March 27, 2020 Update

Forsyth County will be entering a Stay At Home Order beginning on Friday March 27 at 5:00 pm.  As a result, Fountain of Life will be closing our offices until the order has been lifted. We will also no longer be able to offer private communion.  

Just because we are not inside of the church facility, does not mean that the Church has been stopped. Jesus has promised that he will build His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.  Staff have been preparing for the possibility of a shelter in place order and will be working remotely. You can still call the church office number and still get the same wonderful voice of Karen Wolfe on the other end.  Online worship will still be posted on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening.  We will continue to post ideas and faith lessons for families with children at home on our FOL KIDS@HOME page.  

Right now, there are so many things that can cause fear and anxiety.  Now is the time that we can choose Faith over Fear.  There are three things that we can do to keep our focus on God, and not the storm around us.
  • Follow Jesus.
    I want to encourage you to keep up the Daily Reading Plan for the Gospel of Mark. Choosing Faith over Fear was the same challenge that the Christians in Rome had to wrestle with and why Mark first wrote the Gospel.  As the Disciples learned to follow Jesus, they learned that Faith in Jesus gives us strength in the trial, not an escape from it. Do not be afraid. Stand firm.  Jesus is with you.
  • Love One Another.
    We are still called to love and care for each other, even though we can’t be together.  I want to encourage you to call someone from our church family once each day. If you are healthy and willing to help someone who is at risk, we are looking for people who are able to deliver essentials like groceries and medicines to elderly or immunocompromised members of our church family.  If you would like to help or need help, click here.
  • Serve the World.
    As God’s people, our calling, our identity, and our purpose remain the same, even though our circumstances have dramatically changed.  Now is a time when people are desperate for hope. Now is a time when people may be more open to hearing about Jesus than ever. As you are able, check on your neighbors.  Offer to pray for them. Be the Light of the World.

When the plague enveloped Wittenberg in 1527, Martin Luther gave great advice: Take care of yourself, then as you can in your vocation and are able, care for others. The situations of the bacterial plague in Luther’s day and today’s viral pandemic are not completely identical, but there many parallels.  It is comforting to know that God’s people have faced epidemics before and God was still with His people. This is the advice that Luther gave to people during the plague:

“Use medicine; take potions which can help you; fumigate house, yard, and street; shun persons and places wherever your neighbor does not need your presence or has recovered, and act like a man who wants to help put out the burning city. What else is the epidemic but a fire which instead of consuming wood and straw devours life and body? You ought to think this way: “Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely. …See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

We will get through this.

Jesus is with us.

His promises are still the same- Yesterday, Today, and Forever.

May God empty you of all fear and fill you with His Peace,

Pastor Elliott