A Peek Into Ezrah’s Sabbatical
Here’s a peek into what Ezrah is up to while he is on sabbatical. Check out this video to hear about his study focus is and get a recommendation for your own spiritual growth.
What are YOU doing at home?
We want to see what’s going on at your house! Please send us pictures or video links so our church family can feel connected when we can’t physically be together. Send your photos, links of your 1-2 minute video, or stories to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share it in an upcoming Connector. Let’s be intentional about Living Faith Together!
Reopening the Church
Weekly Update from Your Site Reopening Action Team
Not much has changed this week, but that does not mean that our team is not making progress on planning for when we can reopen the building and grounds of FPC for all the ministry that is done there! As mentioned last week, Session has determined that we will not hold any onsite worship services until the Dane County Public Health Department allows outdoor mass gatherings of at least 100 people. In the most recent Order from Dane County, the allowed outdoor mass gathering limit is 25 people, thus we are not holding onsite worship services yet.
Session holds its normally scheduled monthly meeting for July on July 20th. At that meeting, our team will be presenting our proposed plan for how we reopen safely once Dane County increases the limit on the number of people. While the plan covers both indoors and outdoors worship services, we will be proposing that we start with an outdoor service when the time is right – doing so will almost certainly allow for more worshippers, and will also be safer for those in attendance.
Our team just this week started planning for the reopening of the many non-worship ministry areas of FPC. We will be meeting with Elders from all those areas, including Fellowship, Youth Ministry, Adult Ministry, and more. We are also consulting with medical professionals for their input. Our goal is to complete our plan and present it to Session at their August Session meeting.
Please continue to watch your Connector for updates – we will have an update for you each week until our plan is fully approved. In the meantime, continue to watch for the amazing virtual worship services each week until the time comes when we can safely join in worship onsite at FPC!
Site Reopening Action Team
RJ Binau, Elder of Buildings & Grounds
Steve Cable, Chair
Nancy Groeneveld, Director of Music & Worship Arts
Kirk Morledge, Senior Pastor
Liz Weller, Elder of Worship & Music
Thank You FPC Friends!
Bill and Peg Jones would like to thank all their friends at FPC who helped celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary, through cards, calls, emails, Facebook posts and prayers. Your love and support are greatly appreciated!
Christa Schmeelk, Director of Family Ministry is excited to announce that 27 people have now signed up for this book group.
- Group 1: Read the first half of the book and meet in September to discuss. Then, read the second half and meet in October to discuss.
- Group 2: Read book in entirety. Meet multiple times the fall to watch additional videos by the author and discuss topics from the book.
Groups will be scheduled in August. State and county requirements will determine if there will be any in-person option. Want more information or have additional questions? Email Christa below:
Catch up on the Children’s Moment
Did you miss last week’s Children’s Moment in the service? Or maybe you’d like to watch it again? We will now be making each week’s Children’s moment available in it’s own separate video in the Connector. Enjoy!
For Your Calendar:
Video Devotional: “Time to Get Right with the Lord”
Bethel Series Executive Director and FPC member, Rev. Jeff Quinto’s devotion, “Time to Get Right with the Lord” is based on 2 Peter 3:8-9 and Acts 3:19.
My next devotion will be released on August 3, as I will be involved in the Bethel Series’ Annual Teacher Training Seminar from July 15-23. This year for the first time, the seminar will be entirely online on Zoom. Please pray that the people attending the training will leave “on fire” to teach the Bethel Series and bring Biblical literacy to their churches.
We know the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone—raising the level of fear, stress, and anxiety for people all over the world and underscoring the importance of caring ministry. As a Stephen Ministry congregation, we equip and empower lay caregivers to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care. Our commitment to this ministry is extrememly important during these uncertain times.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this ministry, contact the church office.
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