Greetings Friends,

I am sending this letter to you to let you know of some important information pertaining to Battle Creek Friends Church.

As of today, Monday, October 26, I and the leadership at Friends Church are making the decision to move to a virtual / online church service only. This will continue for the whole month of November.

We do not not make this decision lightly or without consideration for all of you. With the Covid spike in Calhoun county and the close proximity that we are experiencing as a church community (as well as local)  we need to take a break from meeting in person. This is the best, most appropriate course of action at this time for the health and safety of everyone. This truly breaks my heart. The Bible teaches that we should not neglect our gathering together (Hebrews 10:25) and we know that community is so important for so many, but for now what is best is that we find other ways to be the church! This decision is not based on what other churches are doing, but rather based on the Battle Creek Friends Church’s best practice for its people and our Battle Creek community at large. We need to lead in our community and not do things from pride or based on what other churches are doing.

Please DO know that I and our staff love each and every one of you and we are here for you. We have our sights set on a goal of December 6 to come back to in-person worship. This is a goal, but not a date we are glued to. It would be wonderful to see the Covid curve flatten before then, or by then. We shall see. Let’s please stay close, do this together as a church, keep taking care of each other, AND continue being a light in our community! The church office will not be open to the public for the next two weeks. We will continue to assess as needed. Please don't hesitate to call or email if you need direct attention or prayer.

PLEASE let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I love you all very much.

Sincerely, and in Christ,

Pastor John