WE ARE NOT CANCELLING CHURCH. WE ARE MOVING IT ALL ONLINE.
For now we will be moving our Sunday church services online. Rather than coming to our physical address.
Join us LIVE on our YouTube channel at 8:45 am or watch the replay at 10:45 am.
Last Updated: April 5, 2020.
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, and the governor has asked us to suspend large gatherings for the next few weeks, 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.
We Have A New 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 for now as a proactive act of love.
Attend Sunday Services on YouTube at our regular times of 8:45 and 10:45 AM
What about other gatherings such as Small Groups, Highlands, Summit, MOPS, Worship Nights, etc?
As of now, all events and gatherings have been suspended until further notice.
Check in with your small group leader for specific information regarding your group.
Highlands: Monday night Zoom Call
Youth groups: no gathering until further notice
BSF: Cancelled (they will be virtual for the reminder of this session and be back in the fall)
MVC Fit: Cancelled until further notice
MOPS: Remaining sessions have been cancelled, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or refunds
Spiritual Warfare Workshop: Postponed
Summit: Weekly Zoom Call
Al-Anon: No meetings, celebrate recovery is offering virtual meetings in the meantime
Breathe: No meeting until further notice
Not Alone Monday Night Women’s Group: Postponed