Updated March 21, 2020
Dear 3VC Family,
As you are aware, our situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is constantly and rapidly changing, and we are committed to doing all we can to encourage and provide a healthy environment for you and your family.
First and foremost, we trust a sovereign God and look to him for our provision and protection. This crisis is an opportunity to trust God and grow together in reliance upon him in everything. But trusting God means that we use wisdom and the means he has given us to think, pray, and make plans for the days ahead. Instead of giving us a spirit of fear, God has given us the opportunity to love our neighbors and to proclaim that ‘Jesus is Lord’ as we serve our families and neighbors in our community.
Therefore, the following coronavirus response plans are in place for 3VC.
OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE WILL BE ONLINE ONLY
We will NOT be gathering for our worship service on Sundays for the time being and will make the decision to meet again in person when it is safe for us to do so. We will announce when we plan to gather together for worship one week before on our weekly live-streamed worship service.
We encourage you to worship at home with your family. For now we will only livestream our Sunday morning worship service. Please share this livestream with your family and friends!
This decision has been influenced by two important factors: (1) Honoring our governing officials and following their recommendations for our state and nation’s wellbeing, and (2) loving our neighbors, especially those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
OTHER CHURCH ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
We are cancelling ALL activities effective immediately. This includes classes and ministries such as Sunday School, Life Groups, Youth Group, Trail Life, Ladies’ Bible Study, Men’s Breakfast, and the Cooking Ministry. This list is not exhaustive. All activities are cancelled to stem the spread of the virus.
HOW TO LIVE AND SERVE THE LORD IN THE DAYS AHEAD
For healing for those currently suffering from the coronavirus
For protection from and a decrease in the spread of the virus
For the medical staff caring for those affected by the virus
For peace amid wide–spread fear and panic
For the glory of God through through these days-may we proclaim the good news through our words and actions
For one another in our church family. The 3VC prayer and praise connection is our lifeline to know how to pray for one another and share our praises together. Subscribe to one of two methods of delivery: via email by sending a “SUBSCRIBE” email to email@example.com or via text by sending a text to 81010 with the message @3vc
Watch our livestream service this Sunday morning at 10:45 AM on our website. If you miss the livestream, you can watch it later. Share it with friends and family!
Serve those who are in need! Be a light to your neighbors—bless those who are experiencing unusual hardship because of the virus. Do you know someone who could use a meal? Be observant and love your neighbor as yourself. There are plenty of ways that we can bless those in need right now.
Give your tithes and offering online at https://faithlife.com/valleyview/give or by mail.
Share your faith in Christ! People are fearful right now. It’s understandable that people are anxious, but we as Christians can take comfort in knowing that God is in control. We can have peace during these times because He is sovereign over ALL. Be light, be salt. People are more open to spiritual conversations when life is uncertain, and we have Good News to share!
Stay informed https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/ is a good place to check for Ohio updates.
Should you or your family members become ill, do not hesitate to reach out to the church leadership for help. We are your servants. Your spiritual and physical wellbeing are our first concern. We are here to care for you and offer you the support you need.
Remember that we are the church…the church is not the building we gather in on Sundays. This is a huge opportunity for us to show the world how and why we trust Jesus especially in dark times.
By God’s grace and For His glory,
Pastor Shawn Vitu
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27