A LETTER FROM THE ELDERS 3/18/20
Hello Church Family!
Based on all the information we have at this time, we've made the decision to suspend all church gatherings until it has been deemed safe to meet again as a church family. Our building will be closed until then, which means that all other types of gatherings that take place at the church building will be suspended as well. It is very bizarre to say this to you seeing that living life together as God's people is one of the main tenants of the Christian faith! We long and pray for the day when we can all be back together, but as you know, this is an unprecedented time in the history of America - and the world for that matter. Because connection with one another is so important, we have come up with several ways to stay connected from a distance during this time. They include:
Sunday Morning "Virtual" Worship Service: 10AM. We think it's very important to continue with the weekly rhythm of meeting together on Sundays for worship. Since we can't actually meet together, we will be producing a "virtual" video worship service that will go live online on our web site at 10AM on Sundays. We strongly encourage you to continue to "gather" with us each Sunday at 10AM. Knowing that many of us are engaging at the same time with the virtual service through singing, prayer, confession, assurance of pardon and hearing the Word will be a great encouragement to us all. Just log on to this web site at 10AM. You'll see how to access the video at that time. If you can't join us at 10AM, the video will be available for you to watch afterward as will an audio recording of the sermon.
Sunday Morning Prayer Conference Call: 11:15AM. After the virtual worship service, you are invited to join us on a prayer conference call. One of us will "host" the call, and you can join-in with other Foothills brothers and sisters for prayer. You can participate in the prayer time by praying over the phone or just listening-in and praying along silently. The call will open at 11:15AM, and we'll begin praying at 11:20AM. All you have to do is dial (760) 548-9090, and you're in on the call!
Prayer Request Submission. Our prayer team will continue to pray for you each week. In lieu of the "yellow card inside your worship guide" where you can submit your weekly prayer requests, we've created an online form for you to submit your prayer needs. We will continue to send out these requests on Mondays to our prayer team (unless you mark the "elders only" box). In either case, your prayer needs will continue to be covered during this time! Here's the link to the prayer request form. Simply fill it out and press the "Submit" button: https://foothillsabq.churchcenter.com/people/forms/114172
We are working on other ways to keep us all connected during this time. If you have any ideas on how we can stay connected, please let us know. Better yet, please make an extra effort to check-in with one another. Stay connected! Help each other. Pray for one another. Continue to love one another - even if it's from a distance.
We also are keenly aware that some of you may experience financial hardship during this time. If this happens to you, please let us know. We are committed to doing whatever we can to help you. Please don't hesitate to email us with your need. We'll follow-up with you in a timely manner to discuss your need with you further. Our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
As you know, even though our doors are closed during this time, our financial needs as a church remain pretty much the same. Our pastors and paid staff need to be paid. Our missionaries need our financial support. Our building costs remain the same. Ministry will continue. The expansion of God's Kingdom through the ministry of Foothills Fellowship will not be stopped! Please continue your faithful financial giving during this time. Here are 2 ways you can continue to give your tithes and offerings.
Online: You make a one-time offering and/or set-up automatic, recurring giving. Just click Give on the menu above.
Mail: Please mail you check to: Foothills Fellowship, 12504 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque NM, 87112.
Again, let us remind you of the words of our Lord as spoken through the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 41:10. "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." The Coronavirus is something that we should all be very cautious of. It is a real and dangerous threat. However, as God's people, it is not something we should fear. Be careful. Wash your hands! Do some social distancing for a time. Be prudent. But don't fear! The Lord is our God, and He is upholding all of us with His righteous right hand.
If you need anything, please don't hesitate to call one of us or email us, and we'll give you a call. Again, our email is: email@example.com
We love you and are praying for you.