This Sunday, we take a next step in the "Is Christ Divided?" series on 1 Corinthians. A key component to being united as a church is for each of us to embrace our weaknesses.
Find the sermon and conversation guide online with the option to download and print at fcchudson.com and also on the app.
The following message was first sent this afternoon as an email from Pastor Steve Holsteen.
Thank you for your grace and patience as we’ve adjusted our approach to worship during the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’ve continued attending online or have participated in the latest phase of regathering for in-person worship services, we are one church and we’re grateful for your faithfulness. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve committed to communicate any updates as events unfolded.
I’m contacting you today to let you know that a person attending the 11:00am service on Sunday, April 18, tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday (Thursday, April 22). They were seated in the north side of the auditorium in the “Mask Optional” section several rows behind the stationary video camera. This person is in self-quarantine and is currently resting and recovering at home. I know your prayers for a full and speedy recovery and for the protection of other family members’ health would be appreciated.
While it’s unlikely the virus was in its transmissive stage at the time the person attended last week’s service, it is a possibility. Therefore, we’d ask that anyone sitting in that general area at the 11:00am service to be on the alert for symptoms, and strongly consider the CDC and St Croix County guidelines for “close contacts” including testing and quarantining. Links to those guidelines are included here:
This experience provides us an important reminder of why we require everyone who attends our services to social distance at all times and to wear a mask in common areas. And even if you are seated in the “Mask Optional” section, please strongly consider wearing a mask during singing. The risk level for COVID-19 in St. Croix County continues to be “Very High.”
We also want to underscore what we’ve communicated from the beginning of the regathering process. Regardless of the precautions we take, large groups pose an exposure risk we can’t entirely eliminate. Therefore, we need everyone to resolve for themselves whether participating in on-site worship is the best approach for them at this time. The safest alternative, especially for those who are vulnerable or immunocompromised, will continue to be worshipping with us online. Likewise, if you’re experiencing symptoms that could be COVID related, the right choice for the safety of others is to join our services online.
We ask you to continue to pray for God’s protection from the pandemic and the preservation of our unity as we navigate the difficult path. He is our refuge.
Thank you, Faith Community! Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
Pastor for Missional Leadership
An important step in following Jesus is baptism. In consultation with local health workers, we want to offer you an opportunity to take a next step to be baptized. If you have said yes to following Jesus, but haven’t been baptized yet, we invite you to sign up to be baptized.
If you are hesitant because of COVID-19 concerns to join us on campus for your baptism, we would love to assist you in celebrating your relationship with Jesus in a setting more helpful to you. Whether you'd like to be baptized during an in-person service on Sunday, May 2, or in a different setting, please sign up at fcchudson.com or on the app, and Pastor Larry Szyman will follow up with you.
As we continue to join together in person, we have some great opportunities to connect and serve:
In our Early Childhood ministry, we we have some openings for childcare providers. If you’d like to start making an impact for Jesus on the next generation, there’s a spot for you! Contact Karen Garden, who leads our Early Childhood Ministry, at 715.220.2507.
Also, our hospitality team is a great first place to connect and serve—all you need is a smile, a willing heart, and a desire to help everyone feel welcome, noticed and loved. We’d love to have you join the team as a greeter or an usher! Please contact Pastor Larry Szyman at email@example.com!