Mar 27
March 27, 2020, 4:38 PM
 
March 27, 2020
 
First Christian Church of San Marcos exists to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!
 
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
IN THE NEAR FUTURE
 
 County Judge Ruben Becerra issued a Stay at Home order for Hays County residents effective
Thursday night
March 26 at 11:59PM.
It is seven pages long and you can find it on the
City of San Marcos website.
On page 4 it says all church facilities in the county are to be closed except for “(church) staff…when preparing for or conducting video or teleconference services…(following) the six foot social distancing rule.” Staff members may enter the church building “following…social distancing recommendations” which are outlined in an addendum
called Exhibit A.
 
We interpret the Judge’s mandate to say that the administrators of the church, Gregory, Gael, Prince, our ordained clergy, and Paul, board chair, and members of the administration team, Leta, Shawn, Emilee, Richard, Rae, Rebecca, Charles, and Britney may enter the building to perform work related to producing the Sunday Celebration and other work which must be done in the building such as collecting and sorting mail and other deliveries, caring for financial matters, overseeing facility concerns, etc. and etc. Otherwise we work from home because the Judge said! 
 
We held our last in-person staff meeting led by Gregory and attended by Leta, Prince, Gael, Shawn, and Emilee on Wednesday afternoon. We were all on our laptops and sitting at least six-feet apart at different tables in the fellowship hall. We experimented with two video conferencing tools and one will work quite well as we continue meeting and conferencing online.
 
Kudos to Shawn Colson and our youth who met via video conferencing on Wednesday evening.
 
The county Judge specified how and when buildings are to be cleaned and sanitized from now to April 10 at 4 a.m. when the order is scheduled to be rescinded or extended.
 
For tithes & offerings, you may still give via mail or
online (either through our online form at www.fcc-sm.org 
or through your bank's bill-pay system). We will not be
able to accept contributions in person at the church
office during this time.
 
During this period, you may leave messages on
the church phone (512) 396-1926
or on Gregory's cell phone (512) 619-6349.
 
From Gregory:  On a personal note I want to encourage everyone not to be discouraged by this unusual situation. Stay safe, definitely follow the recommendations of medical experts trying to prevent us from inadvertently spreading the virus, and spend time each day to:
1. Pray for God's care and help to those who are sick
or in need.
2. Think about those who may need or like a phone call and
reach out to them so our folks do not become
overwhelmed with a sense of isolation.
3. Share your ideas about ways our people can help each
other and reach out to our community. Email is a good
way to do that, or call me directly at one of the numbers
above.
4. Try to support our staff as we work to improve
communications with everyone.
5. Contact me/us if you could use some help getting online
for next Sunday's Celebration at 10:30 on Facebook live.
(See my email from last Saturday for specific instructions,
but don't hesitate to let us know if you
could use some assistance.)
 
Thanks for your understanding as we navigate this unusual situation.
 
You are in our hearts every day.
Gregory, for Prince, Leta, Gael, Shawn, Emilee, Richard, Rebecca, and our Board Chair, Paul.
 
From Gael:
Continue to contact one another through phone calls, Face Time, texting. Use Zoom, Free Conference Call or other tools online to create a face to face time with family of friends. You can have a game night, or eat a meal “together”. There are game apps on your phone where you can play with family and friends, like scrabble and others. If unsure about implementing an online resource, call one of our youth or young adults and they can help you. Continue to pray for one another and that we will reach many others in the community through our love and live streamed Sunday Celebrations. Share with others how to find us at 10:30 online. Those Sunday broadcasts are timed at under 40 minutes. Continue to pray for the many who are ill, without work or income, lacking for food, and isolated. May our own discomforts call us into compassion for all peoples everywhere and the truth that we share this planet with one another. Continue to care for yourselves and use this time creatively. REMEMBER, it is okay to ask for help. Contact the staff individually or through calling the church. May the peace of Christ be with you. 
 
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence
of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the
danger passed, and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and
dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and
heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
~Kitty O'Meara~ 

GREATEST NEEDS RIGHT NOW
Volunteers • Financial donations
Reusable grocery totes • Hand soap
Clean paper & plastic bags • Gloves
Canned Foods • Hand sanitizer
DONATE
CALL US: (512) 392-8300
EMAIL US: info@haysfoodbank.org
Thank you again for helping us during this incredibly trying time.
Our community is strong, and together we will get through this.
 
ALERT: Stations of the Cross Service on Good Friday, April 10, Cancelled
Due to the “shelter in place” requirements and goodwill to others in preventing the spread of the virus, we will not be doing either live nor individually guided Stations of the Cross this Easter. Hiking the trail as an individual or with those with whom you share shelter would be permitted under the Judge's order at any time as long as you observe the six-foot distancing rule . Next week in this space we will provide ideas and online links for celebrating Easter, including a guide for Stations of the Cross. 
 
Prayer List:
Please pray for each of these this week as we pray for
our country and the world.
Chris Coley; Kathy Smith; Judy Deforest; Bert Cobb; Dorothy McLendon; Kevin Meinen; Jean English;
Honey Cuellar; Dorothy Volk; Alice Ballard; Buster Cavin; Corrine McBride, Allison McBride; Family of Michael Robbins; Lois LaCoss; Mary Tijerina; Dawn Shank; Annie Milam; Donna Loyd; Andrea Hannum; Jarret Rush; Reagan Grizzle; James McBride; Family of Harley Speed; Kathy Pancelli; David Warren; Tom Marker; Lorelei; Thomas Ramon; Coy Rowdon, Family of John Vail; Mildred Scott; Louise Mullins; Samara Gilderson; Dawn Jester; Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Richard McDaniel; Leona Corkill; Kelly Davis; Family of Larry Diegelman; Gloria Fortin; Melanie Die; Don Harmon; Family of Kate Marley; Robert Volk; Rex Stallings; Danny Rhinehart;
Kelly Davis; Aiden Gerhart