Updates

COVID-19 Update: 4/6/2020

Dear EFC Community -
We will continue our compliance with the State and Federal practices and move forward with online ministry through at least May 3, 2020.  During this time period, the church facility will remain closed and all in-person gatherings postponed.  If you have any questions or need assistance with experiencing church online, please let us know at  

Over the last few weeks, the focus of the EFC staff has been on creating digital opportunities for ministry to continue.  I am proud of the staff and their ministry teams for their hard work in getting the areas of children, youth, groups and worship online so that we can continue to Serve, Reach and Grow people in Christ!  Thanks to all!

However, I also want to share the need to view this current situation with a long-term lens and prepare our church for such a reality. For instance, needs amongst our own and in the community will more than likely grow in the weeks and months ahead.  Though this will be difficult it is also a great opportunity for us as Christ-followers.  This is our time to be the church and share the love of Christ with others in practical ways!  With this in mind, our Serving Team under the leadership of Pastor Omar will be:

  • Working with our Senior Care Director in order to make sure that we are caring for those who are most vulnerable. This includes providing care packages, notes of encouragement, and creating a system where people at-risk are matched with those who can do their shopping, run errands, etc.
  • Coordinating with one of our local Strategic Partners, Sheridan School, in order to help provide food for those who struggle, as many families do in this fantastic school.
  • Working with our Compassion Team preparing for the potential of a significant increase in requests for assistance as people find themselves in difficult financial circumstances.

In John 20, after the death of Christ the disciples were waiting behind closed doors, filled with fear. Jesus appeared to them and reminded them, “Peace be with you, as the Father has sent me, I am sending you!”   In the midst of this pandemic, people are hurting and are uncertain, and the longer this lasts, the greater our opportunity.  Let’s be the church, be aware of the needs around us, and meet them when we are able!

Our first priority over these past few weeks has been to make sure that we provide connection opportunities within the church and serving opportunities as we move forward.  We also want to communicate that if you are struggling in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through email at . We want to be a support to you and to our community. 

In order to continue our ministry over the ensuing months, we will need your continued financial support as we go forward.  We realize that for some, this might be difficult or nearly impossible, and to you, we simply want to say that we are here to help!  But If you’re able to give financially, please prayerfully consider doing so using our online giving options. Thank you in advance for your continued support and generosity!

Ways to give:

  • Give online using our website or the church App
  • Use your personal bank to transfer funds electronically
  • Mail a check to the church office (2910 E. Lincoln St, Bloomington, IL 61704)

 As we move forward, we will continue to communicate regularly with the church family through the following channels, so please make sure you’re connected: 

  • E-Free Church App (to download, search for E-Free in your app store)
  • Facebook page/Instagram
  • eNews

 Finally, we ask you to join us in lifting this entire situation in prayer on a regular basis, knowing that God is where we place our hope, and trusting that he will show us how to be the hands and feet of Jesus!  Looking forward to celebrating our Risen Savior this upcoming Sunday!

Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Rick and the Elder Team

CoVID-19 Update 3/17/20

Dear EFC Community -

Here is our updated response to the Coronavirus pandemic. To keep our congregation and community as safe as possible, we are diligently tracking this situation, researching leading experts at the State and Federal level, and communicating with fellow churches both locally and nationally. The CDC and IDH continue to share that the case numbers will rise. These organizations have strongly encouraged no gatherings of any significant size. As you know, the State of Illinois continues to take strong steps to help contain the virus.

Therefore, we will not be gathering together for worship the next 3 weekends (3/22, 3/29, and 4/5). On those Sunday mornings, we invite you to join us online.

All church-related activities have been suspended through April 5. During this time period, the church facility will be closed. This includes any outdoor activities at the church property. We will evaluate the need to extend this suspension as the situation develops.

Our staff in the areas of Groups, Children, Youth, and Serving are developing plans to continue ministry throughout this time. Over the next few days, you can expect to receive updates from these areas.

These are uncertain times, but we want to encourage you with the following thoughts:

  • Let us be the faith-full church and trust our God during this crisis. The world around us is in a state of fear, panic, and self-preservation, but we must be of a different attitude. “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”  Isaiah 26:3

  • Let us be the loving church and practice social distancing, but not social isolation. As stated earlier, our staff and ministry teams will be working to increase our community digitally over the ensuing weeks. 

  • Let us have the attitude of the early church toward the sick and suffering and the scared. We will be looking for ways to love and serve our community during this difficult time. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:24-25 

As leaders, we must acknowledge that without weekend services, the church finances could be impacted. However, we have confidence in our God and in this generous community of believers who have proven faithful through many seasons of life. We encourage you to find the best way to continue to honor God through your giving during this time.

  • Give online using our website or the church App

  • Use your personal bank to transfer funds electronically

  • Mail a check to the church office (2910 E. Lincoln St, Bloomington, IL 61704). 

Throughout this pandemic, we will evaluate things week-by-week and communicate regularly with the church family through the following channels:

  • E-Free Church App (to download, search for E-Free in your app store. Be sure to enable notifications in your phone settings.)

  • Facebook page

  • our website

  • Email updates from our eNews 

Most importantly, we invite you to join us in lifting this entire situation in prayer on a regular basis, knowing that God is where we place our hope and trust!

Blessings,

Pastor Rick and the Elder Team