What is happening this week at Friedens?
Friedens Church is taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously. Therefore, until further notice, we will not be holding in-person (face-to-face) programming sponsored by the church. This decision comes with heavy hearts, because we deeply value relational, in-person ministry. But it is vital that we, in the words of Governor Tony Evers, “practice social distancing and take every step possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” Governor Evers went on to say that “for the duration of the public health emergency,” all gatherings of over 50 people are banned. In addition, the governor and President Trump strongly advise that people avoid groups larger than 10. Friedens’ leadership believes that not only are these steps important for slowing the spread of COVID-19, they are also part of Christians’ moral responsibility as we live out Jesus’ command to “love our neighbors as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39). Friedens’ leadership will provide monthly updates on when we can begin meeting again face-to-face, with the first update coming just before Easter. In the meantime, we will be offering online worship services, and we are developing plans to facilitate spiritual growth, interpersonal connections, and outreach opportunities during this unique, temporary season of life. Along the way, please feel free to reach out to Friedens’ staff via phone, e-mail, or text.
In addition, we will not hold iGnite or Midweek on Wednesday, March 18th and are already off for spring break the following week. Small Groups and other activities are also on hold for the next two weeks.
The Leadership Board and staff will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will keep you informed via email, Facebook, and on this website. As email is our first line of communication, please make sure that you are receiving emails from Friedens Church if you consider us to be your home church. If you are not receiving emails, contact the church office or send us a message via the contact form at the bottom of this page and include your name and email address.
I'm hearing a lot of different things about COVID-19/Coronavirus. Where can I find reliable information?
Please get your information from reliable sources. For information about the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/ . If you do not have a computer, the staff and Leadership Board are monitoring the CDC and would be happy to help. Already, unhelpful and even dangerous advice has been posted by irresponsible individuals and criminals on the internet. Anyone can pose as a doctor or other expert on the internet. Scams related to the virus abound. Also, please do not contribute to the problem by repeating unreliable information.
How should I respond to COVID-19 as a christian?
If your faith and trust is in Jesus, remember you have eternal hope beyond this life! We have an opportunity to show Christ-centered love to our community through our kindness, compassion, steadiness, and conversations about faith. (Matthew 5:14-16)
We hope and pray that our cautious response will mean that very few people contract or have complications from COVID-19, but we know that God is faithful no matter what situation we face. There are many comforting passages in Scripture. Here are a few you can read for yourself:
Ministering to our church family and community remains one of our highest priorities. We will continue to evaluate how we can best love and serve you in this difficult season. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you'd like to get in touch with a staff or board member.