Dear Friends and Family of Sullivan First Christian Church,

We are excited to have the opportunity to begin gathering for worship once again and soon this will become a reality for our church. The leadership is updating you about our upcoming plans regarding reopening of the church for worship and ministry activities in the near future.

As you come back to church, you will notice a few things that will change in the short term so that we can continue to follow the standards put forth by our governor regarding social distancing and safety.

We are excited to announce that we will start our person-to-person worship services on the weekend of May 17, 2020. As we strive to cultivate the best worship environment for our people, we will make a couple changes for the short term during these services. We will offer three different options starting the weekend of May 17, 2020 to address the size of larger gatherings.
 

May 16, 2020 – Saturday Evening Service from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • First, we will begin offering a Saturday evening service from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This service will only have communion and a sermon but will not have a typical praise and worship time.

May 17, 2020 – Sunday Morning Services @ 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

  • Second, we will offer our regular services on Sunday morning at both 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. but we will not have Sunday school in between services during the month of May.

July 05, 2020 – Sunday Morning Sunday School @ 9:30 a.m.

  • Third, we will begin offering Sunday School classes the first week of July at our regular 9:30 a.m. hour between services.

What precautions will be taken for Church worship services?

  • Doors will be propped open, so you do not have to grab door handles.
  • Two entrances into the building will be offered. One entrance in the front and one under the back carport.
  • Surfaces and door handles will be sanitized prior to service and after.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be offered throughout the building.
  • Every other pew in the sanctuary will be blocked off to allow for social distancing.
  • There will be handouts for the service but no pens, cards, Bibles, or tissues boxes in the pews.
  • Café Foye will be closed and no refreshments will be offered.
  • Offering will be taken through collection plates located in the foyer as you leave.
  • Communion will be served up front by double cupping the bread and juice.
  • There will be no fellowship/greeting time during the service.
  • Children’s Church will only be offered during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning service.

    Here is what you can do to help during each worship service

  • Practice recommended personal social distancing. Give people their space and refrain from physical contact (hugging, handshaking…etc.).
  • Masks are not required but suggested as we follow the Governor’s recommendation.
Pray for your church family, community, and country during this time. 

What if you are not ready to come back?

  • If you are considered high-risk, due to health conditions, or you are 65 years or older, we encourage you to please consider staying home for a few more weeks. Though we love you and long to be with you, we also want you to be safe and healthy.
  • We understand if you may not feel comfortable coming back to church immediately, even if you are not high-risk.
  • Our Sunday morning services will continue to be offered LIVE online at both 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. These services can be viewed on our website at https://www.sullivanfcc.org/live/ or you can join us on Facebook. You can also listen to the 10:30 a.m. service live on the radio at 95.3 WNDI.
  • You can expect leadership to continue to pray for you regularly.
  • Church will be here when you are ready to come back, please don’t feel pressure or guilt if you choose to take some time.

 

Sullivan First Christian Church thanks you for your continual prayer and support as we continue to navigate these difficult days. Our desire is to care for the entire well-being of the individuals and families who worship with us—which includes physical as well as spiritual health. Any schedule changes will continue to be posted on our website and Facebook page. 

Remember that you are loved, and we continue to pray for the safety and well-being of each of you. May God continue to fill you with peace and hope, in the midst this season for our country and our world!

 
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Sullivan First Christian fully believes in the promise of the Lord and the need to continue to provide a
place of prayer and worship in these overwhelming days. With the recent news, updates, and
recommendations that have come from the President, the Governor, and the CDC then we have made
the decision that it is in the best interest for the safety and welfare of our people to transition to an online platform of prayer and worship for this Sunday, March 22, 2020 which will take place at 10:30 a.m.
 
WHAT DOES THIS TRANSITION MEAN FOR ME?
 
You may ask the question: What does this transition mean for me? We understand that nothing can take
the place of a person-to-person church service, but we will strive to make this Sunday a time of great
praise, worship, and prayer. Here are some things that we are doing to make the new online platform a
great option for worship and praise.
  • Online Service ONLY at 10:30 a.m. – We will not have a person-to-person worship service on Sunday
    March 22, 2020. We will only have a LIVE online service which will only take place at 10:30 a.m.
    This can be viewed here on our website at https://www.sullivanfcc.org/live/ or you can join us on
    Facebook. You can also listen to the 10:30 a.m. service live on the radio at 95.3 WNDI.
  • New Digital Resources – We also understand that connecting with one another through study and
    prayer is critical in the life of a Christian. This is why we have dedicated a new resource on our
    website to aid you in your walk during this time. This portion of our website will consist of new
    digital resources such as sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and articles of interest that you can
    share with one another or utilize as an individual during this time. This new resource can be
    found on our website.
  • 21 Day Prayer Guide – The most important work that we can accomplish during times of uncertainty
    is to stay focused on prayer. We have put together a 21 Day Prayer Guide that you can utilize
    during this time which will be released in 7 Day sections throughout the next 21 Days.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • STEP #1 – Pray for your church, family, community, country and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers who are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
  • STEP #2 – Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence. We can demonstrate to the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
  • STEP #3 – Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.
  • STEP #4 – Continue to support your local church through tithes and offerings. We understand that this is a difficult time for every family emotionally, physically, and financially. Your giving helps us continue to spread the Gospel in our community and beyond. It also helps us continue to minister to those that are impacted socially and economically in this time. One great option to continue your giving can be found by CLICKING HERE.

FCC thanks you for your continual prayer and support as we regular monitor the news and updates from state and local health agencies regarding COVID-19. Our desire is to care for the entire well-being of the individuals and families who worship at Sullivan First Christian Church—which includes physical as well as spiritual health. Any schedule changes or cancellations continue to be posted on our website and Facebook page. 

Finally, we continue to pray for the safety and well-being of all, especially in those areas that have already been hard-hit by the Coronavirus. May God continue to fill you with peace and hope, in the midst this season for our country and our world!
 
In Christ,
Dr. Timothy Lueking, Senior MinisterSullivan First Christian Church
 
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Each of us are feeling the impact of this global pandemic in different ways from the effect of the stock market to groceries and cleaning supplies to our personal health. Even though we face many obstacles in life, this is one obstacle that has taken many people by surprise and has seemingly robbed them of peace.

During a time, such as this, the questions that weigh heavy on the mind of many are simple:

  • How should we respond as Christians?
  • How are we responding at First Christian Church?
CLICK HERE or on the image to the left for more information on these two questions and how Sullivan First Christian Church is responding to this situation.
 
For the time being, we do not have plans to suspend any Sunday activities. Creating a place for worship and prayer is more important now than ever. If you are distancing yourself from public spaces at this time, we hope you will follow our services live every Sunday at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM. As found here on our website, https://www.sullivanfcc.org/live/ or join us on Facebook. You can also listen to the 10:30 a.m. serice live on the radio at 95.3 WNDI.
 
We continue to pray for the safety and well-being of all, especially in those areas that have already been hard-hit by the Coronavirus. May God continue to fill you with peace and hope, in the midst this season for our country and our world!