June 2, 2020

Greetings Denver Friends! 

The Task Force has begun working on a re-entry plan to allow for groups greater than 10 to gather for in-person worship and ministry. We are carefully researching government restrictions and other church plans and guidelines developed by faith leaders in Colorado. Ultimately, we are praying that God would guide and direct us to develop a plan that reflects God’s will for DFC at this time. 

      Please pray for the Task Force as we continue in this process. Once the plan is in place, we will share it with the congregation in the coming weeks. In the meantime, let’s continue to connect as a church family through Sunday worship online, Sunday school classes, prayer groups, Life Groups and other opportunities both by Zoom and face-to-face. God has been so faithful to us throughout this crisis. Let’s take a moment to celebrate this together.

 

May 26, 2020

Greetings Denver Friends Church!  We wanted to give a short update regarding COVID-19. If you read the news, it is easy to see that the rules and regulations regarding social distancing are in a time of transition, easing towards more social interaction. The task force is monitoring the situation and working on a plan to allow for greater in-person worship and ministry for those who choose to do so.

 

This is not a quick or easy process. We are carefully researching government restrictions, other church plans, and guidelines developed by faith leaders in Colorado. Ultimately, we are praying that God would guide and direct us to develop a plan that reflects God’s will for DFC at this time. 

 

Please pray with us as we begin this discerning process. Once the plan is in place, we will share it with the congregation in the coming weeks. In the meantime, let’s continue to be God’s Church wherever you might be- praying, serving and loving one another.

 

May 18, 2020

Hello Denver Friends!

We have now entered into a new phase of social distancing called Safer-At-Home. With this new phase, social distancing regulations have begun to lift in degrees as the number of COVD-19 patients is closely monitored. What does this mean for Denver Friends?  This means we will continue our online service through the end of  May. However, small groups can now meet in person if: 1) there are 10 people or less in the group 2) masks are worn and 3) people are able to stay 6 feet apart from one another. This includes Life Groups, prayer groups, committees, etc. Please keep in mind that many in our congregation are considered high risk or might not feel comfortable meeting in-person yet. We need to be understanding of one another’s comfort level as we begin this new phase.

 

As always, the COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor the situation and dial up or dial down in-person gatherings according to local government guidelines and the number of infections within our congregation. We want to meet the social and spiritual needs of our congregation while protecting your physical well-being as well. Always remember, we love you Denver Friends!

 

May 12, 2020

Hello Denver Friends!

Two months ago our congregation was turned upside down when we made the decision to stop all in-person worship and ministries. This seemed drastic at the time, but we wanted to do all we could to protect our church members and community from a new virus breaking out across the world known as COVID-19. DFC immediately began exploring and eventually transitioning to online platforms for all ministries. I am so proud of our church! We responded quickly and were open to change, doing what we could to create connection within this new reality. 

 

The virtual ministries we created became all the more important when Governor Polis issued a Stay-At-Home order across the state of Colorado. That order expired this past week, and we are now entering into a new phase of social distancing called Safer-At-Home. With this new phase, social distancing regulations will begin to lift in degrees as the number of COVD-19 patients is closely monitored. What does this mean for Denver Friends?  This means we will continue our online service through the end of  May. However, small groups can now meet in person if: 1) there are 10 people or less in the group 2) masks are worn and 3) people are able to stay 6 feet apart from one another. This includes Life Groups, prayer groups, committees, etc. Please keep in mind that many in our congregation are considered high risk or might not feel comfortable meeting in-person yet. We need to be understanding of one another’s comfort level as we begin this new phase.

 

As always, the COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor the situation and dial up or dial down in-person gatherings according to local government guidelines and the number of infections within our congregation. We want to meet the social and spiritual needs of our congregation while protecting your physical well-being as well. Always remember, we love you Denver Friends!

May 5, 2020

Hello Denver Friends Church,

Greetings to you all! As you know, Colorado's stay-at-home order scheduled to expire on April 26th was extended by numerous counties across the state. On Friday, these stay-at-home orders are expected to lift. As the social distancing restrictions ease, the task force will continue to monitor the situation to determine the best way to carry out the ministries of the church in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you for your continued prayers as we make these decisions. 

 

Please feel free to contact Christy Neifert, Frank Penna, Mary Heathman or Phil Burgi if you have any comments, ideas, questions or concerns regarding the life and ministry of our church in these unique times.

 

April 21, 2020

Hello Denver Friends Church! The COVID-19 Task Force at DFC would like to say thank you for how you have responded to these unprecedented times in the life of our church. You have stepped up to the challenge- praying, encouraging, helping, adapting, showing patience and kindness- these are just some of the ways you have demonstrated your love for one another. We are so proud of Denver Friends Church!  

 

As many of you know, the stay-at-home order issued by the state ends on Sunday, April 26th. We are now entering a new phase as we slowly begin to ease social distancing restrictions. The COVID-19 Task Force at Denver Friends is continuing to monitor the situation, determining the best way to carry out the ministries of our church in the weeks and months ahead. Please pray that God will continue to give us wisdom, creativity and courage to step out into new ways of ministry as a church body. It has been so evident that God has been preparing our church for this time and is with us. May His hand continue to be upon us and bless Denver Friends Church!

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

Frank Penna

Phil Burgi

Mary Heathman

Christy Neifert

 

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