Dear Church Family, Pastor Ryan and I (Rich Bell, Elder Board Chairman) want to give you an update about the many things going on at EFCC during the past five weeks, which has been quite a ride.
As you know, we stopped meeting on campus March 14, and this will be our sixth weekend meeting online, mostly via efcc.online.church. We’ve been encouraged hearing how God has used these services to minister to people and reach those we probably wouldn’t have reached within the walls of our church. While we’re confident that God didn’t cause the coronavirus outbreak, we certainly see him using it to point people to Jesus. Praise God!
While we’ve been working remotely off campus, our staff and volunteers have been hard at work in exciting new ways. We’ve launched a new interim web site (which you see here), and have developed online programs to continue ministering to families and students. In addition, we’ve made phone calls to more than 1,000 households in our church to see how they are doing; people are sewing masks for health care workers; we served lunch to over 250 employees at Palomar Hospital (CLICK HERE to see a short video recap or see below), and we have been partnering with Interfaith to serve our community. We’re grateful for the opportunity to continue to hold out the hope of the Gospel during this season.
Even though we are abiding by the “stay-at-home” mandate, life continues to move forward. As you may know, the church operates on a fiscal year that runs from April to March. We are extremely grateful to you and the Lord that when our fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, we were positive for the year. As we look ahead to the impact the pandemic is having on our economy, we are striving to be good stewards of the finances God is providing through you.
As this crisis began to unfold we started to immediately assess our financial situation. After our review, we decided to make a few staff and program adjustments that will keep us in a good financial position. We do not have clarity into the depth or length of this uncertainty and are trying to be as prudent as possible without making hasty moves. Through your faithful and generous support, we feel confident at this point that we’re in good financial shape, able to move forward on a sound financial footing. We continue to thank God and are grateful to you, our church body, for the way you consistently give generously and faithfully.
Our Annual Meeting was scheduled for April 26. Normally at this meeting, the church votes to elect new elders. However the elders have decided to postpone the Annual Meeting until we are able to meet again so that we can have our next business meeting in person. (We will let you know when that date has been decided.)
We don’t have a solid date as to when we can meet together again on our church campus. We will continue to follow our government’s guidelines and regulations, and will keep you posted as to when we can see each other again in person. As 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says,“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Please know that we are praying for you and that we love you. If there is any way the elder board can serve you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You may use the Contact Us form.
Grace + Peace,
Rich Bell (Chairman of the Elder Board) and Ryan Paulson (Lead Pastor)
This Weekend With EFCC
Connect with us this weekend through our web site or make sure to watch our services online starting this Saturday night via the links below:
English Weekend Services: efcc.online.church
Spanish Weekend Service: EFCC Bienvenido on YouTube
To donate to EFCC, visit: www.efcc.org/give