March 23, 2020
Last week Scott County officials and the Governor banned public gatherings. We will continue to comply with these orders and will not have in-person activities until further notice. This includes all in-person worship, meetings, activities, and events. This also includes general building access, as we hope to keep the building as empty as possible so that Linda can clean and disinfect. Please stay out of the building and maintain recommended physical distancing practices.
However, this time is a wonderful reminder that the church is not contained in a building. We continue offering several ways to stay connected virtually. We will continue streaming services on Sunday, devotionals on Monday, and classes on Wednesday on Facebook Live. To view these events when they happen (or to watch them later), go to our Facebook page. Several Sunday School classes are also exploring using Zoom and other technology to stay connected. If your group needs assistance with ways to stay connected, please call or email the church office and we can help.
It has truly been a blessing to see the ways that you have continued to share God’s love during this time of physical distancing! We have witnessed several great things that you have done, including continuing to support our ministry partners, calling and checking in on each other, and finding creative ways to stay connected and love each other.
WAYS TO HELP: If you want to help, here are some specific things you can do!
- Fill out this online form if you are willing to offer help to Faith friends and members
- Volunteer with the community helpline
- Sewing masks: If you sew, let us know if you are interested in making masks that healthcare workers can use in extreme emergency situations.
IF YOU NEED HELP: We want to help our Faith family in any way we can. If you could use help getting groceries, finding our Facebook Live videos, want someone to regularly connect with over the phone, or something else entirely, fill out this online form so we can make arrangements.
March 13, 2020
Hello, family of Faith.
I am writing to provide an update of Faith Baptist’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in our community. In the past few days, we have seen the widespread cancellation of schools, sporting events, and church activities in an effort to contain and prevent the spread of this potentially life-threatening illness. Our health and government officials continue requesting that people avoid unnecessary social contact and any large gathering, including church services. In consideration of this information, and after much prayer, the deacons and I have decided to implement the following changes to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our congregation and community:
Physical worship will be canceled for at least the next two Sundays, March 15 and March 22.
Instead of gathering in person, we will host a virtual worship service through Facebook live at 11 AM. We will continue our Lenten series on spiritual practices with hymns, prayers, scripture, and a sermon. I encourage you to set aside this hour just as you would a normal Sunday. Gather with others in your house and try to remove devices and objects that might create distractions. Participate by singing along, observing prayer time, and focusing on God just as you would in the sanctuary.
All church activities remain suspended until at least Monday, March 23. This includes Wednesday night activities, committee meetings, small groups, Sunday school, choir practice, J.O.Y. activities, youth activities, children activities, and any other Faith activity.
This Wednesday, Pastor Amanda will again provide a short class via Facebook. She will continue her study based on the book Almost Amish. Also, on Monday I will be on Facebook live from 12-12:30 PM to offer prayer and a devotional. During this time feel free to check in, say hi, and let us know if we can pray for you.
The office will be closed to physical visitors until at least Monday, March 23. We will still answer calls at 502-863-1537 from 10-2 and staff members are available via phone or email. You can submit an offering online at https://familyoffaith.net/give/ or by mailing a check to the church office at 116 Pocahontas Trail.
This was a difficult decision, but one that we felt was necessary to protect the health and well-being of the most vulnerable in our congregation and community. During this hiatus the building will be thoroughly cleaned to ensure a safe return. This situation reminds me of the Israelites during exile. Although they did not have access to the temple, they maintained their faith in God through community and spiritual practices. During this time of social isolation and anxiety I ask you to stay connected to one another. Check in on each other, especially our friends that might feel very isolated. Also, I encourage you to use the extra time from cancellations to strengthen your spiritual practices and get some much-needed rest. Above all, remember that this is only temporary. We will soon be able to enjoy each other’s company in person again.
God of all that is seen and unseen, our anxiety rises as the invisible coronavirus spreads. We worry about the impact of this illness on healthcare workers, older adults, those already physically fragile, the vulnerable among us, and people whose livelihoods are tied to the regular movement of people and commerce. We recognize in this moment how inextricably connected we are to one another and we hope that this unmistakable realization will shape all our actions in ways that foster the common good, increase compassion, and expand communal care. Bring healing to the sick, strength to the caregivers, comfort to those who mourn, peace to those in quarantine, and mercy to all of your beloved creation. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
(Adapted from Rev. Jill Duffield)
March 11, 2020
I am writing to inform you of Faith Baptist’s response to the increasing threat of the spread of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) in our local community. Several people have tested positive for the virus in our neighboring counties and today the governor advised that people in Kentucky avoid large gatherings, including church activities. After considering the advice of our local health officials and in an effort to love and protect vulnerable members of our church family, we are making the following changes to our programming and procedures:
- All non-Sunday morning activities will be canceled through March 22. This includes the next two Wednesday night meals, choir practice, J.O.Y. events, the Home Gathering at the Inskos’, and any other scheduled meetings or events. Pastor Amanda will still offer a lesson via Facebook live tonight at 4:30 (the video will be available any time after that) so that you can still get some midweek encouragement and learning.
- Jarred and Natasha’s wedding shower and the Dessert Auction will both be rescheduled for a later date.
- School has not been canceled yet so there will still be reading camp on Monday and Wednesday. However, if you are a volunteer for reading camp and feel the need to stay home, please let Joni Stowe know.
- All Sunday School classes on March 15 will be canceled. This also includes donuts and coffee time.
- At this time, we are still planning to have Sunday morning worship at 11 AM. However, starting this week we will be streaming the service live on Facebook and encourage any person vulnerable to illness, feeling ill, or at all concerned to stay home and participate in worship virtually. The CDC recommends that people over the age of 60 and anyone with heart, lung, or kidney disease, cancer or diabetes stay home. Also, anyone who attends church in person on Sunday morning, please minimize physical contact such as handshakes and hugs.
These measures are being taken in an effort to heed the advice of our health and government officials. This is a developing situation so additional measures might be taken. I would much rather act in an abundance of caution to care for our community than risk unnecessary exposure or spreading of a potentially serious illness. I encourage you to continue listening to our health officials as they advise us on this ongoing situation, pray for those affected by this outbreak, and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
Grace and Peace,