March 18, 2020  

It’s been quite a week. Whether you joined us live or watched later, Sunday’s gathering was an amazing opportunity to be reminded of the power of God’s love, even in uncertain times. If you haven’t watched it yet, make sure you do. To watch this Sunday’s message, click here. 

As you are likely aware, restrictions have gotten tighter since last week. As of yesterday, Larimer County posted the following guidance for churches on their website:

We understand that cancelling religious services, in particular, has a significant impact on communities, congregations and organizations – religiously, spiritually, morally, and emotionally. We encourage gatherings to be done remotely by webinar, teleconference, social media, and telephone. If services or programs continue in a facility, maintain social distancing and regular cleaning and disinfection. It is not recommended for those who are over age 60 or those who have underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems to be at gatherings of more than 10 people.

The good news is that church isn’t something we can cancel because church is a family of faith not a place; but we know what they mean. In order to do our part, our church building will continue to be closed to all activities, gatherings, and weekend services until further notice. Timing on this will be determined as we stay current with safety guidelines and most importantly wisdom from God! So while our church services need to be altered for the time being, our church remains strong and active! We will be hosting our services at 8 and 10 am on our website FunChurch.com.  

All services will also be uploaded for reviewing on our YouTube channel. Click the link or go to YouTube and type, “Christian Church of Estes Park” in the search bar at the top of the screen. Once there be sure to like, subscribe, and click the notification bell icon so you’ll have easy access to each of our services as they become available. This also makes it easy for you to share services with your friends who may appreciate some encouragement in this time.  

In addition to this we’ve been praying and thinking about ways we can work together for our neighbors with all that’s happening. We have a number of projects in the works.

Three ways you can help: 

  1. Pray – Pray for those impacted by the virus, as well as their families and loved ones. Starting next Monday (3/23/20) we will be hosting a daily video meeting for information, encouragement, and prayer. 
  2. Give – The recent restrictions enacted across our state to slow the spread of this virus will likely be devastating for many of our local families and church members; especially those who work or own businesses in the the hospitality, service, and retail sectors. Being that our local economy is predominately made up of those exact sectors, it’s important that we do all we can to help those in our church and community that will be financially affected by this situation. If you’ve been affected please contact the church office. If you’re able to do so, please donate by heading to FunChurch.com/give. Or you can mail your donation to our church at 4655 US Hwy 36, Estes Park, CO 80517. 
  3. Serve – As we’ve been praying and thinking about ways we can be together for our neighbors in the midst of this outbreak. Here are a few small actions that you can take to serve our community in this time:
  • Call your neighbors each week (especially the elderly and single parents) to check in with them. Let our staff know if they are sick, need food, prescriptions, or prayer so we can help you help them. 
  • Help us with the April 1 canned/boxed food (formula/diapers) drive for Crossroads. Simply ask your neighbors to set their food donations outside their front door by 9am Wednesday April,1. Then go and collect that food and bring it to the collection point at Timberline Medical Center between the hours of 9am-1pm. If you are unable to collect or drive the donations to timberline, just let the church office know and we’ll schedule one of our volunteer ministers to pick them up. If you’d like to help us collect and deliver donations, or to help serve at the Collection Center, please also call or email the church office. This is a great way for us to reach our neighbors, support the work of crossroads, and serve our community all at the same time. 
  • If you live alone, partner up with another church member to call and  check on each other every day. If one of you becomes sick, or needs assistance, please let the church staff know so we can help. 

It’s part of our DNA as a church to be together for our neighbors, the next generation and those in need, so that people of Estes can flourish. We believe God calls us to be agents of love and care for those who are hurting, especially in times like this. This is our chance! 

In all of this, let us remember that our God is a great God. He is powerful, He is present, and He is working through us even now. 
 

Ephesians 5:15–20 

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
March 14, 2020  

While we do not want to act out of fear, we do want to be responsible in how our church responds to this situation. Due to the unique demographics of our community, Estes is particularly vulnerable to the effects of this virus. For this reason, the elders have decided to suspend all large, in-person gatherings at our church, including worship services, beginning March 15 until further notice. 

Sunday Morning Worship Services   

We will be meeting exclusively LIVE online this weekend (March 15, 2020) for worship services. We welcome you to join us at FunChurch.com or go to the direct link, funchurch.online.church, for a broadcast of our Sunday service. The feed will go live this Sunday at 8am, and will be posted for rebroadcast at 10am.

Many of us are wondering when we will be able to gather again to worship together. While we don’t have a specific answer, we will assess the situation on a week-by-week basis. In the meantime, we can’t wait to hear the stories about how God uses our online worship gatherings.

Going Forward 

Our decisions are not made out of fear in any way; rather, they are motivated by how we can best love our neighbors by preventing the spread of the virus unnecessarily. And we believe this gives us the opportunity to spread the message of hope in Jesus Christ with our neighbors and those who are closest to us.

Our elders and staff teams are developing plans for pastoral care for our people in this season, especially for those in our congregation who are at greatest risk. We will also share helpful resources going forward about how we as a church can all get involved and help those around us in our community and our neighborhoods.

We care deeply for those who are already affected by this and are praying for God’s leading and wisdom as we navigate the next few weeks.    

Stay Informed

Each week we’ll reassess our ability to hold services at the church and will do our best to keep
you informed. You can check back here for the latest updates.

 
The best source of information on COVID-19 is the CDC’s website. You can also find local COVID-19 information on the Larimer County’s Website. If you have any questions, please email CCEPoffice@funchurch.com.