May 27, 2020 Covid-19 Update:
Dear Faith CRC Elmhurst friends,
As a church we acknowledge
and appreciate President Trump’s May 22 statement ordering state governors
to allow houses of worship to open immediately, and declaring them “essential”
to American life in all states.
These past many weeks our church leadership has been monitoring the situation and gathering information about how best to meet again “face to face” (1 Thessalonians 2:17) when the time comes.
As we look towards that day with greater hope and energy after the President’s statement we will discuss details on how to do that as soon as we can—details like numbers of people to have in the building, and how to meet safely, especially considering the most vulnerable among us and around us.
As we’ve watched the opening up of church buildings in other states, we see that when we do start meeting together in our church building, it will likely happen in stages and steps over some time. Also, we’re noticing the number of details we need to consider would realistically involve a number of weeks of planning and preparing.
When that day comes, we’ll want to respect those who will make the decision not to come immediately back to worship in the building out of health concerns and instead continue to make use of the online worship services.
We know that God’s design for His people to grow best in faith is to gather physically together, though there have been other times, besides ours, in church history when it hasn’t been possible for God’s people to do this. At the same time we know the reality that the church is not a building but a people. In that sense we have never been closed, but by God’s grace and with the means he’s provided, Faith has been continuing to grow in faith and to be “open” wherever each one of us is present because we are all “temples of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
For now our services continue to be online. Our main worship service will be available as usual on our website, in video or audio format, on our YouTube channel, on aimchristian.com and the AIMTV Roku channel and on the Elmhurst 19 Public Access cable channel at 7:30 PM Sunday evening. Our “second sermon” is available on our YouTube channel and website.
May 1, 2020 Covid-19 Update:
The Illinois Shelter-In-Place mandate has been extended through May 30 consequently pushing back our plans to open the doors for worship in the near future. Now through at least May 30, we will continue to worship virtually, here at faithelmhurst.org/listenwatch and also via YouTube. Be sure you are connected to our three weekly emails: Faith-Full Reflections, Faith Forward News, and Seeking Sabbath for up-to-the minute news and updates regarding worship and events. To register for those emails, Click Here. Also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you have any questions, concerns, or needs please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1, 2020 COVID-19 Update:
As expected, Governor Pritzker announced in his press conference yesterday that the Shelter-In-Place mandate is extended through April 30. We will continue our online worship services weekly, but want you to be aware of some new and exciting ways to connect we hope you can be apart of:
Virtual Ministries:Many small groups have begun gathering virtually using Zoom. Contact your ministry leader for details.
Faith Prayer Time: You are invited to join with your fellow Faith members on Tuesday evenings for a church-wide prayer time via Zoom.
Second Sermon: In lieu of our evening service, a weekly Second Sermon Reflection will begin this weekend. Watch your Faith Forward News for details.
Sermon Discussion: A church-wide sermon discussion will be held via Zoom every Sunday at 6:00 PM.
March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update:
Recommendations from the Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker, as well as the DuPage County Health Department have led us to suspend worship services and mid-week and weekend church sponsored activities (small groups, Bible studies, youth and children's ministries, etc.) for the near future.
Our plan for now, for worship on Sundays is as follows:
A worship service will be recorded with pastors, musicians and technology staff on hand. It will be uploaded to Faith CRC's YouTube channel for you to view on Sunday as well as to our website faithelmhurst.org, under the Watch/Listen tab. Anyone can also request through the office a DVD or CD of the service through the mail. We would encourage you to set a specific time aside with your household to watch and even to participate in the worship service, as much as you are able (with singing, praying, responsive readings, taking sermon notes, etc.)
For church ministry and prayer updates check the most recent bulletin by visiting the Resources tab on this website.
March 13, 2020 COVID-19 Update:
Recommendations from the Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, as well as the DuPage County Health Department have led us to cancel worship services this weekend. All mid-week and weekend church sponsored activities (small groups, Bible studies, youth and children’s ministries, etc.) for the near future, beginning today through at least Sunday, March 22 have also been cancelled.
We will continue to monitor the situation, re-evaluate and communicate any changes and updates to the church as we move forward.
Yesterday, Governor Pritzker’s office and the city of Chicago communicated the following, with both bullet points 2 and 3 relevant to us as a church:
- The State and City are mandating all large-scale events exceeding 1,000 individuals be cancelled for the next 30 days. The City of Chicago will be enforcing this ban.
- Additionally, the State and the City are encouraging that community events of 250 people or more should be cancelled or postponed until May 1. This includes personal and social events. Residents should use good judgment about canceling events in their own communities.
- For events less than 250 people, residents should closely consider who is likely to attend the event and, if it includes vulnerable populations, strongly consider canceling.
We came to this decision with the safety of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters especially in mind.
Our plan for worship this Sunday is as follows:
A worship service will be recorded with pastors, musicians and technology staff on hand. It will be uploaded to Faith CRC’s YouTube channel for you to view on Sunday. You will also have the option to receive a DVD or CD of the service that will be sent out on Monday, March 16.
We realize this is not ideal, but we trust that this temporary measure will be used by God to keep us close to Him and to each other during these trying days. We will also consider other special measures we can take to stay connected as a church family during this time and to continue our mission of Experiencing God’s Word, Expressing God’s Love and Equipping God’s People until we can resume normal worship services and church activities.
To stay up-to-date with any changes, rescheduled meetings, and worship service status, please continue to check back here.
March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update:
Being able to praise our Lord and fellowship together as a church every Sunday is a blessing God has given us. With that said, we need to be aware of the current news with COVID-19 and the steps we can take as a church to continue to worship and fellowship together while keeping everyone safe.
For a full overview of the virus and steps you can take to prevent transmission, the CDC website is a great resource and can be found
We are closely monitoring this situation. In addition to steps we’ve already taken, we are looking at various options in the event that we are unable to have Sunday worship services in the near future. We will be sure to communicate any updates via our website, email, social media and by phone chain (for those without email).
WHAT FAITH IS DOING
Faith is taking the following precautions in advance of worship services this Sunday, March 15:
- A thorough disinfection of the facility. Paying special attention to frequently touched surfaces (door handles, light switches, drinking fountains, counters, etc.).
- Additional hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the building.
- Offering baskets will not be passed through the congregation. Instead, Deacons will be at the doors of the sanctuary to receive offerings as we exit.
- Elders and Welcome Team members will NOT be shaking hands at the entrances to greet you. Feel free to offer them a wave, elbow bump or a cheerful "Hello!"
- Hand washing signs are posted in every bathroom.
- Signs are posted at building entrances as a reminder to avoid shaking hands.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please consider the following recommendations that have been provided by the CDC:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands immediately.
- Consider alternatives to shaking hands such as “fist bumps” or "elbow bumps" as a way to greet each other to lower the chance of spreading disease.
- Lastly and most importantly, please pray for those that are currently struggling with this virus today, pray for our leaders that they make the right decisions to limit the impact of this disease and that we as a church body will be safe through these difficult times.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."