To honor what our state’s governor has asked of us and to respect the physically vulnerable in our community, our COVID 19 task force which includes leadership from all levels of Village ministry has decided that as of March 12, all regularly scheduled Village-sponsored group gatherings and Sunday services are suspended for the next four weeks.
We are taking this season as an opportunity to revisit the essence of church and will be connecting with you digitally! We will guide you through worship and connect with you via video. Please stay tuned for additional information. We will post here, through all-church email, as well as our social media and church app.
Villagers, you are highly encouraged to express your faith in care for one another and neighbors in this season. Pray for one another, call one another, check in with each other.
March 23 Update
In light of the governor’s order on March 23, 2020 to “stay home, stay safe”, the majority of staff are working from home, and our office will be taking calls Monday through Friday, 9am-noon. If you need physical assistance or other help, please email [email protected] If you have a true emergency and need to speak with a pastor immediately, you can call our after hours emergency line at 503.972.8282. If you are sick or are home-bound and need spiritual encouragement, please contact our visitation team under Nancy Anderson, Assistant Director of Pastoral Care, or call and leave a message for the visitation team at 971.261-0892.
Our campus is only open for a few selected groups which provide essential social services. We have closed the Village Cafe at this time. The Worship Center lobby is open to individuals to use for prayer, first responders to use bathrooms, a person needing physical assistance or other help, who has called in advance with a pastor.
Monday 7 am – 8 pm
Tuesday 7 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 7 am – 5 pm
Thursday 7 am – 8 pm
Friday 7 am – 5 pm
Saturday 8 am – 3 pm
March 18 Update from Senior Director Operations, Ben Spotts.
We’re encouraging all groups regardless of size (except those mentioned last week with special outreach to the community) to take a break from their regular meetings in line with local and national recommendations. Life Groups should continue to connect digitally and especially care for those from the vulnerable population. Groups that choose to continue meeting should practice safe social distancing and refrain from serving food. You are welcome to drop in and use space in our Worship Center.
The Worship Center is currently open on:
M, Th 7am-8pm
T, W, F 7am-5pm
Anyone dropping in must observe social distancing of 3-6 feet and use healthy habits (i.e. hand washing and covering coughs). Anyone who is part of an “at risk” group determined by health authorities (i.e. underlying health conditions and/or 60+ year olds) is strongly encouraged to stay home.
The Village Cafe will be open from M-Th, 7-11am, and is practicing rigorous safety guidelines, and our Facilities team is cleaning high touch surfaces frequently (including doorknobs, counters, toilets) with institutional-grade disinfectant and sanitizing products that are recommended by the CDC.
March 13 Update from Senior Director Operations, Ben Spotts
Common questions about Village’s COVID-19 Decision
As Pastor Ken mentioned in his communication yesterday, our church leaders decided to suspend regularly scheduled meetings, including Sunday services, for the next four weeks. Look for another email soon with resources for holding your own gathering on Sunday. Here are some common questions we’ve been asked:
Is the campus open?
Our staff, for the time being, will keep working on campus normal hours although this may change as the situation develops in our city. We are prepared to work from home. We’re inviting a few ministries who are focused on the needs of vulnerable individuals to continue meeting on campus including:
- ESOL (has decided to close until September)
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Village Preschool (has decided to cancel classes, following the BSD closure schedule)
- Pure Life Alliance
- Counseling services
- IRCO Health Clinic
If I drop by the campus, what should we expect?
The Village staff are working hard to create a safe environment and decrease the potential spread of coronavirus. We’ll decide early next week what hours the worship center will be open. All other buildings are closed for drop-ins to reduce expenses and be good stewards. We are:
- Conducting careful cleaning with institutional-grade disinfectant and sanitizing products that are recommended by the CDC.
- Spot cleaning “high touch surfaces” like door handles, railings, and lobby counters with disinfectant.
- Changing our cafe services in sustainable ways we could continue in future flu seasons.
- Ordering additional hand sanitizer to support increased demand.
- Preparing for a full building clean if there was a confirmed case of someone infected with the virus on campus.
Do you anticipate changing your current plans and decision to suspend for four weeks?
We are monitoring OHA and CDC recommendations, watching actions by local businesses and schools, and proactively touching bases several times a week with health professionals who are part of our congregation including an epidemiologist, a family doctor with experience in tropical diseases, a city emergency planner, and a community health trained EMT.
How do I stay up to date on decisions by church leaders?
We will use all-church emails, posts on our Facebook page, website updates, our app, and posters in the doors of our worship center.
We’re looking forward to the opportunities and testimonies we’ll hear in the coming days as our Village community reaches out to neighbors and friends with the love of Jesus! As Pastor Mauricio exhorted the staff today, the “first great lesson that we shouldn’t miss from this crisis is the Church is not a place”. He reminded us that we cannot be temple-centered. The center is Jesus, the important thing is the people.