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Church Update concerning COVID-19

Posted by FPC Staff on

March 19, 2020

 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

I love being with you. One of my great joys is to see faithful worshipers come to FPC each Lord’s Day in the Lord’s House. God blesses FPC with members and friends who truly begin most weeks worshiping the Risen Lord on the Day of Resurrection. Likewise, your Session gives thanks for your very real expression of love for Jesus and for his Church each Sunday you join us.

Nevertheless, as COVID-19 concerns continue to impact our community, we are being asked by the highest levels of governing authorities to desist from any in-person gatherings of groups of 10 or more people. Though we at FPC place highest priority on the worship of Almighty God, He also commands us to subject ourselves to governing authorities for the Lord's sake and as part of our witness to the non-Christian world that Christians are good citizens & neighbors. [1 Peter 2:13-17]

Therefore, the Session has determined to suspend through Sunday, March 29, any further church activities that involve gathering physically, in-person, 10 or more people. That means that we will not have open-door services in the Sanctuary on March 22 or March 29. However, you will continue to have the opportunity to join in Sunday worship with music, prayers, and sermon: live, in “real time,” via our live-stream FPC Facebook broadcast. Thank you for joining and sharing news of the broadcast of the March 15 Service; there have already been over 1,000 views of that service!

Please see the enclosed FPC Starkville Communications Ministry Resource News for further updates and directions on how you can: (1) watch our worship services online; (2) continue to be faithful in giving to God His Tithe, supporting that His ministries continue through FPC; and (3) volunteer and minister to others during this time.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at the church office for technical assistance or to help with other ministry questions or needs you may have. Call us at (662) 323-1994, or send an email to  

Your pastor and friend in Christ,

 

 

Martin Lifer

FPC Starkville Communications Ministry News – March 19, 2020

How to Continue Giving God’s Tithe in His House (Malachi 3:10) to Help Maintain FPC’s Ministry and Mission:

 

1.         Via mail - to:  First Presbyterian Church, 307 University Drive, Starkville, MS  39759. Feel free to use the enclosed return envelope, and let us know if you need further envelopes or other help.

2.    Via Your bankSet up Online Bill Pay directly with your bank, or contact the church office for Automatic Draft from one of your accounts.

 

How to Watch Sunday Worship Services Online:

You’ll need to have your own Facebook Profile, or you’ll need to use someone else’s Facebook Profile & Password to access & watch our live-stream worship broadcasts.

 

 

If you’re NOT already on Facebook and don’t want to manage an active Facebook Page:

(A) Simply set up a Facebook Profile [see instructions below] or, of course, you may

(B) Set up a new Facebook Profile & Page. To create a Facebook Profile:

-          Go to Facebook.com and Click the “Sign Up” icon;

-          Type in your active email address; Create your Password

Now you are all set to access & watch Sunday; just follow the instructions below.

 

If you already have a Facebook Account & Page:

-Open the Facebook app or log in to Facebook via smartphone, laptop, desktop, iPad, smart-screen, or other internet-connected device.  

-Go to our FPC Facebook page (@fpcstarkville), and it will notify you we are live.

-Click our live video feed and you can watch!

-If you are not able to watch live, the video will be saved to our Facebook page and will be

 available to watch at any time.

 

Alternatively, family or friends may share their Facebook access & password with you.

 

NOTE: Some online worshipers on Sunday found that the FPC Facebook live-streaming was most consistently accessed via smartphones. Let us know your experience.

 

If you encounter problems with the above instructions, or if you need other “coaching” so that you can be set to participate with FPC worship and Bible Studies, please call Kathy Wright in the church office.

 

 

The link to our March 15 Service: https://www.facebook.com/fpcstarkville/videos/543694826258994/?vh=e&d=n

In addition, of course you may continue what many do in accessing the FPC Sermon Podcast to return to and listen to FPC Sermons. Coming Soon: We hope to post a worship service video archive on the FPC website, and we are working on several communication platforms to make available access to FPC Sunday School & other Bible Studies. Please stay posted for further updates!

Ways to Volunteer and Minister to Others:

 

Pastor Martin Lifer is seeking volunteers to call – consistently, each day – older members or those with health problems to see how they are doing and ask if they have any needs each day.  Please contact the church office or Pastor Lifer directly, if you would be willing to be the daily FPC pastoral contact person for one or more members.

 

 

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