Dear Village Preschool Families,
As many of you have heard, the Beaverton School District has announced an extended spring break, beginning March 16 through March 31. It is with honor to our state’s governor and respect to the physically vulnerable in our community, that we will align with the decision of the Beaverton School District and close our Village Preschool March 16 with the plan for students to return on Wednesday, April 1.
You are beloved and precious to our staff and our community. The safety and concern for your child and family is a top priority to us. We understand that the media and fearful dialogue can be overwhelming and debilitating. Please be mindful to focus on the facts and care for yourself and others with encouragement and grace. Our staff found this article to be useful and I hope you do, too.
This time in history is unprecedented and as believers in Christ, it calls for us to spread Hope and Love. The cascade of information and ever changing reports, cause me to remember this quote by Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” I have no doubt that if Jesus were walking on the earth in human form today, He would absolutely be one of the helpers. While practicing healthy hygiene and keeping your family safe, please be mindful of the needs of others. Do you have a friend or family member who is filled with fear that could use some encouragement? Do you have the capacity to deliver a meal or groceries to someone who is shut in? Do you have an elderly neighbor who needs someone to check on them? Together, let’s march forward trusting God to guide our paths and allow Him to use us to shine Light in our circles.
On behalf of our amazing preschool staff, and Village ministry leadership, I want you to know that we are praying for you in this time of uncertainty. Pastor Ken encouraged our staff with these words.
“In this season, let us keep our eyes open for what God may be doing. May faith, not fear, reign in our hearts. In this season, let us shepherd and lead our congregation through intentional and, perhaps, new ways of reaching out and encouraging others. In this season, let us not stop dreaming that God can do abundantly more than we ask or imagine through his power at work in us through Christ Jesus. In this Lenten season, may we be tied to the scriptures and anchored in Christ.”
May these words inspire you to remain focused on the faithfulness of our Father and provide tangible ways to spread Hope and Love.
In His grace,