With the evolving COVID-19 situation, as Christians we have an opportunity to demonstrate faith over fear. That doesn’t mean we ignore the practical measures, it means we combine those measures with faith, information and discernment. Take a moment to read the actions we are taking for your health and well-being.
"walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3
*Updated 5/24/2020 We’re all aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19 in Oregon and around the world. And, we’re aware that our response as a church is likely on your mind.
PHASE 2 OUTLOOK: We are currently praying into a plan that will meet CDC and State guidelines for gatherings when Phase 2 is initiated. Right now we hope to open on June 7th with two services and a third in Spanish with a capacity of 100 people in each. This will consist of a few changes to ensure your health and safety. We are navigating these new waters together so we are leaning on Ephesians 4:1-3 to keep grace, peace, and unity at the forefront of these plans. You can check back here in the weeks to come for more specific updates.
HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AS A CHURCH STAFF
TRUSTING GOD: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
PRAYING: We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
STAYING INFORMED: The media is aflame with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.
PREPARING: Personal hygiene is very important to us. Although our building is currently closed, we’re continuing to clean frequently as we still use the building to live stream on Sundays with a minimum number of volunteers. We are also doing our best to stay up to date on information concerning the phases toward reopening the state. We will be following the direction of the CDC, state, and medical authorities of when and how best to proceed.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
Give Grace. We're all going through this for the first time and there is an overwhelming amount of information concerning the virus. With this in mind, we are committed to extending grace and remaining flexible so we can continue to love others well.
Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home and enjoy our online service.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body. . . . Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” - Matthew 6:25–27 (New International Version)