Important Updates from First Church

To our First Church of God Family:

Our staff and leadership are lifting you and your family in prayer during this unusual time in our community. We know that the enemy wants to use confusion, isolation and noise to distract us from God's voice and the calling He has put on each one of us. As a church we want to find ways that we can stay connected despite the recommendations to limit our social gatherings.

I want you to know that for the foreseeable future, we will not be gathering at the church building on Sunday mornings. All of our services will be provided online through our website at First Church of God. At this point, we really have no idea how long we will be asked to keep safe distances from each other and limit large and small gatherings. But this is our way of doing our part for the community we love and to follow the guidance of the President, Health Department officials and our local leaders. However, we are already planning a huge celebration service when it is deemed that we can safely gather!

I want to remind you that throughout Scripture, the Church was never confined to a building. The Church is the entirety of God's people throughout the world displaying the glory of God. Already, we have heard many stories of God's people displaying His glory through charity, helps, evangelism and comfort during this stressful time. And all of this is happening outside of the walls of 1200 W Depoy Drive. This is the church of Scripture!

We are in the process of creating communities of prayer through our website. We will be helping those in need as we connect people together through a new "helps" ministry being established. So, you will receive more information as this is formalized.

So, while we will not be meeting face to face, we are making every effort to continue community through creative means. Our offices will continue to remain open as we are able.

We look forward to the Sunday we can all gather together!

Until then: "Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble" -1 Peter 3:8

In God's Grace,
Pastor Johnny McCallister

Dear Church Family,

Yesterday, our governor requested limiting non-essential corporate gatherings to no more than 250 people due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which included churches. Under the direction of the elders, First Church will NOT physically meet this Sunday, March 15 (AM & PM). However, we will meet together by digital means. That also means we are cancelling our Spaghetti Supper fundraiser tomorrow; thank you for those who brought in food, gave a donation, and those who have been making desserts.

We won't be gathering physically together. Praise the Lord for technology-we will be having church online this weekend. You'll be able to access the video of our service (produced by our amazing staff and volunteer team) from home. The video will be posted on Sunday morning on the First Church of God website. Johnny will continue the Timeless sermon series from 2nd Samuel.

We encourage you to tune in as we all make it a priority to worship God together these weekends, even though we're doing it remotely. You can get the message notes and give online on our website. Invite your friends (via text, phone, email or social media) to join you!

We thank you for your grace and flexibility, as we endeavor to be good citizens and comply with these measures to ensure the safety and health of the most vulnerable among us. What an opportunity we have to choose attitudes of peace and servanthood, as we willingly disrupt our routines to communicate love and care to our neighbors!

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Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." As we've seen in the last few days, information coming from officials and the health department may shift our plans, as new measures are put in place for public health and safety. We will keep you updated as we know more and what our church office hours will be. In the meantime, let's be the Church wherever we are, acting out of love and God's peace, which passes all understanding. We need to be praying for first responders, those who work in the medical field, and for the leaders in our government. Thank you in advance for your cooperation to contain further spread of disease and maintain best practices for a healthy community.

The Elders & Pastor Johnny McCallister