AN UPDATE FROM THE ELDERSHIP

(July 1, 2020)

Hey, Church Family!


You may have heard about the new order for Oregon which came out June 30th, encouraging all Oregonians to wear masks in all indoor, public places, beginning July 1, 2020. This is a new, but not unexpected development. We will be asking all who attend on Sunday mornings to observe this standard for the foreseeable future. All our staff members and volunteers will also be wearing masks, as they are able.


If you have a health condition which makes it very difficult for you to wear a mask, please do not feel obligated to wear one. According to the new guidelines, all children ages 12 and under do not have to wear a mask, as well as those with disabilities.

Our teams on stage are not going to be required to wear masks until they step off stage. Those on stage will be remaining 6 feet apart and will be more than 6 feet away from the rest of the congregation.


Some of you might be wondering, “How does this affect Bring Your Own Mug Sunday, where we’ll be serving coffee?” “What about the church office throughout the week?” These are great questions to be asking, and ones we had to ask ourselves. As far as we can see, there is no need at this time to put off serving coffee. Bring Your Own Mug Sunday is still scheduled to happen. Here at the church office throughout the week, we will be prepared to wear masks to interact with anyone who walks in.

If you would still like to attend church but do not have a mask, we have masks which are available for you. These are handmade masks, courtesy of John and Sherry Wilson, Georgina Dumire, and Sue Kirkpatrick, all members of our church family.


We are very excited to continue connecting with you in person! We apologize in advance for whatever inconvenience this may cause you. We are praying for you this week.


Blessings,

MPFCC Eldership and Staff

AN UPDATE FROM PASTOR LLOYD

(June 10, 2020)

Greetings Friends!

It has been quite a while since we have gathered under one roof as a church family. God has seen us through this, but you have been deeply missed! I am pleased to provide you with an update regarding our current plan to open our doors for in person services on Sunday mornings.

Late last week, Coos County began Phase Two of the state reopening plan, loosening some restrictions and putting guidelines in place for events and venues, like churches, all across the county to reinstate services. Our staff and elders have discussed this in detail, and we have decided that we will resume regular services Sunday, June 14th. That’s this Sunday!

At this time, our services will look a little different. Our goal is to keep them a bit shorter, so that we do not go over capacity by having the attendees from both services present at the same time. Additionally, we will have a few elements of the service that we will slowly phase back in over the weeks ahead, but that will not be present in our initial restart. Fist, we will not have our time of communion or offering included in the service. This reduces the concern of spreading illness through the passing of trays used for dispersing communion or collecting offerings. A collection box will be located at the back of the sanctuary to receive tithes and offerings. We have sealed individual communion cups ordered and hope to resume this part of our worship service soon.

Secondly, though our nursery will be available during the second service (ages 0-4 years), we will not be having Children’s Church for the next few weeks. We are required to maintain six feet of physical distancing between every household in our church, including children and volunteers, which is not tenable at this time during Children’s Church. Nichole, our Children’s Ministry Director, will have activity bags available for all of the kids, which will hopefully give them something to focus on and have a pleasant time during the sermon delivery.

While we are eager for fellowship, we do not want to impugn the reputation of the church or Jesus by lack or careful procedures. There are some other guidelines that we’ll need to follow as a church – as laid out by our state. According to the Phase Two guidelines, those in attendance must remain separated by family units, approximately three chairs (6ft) apart. We ask you all to limit physical contact throughout the next few weeks. Our cleaning staff will be exercising enhanced cleaning procedures to ensure the sanitation of our facility. Hand sanitizing stations will be made available around the church for your use. As sanitation, minimizing shared contact points and group sizes are addressed, our regular hospitality refreshments may be limited or not served at this time.

I realize that many of you who receive this may still be concerned about joining gatherings such as our Sunday service. If you are not able to join us, please know that we fully understand and respect your decision. We will be excited for the day when you feel ready to be with us in person again. In the meantime, we will continue to have online content available, as we have throughout this process. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page through the time ahead for any updates on how our content will be delivered. It is likely that in the weeks ahead we will have a live version of our service streaming on YouTube at 9am.

I want to encourage you personally to be praying over this church family as we open our doors for physical services. There are risks… but there are a lot of people who still need to hear the gospel and it is not good for the body of Christ to be apart. If you have someone you’d like to invite, please do! It would be or privilege to have a guest join us and learn more about Jesus. I love you all, and I can’t wait to see you here at the church, at 9am or 10:30am, this Sunday, June 14th.


God Bless You!
Pastor Lloyd

AN UPDATE FROM PASTOR LLOYD

(March 17, 2020)

Greetings Friends,


As most of you have likely heard the state of Oregon has mandated that over the next month any gatherings that occur be limited to 25 people, due to COVID-19. This will have a direct effect on our church family since we far exceed this number. As a result, we will be posting our sermons online over the next several weeks, along with regular updates.


Our weekly sermons will be posted onto our website and YouTube channel by 9am Sunday morning. We are excited to be able to continue studying God's word and growing in him through this time. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home on Sunday mornings (though we are eager to be able to see you all in person again). If you need help figuring any of this out, please feel free to contact the office and ask for help. We will be happy to assist you and hear how you are doing.


Speaking of our office, it will still be open during its normal hours 9 am - 1 pm Monday through Thursday. Feel drop by with any prayer requests that you have or give us a call. We also welcome you to drop off or mail in your regular tithes and offerings. These will be especially important during this complex time. As an added announcement, we hope to have our online giving set up in the next few weeks, which will allow each of you to give digitally.


I understand that right now many of you may be fearful of what the future holds. I want to encourage you that no situation we are facing is bigger than our God. During this time I want to challenge you to live in faith and not fear (When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3). God is still God, he still loves you, and nothing occurring is beyond his control. As a church this situation is a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate who Jesus is through our actions and reactions. We should all exercise sensible precaution, but we also have an eternal hope that no disease can remove. Our faith should be visible through this, impacting the lives of others.

I encourage you, if you are struggling with fear and anxiety over these issues, to turn off the news and social media feeds and read Psalm 24 and Psalm 91. Read Mark 16 and allow Jesus to fill you with faith and hope.


Rather than focusing during this time on stockpiling toilet paper and bottled water, consider how you might bless others. Write an encouraging note or email to someone you love. Pick up groceries for your elderly neighbor who can’t go on their own. Call a friend you haven't spoken to in years. Invest more time than ever in meaningful ways with those you love.

Situations like this give us the gift of perspective. God has blessed all of us with more than we deserve or can grasp. Today we can choose to live in gratitude instead of fear, trusting in the provider of all good things regardless of how scary the bad may seem.

I love and am grateful for each person in our church family. God has brought us together, and together we can live in a way that shows his light.


I will see you each on our website and YouTube, if not in person.


God bless you all,
Pastor Lloyd


​​​​​​​P.S. This Sunday our church family has been invited to join the Women of the Word study group in praying and fasting for this current situation. Please join us.