Feb 5
February 6, 2021, 10:09 AM
 
 

https://files.constantcontact.com/629dfd59701/ad3dddba-b98d-46af-9d21-a914bd225b75.jpg

 

February 5

 

https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif

 

https://files.constantcontact.com/629dfd59701/d96f5d20-8740-4180-b0ef-debd49b85523.jpg

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17 in The Living Bible says,

“Always Keep on Praying.”

Prayer is an essential part of our relationship with God. Hebrews 4:16 says we can approach God with confidence, knowing he is full of grace and mercy and ready to listen.

During the season of Lent, from Ash Wednesday on February 17 to Easter Sunday April 4, we are engaging in a church-wide experience that will unite us in prayer. We will learn how to pray with more confidence and greater faith. It’s called. . .

 

https://files.constantcontact.com/629dfd59701/d96f5d20-8740-4180-b0ef-debd49b85523.jpg

 

During these forty days we will learn to experience prayer as not just asking God for things - it’s a two-way conversation with God that requires us to talk, but also to stop and listen – and wait to hear back from God. Seven Sunday/Online Messages from Gregory will guide this journey for us.

Daily resources for individuals and resources for the whole family will be coming your way.

 

https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif

 

https://files.constantcontact.com/629dfd59701/de792092-66db-49c6-963c-21af15770cb7.jpg

 

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday,

this year on February 17. Because of the pandemic it is not a time for us to impose ashes on one another in an assembly. In order to honor this important time of reflection and repentance we will be mailing packets with ashes we have created from last year's Palm leaves to members' homes.

We will include instructions and a devotional for you to use individually or with your family.

 

https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif

 

https://files.constantcontact.com/629dfd59701/acafa46c-6b13-4484-b98e-e385b9bd252e.jpg

 

WHEN MIGHT WE OPEN ON SUNDAY

FOR IN-PERSON INSIDE?

A church in our area which, like us, has an outdoor service on Sunday morning and a weekly online service has published their three benchmarks that need to be met before returning to indoor, in-person ministry:

· Full cooperation in masking and physical distancing

· Installation of necessary ventilation upgrades

in the sanctuary

· 14-day steady decline in cases within Hays County

 

Our country’s “separation of church and state” has allowed churches to make their own calls on whether or not to comply with guidelines. Some churches never closed. Some churches only closed after members and in some cases pastors died and the infection was traced to an in-person church gathering.

Surely a core value shared by all churches is do no harm. Gathering together in unsafe conditions is not the way of a disciple, as Christ calls us to live out love of neighbor. We are masked in the parking lot on Sunday morning outside our cars. Ventilation upgrades would be benchmark #2. We will be looking for that 14-day decline within the county. As more and more are vaccinated over the coming months we will see cases decline day after day.

 

Hays County has just offered a pre-registration waitlist for those in 1A and 1B (over age 65) at this website https://www.haysinformed.com/covid-19

 

https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif

 

Parking Lot

Communion Service

Every Sunday @ 10:30

 

 

We hope you will join us. When you arrive, drive under the portico, where our communion servers

will provide you with sanitized communion elements

and a song sheet.

If rain is likely please

check your email on Saturday after 3:00 pm

to make sure that the service will take place.

 

Also Our Online Sunday Celebration

is on our Website and on Facebook at 10:30

See you Sunday!

 

https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif

 

Please pray for these . . .

DAILY!

For the vaccine to be made available for

all in Hays County and in the slum neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya.

For nurses & doctors - continued protection

and for the energy and health they need to continue.

 

For FCC, the Board and Staff for tough

decisions that are being considered and must be made.

For all of those in our community

who are in great need and are being impacted in

ways we can't comprehend by this pandemic.

Also for these with special health needs

and those experiencing grief.

 

Family of Kenny Shipman; Kerry Rash (praise); Randall Klimeck;

Charles Scott; Covid Vaccine (praise); Phillip Reyes;

Nathan Kinsey (Praise); Jim and Velta Clifton; Rex Dowden;

Meghan Rameriz; Family of Rhonda Ellis;

David Rose;Wray Buerschinger; Bertha Delgado;

Guye Rheinlander; Rebecca Chapmon;

Eric Elder; Carolyn Smith;Vicki Roberts; Dawn Jester;

Bert Cobb; Susan Pruett; Jackie Cable; Judy Deforest;

Kathy Smith; Tracy Wilson; Dorothy McLendon; Mary Tijerina;

Dawn Shank; David Warren; Richard McDaniel;

Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Lois LaCoss; David Druham;

Melissa & Brett; Rose Seagrave; (Praise) Jay Monson;

Mickolas-Martin and Family