Coronavirus: Christian Fellowship’s Response

March 10, 2020 By: Christian Fellowship

Christian Fellowship Church's Response to the Coronavirus
03/26/2020 Update: We pray you are well during these unprecedented times of social distancing and global pandemic. In light of these words, it has never been more important to consider this prayer:

“Our Father, dwelling in heavenly realms, may the glory of your name be the center on which our lives turn. Manifest your kingdom realm and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, as it is fulfilled in heaven.”The Passion Translation

Manifesting the Kingdom looks like the Fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These fruits are not simply ways to act but are core to who we are as believers. The Spirit of God leads us and will continue to lead us. Of this, we are confident.

Although we cannot meet in large gatherings, church life continues, and we want to keep you informed, especially regarding our Sunday service and offering.

  • Sunday Service: We are now live streaming the entire service at 9 a.m. on Facebook and YouTube. If you need help viewing the live-stream, contact us by text at 573.445.8561 or by email. The service is recorded to view later if you are unavailable to join us at 9 a.m.
  • Tithes and Offerings: During this season, we encourage you to continue giving either online, by personal check, or by computerized check through your bank. Please use the following link for details: Giving During This Season.

Why continue to give? Please know that this is not intended to be a high-pressure exhortation. We understand that some, perhaps many, have experienced job loss and are financially stressed. Please let us know your situation, so we can pray and walk through this season with you.

For those who can continue to give or perhaps are able to even give more, I would like to encourage you that during this season:

  • It is worship to give. Our hope is in God.
  • While we can’t gather together in person each Sunday, our pastors and staff are working harder than ever. They have been amazing at rearranging, retooling, and creating new ways to engage online as a community in Bible studies, courses, virtual prayer sessions, and more in addition to live streaming the full service each Sunday.
  • Most of our staff and pastors are working diligently to reach out to our families and check-in with them. While we work from home, we are all involved in virtual meetings to maintain church life and care for those we are privileged to serve.
  • We expect to hear of many that have need, and we are preparing to serve them diligently through prayer, counsel, and finances if needed.
  • Our school ministry has fully launched and is now supporting remote learning for our nearly 300 students.
  • We are committed to keep everyone on staff and work through this season without layoffs. We believe that God desires us to be hope and peace-givers as we walk through this time with all of humanity.

Church life will continue, and God will bring us through. Together.

Grace and Peace,

Michael Acock
Executive Pastor

Important Information + Resources

03/19/2020 CF Update

See video announcement from Pastor Phil here.
Recently we’ve had to focus on communicating the suspension of all CF in-person activities, including Sunday services.

But today we are thrilled to announce what we CAN do together as a church family in this time of social distancing. Here are ways you can stay connected with our CF church family in this season:

  • ​Live Stream worship on Sundays at 9am on Facebook and YouTube (video will remain available after the service is over)
  • Participation in online groups and classes that are being launched
  • Be a part of our pastoral care plan to make sure people’s needs are met. Learn more and sign up here
  • Pray for and submit prayer requests here
  • Continue to participate by giving financially to care for CF operational needs and our people

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Michael on behalf of our Elders, Pastors and staff here at CF

03/17/2020 CF Update

Effective Wednesday, March 18, we will suspend all in-person Christian Fellowship activities for eight weeks or until social distancing is no longer needed. This is in line with what our government and health officials have stated in recent announcements. These measures are proactive to help keep the spread of this disease within the capacities of our healthcare facilities.

As a people who value genuine community and connectedness, we will not let the fact that we cannot meet in person keep us from being the body of Christ. CF staff and volunteers are currently working to create opportunities for us to meet using technology, including but not limited to phone calls, groups and classes using Zoom, online prayer, and live streaming of the Sunday service. We will be updating the website with these opportunities in the days to come.

We encourage all of our CF family to take this time of social distancing as an opportunity to be intentional with one another. Call, text or video chat with others. If you would like to be a part of CF’s outreach plan, please keep an eye out for future emails that will outline how you will be able to help.

Though this season will not be easy, we will have full faith that God is walking through it with us and has not left us on our own. We pray that our faith will be stirred up and made stronger. That through this we will become more like Christ through our intentionality with one another.

03/16/2020 CF Update

Good evening CF family. This week our staff, pastors, and elders are meeting and discussing what it looks like to be a church during this season of social distancing. As we look to live out discovering and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ in Community, our heart will not change, but the way we connect will look different. I am confident, however, the value for genuine community and connectedness will lead us to new and innovative ways to be the church.

How many of us live our daily lives is changing rapidly and this can cause discomfort, anxiety, fear and more. All of these are normal by the way; we are human. Our faith in our God guides our response to these emotions. My statement as we move forward is this: We will move with faith and not fear; full of precaution and wisdom for the sake of our brothers and sisters as well as our community at large. We have faith that God will use this time to knit us closer together (even if not in person) with not only other members of our families and church, but also our community as a whole.

