Last Updated: August 4th, 2020.
MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER
It is our greatest desire to regather together and worship as a church family and we continue to with our plans to gather in person and online so we can meet the needs of each person.
A leadership task force, our staff, and overseers have been prayerfully and diligently working hard to accomplish this. In our response to COVID-19 there are three things we consider each week for how to minister during this time.
- How to represent Christ well in our community and continue our mission to teach the gospel, reach those who don’t know Christ, to honor and worship Him.
- Our review of the current health concerns specifically in our local community and the guidelines that have been put into place.
- Feedback and hearing the needs of our church body to inform our decisions and care for all well.
Based on these three guideposts, we are planning to regather for outside services on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. beginning August 16th! In addition, we will continue our online services to be held live at 9:00 a.m. (pre-service “lobby” to begin at 8:45) for individuals, families, and small home groups to participate who cannot return at this time.
Everything has been put into motion for us to Move Forward Together, and as we all know, this is also a time when things change rapidly. Please watch for more details to come as the date gets closer!
In case you are interested…these are the survey results from our church family. Thank you for participating!
- 189 surveys were completed
- 49% report missing attending service with others and 32% miss seeing friends
- 49% report being ready to return to in-person services
- 50% report having some reservations about returning and will wait
- 76% would register online to attend in person and 18% will not likely register
- 46% would wear a mask, 37% would stay home if they were asked to wear a mask and 17% are uncertain
- 61% with preschool age children would have them attend children’s program
- 61% with elementary age children would have them attend children’s program
- 79% prefer online services to attending a house church
- 35% would be able to volunteer if we returned to in-person church and 16% asked for more information about what is needed.
What Does Love Look Like
In A Pandemic?
What Does Love Look Like in a Pandemic?
Now that the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic the question we have been asking ourselves is “What does love look like in a pandemic?”.
1. Love looks like prevention.
We told you last week about measures we have been taking at Mountain View to prevent the spread of disease in general. There is great information about how to do that on government websites that is much better than following news outlets (See links below). Loving your neighbor means using good health practices and sharing good information.
2. Love looks like prioritizing the most vulnerable.
It’s not about fear of not getting, it’s about not spreading it. While the threat is still low in our area and the coronavirus may not actually hurt you or your kids if you get it, it could be life-threatening to the elderly or those with respiratory issues. Preventing the spread helps everyone, especially vulnerable populations. Jesus cares about the one lost sheep and he takes it personally how we treat the most vulnerable.
3. Love looks like personal sacrifice for the good of everyone.
Our actions now will make a difference in slowing the spread of the virus. By following the guidelines the government authorities have published regarding social distancing in public gatherings, we can make a difference. Jesus calls us to look out for the interests of others.
4. Love looks like reaching out and connecting with one another.
We may need to keep our distance physically, but we can still stay connected. Social media can spread fear but it can also spread faith, hope and love. Calling each other, checking in on one another, praying for one another and offering help to those who are sick are all things we can do as a church family. Use our church database, Facebook page and Instagram to stay connected. Talk to your small group about how you will meet and stay connected.
MVC Care Team
Email the care team if you need help or want to join us in helping others!
Mountain View Church Prayer Night – Thursdays at 8pm on our Youtube Channel
The Bible Project – Church At Home
The Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona is hosting spiritual practices via zoom at 9am each day M-F for the weeks to come. – Lectio Divina, Contemplative Prayer, etc. join by clicking this link on weekdays at 9am.
Guide to help church members pray through the Lord’s Prayer. Redemption Tempe is asking their church to use this to pray together at the same time each day and made one without their logo in case it’s helpful to other churches.
For Healthcare Providers (Heroes) – A liturgy for medical providers
Mindful Mondays – Help, hope, and practical guidance from mental health professionals, spiritual directors, health professionals, and Christian coaches. Starting April 13th on Mountain View Church’s YouTube Channel.
Beyond Disaster – American Bible Society has developed this trauma informed free resource as spiritual first aid for those who have survived natural or human caused disasters.
MVC KIDS – Weekly videos, activities, and resources for families and kids.
Tiny Theologians – They have incredible discipleship cards for kids that are 30% off right now!
Kids Read Truth – They have preteen Bible studies, art journals, and fun books!
Parent Cue App – Parent Cue helps connect you with practical things to read, do or say to help you engage with the heart of your child each week.
So what about church on Sunday?
What does that look like?
You are the church. That doesn’t change. But how we meet will need to for the time being. Though no one at Mountain View has tested positive for the virus and the risk in our area is still low, we are moving our regular public gatherings online and are working to regather as soon as possible for those who are able.
Attend Sunday Services on YouTube at our regular times of 8:45 and 10:45 AM
What about other gatherings such as Small Groups, Summit, Worship Nights, etc?
Many groups have been moved online and some are able to meet in small gatherings.
Check in with your small group leader for specific information regarding your group.
Youth: weekly small groups and events – check with your leader
BSF: Cancelled (they will be virtual for the reminder of this session and be back in the fall)
MVC Fit: Available online
Summit: Weekly Zoom Call
Al-Anon: Not meeting at this time, celebrate recovery is offering virtual meetings in the meantime
Prayer Nights: The third Monday each month outdoors at MVC 7 P.M.