Sunday Service will be Live Streamed at 9:30 am Sunday Morning on our Website and the Harvest Facebook Page.
Per the recommendation of the CDC, Harvest will not be holding in-person services or events of any size until further notice due to the spread of COVID-19. We believe these decisions honor the governmental authorities God has put over us and allow us to love our neighbors well.
In addition, our church office will have limited hours. Please contact us at 503-492-9800, our website (harvestworld.com) or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or have any needs that we can help with.
How is Harvest worshiping together during this time?
On Sundays at 9:30 am, we are gathering for Church at Home, a live streamed worship service featuring prayer, Scripture reading, worship, preaching, and more. During production of our services, we will adhere to the CDC’s recommendation of avoiding groups of more than 10 people. You can find the order of worship, weekly resources, some next steps, and more on our livestream page, which will be updated weekly on Fridays.
Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website.
How should I respond to COVID-19?
Though situations like these can stir up fear and anxiety, God is sovereign over all things, and our ultimate hope is found in Jesus. Although we won’t be gathering for services and events, we encourage you to stay connected to the church body through calls, texts, and online engagement. Pray for those affected by this virus as we wait for Christ to return and bring about a day without sickness, suffering, and death.
To minimize the risk of illness, here are a few practical things you can do to love your neighbor:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
March 12, 2020
Update: We plan to offer Live Streaming of our Sunday service via our Facebook page. Like our Facebook Page and tune in at 9:30 am to join with us in worship and a message. Please have grace as this is our first time trying something like this!
As you know, we’re in a situation none of us have been in before and things are changing day by day. We’ve seen some organizations close. Others stay open. And both are options.
This is a complex situation and the truth is most of us don’t really know how long this is going to last, how much damage will be done or what will happen. As Christ followers, we are not called to a spirit
“God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful. Instead, the Spirit gives us power and love.” 2 Timothy 1:7a
However, we must make careful decisions in a spirit of love and consideration for all. We decided to stay open this weekend…and here’s how it will work…
In compliance of the recent state recommendations from Governor Kate Brown for groups over 250 (we have less than that each service), our staff and elders have met to consider the response of Harvest Christian Church. This affects our church gathering this Sunday and things may look different from what we are all used to. Please bear with us and extend grace to each other during this time!
If you or someone you have contact with have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please stay home to protect others as well as giving your body the opportunity to rest. The CDC recommends anyone in the vulnerable population take precautions (this includes anyone over the age of 60 as well as those who have lung issues or are immune-compromised). These precautions include staying home to avoid crowds, frequent hand washing, keeping a distance from others (here is the full CDC recommendation).
We plan to have a simple volunteer crew on Sunday morning, and we will be operating as simply as possible to give people in this population (higher risk people) the room to take appropriate
• 0-18 ministries will be suspended. Kids may join families in service. *Please keep in mind the topic for Sunday 3/15 is miscarriage and post-partum depression.
• Please spread out in the auditorium to keep some distance between families (feel free to wave to each other!)
• We will not offer communion this Sunday but will have individual wrapped communion for the following weeks.
• The café will be closed and we will not offer drip coffee.
• Call or email Faith (email@example.com) if you are experiencing “food or financial insecurity” as our Pantry will be closed through April 8th.
• If you are a volunteer, please do NOT feel obligated to attend services. Your safety and health is our first priority.
• If you or a member of your immediate family is in the vulnerable population, please consider staying home.
• We are going to great lengths to cleanse and sanitize the facility during the week and in between services
Things may also look different during the week:
• Rooted groups will still meet
• Student ministries will still meet Wednesday nights
• Small group meetings will be at leader’s discretion (please note this may affect childcare)
• Gym use will be suspended beginning next week as it is a very difficult space to clean and disinfect (no dance ministry, basketball, seedlings etc)
• American Heritage Girls and Trail Life is canceled for March 16th and April 6th
We do plan to offer a live streaming option so you may view the service from home. We will send instructions in a separate email and we will try to provide assistance if you are not tech savvy. If you miss the live stream or tune in too late, there will be a way to listen to or view the service later in the day. We recognize a large part of church service is seeing people and being in community – this may be a great opportunity to call someone you normally talk to on a Sunday morning and extend that friendship into the week by phone or other avenues of contact!
Our ultimate goal is to honor the government’s requirements and limit the spread of Covid-19, while still providing an opportunity for those who seek community, prayer, and worship during this tenuous time. During the following three weeks, we plan to offer a 9:30 am service only (with limited options) with online streaming for those who opt to stay home. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. In summation, we will meet both 9:30am and 11am this Sunday 3/15, then 9:30am only for the following 3 weeks. Hopefully everything will be back to normal for Easter Sunday (we will let you know)!
In closing, many of you give faithfully online. 60% of our giving is on Sunday mornings. More than ever, we need the faithful Christians at Harvest to be strong in their giving. If giving is a new thing for
you, we are excited for what God has in store for you. Here is a link to online giving. Offering will still be collected on Sundays and by mail or midweek drop off in the office.
While we have not been given a spirit of fear, we are also called to be wise and to love others. Keep being the church body whether you choose to come to the building or stay home!
Harvest Christian Church
Pastors, Staff, and Elders