The Lee Memorial Health System has informed us that they are in need of blood donors. We encourage you to go to either the Cape Coral location (636 Del Prado Blvd. S.) or the Lee Memorial Hospital location (2776 S. Cleveland Ave.) to give blood, if you are able to do so. Your donation could save a life!
The Church Council has voted electronically to approve the postponement of the Annual Church Business Meeting to Wednesday, June 17, 2020. I am sure that you are aware this is due to the present situation that we are all dealing with together. According to the laws of the State of Florida, the present Council members will remain in office until new ones are selected at the meeting. We are extending the deadline for submitting applications for Church Council and Internal Audit Committee to May 10, 2020. You may check with a resolution committee member for an application. You may also contact my office for an application.
We will continue to provide online services and devotional encouragement throughout the remainder of April. Thank you for your continued prayers for the pandemic and for First Assembly of God.
Pastor David Thomas
President Trump has just announced the extension of restrictions through April 30. This means we will be providing Easter services online for our congregation. Pastor Betzer is planning to lead a Good Friday service with communion and we are making plans for a positive online Easter experience.
As soon as we are able to meet as a congregation, we are planning a giant Easter celebration. We feel that the excitement generated by this could make it one of the greatest celebrations ever.
Please keep in touch with us at the church through emails and text messages. We miss each of you!
Pastor David Thomas
In order to comply with federal directives, we have cancelled our normal in-person events at the church. If you have questions about an event, please call the church at 239-936-6277 during business hours, and we will be happy to help you.
Cancelled events include weekend services and the remaining Winter Concerts.
The coronavirus has been making headlines for weeks as it spreads around the world and now we're seeing impacts right here in SW Florida. As a large church where many people gather several times a week, it would be irresponsible of us not to address ways that we can help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Your safety is a priority, therefore we are doing all we can to protect our church family and many visitors to our campus. We are following CDC preventive action steps and encourage you to do the same.
(www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) . We are monitoring the situation closely and will follow all directives handed down by our local health department and the Governor.
The Word reminds us that we are not to live in or give in to fear. The only way to do that is to put our trust in God and walk this out with Him. But the Word also tells us we are to listen to and accept wise counsel so that we may be wise the rest of our days. Therefore, we want to share some things we are doing to make our campus and all facilities safe, and we ask all of you to help us in our efforts to reduce the risk of spreading this virus and to protect the most vulnerable:
- As much as we love fellowship with each other, one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of any virus is staying home when you are ill. If you are not well, we ask that you please stay home. This includes any events or activities taking place on campus during the week. And, you don't have to miss out on services as we provide two ways you can be part of our Weekend services if you are ill, Facebook Live or live stream here. If you miss the live broadcasts, all of our services are archived and available online. Also, if you are away from our campus, donations can be made here .
- If you are not feeling well and experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (see CDC website if you are not aware of those symptoms), please seek medical care immediately.
- We're all conditioned to greet people with handshakes, and for some, even hugs. But until this virus has stopped spreading, we ask that you refrain from personal contact when greeting and just give a wave, a smile, a 'how are you'. When things quiet down and this virus is under control you can go back to hugging on each other!
- We take cleaning our facilities seriously and over the next few weeks we will be amping up disinfection procedures in all facilities, and cleaning of the Sanctuary between services. Surfaces will be cleaned, high traffic areas will be disinfected, bathrooms cleaned, etc. We have always provided hand sanitizers at Information desks, and will continue to do so as long as it is available.
Please be praying for those impacted by this outbreak and all those involved with setting policy and providing care.
Senior Pastor Dan Betzer
Senior Assistant Pastor David Thomas
Pastors and Staff of First Assembly of God