Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Wednesday, March 17, 2020
Greetings RVCC Community,
I would assume that we are all overwhelmed by the circumstances we find ourselves in as a result of the coronavirus (CoVid-19). It is understandable that many are struggling with fears and frustrations. The Elders and Staff at RVCC want you to know that we are here for you and are continually praying for all of your families. We believe this to be a time in which it is important for us to look to the Lord and place our trust in Him.
The Psalmist declared in Psalm 46:1 that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
We would encourage everyone to turn to the Lord during this time of great confusion and fear and find that He is willing to help us all.
In the meantime, we have made a number of decisions regarding how we move forward as a church during the circumstances brought about by the coronavirus. They are as follows:
- We are moving to livestream only for Sunday mornings. We are planning for one livestream service beginning at 10am starting this Sunday. The livestream service will consist of a time of worship and teaching from God’s word, instructions about online giving, and any updates that we have about activities concerning RVCC. If for some reason you are unable to livestream from your home, please contact the church office, as we would like to help you come up with ability to do so. Our Kid’s Ministry Leader, Bethany Ratcliff, is preparing kid’s packets that coincide with the message each Sunday as a resource for families. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- We are postponing all other gatherings at the church until further notice. This means that our Youth Group, Seniors Group, Men’s Breakfast, and Mom’s Group meetings that usually meet at the church will not be taking place as scheduled. For more information about these groups, feel free to contact the group leaders or email the church office.
- We have a Worship Night scheduled for next Wednesday, March 25 at 6pm. We are planning to move ahead with it as a livestream only event. Our Worship Ministry Leader, Ben Lawson, is making plans for what is sure to be a much needed and timely evening spent worshiping the Lord and placing our trust in Him.
- We are excited to announce that beginning Wednesday, April 1st we will be starting “Wednesday Night Live," a livestream only Bible Study option for those interested in tuning in from home. We are planning a 45 minute livestream service that will consist of some prayer, worship, and Bible Study focused on how we as Christians can live and love during these crazy and worrisome days.
- We are leaving it up to our Small Group facilitators to decide if the individual groups will meet this week for the final session of this season. Contact your Small Group facilitator for more information about this week’s meeting.
We are planning to send out updates concerning RVCC on a regular basis. For questions or additional information, feel free to contact us at the church office by phone at (541)773-3144 or through any of our emails found on the church website : www.rvchristian.com .
In His Service,
The RVCC Elders & Staff
Friday, March 13, 2020
Greetings RVCC Church Community.
With the reality of the coronavirus being in Oregon, we wanted take a moment to let you know how we, as a church, are responding. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community. Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring the situation as information evolves.
WILL RVCC BE GATHERING FOR CHURCH THIS SUNDAY?
Yes. We are planning to gather for both of our services on Sundays. If at any point this changes, we will update the RVCC community immediately. At this time, all Sunday services are continuing as usual.
ARE MIDWEEK EVENTS STILL MEETING?
All small scale events (moms group, youth group, seniors) will meet at the discretion of the group leaders.
WILL THE OFFICE BE OPEN DURING THE WEEK?
Yes. At this time, the RVCC office will be open as usual: Monday through Thursday from 9am-4pm. On certain days, we may decide to close the building for additional cleaning and we will update you with that information if the need arises.
SHOULD PEOPLE ATTEND SERVICES AT RVCC IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
While we place a high priority on gathering together for worship and other activities, if you are feeling sick, coughing, or running a fever, the best way to love your neighbors is to stay home. If you choose to stay home, we encourage you to join us online via our YouTube livestream, which can be accessed here. If you need instructions on how to connect to the livestream, please click on this link.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN WE TAKE WHEN WE COME TO RVCC FOR SUNDAY SERVICES?
We are encouraging everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves from coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses. This includes:
- washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- staying home if you’re sick
- covering your cough or sneeze
- disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly
For more information, please click here to see how the Center of Disease Control advises the public on preventing illness.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE WE TAKING TO ENSURE THAT OUR SUNDAY SERVICES ARE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
We will be taking extra cleaning precautions for the foreseeable future and hand sanitizers will be available in common areas. We will be adjusting our connections time by limiting refreshments to coffee and tea. We are encouraging everyone to refrain from unnecessary physical contact (i.e. hugging and hand shaking). We will continue to have the opportunity for communion and offering; however, instead of passing the communion elements and baskets, we will have them available in the front and back of the sanctuary.
We will continue to follow our standard health protocols by not admitting any child to the nursery or classrooms with a fever, colored nasal discharge, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. Through Jesus, we can trust God with our fears in all areas of life.
In addition to trusting in trusting the Lord, here’s some other ways we can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online or by mail as we trust God to bless the ministry of RVCC.
Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord’s work at RVCC. We will continue to update you as needed. Please feel free to call, email, and reach out to the church staff and elders with any questions or concerns you may have.
Thank you all for your commitment to RVCC,
The RVCC Leadership Team