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COVID-19 Update

March 17, 2020

Updated at 3 p.m.

Due to the coronavirus, the State of Oregon has banned all gatherings of 25 or more people.

To comply with this rule, and more importantly, to protect the people that worship here at Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, we will be offering our Sunday morning service live streamed on our website. We will not be meeting in-person at the church for Sunday services until further notice. Click the link below to watch our Sunday Service live on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. If you cannot watch it then, please know that the service will also be available for viewing on YouTube immediately after the live stream is finished.

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March 13, 2020

Updated at 3 p.m.

Beloved family,

I want to update you on what is happening at JPC in light of increased concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Like you, we have been closely following this developing pandemic with concern. Just yesterday, the state of Oregon released information with guidelines and recommendations for events and public gatherings. In short, there is now a ban on gatherings larger than 250, and people in high risks groups (see below) are encouraged to avoid gathering in groups larger than 10.

Click here to read Kate Brown’s announcement.

Please read through this entire announcement as it contains updated plans for keeping our campus safe, changes to the church calendar, and suggestions about how you can help.

Wisdom: As believers in Jesus, we walk in prayer, not panic. Remember that! But also remember the words of Proverbs: “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it” (Proverbs 22:3). For the time being, we should be praying for wisdom and prudence. Take measures to keep you and your family safe, and be prudent.

In summary, prudence is a deeply biblical virtue, and a great one to practice right now.

Sunday Worship: Lord-willing, we plan to gather for Sunday worship at our normal times of 8:30am and 10:45am. However, due to the recommendation for social distancing, we will only place 240 chairs out, with more space between sections and rows. Also, once 240 attendees have arrived, no more will be allowed in. In short, worship will be “first come, first serve.” Although we typically do not have more than 250 at either service, with several churches in the area canceling their worship services, it is possible that we will have visitors for the weeks to come. Further, all Sunday morning fellowship and CONNECT Groups are postponed, nor will there be food and drinks between or after services.

In summary, we will hold normal Sunday morning services, but nothing else. Each service will be capped at an attendance of 240.

Watching the Services Online (Live streaming):  If you are unable to attend worship on Sunday — or uncomfortable gathering in a large group — please know that we will be live streaming the 10:45 a.m. worship services through our YouTube channel. Our ability to livestream will be brand new this Sunday, so please be patient as several volunteers are working tirelessly to make this possible!

In summary, if you do not make it worship on Sunday, click here to watch the service live at 10:45 a.m.

Tithes and Offering: We are going to suspend passing our offering bags during our worship service. Instead, we will be receiving our tithes and offerings in the back of the sanctuary as people leave. Now would be an appropriate time to explore giving online, which is available by clicking here.

In summary, now may be the time to move to giving online.

Communion: We are going to change the manner in which we receive communion. Since we take Communion only on the first Sunday of each month, this will come into effect on April 5th (Palm Sunday). We will not be taking communion as normal, but will have people take individual communion packets, similar to other area churches.

In summary, communion will happen differently on April 5th, but still in an appropriate way.

Greeting and Fellowship: We want to continue to welcome one another graciously. However, we will be suspending our official greeting time during the worship service and also fellowship time between and after the services. Food and beverages will no longer be available in order to reduce the risk of exposure to virus transmission.

In summary, we love one another by decreasing the risk of transmission. For now, smiles can suffice for handshakes. :)

High-Risk Groups: If you are over 60 years old or have underlying medical conditions, we want to help care for you. If you have a need, please let us know by emailing us and letting us know how can help you. We know some of you may feel the need to avoid gathering together for a period of time. Remember that live streaming the service on Sunday morning is available by clicking here.

In summary, it would be prudent to prayerfully consider watching the live stream in your own home this Sunday if you are in a high-risk group.

In this extraordinary moment in history, we have the opportunity:

  • to “love one another deeply, from the heart” by not risking transmission
    
(1 Peter 1:22).
  • to embrace the biblical virtue of prudence
    (Proverbs 8:5, 8:12, 14:15, 15:5, 15:24, 22:3, 27:12)
  • to walk in prayer, not panic
    (John 14:1, Philippians 4:6 Psalm 62:8)

May our church exemplify the trust, wisdom, and love of our Savior Jesus,

Rev. Dustin Jernigan
Lead Pastor
Jacksonville Presbyterian Church

March 12, 2020

Updated at 5 p.m.

We want to update you on what is happening at Jville Pres in light of increased concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19). Like you, we have been closely following this evolving story with concern. Just today, the state of Oregon released new information with guidelines and recommendations for events and public gatherings. These changing developments may ultimately impact this Sunday. Please read through this email as it contains detailed plans for keeping our campus safe, changes to the church calendar, and suggestions about how you can help.

Gatherings: Our current plan is to remain open and to gather for Sunday worship, as well as midweek ministries. However, due to the recommendation for social distancing of 3 feet, CONNECT groups are postponed at this time, and there will not be food and drinks between or after services. We will inform the church family of any changes in the event that local and state health officials recommend further closures through emails, our website, and social media.

Tithes and Offering: We are going to suspend passing our offering bags during our worship service. Instead, we will be receiving our tithes and offerings in a different manner. This is also a good opportunity to utilize our online giving option where you can give one-time gifts or set up recurring giving.

Communion: We are going to change the manner in which we receive communion. Additional information will be available next week.

Greeting and Fellowship: We want to continue to welcome one another graciously. However, we will be suspending our official greeting time during the worship service and fellowship time after the services. Food and beverages will no longer be available in order to reduce the risk of exposure to virus transmission.

High-Risk Groups: If you are over 60 years old or have underlying medicalconditions, we want to help care for you. We know some of you may feel the need to avoid gathering together for a period of time. Know that our weekly sermons are available on our website. We are also working on live streaming to make our Sunday worship service available and will let you know as soon as we have a plan in place. In the meantime, if you have a need, please contact us at the church office or reach out to your small group leader.

We are walking alongside you during this time! In this extraordinary moment in history, we have the opportunity to care for each other and share the hope found in Christ. We encourage everyone to follow what Paul told Timothy, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7). Also Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27). We are confident that the Lord will use this season for His purposes. Perhaps we can share the confidence we have in Christ with those who need encouragement. We love you all and are praying for you! See you soon!

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