As you know, the City of Columbia has issued a “Stay at Home Order” until April 24th which applies to houses of worship too. While churches are listed as Essential Businesses, which means FCC can be open; the order also stipulates that houses of worship must comply with the “No more than 10 people gathering together in compliance with the CDC.” This makes holding regular worship impossible. So this means that FCC will NOT hold public worship until Sunday, April 26. Should the Order change, we will adapt accordingly.
However, we will continue holding worship via YouTube! The Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, we promise to upload a weekly YouTube service to assist your worship of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The advantage of YouTube versus “live-streaming” is that you may access each worship service at any time. So if you go to our YouTube Channel “First Christian Church – Columbia, MO,” you will have access to all of the uploaded services at any time. We encourage you to “Like,” “Subscribe,” and to share the link with friends and family! We know one church member who watched it from their home in Arizona and another member sent it to family in London, England and Italy! On a personal note, thank you so much for all the encouraging words for Luke on this project! It means a great deal to him! Thank you so much!
— Dr. Stagg
Click the links below to find Kids’ Bulletins and the Worship Bulletin to accompany the online service.
We have created a YouTube Channel so we can still worship together every Sunday. Click HERE to be taken to our new channel where Dr. Stagg and Rev. Spear will guide you through a worship service, complete with a Children’s Moment, Pastoral Prayer, Scripture, Meditation and music lead by our Music. Dept. staff. New videos will be available every Sunday.
As we have witnessed over the past few days there have been numerous closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After consulting with several medical and public health officials and heeding the recommendation from the CDC, the Church Officers and the Senior and Associate Ministers have decided that First Christian Church will suspend all meetings and gatherings beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29. Then on Monday, March 30, we will reevaluate on a week-by-week basis as to when to begin normal activities. This decision is also being done in alignment with many of the other downtown area churches.
We believe this to be a compassionate, proactive step to protect the health and wellbeing of our congregation and our community.
This decision includes but is not limited to: Worship services, Sunday school classes, youth group meetings, Bible studies, Mother’s Day Out, all fellowship events, funerals/memorial services, committee meetings, department meetings, and governance bodies.
If you have any questions, concerns, or affirmations to share, please do so. As the Officers and Ministers of First Christian Church, the physical and spiritual wellbeing of our members is our prime concern.
In this time, let us be reassured that God is with us. With this blessed assurance, we trust that Christ leads us to lovingly respond to those who are sick, weak, and in need. And that the Holy Spirit provides all the strength, hope, and compassion we need to meet this ministry challenge. During this time let us continue to be a witness of Christ’s love and mercy to all in our congregation, in our community and in our world.
Eric Arnett Colleen Nilges Steven Smith Dr. Brad Stagg Rev. Jimmy Spear
Moderator Vice-Moderator Treasurer Sr. Minister Assoc. Minister
Click this link to view the video recording of the 19th Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies, “Jesus, Adam Smith and Today’s Capitalism” presented by Rev. Dr. Brad Stagg at Columbia College. The lecture begins at 15:10.
You can also read an article written by Kevin Fletcher about Dr. Stagg’s lecture here.
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