CCFDL and Covid-19
This week on my Wednesday at 3 p.m. Facebook Live I read Romans 15:1, “Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” I find this to be a timely word for our church. Let’s be willing to bear the weaknesses of those without strength. Let’s aim not to please ourselves but our neighbors.
Let us continue to lay down our “rights” for the sake of others. Let us continue to be gracious and humble in our speech and not judge the motives of others. Let us think the best of others. And let us pray that our hearts and minds would be focused on the mission to develop gospel-centered disciples sharing the hope of Christ to transform lives. We have a golden opportunity to be salt and light in our community. May we not miss this opportunity because we are afraid of being wrong or afraid of what might happen to us. As we dive into 1 Peter this Sunday, we are exiles here – this really isn’t our country. We are temporary residents looking ahead to our eternal home. Let’s take some people with us!
Hello Community Church!
I hope you are doing well through this difficult time.
I’m tired. Tired of not seeing you. Tired of places being shut down. Tired of social distancing (I am a physical touch guy). I understand the need for it, but it’s getting old!
As I have thought about this I realize what I need – what we all need – is the Holy Spirit to bring us comfort.5 For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort. -2 Cor. 1:5-7
A song came out five years ago that really captures the desire of my weary heart. Watch it here.
I have a few things I’d like to communicate with you this week:
- Mother’s Dayis coming up (May 10). Moms, please send us pictures of what you have been doing with your kids during this time. Could be serious or just fun. We will be putting together a special video for our service on May 10. E-mail your pictures to .
- Check out my weekly Wednesday Facebook LIVE(at 3p.m.) on our church page. Also, check out the CCFDL connections page We want to keep you connected with one another and equip you to help you through this challenging time. Also, on Friday, May 1 we will post the conversation I had with Pastor Mihai in Galati, Romania.
- Text your questionsfor this Sunday’s LIVE Q and A: 920-550-1585. You don’t have to wait until Sunday morning. This week my wife, Jill, will join me for the Q and A. We also be taking communion, so pick up your elements at our office Thursday or pick up some crackers and juice at the store before Sunday. Pastor Mark will lead our communion time. Our text this Sunday is Galatians 5:13-25 (Let the Spirit Win).
See you Sunday!
Pastor Adam Utecht
It is amazing how life can change in one week. A week ago I did not think the Coronavirus was something to be overly concerned about. I was so wrong! The impact of this virus is rapid and far reaching. This week Governor Evers placed a ban on public gatherings exceeding ten people. Schools have been cancelled indefinitely. Our City Manager declared a state of emergency, requiring all government meetings to be held online. The economic impact is hitting many of us hard – maybe you have been laid off or lost your job or you are watching the value of your retirement accounts dwindle. Fear is the automatic response.
However, in moments like these we must learn to trust in the Lord. Psalm 20:7 says,
Some trust in chariots and some in horses for health, security, or bank accounts), but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Will we choose to trust in the Lord? I hope we will. Let‘s trust the Lord together. But how can we do anything together if we must practice social distancing? Until further notice our Sunday morning worship will only be online at 9 a.m. How can we stay connected?
We must learn to be intentional and creative in this season (and it is only a season).
Be intentional by checking our Facebook Page, website (www.ccfdl.org) and e–mail. If you are not on our church–wide e–mail list, now is a good time to join. We are doing our best to regularly communicate via e–mail. There are other ways we communicate (Facebook page, website, app), but e–mail is the best way to disseminate detailed information now that we are not able to meet together on Sunday mornings in person. If you have not been getting e–mails from us, please e–mail Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added!
Be creative by setting up a prayer calendar – pray for one person or family every day. Text or call them and ask them how you can pray for them. Sign up for a small group by filling out your info at www.ccfdl.org/card. We will be utilizing Zoom (group video calls) in our small groups. We can still see each other, pray for each other, study the Bible together and encourage one another. Each Wednesday I will be checking in with the church family via Facebook Live at 3 p.m. Also, utilize our church subscription to Right Now Media (access to thousands of Bible Study videos and fun, clean shows for kids). For your free access, contact email@example.com. We do not know how long COVID–19 will last, but God does. And He is faithful. He will sustain us through it. Your continued financial support of CC is appreciated. Give online easily and securely www.ccfdl.org/giving. Send checks to our office (address below). Thank you so very much!
I Cor. 15:58
Dear Community Church family,
You may be wondering what proactive steps Community Church is taking, and what you can do, in light of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 strain.
This Sunday March 15 we will not be holding a public service on our campus on Streblow Drive, including the Bible Connections Class, LifeLab, Children’s Ministry, and all other classes.
You can join us live on Facebook at 9 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/ccfdl/
Please join us for this special time of interactive worship and a special message from Pastor Adam.
Also, we have made the difficult decision to postpone The Church Has Left the Building on March 22.
To be forthright, until today I have felt the response to the Coronavirus has been an unnecessary overreaction. My thinking has changed the more I have read about the potential of this virus. In order to love and care for others we need to stay separate for this weekend.
What about other events like Community Groups (Small groups, Bible Studies, Classes) and Community Youth? These will continue as long as the group leaders are able to lead and people remain healthy. These are some of the most important times for us to be the church. Fellowship is essential for us, especially in times like these.
Also, the church building will remain open and function as normal during this time. Drop by sometime and say hello to us next week!
This may not blow over in a week. It could take four weeks or longer before things may return back to normal. The Council, Staff, Management Team and I will collaborate on a plan to reconvene as a church family. Until this crisis ends we will need to “do church” differently, so be ready to try new things! Honestly I am excited for what this will do for our church and the Fond du Lac community. There will be many opportunities for us to be gospel-centered disciples in the weeks ahead. Seize those moments!
While there is growing uncertainty in our world, our God is in control and His perfect love drives out fear. Our best response as Christ followers will balance wisdom, love, and prayer.
First, we encourage you to pray. Pray for healing of those who are affected, for protection and peace for those living in anxiety, and for government agencies and healthcare professionals in our County.
Second, we need to practice good hygiene:
- Do what your mom taught you: wash your hands regularly (for 20 seconds)!
- If you are sick, have a fever or a cough, please take good care of yourself and stay home.
- Wait two weeks to come to any Community Church activity after traveling to a Level 2 or 3 country.
- Let us know right away if you test positive for the virus and have been to any recent church activities.
- We will be ramping up our sanitizing practices at church in the weeks to come.
Third, we encourage you to continue your financial support of Community Church. Even if we cannot meet as a whole church family, we still have ongoing financial commitments to be met. You can give via the mobile app or click: https://ccfdl.org/giving/ to get started. Or you can send a check in the mail to N6717 Streblow Dr. Fond du Lac, WI 54937. Thank you!
Finally, in times of uncertainty I’ve always found Psalm 46 to be comforting:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1–3).
Pastor Adam Utecht for Community Church