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Faith Chapel Response to COVID-19

 

Good evening, everybody. Hope your day is going well in a world gone kinda crazy! We are in unprecedented times to be sure. I want you to become aware of some decisions we have made concerning our gathering together on Wednesdays and Sundays and other special times and occasions.

I spoke to the Governor’s office this morning concerning Executive Order No.20-04 temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19. Religious Organizations are technically exempt from that as long as we practice social distancing of up to 6 feet front to back. However, as we navigate this issue we find our President and other officials recommending that we limit it to ten and we should have a 15 day break from public meetings.

As Pastors we very much dislike not having church. Personally, I am the highest risk factor – age 64 with diabetes and heart disease, and I am all in to meet together. I think all of us pastors feel that way, however that may not be the wisest thing to do.

We are a church that loves and cares for all people and to disregard the direction of our leadership may seem disrespectful and not prudent in light of this pandemic.

Our Board of Trustees, as well as our Pastors, has made the following decisions;

1. Suspend Wednesday night Family nights until further notice.

2. Cancel OPs Eggstravaganza scheduled for April 4 and consider LB’s which is April 11 as we get closer to the date and have more information. Also postponing Pinewood Derby for a few weeks.

3. Suspend Sunday Morning Service for the next (recommenced) 15 days and re-evaluate in two weeks.

4. Some smaller gatherings like Financial Peace, etc. with less than 10 people can meet taking appropriate precautions.

I woke up a few days ago and the Word of the Lord to me was “to move forward in Peace and Unity.” I say that because whatever we decide will be viewed differently by everyone. We want to operate with the peace of God and Unity in all these matters. This is how we demonstrate His love to and for each other!

In making these proposals I feel that we are honoring our Lord first and the other institutions and authorities as well. I have no fear whatsoever of this virus, or others opposing positions, nor the potential loss of income which we may incur. I only want to do the right thing and lead with integrity, peace and unity.

None of us are experts in the spread of diseases and pandemics so it is up to us to apply the wisdom of those who are, and to not disregard their counsel. The Scripture tells us that, “There is wisdom in the counsel of many.”

All three campus pastors will be providing our Sunday messages online. You can access as follows: Faith Chapel OP YouTube channel -go to Youtube.com, search for Faith Chapel OP. Faith Chapel Louisburg – go to YouTube.com search Faith Chapel Louisburg and/or search the same for Facebook. Faith Chapel Gardner will be on Facebook – Search for Faith Chapel Gardner.

As far as giving is concerned, you can mail in your tithe to Faith Chapel, 15000 Newton Drive, Overland Park Kansas 66223. Please specify which campus. If you prefer to give online please note the following:

Giving to Faith Chapel OP: Text to tithe- Text an amount to 913-225-8134 on your phone.
Example 25 offering, or 123.45 tithe- Click on the link, (usually blue in color) Press send.
If this is your first time you will need to register your payment method. This only needs to be done once. Click on the registration link in the response to securely enter your payment information.

Giving to Faith Chapel Louisburg: Text to tithe- Text an amount to 913-204-9139 on your phone.
Example 25 offering, or 123.45 tithe- Click on the link, (usually blue in color) Press send.
If this is your first time you will need to register your payment method. This only needs to be done once. Click on the registration link in the response to securely enter your payment information.

Giving to Faith Chapel Gardner: Go to www.faithchapelgardner.com/give and that will take you to their website giving and text giving options.

Thank you all so much for your help and support during this time of upheaval and transition.

Philippians 2:3-4
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

We know that God is on the throne!
We know that this, too, will end!
We know that we are not operating in fear and
We know that love conquers all!

Man, I love you guys!!

Pastor Bob
Lead Pastor
Faith Chapel