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3/18/20

Our Approach to Facility Usage

Last updated 3.18.2020

Dear Faith Community Family and Friends:

To say life has changed for us all is an understatement. Take heart! God is not surprised for a moment as to what is going on and He is inviting us to new levels of dependence on Him and interdependence with one another for our good and the well-being of our neighbors.

We continue to sort through the implications of the federal, state and local authorities’ suggestions and directives aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 as it relates to ministries that regularly use our facilities. We are committed to flattening the curve.

The regular use of our facility by many people creates a potential source of infection. The virus can be passed on by people who aren’t yet experiencing strong symptoms. This means they may not know to exclude themselves from participation in group activities that occur at the church building.  People who are infected transmit the virus in respiratory droplets that can be dispersed in conversation, in singing, as well as coughing and sneezing. A further concern is the virus is very durable once these droplets land on surfaces.

According to the Centers For Disease Control (click here), “Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.”  

This means that our facilities can transmit the virus from one infected person to others, even if they aren’t there at the same time. We have great confidence in our cleaning staff but can’t be certain that we will effectively cleanse each potential source of contamination.

All of this means that frequent use of our facility could make it a source of infection even if it’s only smaller groups that are meeting there.  Therefore, out of love for our neighbor and in cooperation with state authorities this facility will house no more regular group meetings until further notice. If you (including all keyholders) wish to enter, contact either Josh Graham or Larry Szyman to receive permission.

Obviously, this means that all of the regularly scheduled ministries that happen in our facilities will be suspended in their current form until further notice. As Pastor Tim shared during our online service, we do this not out of fear, but out of love for the FCC family and the Valley we share with our neighbors. Please join us in this act of love.

Staff can be reached by usual means as they will be working off-site as much as possible.  

Pray for our national, state, and local leaders. Pray, too, for the elders and staff as we seek to walk with you in such a way that all around us would know we are disciples of Jesus.  

In a hope that will not fail,

Pastor Larry Szyman

Larry Szyman

Pastor for Missional Life

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