FirstCovGR COVID-19 Response

March 16, 2019

Dear Church Family,

Isaiah 43:1 says, Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 

Isaiah 41:10 says, So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Did you know that the phrase “fear not” is used at least 80 times in the Bible, most likely because God knows the enemy uses fear to decrease our hope and limit our victories.

Interestingly, fear is a very real thing.  If you listened to guest pastor Dave Diller’s sermon this Sunday via Facebook Live, it’s okay to recognize that we all are dealing with fear on some level.  And so, we continue to take our honest, authentic feelings to our loving Heavenly Father in prayer regularly and allow His strong presence to comfort and feed our soul, to calm our fears and wash over us with His unexplainable peace.

In light of the ever changing situation with COVID-19, it is with wisdom and wise council, and not out of fear, that the Leadership Team, Pastors and staff have decided to close down our building.  All worship services, and activities of any size have been suspended until April 5.  This is in the best interest of our faith community at FirstCov and our staff as well. Our office hours will continue with at least one pastor or staff member in the office during business hours 9:00am to 4:00pm. (shortened slightly).

We are discussing and working hard at setting up other ways to minister to each other.  Be looking for more information with regards to that soon.

If you have questions/concerns, don’t hesitate to call your Leadership Team members.

Steve Alkema Chair –
Ginger Mastaw – Vice Chair,
Jeanine Holquist –
Mike Gutierrez –
Steve Palma –
Tammie George –

Your Leadership Team, Pastors and staff

Update on Pastor Craig, from the Messenger this weekend,

He had eye surgery for a tear in his retina last week Tuesday, March 10.  The surgery went well and healing is going well, however it is a challenging rehabilitation because he has to stay in a completely upright position 24/7 until the eye is healed enough.  He is also not allowed to read.  Continue to pray for strength and peace.  Pray also for a full recovery and that his sight will be completely restored in his right eye.

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