Elders' Update-March 28, 2020
Our church is much more than a Sunday service. Kurtus has the youth meeting and praying and encouraging each other online. His ministry has not diminished, it has only changed in format.
Weekly Bible studies are starting up online using zoom as well. For those who have not been a part of a group in the past we encourage you to join a group. The current home group leaders are Doug Remple, Dave Marcotte, Gerald Wiens, and Ken Baerg. As well, Karen McIsaac is leading a ladies group. If you would like to become a part of a group that meets online during this time when we can't physically meet, call or email any of the leaders above.
We believe that giving is an expression of worship and obedience. Even though we don't physically meet, there are three ways in which you can continue to give. You can mail a cheque, drop off a cheque at the church or give online using Canada Helps.
It is very encouraging to see how our church is responding to our current situation. We have ladies in our church who are making face masks at home. There is a shortage of medical masks and these home made masks can be used in some situations. As stated above, teaching and caring ministries are continuing, but only in a different format. We encourage everyone to stay involved and help our church to flourish during this time.
In Genesis Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery, but Joseph says in Genesis 50:20 "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." We look at our situation today and might think, like the world, that we will be harmed but instead let us look at this like God does and believe that God intends it for the saving of many lives. The God we serve said in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Be encouraged!
From your leadership team at Valleyview Bible church.
Elders' Message-March 24, 2020
We are in an extraordinary time. There is much uncertainty, bad news and anxiety in the entire world. People in our congregation, as well as everyone else in our society, will experience some sort of loss. Our city looks like a ghost town, very little traffic, businesses closed and very few people out on the streets and parks. Most people are holed up at home, staying away from others. The only thing that we can rely on is Jesus Christ and His promises. The leadership at Valleyview does not see this as a time to shrink back and see if we can hang on. We see the Church as the only hope there is in the world and that this is our time to shine. We see the present situation as an opportunity to truly be the Church of Jesus Christ and to continue to minister to our people and to reach out as well.
We had our first "live stream" service on facebook this past Sunday. This will become the new normal for the foreseeable future. Our Church is much more than just a Sunday morning service so there is much more that we want to do. We encourage you to go to our web page and our facebook page to keep up with what is going on.
We want to make sure that everyone connected with our church is cared for. If anyone has immediate needs or knows someone else in our congregation who has, please pass this onto Joni. If you are a person who has the time and energy to help someone with things that they are unable to do at this time, then again, please let Joni know. We are in process of putting together a team who will contact all of our people and ensure that everyone is cared for.
We are a church with a healthy small group ministry. We are not willing to let this ministry go dormant for who knows how long. We are planning to restart our small group ministry using an online platform called zoom. With this tool each member of the group can log on and take part in the Bible study from home. I envision it just like a physical meeting. Each participant can see on the large part of the screen the person who is speaking and can also see the other participants on a bar on top. The Juniper group is going to have their first online meeting this Tuesday 7:00pm. This is kind of a trial run. After this we want to have an online training session for the other group leaders with the goal of getting all groups back up and running. We also want to encourage everyone who has not been part of a small group to think about joining one. We are in a time where most of us are cooped up with little contact with others and we will all be able to participate from our own homes. We are also encouraging our small groups to continue to care for their members during this time of crisis.
The youth are in a season of growth, both spiritually and in numbers. Again, we do not want this to stop. Kurtus is planning to post daily devotions and to make daily contact with each student to see how they are doing and for prayer. He is also aiming to set up a weekly group hangout using some online format, for Bible study, conversation, etc.
This is the longest leadership report ever. We just want to make sure that everyone realizes that we are not shrinking back, but we are moving ahead with confidence that God will build His Church and nothing will stop it including the corona virus.
From your leadership team at Valleyview Bible Church.
Stay informed. Here are links for :
Our web page: (https://www.valleyviewchurch.ca)
Our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ValleyviewBible)
Our "live stream" page (http://www.valleyviewchurch.ca/live).