some people desperately need. So watch the service and SHARE! We will also be posting youth and kids content on our social media channels.
4. BE THE CHURCH. Check on your neighbors, especially anyone that you know is a shut-in, elderly, infirmed, or has special needs. If you have something they need & you can spare, love your neighbor by demonstrating acts of service and generosity. If you order food, tip generously if you can. Many small businesses are already feeling the pinch and it might only get worse, so look after each other & help as you can.
5. GIVE: You are able to give at our church website: www.FriendshipChurch.cc/Give or by texting "Friendship" to 76959 and a link will pop up for you to give. If you pay by check, you can mail your checks to the church office: 4640 Richmond Foster Rd, Richmond, TX 77406. Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness. If you're ordering supplies from Amazon, make sure to use the Smile.Amazon.com link and specify Friendship Church Assembly of God as your chosen charity. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the church & it won't cost you anything extra.
6. CLEAN: Everything here at the church facility is being sanitized. If it can be touched, it probably was and we're cleaning it. That way, everything will be clean for when things return to normal. Once that is complete, the church office will be shutting down and many of the church employees will work remotely or only be at the office to complete tasks that can only be done here.
7. CONTACT: If you need to reach us, do so via email. Our contact info is below:
We love you. We are praying for you. We are here for you. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need help. We're all in this together.
Pastor Jason Frazier
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Friendship Church Family,
Undoubtedly, you are all well aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. It has been in the news headlines for some time now. For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Scripture, however, reminds us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.
While I feel strongly that as Christ-followers we should avoid being overcome by panic and fear, it is also important to implement wise and precautionary measures to keep us safe.
I want you to know that the leadership here at Friendship Church has been closely monitoring the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally.
At this time, Friendship Church will continue to provide our usual 9:00am Sunday School & 10:30am service, as well as, our regular weekly activities. If this changes, we will inform the congregation accordingly.
A top priority is the safety and the well-being of our guests and team members. We recognize and understand that you all may have concerns about the coronavirus; therefore, I want to update you on everything that we are doing to provide a safe environment for you, your family, and our team members.
First, we are closely monitoring the latest developments and following the guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
In the meantime, we are taking the following precautions and recommend you do so as well:
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our greeters will hold exterior doors open to greet you.
We offer the option of giving your tithes and offerings online. As well, in lieu of passing the offering bags, we will have the ushers with offering bags positioned at the doors of the Sanctuary entrance. We encourage you to use our online options at www.friendshipchurch.cc/give This is a great opportunity to set up recurring giving to make your regular giving easier.
GREETING TIME DURING SERVICE
When/if we have a time of greeting during services, we recommend you greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes. If you prefer not to participate in greeting others, feel free to remain seated.
FRIENDSHIP KIDS CHECK-IN STATIONS AND ROOMS
Volunteers will wipe down check-in surfaces and all areas/toys in all the kids rooms with disinfectant wipes. We are also making hand sanitizer more available when possible, throughout our building (this is dependent upon availability of hand sanitizer in our local area).
If you grab a donut before service, use a napkin to select your donut. If you touch one, it becomes yours so please only touch one, so others can enjoy.
If you find yourself feeling sick, we encourage you to stay home and worship with your family. We currently do not have live streaming options, but we are working towards that end.
We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here. For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov, or the local health department website www.fbchhs.org
Here are some of the basic measures listed on the CDC website:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
According to the CDC - Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19. People who are at higher risk are encouraged to take the precaution of avoiding crowds as much as possible.
We will provide necessary updates to you via email and post them on our social media. I ask that you continue to pray for our world, our country, our city, and specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus.
Never forget - our God is bigger than anything we will ever face.