Every need in the world is an OPEN DOOR to share God’s love. That’s why, as a church family, we’re responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, not by panicking or hiding out of fear, but by serving the people who are most vulnerable.
No matter how frustrating, confusing, or scary this crisis gets, fear doesn’t have the final say. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Our hope is built on the perfect love of Jesus Christ, so we’ve been called to share that love with the world. And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in the coming weeks and months as more and more people in our community are in need.
HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AS A CHURCH
TRUSTING GOD: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of the fallen creation that we live in. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face in this 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 in times of trouble is to experience and bear witness to the resurrection power of Jesus Christ.
PRAYING: We must pray for the sick, 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.
If you need help, we first want to say that we see you and we care about you! Our goal during this crisis is to serve you however you need. Follow the instructions below (under “Get Help”) to get in touch with us and to let us know how we can serve you!
If you want to help, there are multiple ways you can serve people in your community who are vulnerable to the virus. Follow the instructions below (under “Give Help”) to learn how you can help.
Small Business Fund: We have created a fund to help Small Business in our community. Find out more.
Whether you’re vulnerable, sick, or in need due to school or business closures, we have volunteers and resources ready to serve you. Click below to let us know what you need.
This crisis is a huge opportunity for you to share God’s love with people in need. Click below to discover how you can volunteer, donate, give, or pray during this time.
ANXIETY DURING THIS CRISIS
Our “Understanding and Moving Beyond Anxiety” conference was cancelled but we’ve got lots of resources for you. Click here for more information. Or see below for a talk about anxiety from Lin and Tiffany Brownell.
Lin and Tiffany Brownell speak about dealing with anxiety during COVID-19.
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Useful News Resources
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the leading national public-health organization in the U.S. and has up-to-date information on COVID-19.
Coronovirus, Social Distancing, and Self-Quarantinne
It’s crucial that our church members listen to the guidelines coming from health professionals and public officials in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. We’re hearing a lot of new phrases like “social distancing” and “self-quarantine.” In this article, the senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins Medicine clarifies these concepts and explains why they’re being recommended.
Stay Home. Save Lives. State of Oregon
Find out more about what the Stay Home, Save Lives, means in Oregon. What does it mean, what is open and closed.