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March 27 Update from Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller


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March 27, 2020 Congregation Announcement

This Sunday we will have a new “look” to our digital worship service. We are all having to adapt to the changing circumstances of the COVID-19 season, and our Sunday service will be adapting as well.

This week you will see a change from the previous two Sundays. This Sunday’s worship service will be presented using pre-recorded musical elements from our sanctuary combined with elements presented remotely from the “home studios” of each leader.

The service will continue to be posted at 11:00 Sunday morning on fpcsanantonio.org/media. We are rapidly expanding our capabilities and are working hard to present a service that gives honor and glory to Christ, connects our community and continues FPC’s pursuit of excellence. Thanks be to God for giving us the resources and the spirit to adapt to new challenges as they arise. Please keep our staff and their families in your prayers even as you continue to reach out to and pray for our covenant partners.

Grace and peace,
Bob Fuller
Senior Pastor


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah – Psalm 46:1-3


Worship:

We will broadcast a weekly digital worship service through the end of April, including Holy Week and Easter Sunday. This service will air at 11:00 Sunday mornings from fpcsanantonio.org, the FPC app and our FPC Facebook Page. Video recordings of the services and audio podcasts of the sermons will also be available through these platforms.

Memorial Services and Weddings:

Following CDC guidelines, we will perform only private services of 50 in attendance or less. Arrangements will be made in consultation with the Pastoral staff. Public services to be scheduled at the resolution of the pandemic.

Church Events:

The church facility will be closed through the end of April for all activities, meeting and events. We are moving to cancel all outside events through the end of April. KRL and Loaves & Fishes activities have been transferred to CAM.

If committee meetings are necessary, they should occur virtually. As much as possible, we will encourage and equip Bible study groups to meet virtually with pre-recorded video resources and posted materials.

While the FPC Children’s Center will largely continue to follow SAISD closures, future communications and decisions will be in consultation with Senior Staff prior to communication with parents.

Regular business operations will continue.

We will continue to receive mail, make deposits, pay bills and pay payroll, however, most of the work will happen remotely. We encourage covenant partners to continue to tithe and to download our church app for ease in doing so.

Although the facility will be closed, the Pastors, Senior Staff and Program Staff may be reached by cell phone or email. A receptionist will be available to receive and direct calls to the church from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Communications:

The communications plan will include communicating hope, a plan for worship, equipping families, and a plan for how we will care for both our congregation and our community. We will communicate information promptly through fpcsanantonio.org, the FPC app, our FPC social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter), email and U.S. postal service.

Prayer:

Throughout this crisis, we will be a praying church. We need to pray not only for ourselves, but for those most at risk in this crisis.

I propose that wherever you are, at noon each day, we hold a prayer vigil. Stop and take a few minutes to pray for our families, our covenant partners, our friends and neighbors, our city, and especially our leaders. We should pray for health, for guidance, for clarity for our leaders, and especially for a cure and relief from the sickness. Most of all we should continue to pray for courage and patience as we trust in the Lord‘s healing.

Covenant Partnership:

When we joined our new denomination we gave up our old understanding of the word “member” and adopted the designation of “Covenant Partner.” The implication of the change is that we are bound together as a church, not to be served personally, but to serve our Lord, one another and our neighbors. It is your responsibility as a Covenant Partner to stay informed. Now is the time for us all to embrace the real meaning of covenant partnership by heeding the precautions of the Session and seizing the possibilities to serve in new ways.


Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10