COVID-19 Latest Update
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Dear Everyday Family,
Greetings and blessings to you. We want to update you on what we believe God is currently showing us as your leadership team, even as we all navigate together the global health crisis we are facing.
Firstly, everything we shared on Sunday is foundational to all else we will share. If you haven’t had a chance to hear that message, please click HERE.
To summarize, we believe this moment we find ourselves in is part of God’s larger story as history moves towards the return of Christ. He knows what is happening, and He has urged us not to be frightened. While COVID-19 is deeply concerning, we are also grateful that this pandemic is not at the level of severity that other calamities have been throughout history. We see this tragedy through the lenses of faith, hope, and love. This allows us to see opportunity where others may not—opportunities to draw near to God, to grow in faith, and to see with God’s redemptive heart. We are asking God to help us rise up with love and connection toward our neighbors and our church family.
We met on Sunday as a church family when the Governor still made allowance for meetings no larger than 250 people. We took great precautions to create a safe, healthy environment while honoring our government’s recommendations (not laws). We honestly didn’t know how many people would show up, and so we were deeply moved by the great show of faith, hope, and love at our gathering. It was an historic event, and it was a joy to worship with so many in the Everyday family.
The circumstances and directives surrounding COVID-19 are fluid and rapidly changing. Within 24 hours, the parameters for gatherings went from 250 by Governor Newsom to 50 by the CDC to 10 by President Trump. Planning how to be and do church has been challenging in this fluid environment, to say the least. Here are some Scriptures that represent the kingdom tensions we have been wrestling with in this situation:
- Acts 2:46, 5:42 – “They met daily in homes and at the temple…”
- Heb. 10:25 – “Do not forsake your gatherings as some are prone to do…”
- Rom. 14:16 – “Don’t let what is a good thing for you be spoken of as evil.”
- Rom. 13:1&4 – “Obey governing authorities… for they are God’s ministers for your good.”
Based on the President’s request and the CDC’s advice, we have developed a 3-part plan to ensure connection as a church family with both one another and our community during this time of challenge and opportunity!
1. For the next two weeks all of our gatherings will take place online.
We will have two weekly live streamed services on Sundays from 10-11am and on Wednesdays for 7-8pm. Join us at www.everydaychurch.com for times of passionate worship, practical teaching and powerful prayer as we encounter God together!
All microchurches are cancelled for at least the next 8 weeks, and other, smaller gatherings are cancelled for at least the next two weeks, but we have some exciting plans to gather in smaller groups at the church facility once the current size restrictions are hopefully relaxed in a couple of weeks. The Burn Service schedule for this Friday has been rescheduled for Good Friday, April 10th.
2. We want to encourage you to stay connected during this time.
We’ll be sending out regular communications over the coming weeks in addition to our live streamed services, and we encourage you to stay engaged with one another through phone calls and messages as well as in-person contact as you are able. We also have some great online tools that you can use to help you stay connected with one another:
3. We have an unbelievable opportunity to bring faith, hope and love to the world around us.
There is so much need all around us; practical, emotional and spiritual. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be Jesus to this community and to lead the way in both our personal and corporate response to this crisis. We encourage you to connect with your neighbors during this time. Reach out and check in to see how they are doing. Do they need help shopping for groceries? Or looking after their kids? Could you simply offer a listening ear and a word of prayer? We started 2020 with a vision to see and reach our community—little did we know the issues that our community would be facing in a few short months! This is an opportunity to be the church in the middle of a hurting and desperate community—will we rise to the challenge? Here are some simple ways to engage with your neighborhood:
- Work out ways to connect with your neighbors. You could go knock on doors, but if that doesn’t feel appropriate simply leave a small gift with your contact information on the doorstep.
- Join the Facebook group “Help Five Cities”. This is a centralized and easily accessible place where people in our community can express their needs during this time and be connected with people who can help.
- There are a number of online resources such as Nextdoor, which allow you to connect with people in your neighborhood virtually which can lead to in person contact.