OUR RESPONSE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR BLACKBURN:
We’re all aware of the evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus and we’re aware that you want to know what we are thinking at Victory Church. We have resisted posting things quickly because of how news about this is changing from day to day. But I wanted to send you a message updating you on how we’re preparing for the weekend and weeks ahead.
We’re staying in contact with local health and governmental officials. So, as of right now, we’re continuing with all services at both of our locations and believing God for a great Sunday. We will continue to assess this situation day by day and update you if anything changes. Of course, use wisdom as you plan your weekend and the days ahead. If you’re feeling sick in any way, stay home, and join us online. And if you have any concerns about public gatherings at this time, please be released from any expectations you think we might have on you to attend. Listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you and use good common sense.
At this time, we do not plan on cancelling any services. I really believe that in times of crisis that the Church (the gathering of believers) is needed more than ever before. I think we all need to worship, pray and study God’s Word together and receive the encouragement and hope that comes from being together. I’m excited to be there myself this weekend and to have a time of prayer in all services for our city and our country.
Remember 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
I look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday. God bless you!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Here at Victory, we are all aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19 around the world. We are aware that our response as a church is likely on your mind.
We are trusting God, praying for those who are sick and scared, and working to prevent the spread of this disease. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
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 who 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 to the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
- Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Stay home if you are sick and enjoy our online service.
HERE ARE THE STEPS WE ARE TAKING FOR ALL SERVICES:
- Our Greeters and Hosts can’t wait to welcome you! Greeters will open the doors for you as you enter, and during this time they will not be shaking hands or high-fiving—just giving out lots of friendly smiles!
- There is antibacterial soap in all of our bathrooms and alcohol-based hand sanitizers available in our lobbies and high traffic areas.
- Our entire facilities team will be working through the weekend to make sure all surfaces, door handles, and other common areas are thoroughly sterilized.
- We are increasing the frequency of cleanings and enhancing sanitary practices of high-contact places (e.g. common areas, kids areas, auditorium, and coffee stations).
- While we always encourage community and building relationships with those at your local campus during our services, at this time we are asking that people not shake hands with those around them.
ACCORDING TO THE CDC, HERE ARE SOME STEPS WE CAN ALL TAKE:
- If you are high risk, such as older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions, avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
While we exercise wisdom in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we know that divine health and protection is from Jesus. Let’s continue to trust in His promises of protection in Psalm 91 for ourselves, our families, and all those who are affected by illness and pray that the virus will be contained and conquered.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.