With the evolving COVID-19 situation, as Christians we have an opportunity to demonstrate faith over fear. That doesn’t mean we ignore the practical measures, it means we combine those measures with faith, information and discernment. Take a moment to read the actions we are taking for your health and well-being.
"walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3
*Updated 5/16/2021 Updates at FBCJC: Dear Church, On May 13, Gov. Brown announced that effective immediately vaccinated people are not required to wear masks or social distance in public places which includes places of worship like FBCJC. We will be following this new guideline for our Sunday services and other ministry gatherings throughout the week. At this time, we will still be encouraging people to wear masks when necessary and our signage will continue to reflect this. We will remain aware and respectful of the many different feelings and positions around this issue and we ask that you do the same. As always, we will continue to love others as Christ has loved us. We also want to thank you for loving throughout this past year by putting others first. From all of us, Thank you! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AS A CHURCH STAFF
TRUSTING GOD: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
PRAYING: We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
STAYING INFORMED: The media is aflame with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.
PREPARING: Personal hygiene is very important to us. We’re continuing to clean frequently as we use the building on Sundays. We will be following the direction of the CDC, state, and medical authorities.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the Church (all of us) can shine as a light of love, hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. The world needs Christ's love more than ever right now. So love others as God has loved you.
Give Grace. We're all going through this for the first time and there is an overwhelming amount of information concerning the virus. With this in mind, we are committed to extending grace and remaining flexible so we can continue to love others well.
Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home and enjoy our online service.
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a