UPDATE: August 20, 2020
 

Dear Friends and Family of Sullivan First Christian Church,

Today, we find ourselves living in a world that overwhelms us with negative news and difficulty on a daily basis. It is easy to get distracted by the difficulties of our day which is why we want to offer some words of encouragement from the prophet Isaiah. He once spoke these words to a nation that needed to be reminded of the importance of perseverance and fortitude of faith.

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) – But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah’s words offer us great encouragement today as we face times of difficulty. As most of you are aware, Sullivan County has become severely impacted the COVID-19 virus in recent days. We have seen a rapid increase in the number of positive cases and every one of us have been affected by this virus in some capacity.

 As we have witnessed the number of cases increase significantly over the last week, we realize that it is in the best interest of the safety and physical well being of our church to postpone our in-person services to a later date.

  • Starting Sunday, August 23, 2020 through August 30th we will only be hosting a LIVE online service at 10:30 a.m. This can be viewed on our website (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.

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 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.
  • STEP #3 – 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 through our website (https://www.sullivanfcc.org/give/).

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. We will continue to evaluate the current situation and keep you updated on our return to in-person worship services as soon as possible.

 
UPDATE: July 31, 2020
 

Dear Friends and Family of Sullivan First Christian Church,

I am writing to all of you in the midst of a culture that continues to struggle with the overwhelming impact of a global pandemic. As we continue to navigate these trying times, we face unprecedented challenges as Christians, as families, as a country, and as a church. COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of thousands of individuals all over the world on a daily basis, yet as Christians we continue to find comfort and courage from the Word of God as we read the encouragement of the Psalmist:

Psalm 121:7-8 (HCSB) – The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life.
The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.

Even in a time as this as when we see our world overwhelmed with the impact of this pandemic, we recognize that the Lord is still at work and He is still placing His mighty hand of provision upon His followers.

Sullivan First Christian seeks to continue to provide a place of prayer and worship in these overwhelming days while making a few adjustments to our worship opportunities. Recently, Governor Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-37, which required the residents of Indiana to begin wearing face coverings in public places when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This directive went into effect on Monday July 27, 2020. The full executive order can be read in its entirety on the Indiana Government website.

WHAT DOES THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER MEAN FOR CHURCH ACTIVITIES?

You may ask the question: What does this executive order mean for Sunday morning worship or other church activities? The leadership of Sullivan First Christian Church has made it our mission to effectively preach, teach, and share the Gospel on all occasions while adhering to state mandates. Starting on Sunday August 02, 2020, the following changes will take place for Sunday morning worship services:

  • Face Coverings Recommended – We encourage each person in attendance to adhere to Executive Order 20-37 and wear a face covering when attending church.
  • Disposable Face Coverings – If an individual would like to wear a face covering but does not have one with them when they attend a service, a disposable face covering will be available. These face coverings are located at the Connection Point.
  • Social Distancing Efforts – We will return to roping off every other pew to help adhere to the social distancing guidelines suggested by the CDC and state officials.
  • Sanitizing Efforts – We will continue to offer hand sanitizer stations throughout our church. We also continue to adhere to strict sanitizing efforts throughout the church from the worship center to the fellowship hall and every classroom and hallway in the building.
  • Online Opportunities – We continue to offer opportunities for you to engage in worship with our church through online opportunities on Sunday morning. We understand that some individuals are avoiding public spaces at this time. We hope you will follow our services live every Sunday at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM. These services can be found on the Sullivan First Christian Church Facebook page or you can join us on our website (https://www.sullivanfcc.org/live/).

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 the 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 offer three convenient ways you can continue your giving to the mission of the church: online, through the mail, or in-person at the church office, Monday-Friday. 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 who are impacted socially and economically in this time.

Sullivan First Christian Church 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 with us—which includes physical as well as spiritual health.

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 this time.

 

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. through May

  • 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 boxes located on the walls 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!