March 13, 2020 10am

Hello everyone,

Today, we are facing an increasing concern over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The response to this worldwide concern has been brought to a new level in North Carolina as Governor Roy Cooper announced that groups over 100 should cancel, postpone, or modify their events.  Many of you may be wondering what this will mean for Fountain of Life. After speaking with a Town of Kernersville official, we will be able to continue holding public worship services. 

A Coronavirus Response Team has been formed in order to monitor the changing conditions and make adjustments to our normal operations when necessary. I wanted to let you know about some of the changes that you can anticipate happening this weekend in order to help limit the spread of infection.

      • As a general practice, we are discouraging everyone from physical contact. This would include handshaking, hugs, and even fist bumps or making the cross with our forearms.
      • Ushers will be asked to use gloves when handing out bulletins.
      • Offering plates will no longer be passed. Instead, the offering plates will be on a stand and people can give their offering on their way up to communion. Another option that is even more hygienic would be to give online.
      • Communion will be served in continuous lines rather than kneeling at the rails. All people serving communion will also wear gloves.
      • The Fellowship Registers will be temporarily removed.
      • Sunday morning refreshments will be limited to coffee and prepackaged goods.

The following events have been cancelled.

Senior Potluck Dinner scheduled for March 15
Preschool Consignment Sale scheduled for March 15-21
Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11

 

I know that some of you may still wish to remain home rather than risking exposure.  The coronavirus is a disease that impacts the elderly and those with certain pre-existing conditions more severely than others.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging season. If you are feeling sick, please exercise caution and refrain from attending. This is a way that we can show love for each other by helping to protect them. 

If you are unable to come to worship, you can stay connected to our message series onlineWe are working on ways to increase our online presence so that you will be able to watch a video of the service.  We are also putting together a plan for those who would like to come into the church to receive individual communion.

This is a fluid situation and changes can happen very quickly, as we have seen in the unfolding of this week’s events.  We know that there will be other adjustments that we will need to make in light of the Governor’s decision. We will do our best to keep you informed through our website, Facebook page, and our email newsletter.

There is a lot of uncertainty and fear in our community right now.  As you feel anxiety rise in you, let me remind you that God is still with you and cares for you.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7).  In a time when fear and anxiety have taken hold in the hearts of the people all around us, we have a message of hope of a God of Peace and Love.  

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

May God protect you and give you His peace,

Pastor Elliott Lutz