Topic: Wednesday Prayer Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Wednesday Prayer will be on Zoom for the foreseeable future. You can do this with or without an Internet connection. Click the “Join Zoom Meeting” link or use the phone numbers below (long distance charges apply) and call in without video. If you call in, you’ll be asked to provide the Meeting ID, followed by the # sign. Everyone is invited to join. Call the church office and we can give you the needed information.
The Seekers' class is meeting on Sunday mornings through Zoom. If you would like to join this class next Sunday, contact the church office and Jan will connect you to the right person. The Crosstrainers' class is also meeting online. You can call the church office for that class's contact as well.
March 17, 2020
Dear Denver Friends Church,
Amidst the concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are doing our best as church leadership to respond to the ever-changing circumstances. We have put together a COVID-19 Task Force to keep on top of current recommendations and guidelines while looking for ways we can support one another as a church community at this time. Please let us know if you have ideas of your own!
As of March 16th, the CDC recommended that all in-person gatherings consisting of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed for the next 8 weeks. We are working to process this and to adapt as best we can, but for now we know we will not be meeting corporately on Sunday for several weeks. This is to do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and to demonstrate our care for those more susceptible to the virus.
This is a big change for all of us. Although we are not meeting together as one body on Sunday mornings at this time, we can still serve and bless one another. We might have more opportunities to show love and support to those around us in the coming weeks than ever before. Lord, help us be your hands and feet to one another!
It is extremely important to remain connected and engaged with one another during this time. Below are some suggestions of how to do just that!
Call or text one another, especially those who might not be as relationally connected
Meet in small groups for prayer and mutual support
Call the church office if you would like to offer your services as a babysitter, running errands, etc.
Likewise, call the church office if you have a need. We want to know!
Consider donating to Quaker Aid, the church’s benevolence fund. We foresee a greater number of requests in the coming weeks as the virus begins to affect some economically.
Remember to continue to give as usual. Your tithes and offerings are essential to the ministry of DFC. This can be done online, by mail or delivered to the church office.
We are working on a way to meet virtually (online) on Sunday mornings through audio or livestreaming. This is a learning curve for us, but we understand the importance of connecting as a body in some way on Sunday morning. More information about this will be forthcoming.
We strongly encourage anyone who is feeling sick or running a fever to stay home and away from gatherings. Please let someone in the church know that you are not feeling well. We want to care for you well in every way we can as your church family. However, we want to avoid exposing others to potential sickness. Particularly if you are elderly or more physically at risk in light of COVID-19, we exhort you to minimize social interactions during these days while still staying connected to your church family through other means.
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others by:
Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
Staying home if you are sick
Covering your cough or sneeze
Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
COVID-19 is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. This is why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus.
Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and how important our relationship with Jesus really is. It should also remind us of the value of relationships we have with each other. A season has come where we cannot corporately meet together, but the Church is not limited to a building. WE ARE THE CHURCH. May the Lord give us creativity and passion to not give up meeting together through other means. Whether that be online, in smaller groups meeting in homes, or ways we have not thought of yet. The church is strongest in times of uncertainty. Our response should not be driven by fear, but by the confidence and hope we have in Jesus for the days to come.
May the Lord encourage you today as we continue this journey as the body of Christ in all its forms. We truly are better together. Let us not lose hope in these trying days, but be vigilant all the more in prayer and love toward our brothers and sisters in the fellowship and in our communities.
DFC COVID-19 Task Group
March 11, 2020
Denver Friends Church's Response to COVID-19
We are a faith community striving to live out John 15:14, "You are my friends if you do what I [Jesus] command." Let us always act with faith and love, as opposed to the world's tendency of fear and anxiety. This is a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many. Psalms 62:8 calls us to “Trust in Him at all times…for God is our refuge”.
We suggest the following common-sense practices until we have more clarity on the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
The best prevention for most contagious viruses we deal with regularly is the most simple:
Thorough and frequent hand washing with hot water and soap
Cover your cough and sneezes
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Encourage your children to make these a consistent practice
Currently, our responsibility also includes reaching out to God in prayer, asking that He bring healing to those who are presently experiencing this illness and provide peace and comfort to the families in the United States and around the world who have lost a loved one as a result of this illness.
If you or your children are sick, please stay at home. You can find some ways to prevent the spread of the virus at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus