Tuesday, March 17, 2020
To the congregation of the International Falls Covenant Church,
We have two important updates to share with you.
- Following the Governor’s announcement regarding the closure of public gathering places, we have decided on a “closed-door” policy on all non-essential building usage through March 31.
- In accordance with the CDC recommendation for the next 8 weeks, there will be no large gatherings in the building. This includes Sunday Services, Wednesday Family Meal, Awana Clubs, and Teens.
We thank you for demonstrating Christian love, by putting the interests of others before your own. May this be our congregation’s finest hour.
- Pastor Dan Johnson, Interim Senior Pastor
- Alan Johnson, Church Chair
- Mike Wulff, Vice Chair
- Tom Holm, Administrative Officer
- Nick Steines, Financial Officer
- Justin Carney, Properties Officer
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Dear I Falls Covenant Friends,
The COVID-19 pandemic has become a defining moment for our times, leading to the declaration of a national emergency. If unchecked, this virus would quickly overwhelm our hospitals, and that is why we are doing everything possible to slow its advance. Within our congregation we are joining in this effort and intend to follow the medically based guidelines put forth by our national, state, and local leaders.
Your cooperation is an expression of Christian love, and in the days ahead, our prayer is that this may be the church’s finest hour, conveyed through acts of care and expressions of hope. As Paul instructs us in Philippians 2:3, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” The steps we take to safeguard our health will also safeguard the health of others.
First, we ask that you wash your hands thoroughly and often, and if needed, use the hand sanitizers located throughout the church, and refrain from touching your face. We are also taking extra measures to sanitize various hard surfaces in the church.
How we serve communion, receive our offerings, clean our nursery, etc., will go through modifications to safeguard health.
Secondly, please refrain from handshaking but be sure to greet each other warmly.
Thirdly, if you think you have been in contact with the virus, or if you are feeling ill, please isolate at home, but notify the church so we can offer appropriate care. You may be strong, but your illness could endanger others. If you isolate at home, remember that our services are broadcast on local radio and TV, and sermons are available on our website. You can continue your faithful giving on-line, or mail your giving to the church.
Fourthly, if you know that you are vulnerable due to age or underlying health issues, please be prepared to make a short-term change for a long-term benefit: we encourage any vulnerable person to stay at home.
Further announcements regarding our response to this pandemic will come from church leadership in days ahead. We will do everything possible to keep you well-informed about schedules and other impacts of COVID-19 on the church.
As followers of Christ, we need not be afraid. God is our refuge and our strength, and he will be faithful to us in the days ahead, just as he has been in the past.
- Pastor Dan Johnson, Interim Pastor
- Pastor Seth Bjornrud, Youth and Worship
- Pastor Ed Naystin, Visitation
- Alan Johnson, Church Chair
- Stacy Hall, Organizational Intern