COVID-19: How it will affect us? (Update: Live Stream or prerecorded)
May God’s grace flood your soul with divine peace as you are reminded that Christ himself is our peace and it is “through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” that the “peace of God” is realized in your life. This is not a time for worry but for peace. Through faithful prayer the peace of God will stand guard about your heart, ably protecting you from anxious worry through every storm. This is the promise of God (Phil 4:6-7).
So when you are tempted to panic … stop. Stop and pray.
Remembering of course that you are already eternally saved from wrath, so you can persevere through all kinds of trials (Romans 5:1-5), knowing you have a hope that cannot disappoint. Because of Christ our hope, you can remain at rest in the arms of your Lord even if it all falls apart around you.
Speaking of storms, due to the rapidly escalating intensity of COVID-19, the eldership has implemented a 4-week plan to suspend all VEFC services, meetings and activities.
All worship services will be cancelled for the next 4 weeks, to resume Easter Sunday, April 12th. Also, all midweek and special events will be cancelled for the next four weeks, including: AWANA, Youth, Classical Conversations, Ladies and Men’s studies as well as special events like the 6G Men’s Event.
Men’s Retreat is yet to be determined.
The office will remain open during the week, Monday-Thursday, Pastor Will is on call Friday-Sunday when the office is closed.
If a need arises which you cannot physically meet, please contact the church office or your shepherding elder.
While gathering physically is not possible, virtual gathering is.
Lord willing, we should be up and running livestream by Sunday (the 29th), this Sunday the 22nd will be pre-recorded video. The video will be posted by 10:30 AM Sunday morning.
So don’t forsake worship with your family/friends this Sunday in your living room. A Sunday evening worship video will not be available.
Bible study leaders can make use of the Zoom App to host their classes for all who wish to log in on their smartphone or computer using the Zoom App. If you are a teacher and wish to use this app for your class, Pat Lee will gladly assist you (559-679-5343) with setting it up.
We encourage you to remain faithful in your regular giving to the Lord during this time. The financial needs of our body and those we support, remain. Giving online using our website is the easiest option—click the “Resources” tab on the top right and click “Give Online” and follow the prompts, Pastor Ken can help you if you need assistance with this (559-303-8150), or if you prefer you can drop your giving envelope to the church office via our mail drop box (located on the office door) or mail it to 1317 W. Main St.
We will be using email, our website and Facebook to keep you informed. The elders remain in ongoing communication and are dedicated to their charge to shepherd and care for you. The elders will meet again in 2 weeks to reevaluate the noted cancelations.
While we are refraining from corporate gathering, we strongly encourage you to stay connected with the body and get together with prudence and respect that you might pray together, help each other, and serve.
Providentially, I will be preaching on the “One Anothers” of the New Testament over the next few weeks. This Sunday’s text is Romans 12:9-16. What an excellent time to practice what it means to “love one another!”
Again, may God’s peace, which surpasses all understanding, keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Be wise. Be careful. Be considerate of those around you. Lets love one another like we never have before.
Knowing, Jesus is stronger than every storm!
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