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Good Evening South Valley,
We want to take a few moments to again address coronavirus (COVID-19) and it’s impact on our church community. The White House and CDC now recommend avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people. To honor those guidelines, we will shift all of our services online.
This Sunday, March 22, we will stream our full service at 10 a.m. We will also have a lesson for children available and our children’s ministry team will present a short, engaging study on God’s word.
For this season, we are pausing life groups. Youth will continue their weekly study online and connect virtually as time allows. We encourage other life groups to find ways to connect through calls, text, emails, and digital means. Mutual care, support, and prayer are now more important than ever.
As we spoke about this past Sunday, none of this has taken God by surprise. He is still faithful and bigger than our fears. As a church we are not called to hide but to step out and be a shining light, an example. In ancient Rome, Christians’ willingness to care for victims of plagues, regardless of their own safety was a powerful testimony. Helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 by moving our gatherings online can be the same.
Even though we can’t be present physically, we need to continue to be a church, to stay connected to each other, and to care for the needs of our body and the larger community. In the last few weeks, we’ve talked frequently about service. COVID-19 presents many ways for us as a body to serve those around us.
We can serve the church by daily calling, emailing, texting, or finding other creative ways to connect with our church family. We can serve outside the church by following guidelines set by state and local health agencies and by praying for all those affected by this illness. The leadership of South Valley is also exploring other ways we can meet the practical needs of the community and will offer more details in the future.
If you are feeling isolated, anxious, looking for ways to care for others, or know of needs we can help meet, please contact us. And please keep the leadership of South Valley in your prayers as we work to make decisions with prayer and discernment. Going forward, we will do our best to keep you informed of church operations and ways to connect with your church family.
This Sunday we will offer a Live Stream of our 10:00 a.m. service at https://www.southvalleysm.com/sermons
You can continue to give to tithes and missions online at https://www.southvalleysm.com/give
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Pastor Scott Campbell