Corona Virus Update

Updated 3/29/20

My prayer is that this update finds you safe and well and, most importantly, finding strength and peace in God’s presence in these challenging days. 

We are continuing to adjust our practices here at the church to both serve our church family and community while also doing everything possible to be as safe and protective of one another.  With that in mind, here are a few updates:

(1) As both government, health and denominational officials continue to ask us to maintain social distance, and not meet together in groups, in-person worship will be suspended for the immediate future.  We will continue to offer online worship each Sunday morning (links will be on our website and Facebook page) and will let you know as soon as we receive the approval to begin worshipping together again in-person at the church facility. 

(2) For the next few weeks the church offices will be closed and staff will be working remotely.  If you need to contact us, please either call (941-776-1539) or email (  We will be regularly checking messages if no one is available when you call.

(3) We will continue to receive donations for our food pantry to distribute to those in need.  We have a shopping cart outside our main office door and one outside the entry to the Gathering Place to receive non-perishable food items.  These carts will be checked regularly so the items can be brought inside and stored.

Thank you for the continued support of our ministry as we discover new ways to be the church in these difficult days.  Rest in the confidence that God is with us and will bring us through this challenge by His strength and presence.  May each of you be blessed.

In Christ,
Chris Schmidt