During this time when loving our neighbor as ourselves means practicing social distancing, we are remaining flexible as we adapt to this season.
Returning to Online Only Worship
We know many are eager to begin gathering in-person again, as are we. With the number of cases increasing in Midland, we have decided to again suspend in-person worship, including Come to the Quiet, for the time being. In consultation with session and staff, we feel this is the most responsible action to take at this time. We will still be holding office hours from 8-12 Monday through Thursday.
Engage with FPC Online
- Make plans to participate in worship with us each weekend. Worship guides and service links, along with resources for our children, are provided.
- You can listen to previous services online.
- Senior adults may participate in our Tablet Ministry and borrow an FPC tablet to increase worship service accessibility. Contact Pastor Charles for more information.
- Our youth ministries have weekly Instagram messages at 6:00 pm on Wednesdays: @animatefpc (MS) or @elementfpcmid (HS).
- MS+HS follow our Vimeo channels: Animate | Element
- Check out our events page to learn more about what's happening.
- You can give online or mail contributions to our church office.
- If you are a Covenant Partner and do not receive our weekly emails, please contact our congregational care coordinator, Becky Holmes. This is one of the primary ways we can connect with you each week.
Our Current Response
July 7, 2020 - Returning to Online Only Worship
June 10, 2020 - Together Again: Return to In-Person Worship
May 21, 2020 - Resuming Gatherings, Our Next Steps
April 28, 2020 - Texas Phase 1 and Our Response, letter from Pastor Steve.
We know these days are very challenging for many in our community. We are a people of prayer and we want to know how we can pray for you.
- If you have any needs, questions or concerns to share with your church family, please contact Pastor Charles, our Congregational Care pastor.
- You can also request prayer online.
Develop a New Spiritual Rhythm
From Pastor Steve: "While there is a lot of uncertainty and plenty of anxiety to go around, there are also a few opportunities that we might not otherwise have had. One of those is to embrace the slowing down. We have been pushed out of normal routines and habits, and therefore we have a unique opportunity to engage in a “spiritual rhythm” or two that could significantly help us draw close to God, and thus help us find some calm and peace in the midst of the storm."
Each week, Steve sends out a Morning and Evening Prayer Guide. If you do not already receive this email and wish to, please email Carrie McKean.
Find Ways to Serve
Serving looks different when we're supposed to stay home! But we continue to be engaged in our community in a variety of ways. Contact our Outreach Pastor, Walter Thompson, if you have questions or know of other service opportunities.
Our food pantry has actively been meeting the needs of families whose children attend our partner MISD elementary school, De Zavala, by delivering pantry bags each week. To learn more about this, please e-mail Alison Gaynor.
Our Benevolence Ministry continues to receive calls and take applications for financial assistance. Appointment requests can be made by calling 432.684.8440 and listening to the instructions.
Other Community Needs
West Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels typically rely on older volunteers, and those are the very same volunteers who need to stay home. If you're interested in helping directly with one of these ministries, please contact them:
Join Our Online Community
Throughout this season, we have sought to make all our decisions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in line with these guiding principles. Please read more about what each of these principles means for us.
- We want to be and act as the church.
- We want to act with wisdom and courage, not anxiety.
- We want to be good community members.
- We want to protect the elderly and the vulnerable.
- We want to be wise stewards.