FCC Covid-19 Response
Dear FCC Family
While our campus remains closed, We love you. We miss you.

Thank you for your prayers, patience and understanding of the season.  Our campus remains closed to all gatherings through the end of January 2021.  As we get closer to that time, we will reassess the current circumstances and update the closure status.  We all have deep spiritual, emotional, and social needs, and being together in Biblical community is an important part of our lives.  We are grateful for opportunities to be the Church though we have not been able to meet in person.

Safety

The health and safety of our FCC family is our number one priority. At this time, we are seeing increasing numbers of cases throughout the country, and especially in areas where the weather has turned colder and people are moving indoors.  California and the Bay Area have not seen this yet because of our good weather, but this will likely change very soon as it becomes chilly outside.

Equity

FCC wants to be fair and equitable to everyone in the community, therefore the campus will remain closed to all groups equally.  No matter the size or makeup of any group, the campus is closed to any gatherings.

Clarity

For complete clarity, no gatherings will take place on the campus. This eliminates the decision making for staff who has to uphold this policy.

What Won't Change
We will be offering our amazing online service at 9:00AM Sunday mornings via Facebook Live.

Or you can watch on your own schedule from the website. Our worship will still be powerful, and our messages will be packed with relevant Biblical content. Our staff will be available to pray and assist you with your needs. For those in vulnerable categories, we encourage you to continue joining us online.

Missional Resilience
A closed campus does not stop us from continuing to work on our mission and our vision.

FCC’s mission is, “Equipping People to Follow Jesus in their Everyday Lives”.

FCC’s Vision is, “Break down barriers, Build up people, Be a light for our city”.

As followers of Christ, we can continue being the church everywhere. We can keep breaking down barriers, building up people and being a light for our city, no matter where we are.

Here's What We're Doing as a Church

Trusting God

Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and a broken part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.

Praying

We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. We believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord. Join us on-line Thursdays for 510 Prayer and Friday morning prayer at 7:00AM. There is also a Helping One Another Prayer and Care request form you can submit for specific prayer requests.

Preparing

While we are closed, we have a staff team that is meeting regularly to review all of our efforts in response to COVID-19 including online enhancement, cleaning and sanitization efforts, social distancing protocols, and future in-person gatherings.  We will use a phased approach which will take into account local current guidelines. We have adjusted our services to be solely online until further notice.

Staying Informed

We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
CDC on COVID-19

The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.

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CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations
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Alameda County Public Health Department
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Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage

The following webpage provides numerous resources to help manage stress caused by COVID-19 and other life stressors.

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Addressing Mental Health Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic has stirred up many emotions and it is important to manage stress in a healthy way. The following article from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides several ideas about how to care for yourself in the face of uncertainty.

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CDC on COVID-19

The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.

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CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations
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Alameda County Public Health Department
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Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage

The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.

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Addressing Mental Health Issues

This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.

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Here's What You Can Do to Help

Volunteer Opportunity

The City of Oakland is looking for volunteers who can deliver prepared meals to seniors who are at-risk or who have tested positive for Covid-19. Through a program called Great Plates Delivered, (a partnership between FEMA, the State of California, the City of Oakland, and non-profit World Central Kitchen), driver volunteers pick up meals at a central location and deliver them along a pre-determined route to the homes of seniors in Oakland.

Volunteer opportunities include drivers, assistants to drivers and food baggers and typically occur Monday through Saturdays between 10:30AM and 3:30PM. You can schedule a shift that can be once a week or multiple times a week for 2-3 hours. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicle, must have a valid California Driver’s License and must not be at high risk for severe illness from Covid-19. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form and someone from the program will contact you with instructions/details.

Volunteer sign-up here

Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus. Join our Thursday 510 Prayers with FCC Pastors and Friday Morning Prayer at 7:00AM.

Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.

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