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Important Information on Covid-19 Available Here

"I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." -Isaiah 41:10

Faith’s pastoral and administrative staff, Elders, and Parish Planning Council are continually tracking the evolving COVID-19 situation. This page provides the latest information for our church community. Please help share this information with those members who do not have easy access to our online resources.

Three Worship Opportunities – beginning June 21, 2020

After consideration by Faith’s Pastors and Elders, and approval of the Parish Planning Council (PPC), we are pleased to announce a [5 pm] option to worship in the sanctuary effective Sunday, June 21. Learn more HERE.

SAFE* INSIDE – [5 pm] in the sanctuary

* “Safe” does not offer any guarantees, and whatever is truly “safe” in this world is open to interpretation and the individual; so do not take the use of the word “safe” to be a guarantee that you will not come into contact with any virus if you attend any service in the sanctuary. Worship at your own risk.

SAFER DRIVE-IN – [10:30 am] in the parking lot

SAFEST ONLINE – posted on YouTube on Sunday morning

Pastoral Care

Office/Building

Additional Home Resources

Stewardship

  • While we live in an age of uncertainty, this much is certain: The Lord gives us our daily bread. While we may experience a time of limited gathering for public worship, the Lord has never left or forsaken you.  YOU ARE HIS.  It is always in thanksgiving for this reality, perceived by faith, that we give our tithes and offerings. Please read this letter from Stewardship about how you can continue to give while in-person worship is suspended.
  • If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the church office or one of the pastors, and we will work to support you in your time of need.

Care & Compassion for Our Neighbors

  • We begin in prayer that the Lord of all will bring healing to those who are sick, comfort to those who mourn, and an end to the spread of this virus.
  • Please keep in touch with elderly, at-risk, or isolated friends, family, and church members. If you would like to be added to an official “keep-in-touch” team or provide support with other tasks, contact Janet Hitzeman.
  • Support Pantry 279 with donations of food, funds (Venmo, Paypal, or through Thrivent.com to easily receive a donation receipt), cleaning supplies, empty medium and large boxes, or by making deliveries to the homebound. Follow updates on their Facebook page.
  • Consider other ways to support local aid groups/non-profits, as well as local businesses that are at economic risk.
  • We serve with the love of Christ and lead with confidence in our Heavenly Father’s gracious care.

Additional Practical Resources

  • To learn about free COVID-19 TESTING in Bloomington, view this resource issued June 5.
  • The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has put together a page of COVID-19 community resources, including state and local resources, economic assistance, HR & legal resources, government guidance, health deptartment resources, educational institution updates, and more.
  • The state of Indiana has created a website with resources for mental health and wellness, bewellindiana.com
  • Consider ordering grocery pickup or delivery to avoid going into stores. Our Cantor has put together detailed instructions for all the options in Bloomington here (updated April 16), which include Kroger, Aldi, Fresh Thyme, Sam’s Club, Petco, CVS Pharmacy, Sahara Mart, Bloomingfoods, Wagon Wheel Custom Meats, Target, Walmart, Pantry 279, Hoosier Hills Foodbank, and the Bloomington Farmers Market.
  • Many stores are dedicating certain hours for older or at-risk shoppers to have fewer crowds and germs, and better selection.
    • Kroger (west/Liberty Drive): age 60 plus Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 7-8am
    • Kroger (central/Seminary Square): age 60 plus everyday 7-8am
    • Kroger (east/College Mall): age 60 plus everyday 7-8am
    • Kroger (north/Kinser Pike): yes but call to confirm
    • Kroger (south/S. Old State Rd. 37): none currently but may be implemented
    • Fresh Thyme: age 60 plus and at-risk Mon/Wed/Fri 6-8am; healthcare workers Tues/Thurs 6-8am
    • Aldi: senior citizens, expectant mothers, those with health concerns Tues/Thurs 8:30-9:30am
    • Walmart (including pharmacy & vision): age 60 plus Tuesdays 6-7am
    • Sam’s club: seniors & those with disabilities or compromised immune systems Tuesday/Thursday 7-9am; healthcare workers Sundays 8-10am
    • Target: age 60 plus Tuesday/Wednesday 7-8am
    • Sahara Mart: open until 11pm for a less-crowded experience
  • Many stores have switched to or made curbside pickup available, such as Bloomington True-Value Hardware, Lowe’s, Best Buy, Michael’s, Once Upon a Child, and many more.