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I wanted to give you an update from our elders about when we will be resuming our Sunday worship services.
After much prayer and discussion as well as advice from our Free Church District we have decided to tentatively aim to open our doors for worship on June 7.
We understand that for some this is moving too slow ,others too fast. But we have prayerfully considered many angles and feel at this time this is the best approach.
During the month of May, unless things change quickly, there will also be no ministry meetings inside our building.
Jesus said in John 5:17 "My Father is working until now and I working". What this means is for us the real work of the church is what God is doing. COVID 19 has in no way diminished His work, in fact He is finding new and creative ways of expression.
Let us each one abide in Christ and from Him the body will grow with a growth that is from God.
Warmly in Christ,
Pastor Tom Mason
p.s. See you this Sunday on Youtube!
Greetings, People of FEFC!
We hope you are all doing well and resting in the Lord's grace during this somewhat difficult time. The Elders want to let you know that we are praying for you and we are here for you if you have needs. Please feel free to contact any of us if there's something we can do to serve you.
We are sending this message to communicate with you about a few important items that affect our church. First off, Pastor Tom Mason will be postponing the 6 week sabbatical that was offered to him by the Elders. His original plan was to take time starting at the end of May and going through mid July. Pastor Tom has asked to tentatively take his sabbatical in the fall. He graciously wanted to be present with our church as we walk through making decisions about how and when to open our doors to worship services and other ministry activities in the church. We will communicate the dates of his sabbatical when those plans are solidified.
Second, the Elders have been working to listen to and understand the current situation with the Corona virus in our state. We have been and will continue communicating with each other and seeking wise counsel as we consider when and how we can open our church doors to all of you again. Currently, we still believe it is wise to not hold worship services or other ministry or non-ministry activities in o the church. We do encourage you to safely reach out to your brothers and sisters as well as those around you to provide encouragement, a listening ear, and share the hope and peace that we have in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our worship services will continue to be held online on the church's Facebook page and the church's YouTube page. We hope these services have been an encouragement to you and your family.
Please also consider your continued financial giving to the church and the Deacon's fund. Our weekly giving has been significantly lower in the past weeks but we continually trust the Lord to provide for the needs of our church.
This brings up a final point. On April 14th, Boone Bank & Trust granted our application for a forgivable loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. The amount of the forgivable loan was $50,431.77. The Elders have been working with our Treasurer, Rose Holbrook, to provide verification of how the funds are spent so that a majority, if not all of the loan, is forgiven. As was stated in the previous communication regarding the forgivable loan, we will immediately pay off any remaining balance of the loan that may not be forgivable. We want to thank Rose for going above and beyond in providing assistance with this process. We are truly grateful for her service as Treasurer. We love you all and we cannot wait to see you in person again!
Humbly serving you,
The Elder Ministry Team
It is hard to put into a words how difficult and challenging the COVID-19 virus has been for everyone all around the world. I turn 61 in April, but I have never experienced anything as disruptive and physically and economically disastrous as this problem has become. Have you?
How should we as believers in Jesus Christ respond?
I want to tell you a story. A professor of mine told me once about a visit he had with a former student. The student was struggling deeply with life and felt like he had no purpose any more. What my professor told him I need to remember every single day. What he told the graduate was essentially this... "No matter what we can possibly experience in life... it will NEVER NULLIFY what Jesus did at Calvary".
What does this say to us as a church family? Our peace and joy is not dependent on good health around the world. The stock market is not the source of real security. The glorious gospel is that no matter what happens in life... it will never separate us from the love of God toward us in Christ Jesus our Lord! Because that is so we can walk in newness of life. Because of this we can have God's perspective on the Coronavirus. Because this is true we do not need to be hoarders but channels of blessing to our family, friends and neighbors all around us! Because of what Jesus DID you now belong to God. God is now your Heavenly Father. You are His dearly loved child. You are free to be a blessing to others! Go and live in the joy of the Lord!
Now let me try and answer some questions about how we at First Free will be going forward for upcoming days.
Will we be meeting for church services?
No. In fact all ministry gatherings at the church building have been cancelled. This includes all Amplify, Youth Group and Men's and Women's ministries and circles.
Will there be a live stream online for us to participate in a worship service?
We will be prerecording a service to be broadcast on Sunday morning for you to join your hearts with others in worship and learning. The service will be available on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/booneefree) and our new YouTube page. bit.ly/youtubefefc The video will be available at 9am on Sunday morning or any time after.
Also we will provide the radio station with prerecorded services.
Are there any other resources Pastor Tom and Pastor Tim recommend?
Yes. Pastor Tom will be sending out by email study notes for you to follow along with the message. And these notes provide questions for further application of truth into your life.
We also recommend meeting informally (as safety allows) with a few brothers and sisters to pray together and to walk through the study questions together.
Pastor Tim will be offering an online bible study for those who want to have fellowship and learning the Word. More details coming this weekend.
Will the church building be open during this time?
During this time the church will be locked. We ask that people avoid coming to the church, even those with a key. If you have something that is absolutely pressing, please contact Pastor Tom, Pastor Tim, or Gudula ahead of time (if possible) to make arrangements to enter the church.
How can we continue to give financially to the church?
You can certainly mail in your check or use the online giving that is on our web site. Thank you for your faithful giving.
The mailing address for the church is 1407 Kate Shelley Dr., Boone, IA 50036
The link to online giving is: firstboone.com/online-giving
What other needs do we need to be aware of?
During this time of hardship some families are going to be struggling financially. If the Lord leads you to give extra to the Deacon Fund that money would be so encouraging to those in need distributed by the deacons. Thank you so much!
Brothers and Sisters, you are dearly loved of the Lord and all of us at First Free! Keep your eyes on Jesus! He is the author (He inaugurated your Christian life) and the finisher of your faith (what He began in you HE will carry on to completion!). Keep walking in Jesus! Colossians 2:6
Please at any time, 24 hours 7 days a week... if you are in need do not hesitate to call me or Pastor Tim.
Tom - 515 608 0694
Tim - 712 229 9413
God bless you. If you have any questions about anything, or have needs, please let us know!
with love in Christ Jesus,
Pastor Tom Mason
To our First Free Boone family,
- Wash your hands often. 20 seconds with soap helps tremendously.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/sleeve.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content regularly.
- Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with others.