Updates

COVID-19 Update: 7/2/2020

Updates on Resuming In-Person Gatherings: 

  • In-person gatherings at EFC will resume on Sunday, August 2nd at 9am and 11am
  • Online church will continue on the same digital platforms (Facebook, YouTube, and efreebn.online.church)
  • VIBE worship will continue outdoors at the EFC building at 5pm every Sunday.
  • On July 26, a full outdoor service will be held at 5pm in conjunction with VIBE.
  • Finalized details on specific programming and safety practices will be forthcoming. The EFC leadership continues to prayerfully evaluate the wisest course of action in these areas. We will keep you informed via email, the church app, and our social channels.

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  

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.

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. 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