An Important Note from Pastor Chris regarding COVID-19 (the Coronavirus)

Dear Church Family,
 
I’ve shared with nearly every person with whom I’ve talked over the past week that these are unique times in which we’re living. I’m sure you’ll agree. Every day we’re learning new information regarding the development of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. One thing seems to be clear: as much as we might desire otherwise, the coronavirus isn’t going to go away apart from swift and decisive action on our part. This action includes ceasing all forms of public gatherings. For this reason, Community of Faith (at the strong recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and our Florida area Bishop) will no longer host in-person worship services at least until the end of March. In addition, we will no longer host the Easter Egg Hunt and are suspending building activities such as Bible studies and other programs. Please know I struggle as I write these words because I value our corporate time together. However, the health and safety of our community is of utmost concern. 
 
In place of in-person worship, we will pre-record our service for the weekend and then upload the service on livestream on Saturday night at 6:30PM and on Sunday morning at 8:30AM and 10:30AM. In addition, we are going to explore other ways of staying connected virtually. For example, I will livestream my Thursday evening Bible study at 6:30PM, and Kathy Beuttenmuller (Director of Children’s and Families Ministries) and David Stump (Youth Director) are going to send devotional type videos. The latter will ensure the ongoing spiritual development of our kids, students, and their families. If you’d like to be included on their list, please email them directly (kbeuttenmuller@communityoffaith.orgdstump@communityoffaith.org).
In addition, please bear in mind that ceasing public worship also means that we will no longer be able to take up an in-person offering. If you’re not giving online, please consider doing so (www.communityoffaith.org/giving/). And if you have questions about online giving or setting up an account, talk to Teresa Terranova at the church office (financeoffice@communityoffaith.org or 407-809-2030). If you prefer, you can mail in your offering to the church office (9120 Teacher Lane, Davenport, FL 33897). I understand the financial crunch in which many of us find ourselves due to coronavirus’ impact on everyday life, but please keep in mind that our church runs on contributions. Indeed, your faith-filled giving is what supports our hardworking staff and their families. Thank you for your generosity and ongoing commitment to our ministry.
 
I want to close this note by reminding us that we’re in the season of Lent, the 40-day period leading into Easter. While these are difficult days (not just for our church and nation, but for the entire world), we pause and remember that, with God, the worst thing is never the last thing. God takes the bad and turns it into good. May the hope and promise of Easter be our guiding light during this time. Please know I love each and every one of you, and I’m proud to be your pastor. 
Blessings,
Chris