March 26, 2020
SFCC will be canceling our in-person worship gatherings until further notice. We will follow the government/CDC's recommendation for when it is safe to do so. Though we will not gather together in the same location, we will still be worshiping each Sunday morning in a different style than usual. We are posting a recorded worship service online on both our Facebook page and our website at 9:15 Sunday mornings, and we strongly encourage your family to rise and shine and worship together from the comfort of your own home. It will be a little different and will feel a little awkward at first, but no matter how scattered we are, we want to unite together and worship as one at our usual time. While this is not a live-streaming feed, we would love for you to get up and worship at the time we usually gather to keep up the practice until the day when we will get to re-unite in worship together. We believe it's important to do this so that we will keep up the very important habit of meeting together (Hebrews 10:24-25) once we are able to do so in person again. The lack of fellowship is highly unfortunate, but remember to "distance but not disconnect." Check up on one another via phone, text, or social media. Keep up the connections, even without the face-to-face contact.
As you participate from home in the Sunday worship time, we will also offer a time of communion and an encouragement to give your offering as usual. We share this ahead of time to allow you to be prepared for the service. Prior to Sunday morning, if you have some wafers, crackers, or bread of any kind, as well as juice of some sort, have it ready for a moment in the service when we will instruct you to partake as a family.
Also, the financial needs of the church and the ministries we support are ongoing. Being that we are unsure of when the social distancing recommendation will be lifted, we encourage you to give your usual tithes and offerings in one of 3 different ways. 1) You may mail your check to SFCC, PO Box 73, Sandborn, IN 47578. 2) You may place it in an envelope and request a Gofer (a trusted church member) to deliver your weekly/monthly gift to the SFCC treasurer. Or 3) You may give online through our website via PayPal or a Credit/Debit Card. This last method is a safe, easy method that you may continue to do going forward to save checks that you have to remember to bring and put in the plate. Simply visit our Online Giving page to read the instructions on how to give. (We get it. It doesn't feel the same as putting it in the collection plate during worship, but just remember that giving is an act of worship between you and God, and it can be done anytime, anywhere, by any means, and He is still pleased when it's given joyfully.)
Remember, church, this is temporary. We are eager for all this to be over one day so that we can enjoy the fellowship of being together again in person. In the meantime, pray! Pray for each other. Pray for our leaders and the tough decisions they have to make. Pray for those who have and will contract this virus. Pray for people to be smart and selfless during this time of crisis. Pray for peace in the midst of anxiety, that we will remain confident and secure in Christ as the world around us may tend to fall apart. And last of all, pray for opportunities to be salt and light for Jesus. As people face their own mortality, tough economic times, and an uncertain future, they tend to look UP more than usual, and their hearts tend to be open and more receptive. Watch for opportunities to be used by God to speak love, joy, peace, and hope into their lives by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what He has done for you. Remember, light always shines brightest in the darkest places. Be sure you're holding out your light in these times.