As many of you know, we discussed contagion control procedures this past Sunday. Our plan was good at the time; however, things have changed very rapidly over the last few days. National, state, and local governments are now strongly suggesting that people avoid gathering in groups larger than 10. (Governor Stitt just issued Executive Order (EO) 2020-08 to that effect.) Out of love for neighbor and submission to God-given government, we will honor these guidelines by not meeting for at least the next two weeks (3-22, and 3-29). We are working on a streaming solution so that we can gather as the body of Christ at the same time even if we aren’t in the same space, and we will update you when information is available. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s anything we can do practically to help your family during this time.
Good morning. As news has spread regarding COVID-19, I have been praying about what our response must be as a church. I was very surprised by the rapid escalation this week; however, as 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. We must not be motivated by fear; we must be motivated by LOVE. Such love includes wisdom, and this includes wisdom in things like our public gatherings as a church. If possible, I want to discuss these things as a congregation this Sunday. Out of love, if you have symptoms of the virus, please stay home. If you are not able or are not comfortable attending and would like to participate in the discussion, please let me know and I will find a way to connect you to the conversation via telephone, etc. We know that God is in control, and we know that He enables us to be and to do who and what He calls us to be and to do. There are practical steps that we can take as a congregation to that end.
We really do have the best volunteers! Ruthie has been with us since we started in 2009, and she continues to be such a precious member of our church family. Ruthie has hosted small groups longer than we can remember, has cooked mountains of food for more events than we can count (including for our Super Bowl party pic below), and always has the best stories 🤪 Her love for Jesus, contagious joy, and generous soul are such a blessing! We ❤️ you, Ruthie!
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already here, but it is! One of our TVC family traditions that I truly love is gathering for Christmas communion in what we call “pajama communion”. We invite all to come “as they are” on Christmas morning—pajamas, mussy hair, the whole thing, to remember Jesus on this the day that we celebrate His birth. We read the Christmas story from the Bible, remind ourselves of the place and purpose of communion, consider the condition of our hearts, and gratefully receive the elements that represent the gift given to the world, God Himself born in a manger because there was no room for Him in the inn.
Come celebrate with us December 25th, 11:00-11:30.
We were so very blessed as we packed care packages (Lovepacks) for children in Mexico. Every year, we partner with Dayspring Outreach Ministries to deliver packages with a toy, school supplies, and personal care products (soap, toothbrush, etc.) We take the first Sunday of December to clear our classroom area, set up tables, and worship through the labor of assembling the packs. Volunteers then take the care packages to the Mexico border where Dayspring picks them up to hand them out over their Christmas outreach trip.