May 23, 2020
Our church building will remain closed until we determine that it is safe to reopen. The E-Free Bemidji Reopening Strategy Task Force is presently developing a plan to safely reopen our church facility and resume in-person Sunday morning services as well as other on-site ministry opportunities. At this time, we do not have an expected reopening date. Please continue to pray for the Reopening Strategy Task Force as well as our church leadership as we navigate this process. If you have any questions, please contact the church office by phone or email.
May 7, 2020
The Elder Board of the Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji—based on the recommendations made by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-48—has decided to continue to keep the church facility closed to the public until further notice.
The Elder Board has also decided to form a Reopening Strategy Task Force to develop a plan to reopen the church facility and to return to in-person gatherings when it is deemed safe to do so.
In the meantime, Sunday Morning Worship Services will continue to be live stream only via the E-Free Bemidji church website (www.efcbemidji.org/watch-read/watch-live) at 8:30 am (Traditional) and 10:45 am (Contemporary).
We encourage you to please visit the E-Free Bemidji church website (www.efcbemidji.org) for the latest information. Please contact the church office at (218) 751-8834 if you have any questions or if we can be of help in any way.
March 20, 2020
The Elder Board of the Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji, based on the recommendations made by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health, has decided to close the church facility to the public through at least Sunday, May 10, 2020. Only EFCB staff and those volunteers deemed essential to the Sunday Morning livestream and Wednesday Youth Group livestream will have access to the building.
Sunday Morning Worship Services will be livestream only via the EFCB church website (www.efcbemidji.org/watch-read/watch-live) at 8:30 am (Traditional) and 10:45 am (Contemporary).
Youth Group will be livestream only via YouTube at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays. Please visit www.efcbemidji.org/grow/students/ for the EFCB_SM YouTube channel link.
Please visit the EFCB church website (www.efcbemidji.org) for the latest information. Please contact the church office at (218) 751-8834 if you have any questions or if we can be of help in any way.
March 13, 2020
Dear E-Free Bemidji Church Family,
The E-Free Bemidji leadership and pastors have been monitoring the COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) pandemic closely. At this time, we understand that there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Beltrami County. However, based on the recommendation made today by the Minnesota Department of Health that organizations postpone or cancel gatherings of 250 people or more, we have decided to move our 8:30 am and 10:45 am services exclusively to our online livestream for an indeterminate number of weeks.
Our decision to cancel our on-site Sunday morning worship gatherings is not one that is motivated by fear, for our Sovereign God has said,
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV).
Rather, out of love for our neighbors, especially for those who are particularly at-risk, we believe that not holding services on-site is our wisest and most considerate course of action.
We are prayerfully considering the best course of action for our other events and ministry opportunities that meet throughout the week.
- In particular, we are recommending that Life Groups NOT meet the week of Sunday, March 15th. Group members can contact their Life Group leader with any questions.
- At this time we have not yet made a decision about whether to cancel other events such as Wednesday night Kids Club and Youth Group.
Announcements and updates will be made available on our
- Website: www.efcbemidji.org
- Facebook page: www.facebook.com/efcbemidji
- Instagram page: www.instagram.com/efcbemidji
- Church Office voicemail: (218) 751-8834
We would also encourage you to follow the recommendations made by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.
We recognize that the challenge our world is currently faced with is in many ways an unprecedented one. However, we take comfort in knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ “is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17, NIV).
Please do not hesitate to contact the church office, Pastor Jerry, Pastor Eric, or Pastor Albin with any questions or concerns that you might have. May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Php 4:7).