Updated May 13, 2020
ALL FAC’s Services Remain Online
Though AHS has recently released guidelines allowing places of worship to resume gathering in the near future, FAC will continue to gather and connect online. The recent update includes several stipulations that would make it impossible for a congregation of our size and dynamic to be able to safely resume in-person gatherings at this time.
One of the key issues is that the congregation would not be able to join in singing together … Imagine gathering together on campus with a live band onstage and singers livestreamed from other spaces – and having to fight the urge to sing along in worship!
The guidelines also specify requirements around safe physical distancing, maximum numbers, and cleaning and sanitizing common spaces, among other factors, that would make it impossible for us to protect the health of all in attendance. Please see link below for details.LEARN MORE
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion … (Proverbs 3:2)
Updated April 22, 2020
Reaching our Neighbours
- FAC is supporting those in isolation or financial need by supplying emergency food hampers. If you would like to support this opportunity, you can donate through the COVID-19 fund line here.
- Starting this Friday April 24, FAC will become a pick up location for food hampers through the Calgary Food Bank. This means that the food bank will do the intake work and their clients can come to the FAC for pick up on Tuesdays between 10-11:30 am or Fridays between 4-6 pm. FAC volunteers will be helping with assembly and handing out hampers through drive-in style (contactless) system.
- Stuck at home and wondering what to do with your bottles? Donate your bottles towards the ministries of FAC. Free pickup available.
Lunch Program for Students In Need
Our bagged lunch program for kids has grown. We were serving 200 meals per week in Ogden. We are now able to serve 1,300 meals per week in Ogden (at Youth Centres of Calgary Ogden), Dover (at Ian Bazalgette School), and Forest Lawn (Patrick Airlie School). If you would like to support this opportunity, you can donate through the COVID-19 fund line here.
Ready to Get Involved?
Do you sew? Or maybe you have fabric you can donate for others to stitch up into masks or bags. If you have time, a sewing machine, or access to a few basic sewing supplies, why not consider being part of this important project?
- Find the pattern and instructions for masks here. (Pattern/Instructions)
- Watch a tutorial on making the masks here. (Watch Tutorial)
- Get connected with the Facebook group for instructions and patterns to make scrub bags here.
(Scrub Bags for Alberta Health Care Workers)
- Get in touch with the It’s Sew Easy group at FAC to learn more about getting involved.
- Completed masks and scrub bags can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm in marked bins placed at FAC’s east entrance.
It may seem like a small thing … And it may seem like the need is too great for any one person to make a dent. And it may even seem like we’re just doing what we’ve always done. But sometimes doing the same thing can achieve a different goal – sometimes that’s what it looks like to serve in the name of Jesus … To become part of something much greater than ourselves – even when we’re maintaining physical distance!
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Updated March 26, 2020
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Updated March 24, 2020
Updated March 23, 2020
FAC partners with The Mustard Seed
Updated March 20, 2020
Trusting God when life turns upside down.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we know we‘re not alone; even in a time of great uncertainty, our God is faithful, He is present, He is not surprised. In the midst of a very legitimate concern this is an opportunity for us to serve those around us. There will be neighbours and friends who need hope and practical support. We can all show the love of Jesus by checking, picking up groceries, prescriptions, or other needed items. At the same time, there are those of us who find ourselves in need of help at this time. You‘re not alone; there are many others on a similar journey.
Where are you in your journey?I CAN HELP I NEED HELP
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Updated March 17, 2020
In light of the recent AHS restrictions on public gatherings we have made the decision to suspend public weekend services at the Deerfoot and Southwest campuses. Our online campus will continue to broadcast on both Facebook and our website faccalgary.com. We would encourage you to gather with your family or small group to worship together with us, albeit in a different format. Services will be broadcast at our usual service times, Saturday 6:30 pm and Sunday 9:15 am and 11:15 am.
The best way to receive regular updates from FAC will be through our FAC Experience app regular news. The app also has an online giving option which will help us to continue ministry operations. We will also post regular updates on our website.
In the midst of a very legitimate concern this is an opportunity for us to serve those around us. There will be neighbours and friends who need reassurance and practical support. We can all show the love of Jesus by checking in on those around us, perhaps going grocery shopping for them or picking up prescriptions if they’re unable to go outside.
This weekend in our Stranger Things series we will look at another unusual story with an invitation to discover Jesus, even in our current chaos. God certainly spoke to me and opened my eyes as I prepared this message and I hope you can join me online.
I love the words of Psalm 121, especially with my view of the mountains driving to work: “I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” God is with us!