COVID-19 Updates

How Family Life is Responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

March 19th Update

Church Family,

This weekend Family Life Church will be going to a live feed only of our weekend services at 11am on Sunday mornings. Our hope is that you will join us in prayer, worship, and the Word as we strive to connect with each of you in your homes. We have been praying over this decision for some time now as well as listening to the suggestions and leadership of our city and national government.

As of this morning, Amarillo has been placed on a level orange. The city government has confirmed to limited cases of COVID-19 in the Amarillo area and is asking the following of its residents and community.
  • Practice social distancing
  • Practice enhanced hygiene routines
  • Cancel all gatherings over 10 people or more
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms
  • Recommended travel restrictions
  • Ensure a reasonable amount of household supplies
  • Monitor www.coronavirus.gov for fact based information.

As we have been in prayer and searching for the right decisions in this unprecedented time, we have returned to the heartbeat of what Family Life Church is all about. Meeting people where they are with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We have decided that moving to online services and other ways of ministering in this time is what is best for our church and community. We know that God will provide and protect, but we also know that we have a responsibility to do the same.
God has called us to shepherd and care for our church family wisely, so we have made this decision with the hopes that it will stem the tide of the spread of the virus.  As well as showing our community that we will stand with them. We want to always have our church family and the community around us at heart and believe that it would not send a loving message to continue to keep our doors opened disregarding the safety and concerns of others.

We are currently working on plans and ways to minister and care for our church family both individually and corporately as well as ways that we can reach out and love those in need in our community. We have been asked to socially distance ourselves from others for their protection, but we will continue to strengthen the family ties that God has formed in our hearts and lives.

For many of us these are trying and unknown times, but none of this is a surprise to our God. We will continue to look to Him for guidance, strength, and hope. We believe that this is a new and powerful opportunity for us to show the world the power and hope of Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 29:18 (the message) says, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.” It will be up to us as followers of Christ to point others to God in all circumstances. We as a family of believers will stand together proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, no matter what comes our way.

There will be more news and plans to follow in the days to come as we walk through this time together. We are looking for ways to connect and care for others physically, emotionally, and spiritually on an ongoing basis.  Know that we may be distanced by space, but you are all heavy on our hearts and in our prayers. We will be providing opportunities for our church family to step up and serve one another as well as our community with the love and Good News of Jesus Christ our Savior. If you have any ideas or thoughts on how we can better care and love for others, please let us know and be ready to serve alongside us.

We love you all,
Pastor Robbie, Elders, and the FLC Staff   

March 14th Update

As questions and concerns continue to increase this week surrounding the coronavirus, we at Family Life are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for you and your family.

To that end, we as a leadership have discussed an appropriate response and plan of action in response to our current situation. In times like these we must realize that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline. And this is how we will choose to respond as a church family in a season of fear and concern.

First, as a family, we will rely on the power of God by consistently interceding in prayer for those in our community, nation, and world. We will be a place of hope for those in need. What an appropriate time for our church family to be focusing on prayer, looking to the Author of Life for guidance, strength, and healing. May we as a church come together in prayer for God to heal our land and protect those in need.  Pray that God will stem the tide of this growing epidemic. Pray for those on the frontlines caring for those in need with wisdom and compassion. Pray for local churches and overseas missionaries to continue to offer the hope of the Gospel.

Second, we must rely on the love of God to fill our hearts as we boldly run to those in need with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We must love the unlovable and care for those who are in desperate need. We take our lead from God the Father who sent His Son as sacrifice for us. Still we must do this with wisdom.

Thirdly, we will wisely steward our service to God with self-discipline. We are called to love our neighbors and contribute to the welfare of our community. Exercising caution and plans of action are not simply wise, but tangible ways of expressing love toward others.

With this in mind we as a church will be making some changes to help protect and care for our family and community. These are the decisions and recommendations that we have decided to make:

•If you, or a member of your family, have experienced flu-like symptoms in the past 72 hours, please enjoy our service online at familylife.tv
•On Sunday mornings, please avoid unnecessary contact with others (hand shaking, fist bumps, etc.)
•NO offering buckets will be passed, but we do have offering boxes available at the back of the auditorium.
•Food and drinks will only be served by hospitality teams wearing appropriate protective equipment.
•Wash your hands regularly with soap after making contact with others or high traffic surfaces.
•Utilize hand sanitizers that we have stationed throughout the building.
•Our Children’s workers will continue to follow cleanliness protocols that have already been put in place.

As a church we will continue to monitor this situation and take additional precautions as necessary. We will not react out of a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and self-discipline. For additional information please check our website, familylife.tv, and social media channels.

We love you all,
Pastor Robbie, Elders, and the FLC Staff    

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