Health

As of March 13th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

RESPONDING TO COVID-19

In light of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the decisions of our local governing authorities, our church board and leadership team, has decided to postpone church services and school through April 1st, effective immediately. This follows the recent pronouncement by Governor Kate Brown to ban large group events and postponing Oregon K-12 schools. We will also be cancelling our Easter Eggstravaganza to ensure we prevent the virus from spreading in our community. The reality is, many people in our church family and wider community are classified as at risk. We encourage you to follow the recommended precautions by our federal and state authorities. We can all do our part to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This decision comes with the wisdom of local medical professionals, denominational leaders, and by a prayerful local church leadership team. I want you to know that fear does not drive this decision. It has no place in the Christian life. The Scriptures tell us in 1 John 4:7-8:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

His perfect love drives out fear and our love for our church drives this decision. In a culture of extremes, we will neither fear nor forget, dread nor detach, panic nor pretend. Our team is praying and proclaiming the promises of God and we invite you to do the same with us. This is an adjustment for every one of us, but it’s not an adjustment to God. Together, we will navigate uncharted territories and be the church in times of crisis.  

Accordingly, our church services will be on Facebook Live this Sunday and every Sunday thereafter at 10:00 AM. We encourage you to tune in and be an active part of our online community. You can watch our gathering online on Facebook Live by going to www.facebook.com/lcpdx/ .

For our church members and those interested in learning more. Here is additional information that will help us, help you. It will also help you learn how to continue to be a major part in moving our church forward through this next season. Please email us at [email protected] in regard to the following:

1. If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved, and take any necessary precautions here at Life Church.

2. We want to care for you. Simply because we are postponing services does not mean we cease to be the church. Please let us know how you’re doing and how we can pray for you.

3. To learn about opportunities that come up to care within our community during this crisis, please join our Care Team.

4. For those who regularly give financially, you can sign up for online giving at www.lifechurchpdx.com/give .

5. Join our private Facebook group by searching for “Life Church PDX – Online Community.” This is one of the places we will communicate important information and updates.

6. Regularly check out our website at www.lifechurchpdx.com/health for more information as it becomes available.

Lastly, but certainly not least, pray. If there were ever a time for the people of God to drop to their knees with their faces on the ground, it’s now. The Lord is our rock and our shield, our sword and our strength, and He will lead us.

Do you have a concern, question, idea, or prayer request? Email [email protected]