COVID-19 Updates

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

May 28th Update

May 6th Update

Church Family,
 
As many of you know, the numbers of infections in the Amarillo area have continued to climb. We are watching and praying for our city and community with a cry for hope and healing. As a result of Mayor Nelson’s recent request for assistance in our city’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assumed operations of the COVID-19 response in Amarillo and Moore County.
 
Our prayer is that this will turn the tide on the spread of this virus. We also believe that we as a church family have a responsibility to do our part in caring for one another and our community. We want to continue to respond with wisdom, intentionality, and safety. Love and the gospel are the heartbeat of who we are as a church family.
 
We understand that this time has been increasingly hard on all of us spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.  Our desire is to continue to meet you where you are with the Good News of Jesus Christ. That being said we have decided that now is not the time to reopen the doors of our church. We want to be a part of the solution and not the problem. We have decided that we will continue to stream online services only, along with all of our other ministries continuing to function as they have during this season, at this time. I believe that our pastors and staff, along with volunteers, have done an amazing job of continuing to care for our church family.  We will not begin meeting in a large group setting until June at the earliest.  This was not an easy decision for us to make, but we believe that it is the right decision.
 
As we have asked from the beginning, we continue to ask that you stand with us in prayer, patience, and participation. We know that there are needs in our church family and community that we are unaware of but desperately want to help with.  If you and anyone you know has any needs such as financial, emotional, spiritual, food and supplies, transportation and deliveries, medical care, or anything else that we can help with we want to do so. Please contact us at 355.9100 or [email protected]
 
We will continue to monitor and pray for God’s guidance in this season.  We continue to work through the process of phases that will make it possible for us to gather together in worship and community.  If you have any thoughts or ideas about how we can better minister to you or others, please let us know. We are all in this together. We will be putting out an update to communicate what we are doing as a church every two weeks.  The next update will be Tuesday, May 19th.  During this season we want to do our best to communicate where we are as a church family and what our plans are for the future, but please keep in mind that all ministry is fluid and subject to change. Again, it is important that we all pray, stay patient, and participate.  
 
We are here for you and love you all,

Pastor Robbie and the leadership of FLC

April 30th Update

Church family,

As many of you know Governor Abbott has released a plan for the re-opening of our state. This decision has placed us and many other churches in a very difficult situation of deciding when and how to re-open. We have been praying for and discussing this for a while now, but many questions and concerns still remain.  We believe that the re-opening should be done with intentionality, safety, and a step by step process. We long to gather with you all in fellowship and worship as soon as possible, but we must make certain that we move forward with wisdom.  

As many of you know, the numbers of infections in Amarillo have increased over the past week.  We had hoped that these numbers would be on the decline as we returned, but they are not.  We believe that a large gathering of any sort would not be wise at this time.  As your pastor, I want to make sure that our church does not lead out of fear, but at the same time we must lead with love.

Our community is watching and how we walk through this situation will say a lot about how much we care for those around us. We want to put our neighbors first and be a church for the city, and doing that means re-opening our doors slowly and carefully. Please pray with us as we seek to lead with love.  Please be patient with us as we know that this will not go as quickly as some would like for it to.  And please participate with us as we begin to walk through the process of re-opening over the next few weeks.

We always want to be transparent, open, and available for our church family. If you have any concerns, questions, or needs that we might be able to help you with please email me at [email protected] or call 355.9100.

We love you all very much!

Keep the Son in your eyes, Pastor Robbie

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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