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Latest COVID Update – August 20, 2020

Dear DCF Community,

After discussion as an Eldership Team, we have decided to move our Sunday Morning Services to Online Services Only for the next 3 weeks due to potential Covid exposure within our leadership team. We plan to reconvene in our building on Sunday, September 13th.

This Sunday, August 23rd, we will be streaming worship from the Northlands worship team along with the message “Anchor of Love” by Greg Haswell from his recent series “Anchors for the Soul”.  Tune in on Facebook Live at our usual start time of 10am and join in as we kick off our new Series on Love over these next few weeks.

We are honored to be part of a community that values in-person gatherings but are thankful for your understanding as we make this decision and consider the well being of our church body.

We’ll be cleaning and sanitizing the facility and will be ready for in house services again on September 13th.

We look forward to seeing you all online this Sunday at 10am!

Love,

Valarie and Dave Weisiger

August 20th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19|

Proverbs 22:3 says “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” 

We put our faith in a faithful God and we don’t entertain fear or allow worry to control our lives. At the same time, God has called us to be prudent so let’s make wise choices and follow the guidelines of our federal, state and local leaders as we join together to combat this virus.

You may feel apprehensive about what the next few weeks/months hold. But let me assure you that we’re going to rediscover God’s goodness and His great faithfulness to us as a congregation, city and nation. God is on His throne and has been for every crisis that has come before. He is faithful and His people will prevail.

Don’t hesitate to be the church in this season. Pray for the sick, offer help in time of need, present a spirit of calmness and  kindness when given the opportunity, especially when things are tense. Don’t offer platitudes, but really listen to people’s hearts.

When sickness presented itself, Jesus reached out and healed those who were ill and had no hope. He’s the same today as He was back then. He also met practical needs. Let’s do the same. Let’s be the church to the world when the world needs it the most.

Christian author and speaker, Jon Acuff has said, “fear is an emotion, afraid is a choice”. We can’t help when the emotion arises, but we can choose to not be afraid. If you’re struggling with fear, reach out to someone who can encourage, pray for you, and even help to meet practical needs. Scripture says that “… love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” 1 John 4:18 NLT 

Please remain faithful-

… in loving one another

  • praying for one another
  • encouraging one another
  • calling, texting, messaging, etc.

… in supporting the body

  • keep doing what you’re responsible for
  • keep serving where needed (if healthy)
  • communicate often with your Small Group leaders, Grace Team leaders, etc.

… in giving

  • our ministry/operating expenses will continue so thank you in advance for your faithfulness
  • you can mail checks to 2054 John D. Odom Rd, Dothan, AL 36303
  • you can set up online auto bill pay from your own bank (contact your individual bank for details)
  • Online giving is also available
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Community Resources

COVID-19 Wiregrass Info & Resources

Practical Considerations

We’re asking everyone to practice preventative actions during this season and to follow the guidelines from the CDC regarding precautions and recommendations for those involved in faith communities, especially-

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
CDC Handwashing

Living Waters (Christian Counseling)

2130 Co Rd 125, Headland, AL 36345
Phone: 334-693-3380

Good News Ministries – Diaper Closet

The Diaper Closet is designed to meet the basic needs and supply diapers once a month to families.
208 W. Newton Street, Dothan AL 36303
Phone: 334-405-9844

Wiregrass Hope Group and Pregnancy Center

Free marriage counseling | Free pregnancy test and ultrasounds |New born support and classes
171 Westgate Parkway, Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: 334-793-0002

Find Meals for Kids When Schools are Closed | USDA-FNS

https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids

Dothan First Assembly of God

FOOD PANTRY: Provides food to persons in need through their food pantry
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
3615 West Main Street, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-793-4194

Dothan SEACAP Emergency Housing Programs

601 North Saint Andrews Street, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-794-8754

Evergreen Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

This agency may be able to help with non-perishable, baby items and paper goods when available WEDNESDAY 8:30am-10:30am
1103 N Pontiac Avenue Dothan AL 36303
Phone: 334-792-7898

First Church of the Nazarene Food Pantry

Provides food to persons in need through their food pantry on the 1ST and 3rd Wednesday 3-5pm Walk-Ins ONLY
1081 Honeysuckle Road, Dothan AL 36305
Phone: 334-792-6974

First United Methodist Church in Christ’s Hand Program

This program may be able to help with Food, Rent, Utilities, Prescriptions and Bus tickets
Monday 9-11:30am ONLY
1380 West Main Street, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-793-3555

Full Gospel Ministry Church Food Pantries

Provides food to persons in need through the food pantry
211 South Ussery Street, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-671-9313

Good News Shop – Direct Aid Services

This agency may be able to help with Utilities, Medicine, Food Voucher and other needs on a Case-to-Case Basis- NO RENT HELP
http://www.nativitydothan.org
148 North Foster Street, Dothan AL 36303
Phone: 334-792-8742

Helping Hands of Dothan

This program helps those in need with their clothing & food
435 J. Steele Road, Dothan AL 36303
Phone: 601-934-0554

Living Hope Community Outreach Food Pantry

Living Hope provides food to those in need who income qualify below Federal Poverty
309 North Lena Street, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-671-2376

Love In Action Homeless Services

279 West Main Street, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-494-4995

Mercury Outreach Food Pantry

Provides food to persons in need through their food pantry
501 Broadway, Ashford AL 36312
Phone: 334-655-7099

Salvation Army Dothan Food Pantry

This agency provides food pantry services to those in need. Call for panty info.
1007 South Bell Street, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-792-1911

Southeast Alabama Baptist Associate Direct Aid Services – Food Pantry

Tues/Thursday 8:30am
www.southeastalabamacap.org
1306 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-699-2855

The Harbor – Food Assistance Program

This agency provides breakfast on Saturdays and dinner on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Food Pantry and Clothing Pantry is open on Saturday mornings. Free laundry services on Saturday mornings.
www.theharbordothan.org
320 North Foster Stree, Dothan AL 36303
Phone: 334-790-4031

Westgate Church of Christ Food Pantry & Clothing Closet

This agency provides a Food and Clothing on the 2nd Tuesday of ever month.
617 Westgate Parkway, Dothan AL 36301
Phone: 334-793-2280

Filing for Unemployment by State

Alabama

Workers can file for benefits online at www.labor.alabama.gov or by calling 1-866-234-5382.
***Online filing is encouraged.***
Steps to file:

  1. Go the Alabama Department of Labor <-CLICK HERE!!!
  2. Choose File a Claim
  3. Choose Establish a new or reopen a UC Claim
  4. Choose Continue
  5. After reading the following information on the next screen, choose proceed.
  6. After reading the following on the next screen, choose proceed. (This information provides specific details regarding your unemployment claim.)
  7. Continue to next screen and enter social security number and create a PIN.
  8. Be sure to answer this question yes if this is the reason for your layoff. This will prevent you from searching for work.

    “Are you filing this unemployment claim due to reasons related to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic?”

  9. Continue on answering the following questions.
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