HELPING PEOPLE FOLLOW JESUS
 
May 13, 2020
 
Dear Church Family:
As we look forward to fellowshipping again in person at the church building, we wanted to share some details about our plan for re-opening the church.
We are pleased to announce our plan to begin holding services at E Free again on Sunday, May 24 at 10:15 am.
We are thankful that we once again have the freedom to gather, but we recognize that our church has a responsibility to take care of our people and safety is important. With this in mind, we want you to be aware of a few temporary changes to our Sunday morning format, including sanitation and safety measures that we will be adopting as we begin to meet together again during this time. As you enjoy greeting each other in person, please be gracious! Keep in mind that hugs & handshakes may not yet be welcome for some. Help to make our fellowship comfortable for those who may be more or less hesitant than you.
WORSHIP SERVICE
  • As you enter, we encourage you to head into the worship center and find a seat. Please enter through the middle doors.
  • Per CDC recommendations, we plan to adjust our method of seating; we will leave some seats empty to maintain appropriate space between people. There will be signs on rows that will not be in use. Family groups are welcome to sit together.
  • There will be no on-site Sunday School at this time. Adult Sunday School classes will continue to meet via zoom. Some adjustments to the Sunday School schedule may be made in order to allow people to both participate in remote Sunday School and attend the on-site worship service. Please contact your class facilitator for information.
  • We will not be printing and handing out bulletins at this time. Sermon notes, announcements, etc. will continue to be emailed. A very limited number of printouts will be on hand for those who don’t use email. If you don’t have access to email, please contact the church office and we will make sure to get you any information you need.
  • Our practice for offering and communion will look a little different during this time. For more details, see the email from the Elders  or contact the church office.
  • After the service, we know you’ll want to catch up and have conversations with each other! We encourage you to do much of that outside the building to avoid congestion in the more confined space of the foyer. Please practice ‘social distancing’ as this takes place.
CHILDREN & FAMILY INFORMATION
  • Please have a discussion with your kids so they understand the temporary guidelines outlined in this letter. Please keep your children with you while at the church. Please do not allow them to play in any other places. We want to keep all areas that are being used sanitized according to guidelines; please help us by limiting the areas in use during this phase of our re-opening.
  • There will be no Kids’ Kourt.
  • There will be no nursery staff available at this time. We ask that you avoid allowing your children into the nursery.
  • Please prepare an activity bag including crayons, pens, quiet toys, etc. for your children and bring it with you to the service. Packets of kids’ activity pages will be available on a table in the back of the worship center.
  • There will be some additional tables at the back of the worship center for those families who have children and would like to sit at a table where kids can work on activity sheets.
GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION
  • If anyone in your household is sick, please stay at home.
  • If anyone in your household is at high-risk for serious complications from the virus, we urge you to consider remaining at home as well.
  • Ushers will be at the doors – please allow them to open the doors for you.
  • Please be aware of others and maintain appropriate space to avoid congestion.
  • During this time, there will be no coffee or food items served.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at the door and throughout the church, but we encourage you to be prepared by bringing your own hand sanitizer or hand wipes.
  • We encourage you to bring your own mask if you choose to wear one. We will have a limited supply of masks available.
  • Restrooms: We realize it’s going to be difficult to keep appropriate distance in a smaller space such as our restrooms. We want to continue providing restroom facilities – Please use good judgement and clean up after yourselves! Lysol/Clorox wipes will be available for sanitizing surfaces.
We recognize that everyone has varying personal feelings and opinions about the situation facing us. Please remember to be respectful of others’ level of comfort or concern. Pray that God will bless us with an extra measure of unity as we once again experience the joy of corporate worship!
Even if you aren’t yet able to fellowship in person, please be assured that we will continue to livestream the service via Facebook. Audio recordings of the messages will continue to be posted on the church website early in the week. We encourage you to join us in worshipping and growing through our online services on Sunday and Friday Night Live as well as the small groups, Sunday School, and other opportunities that we are offering online. If you’re not able to access the internet, please contact the church office at 319-524-1090 to discuss your needs and discuss how we can help keep you connected.
We continue to seek the Lord’s guidance and protection as we live and worship through this unique time and we look forward to what He will do in and through our church as we serve Him.
Sincerely,
The Elders
 
Layne Billings, Brad Culpepper, Kenny Culpepper,
Jeff Dedey, Shawn Whitaker

 

 
See the prayer guide from Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. The Elders also hope you will gain perspective and encouragement by checking out these links from the Evangelical Free Church Central District and Our Daily Bread Ministries.
 
 

https://youtu.be/kQF1yQtLYeI
During this time, Live Steaming of our services will be available on our facebook page Sunday mornings at 10:15. Click here.

Service Time and Location

Sunday School (Children & Adult Classes): 9:00 – 10:00 a.m
Worship Service: 10:15 a.m.
Nursery: Check in at 8:45 a.m. or 10:00 am
Children’s Church: 10:15 a.m.
 
Join us for coffee and pastries in our café before the worship service.
 
Evangelical Free Church
2315 South 7th Street
Keokuk, Iowa 52632
Phone 319-524-1090

News and Notes

 

Sunday Messages

 

Jul 5, 2020
Momentum
Series: Choose Joy
"Momentum" from Choose Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Track 10.
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • Jul 5, 2020Momentum
    Jul 5, 2020
    Momentum
    Series: Choose Joy
    "Momentum" from Choose Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Track 10.
  • Jun 21, 2020The Hidden Power of Service
    Jun 21, 2020
    The Hidden Power of Service
    Series: Choose Joy
    "The Hidden Power of Service" from Choose Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Released: 2020. Track 1.
  • Jun 14, 2020Gratitude or Grumbling?
    Jun 14, 2020
    Gratitude or Grumbling?
    Series: Choose Joy
    "Gratitude or Grumbling?" from Choosing Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Released: 2020. Track 8.
  • Jun 7, 2020The Place of Worship
    Jun 7, 2020
    The Place of Worship
    "The Place of Worship" from Sermon by Pastor Candidate Jeff Higbie. Released: 2020. Track 1. Genre: Sermon.
  • May 31, 2020Downwardly Mobile
    May 31, 2020
    Downwardly Mobile
    Series: Choose Joy
    "Downwardly Mobile" from Choose Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Released: 2020. Track 7.
  • May 24, 2020A Humble Life
    May 24, 2020
    A Humble Life
    Series: Choose Joy
    "A Humble Life" from Choose Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Released: 2020. Track 6.
  • May 17, 2020The Worthy Life
    May 17, 2020
    The Worthy Life
    Series: Choose Joy
    "The Worthy Life" from Choose Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Released: 2020. Track 5.
  • May 10, 2020To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain
    May 10, 2020
    To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain
    Series: Choose Joy
    "To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain" from Choose Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Released: 2020. Track 4.
  • May 4, 2020When Life Is Unfair
    May 4, 2020
    When Life Is Unfair
    Series: Choose Joy
  • Apr 26, 2020Discerning What is Best
    Apr 26, 2020
    Discerning What is Best
    Series: Choose Joy
    "Discerning What is Best" from Choosing Joy by Interim Pastor Bill Patterson. Released: 2020. Track 2.

Church Information

Evangelical Free Church

2315 South 7th Street Keokuk, Iowa 52632 Phone 319-524-1090

Fax 319-524-1181

Office Administrator:

kefcoffice@gmail.com
 

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