Ministry at Faith – Covid-19


Hello People of Faith,

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Our church leadership council met last night to determine the action we take to address the pandemic sweeping our country. We agreed on the following steps understanding that the situation we are in is constantly changing so the decisions made are for the short term. The Council will meet on April 1 to re-evaluate the situation. We took the following actions.

• Honor the request of President Trump and the CDC to have no meetings of more than 10 people for at least the next two weeks.

• No church service, or Sunday School March 22 and 29: We will have video of these services available online. Our Sunday School curriculum publisher has developed a Home Sunday School for kids. Pastor Steve will conduct his Adult Sunday school online using Skype software. We will contact you by email and on social media on how to access these options. The church will be keeping regular office hours during the week, 9 to 3 Monday through Thursday and by appointment. Pastor Steve will be available to talk, pray, and counsel with those who come.

• We recommend the following sources for accurate and up to date COVID-19 information.
o Centers for Disease control and protection (www.CDC.gov)
o Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (dphhs.mt.gov)
o Flathead City County Health Department (flatheadhealth.org)

• Wednesday activities are canceled on March 25 and April 1st.

• We are expanding our visitation team. Our goal is to contact everyone by phone at least once a week while the restrictions are in place. If you are interested in being a part of this team to help make these calls, please email me and I will put you in touch with the people who are organizing this.

• We need to stay in contact with each other. Follow the recommend health practices in regard to personal contacts. Think of new ways to stay “in touch” such as a virtual small group. Don’t forget the good old-fashioned phone call.

• If you hear of needs within the congregation please contact the church office at 752-2481 or email office@faithkalispell.org

• We know that the changing economic situation is creating financial difficulty for many households. Our congregation will continue to need your support to carry on our ministry.
o You can give by mail. Faith Lutheran Church, 405 Liberty Street, Kalispell MT, 59901.
o You may stop by the church with your offering. Office hours are 9 to 3 Monday – Thursday or by appointment
o Online Giving – through our website, faithkalispell.com/give

• Now is a good time to give the church a deep cleaning and catch up on a number of projects. If you would like to come as individuals or in a small group to help with such projects, please let us know. It is a good time to de-clutter and thoroughly clean off all surfaces, chairs, tables, etc.

• Last Sunday we were encouraged to pray Psalm 91 for 91 days. This is day 5. This crisis is a reason to up your prayer time. Join me in praying. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence…” Psalm 91

The phrase I keep hearing over and over is, “These are strange times.” Strange to us but God knew they were coming and provided us a way. Now is a time to practice the love of God and love for each other.

Blessings

Pastor Steve Snipstead

steve@faithkalispell.org