Health + Wellness

LATEST UPDATE

What We’re doing

ONLINE SERVICES

  • Because of CDC and Lake County Health Department restrictions, we are unable to meet physically until at least May 3, 2020.
  • Join us LIVE on Sundays at 9:30am and 11:00am at fierce.church/live.

KIDS

  • We’re excited to be providing fun videos + lesson plans so you can do church at home with your kids! You can always find those resources at fierce.church/kids.
  • Check out these wellness tips for your kids here.

HOW YOU CAN BE HELPFUL RIGHT NOW

  • Attend online. We are strongest and have the greatest opportunity for good when we are unified.
  • Fellowship is still important. Encourage one another. Call, text, or meet up virtually.
  • Christian charity: Don’t pressure others to see the Coronavirus the way you see it. There should be great compassion but also great freedom to have a different opinion. The one thing almost no one has is the benefit of hindsight on this, so let’s just all speak humbly.
  • Be even more intentional about giving. It sounds weird, but now is not the time to act like God’s not real, but like He IS. Pray for those far from God to be softened and to seek out the comfort of everlasting life through Jesus Christ. The church is going to need to do more than keep the lights on, so please give not only faithfully but liberally.

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Carter’s Letter

Initial Fierce Church Response to Coronavirus

Updated March 13, 2020

*This long note is broken up into two different sections. First there is Five Truths to Guide You. Half-way down is what the plan is with regard to Sundays. Feel free to scroll to the second section first if that’s what you’re looking for.

Dear Fierce Church family and friends,

I hope this note finds you doing well. I am sending to as broad an audience as possible to ensure we’re reaching everyone even slightly connected to Fierce Church. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers during this season with the concern of the Coronavirus outbreak.

We are establishing a Health and Wellness page on our website to provide details on our response, guidance, and trustworthy sources of information.

Read More: Five Truths to Guide You

This page is where we’ll be putting information and FAQs.

We will update this page frequently as more information becomes available, and as the situation changes, but I wanted to write a letter as your pastor to frame this situation with a biblical worldview.

In the wake of the Coronavirus, let’s reflect on the following truths:

Five Truths to Guide You

1. God is sovereign over the world and your life.

Jesus’ doesn’t want Christians to fear death (Hebrews 2:15).

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (Matthew 10:28– 31, NLT)

Job’s words are also comforting:

“You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.” (Job 14:5, NLT)

We should seek to rest and meditate in these comforting realities quietly!

2. It was always true that our lives are brief and uncertain.

The apostle James declares:

“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” (James 4:14, NLT)

The psalmists write things like:

““Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.” (Psalm 39:4, NLT)

“Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10, NLT)

“So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You [God] a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

Even if there is not a cloud in the sky, our lives are here one day and gone the next.

The moment each of us became a Christian, we should have heard the call of heaven to “Abandon this world in your heart. It is a sinking ship.”

This world is not our home; we are sojourners who are just passing through. In Jesus’ name, may we continually adopt an eternal perspective on the temporal nature of our lives. Let’s live like we’re leaving.

3. People may be significantly more open to Jesus for a little while.

When people think they could possibly die, they may be more responsive to the good news of Jesus.

Some of us remember the curious two weeks of national compassion and receptivity that followed the 9/11 attacks. That moment of spiritual softness seems to vanish quickly, but it was one of the brightest things about those dark days.

Assuming such openness could be possible again, but short-lived, let’s not waste any opportunities.

4. Now is the time for COMPASSION, and NOT the time to cross over on the other side of the road.

“Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.” (Luke 10:31, ESV)

Let’s be the character Jesus applauded in the story of the Good Samaritan.

Not only should we not react in fear like the rest of the world, but we should be very intentionally selfless and others-centric.

In Jeremiah 29:7, the Lord said to His captive people: “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.”

    • May we be the first to bring a friend or coworker a meal.
    • May we be the first to drive someone to the pharmacy to pick up their prescription.
    • May we be the first to share our toilet paper and hand sanitizer :
    • May we be the first to listen patiently and graciously, even if people see this situation differently than we do.
    • May we be that last to get roped into embarrassing arguments online that do a lot of ‘should-ing’ on people but don’t result in practically helping anyone.

If there is EVER a time for the church to shine, it is now (see Philippians 2:15)

While it is true that WE’VE never been here before, the Church of Jesus Christ HAS been here before throughout the centuries. They acted nobly and ran TOWARD the hurting and the sick. May we do the same.

5. Now is the time for gentle and earnest COMMUNICATION.

Let’s not STOP at being helpful temporally. Let’s do all we can to be helpful eternally. If you a Christian, you have the Cure for Death (Jesus) living within you.

“Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never ever die.” (John 11:26, NLT)

Now would be a shameful time to hoard it.

Do it respectfully, but as you have an opportunity, now is the time to share the reason for the hope you have in Christ (see 1 Peter 3:15).

Please know that I’m praying for you, along with Fierce Church’s leadership. We deeply care about you.

With love,