In order to combat the sense of isolation, we will be implementing some pastoral care strategies and online community opportunities in addition to live stream of the Sunday worship and message. These strategies will include old fashion phone calls, online small groups and discussions, meeting practical needs, and more. We will roll opportunities as they become available and are working to mobilize anyone who has the time to reach out to fellow church members from their home.

With a nationwide health situation such as this, things change on a regular basis as more is learned. We will continue to up-date everyone as we have more information and are able to provide direction for our church community.

03/14/2020 CF Update

See video announcement from Pastor Mike here.

03/10/2020 CF Update

Most of us are aware of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus outbreak that is occurring around the world, including parts of the United States. The first case of the virus in Missouri was reported the first weekend in March. We pray for everyone whose lives have been affected by this virus.

As a church family, we want to focus on being resilient in times of uncertainty. This includes accepting risk, managing fear, taking appropriate action, and communicating openly.

Since we have yet to have a confirmed case of the virus in Columbia, we are currently in the alert phase of this outbreak. This means that both Christian Fellowship Church and School have been following the information and guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department.

In this phase, schools and houses of worship are directed to follow basic hygiene practices to prevent infections of any respiratory virus. These preventative measures include:

  • Keep surface areas as clean as possible. Have soap and hand sanitizer containers readily available.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if exhibiting a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or an unexplained rash.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing glasses, water bottles, or silverware with others.

If a case of COVID-19 were discovered in connection with a student, church member, or staff member, we will notify everyone immediately. We will maintain communication with the local and state health departments and will follow their directives. To make sure you stay informed please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact information by filling out this quick form. If you are confirmed with COVID 19, please notify us in the church office at 573.445.8561. Your name will remain confidential as we share that there is a confirmed case accordingly.

Should the threat progress to where we are unable to maintain standard classroom instruction for our students, we are working on a continuity plan with systems for implementing video and online student learning. Should we be unable to hold public church services, we will continue to live stream our sermons on Facebook and Youtube. You can also submit your prayer requests online so they can be prayed over throughout the week.

Please help to keep our congregation and students safe by staying informed, practicing good hygiene, and keeping children home if they have been running a fever or are exhibiting signs of a fever. As we approach spring break, families are also encouraged to be aware of travel restrictions or high-risk areas.

Should you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us. If we can help answer a question or direct you to health services that will provide you answers, we will. Your questions will also help us a prepare future communications for all involved at Christian Fellowship.

As we respond with appropriate cautions regarding this virus, we continue to put our trust in the Lord and join with the Apostle John in praying, “that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

Coronavirus Resources

cfKidz Ministry Well Child Policy

When the following symptoms are present, a child should NOT be admitted to cfKidz ministry:

  • Fever > 100.4 in the last 24 hours,
  • Uncovered open sores,
  • Had more than 4 watery stools in the last 24 hours,
  • Vomited more than once in the last 24 hours,
  • A severe cough that causes them to get red or blue in the face,
  • Pink eye, tuberculosis, lice or scabies,
  • Chicken pox until all spots are crusted.

Children on antibiotics must have been on medication for 36 hours.

We realize that some children have gone for extended periods with a particular health problem. We desire to minister to the child and parent even when the child cannot be allowed into the nursery. We would encourage parents in this case to ask members of their small group to share their need by helping them care for the child in the overflow room or in the main auditorium.

Steps being taken by Christian Fellowship

Below are some of the steps Christian Fellowship is taking to make the school and church environments as hygienic as possible:

  • On a daily basis, our custodial staff cleans and disinfects all common areas, giving appropriate attention to restrooms, door handles, and water fountains.
  • Restrooms are monitored to ensure the soap dispensers are full, paper towels are available, and to address any cleaning or hygienic concerns.
  • Using disinfecting wipes, teachers and students clean classroom desks, tabletops, and door handles at least twice a day.
  • Keyboards and Chromebooks are cleaned with a disinfectant wipe after each use.
  • Lunchroom (multipurpose room) tables are sprayed and wiped with a disinfectant after every lunch shift.
  • Hand sanitizer bottles are available in every classroom and in each foyer of the building.
  • Students are directed to wash their hands frequently and particularly before lunch and after using the restroom.
  • We have ordered “foot pulls” for our restroom doors, so the use of door handles can be minimized.
  • On a daily basis, staff will disinfect all common surfaces giving appropriate attention to the restrooms, door handles, and kitchen/coffee bar in the church office.
  • Staff will monitor to ensure the soap dispensers are full and paper towels are available in the church office. If the restrooms need attention, please let them know immediately.
  • Office staff will be responsible to use disinfecting wipes on their office desks, tabletops, telephones, keyboards and other hard surfaces in their personal space.
  • Hand sanitizer bottles are available in the church office at the reception desk and the coffee bar. Staff and guests are encouraged to wash hands often and use sanitizer regularly.

We love our children, but recognize they are not known for following basic hygienic practices, but we do our best to instruct and direct them to do so. Please continuing praying God’s protection upon our community as we trust in Him for all things.