COVID-19 Update: Sunday, March 28, 2020
We did it! Our first Facebook Live sermon is available on our Facebook page and below! Thanks so much for joining us this morning! After his sermon, Pastor Alex announced that the YRCC will continue to be closed. The City of Fayetteville will reassess closure status on April 17. This means that we will not be back together for Easter. We will announce Easter plans over the next few days and weeks. Nothing can lessen the joy that comes with knowing that Jesus defeated death and is Risen.
We encourage you to stay connected through our Community Groups and with one another throughout the weeks. Respecting and participating in social distancing does not mean we severe all contact with one another. Adapting to the use of technology to stay connected could provide encouragement and unity over these weeks.
COVID-19 Update: Saturday, March 27, 2020
It’s happening!! Tomorrow morning we will be streaming a Facebook Live event at the normal service time – 10 am. Pastor Alex will open up the Bible and share some thoughts as we continue through our Luke Series. He will also share updates related to our situation. Link provided below.
COVID-19 Update: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Thank you for being so patient as we figure out what our next steps are as a church during this time. Tomorrow morning we are encouraging everyone to join Vintage Faith Wichita’s Facebook livestream at 10 am. Link provided below.
Next week we will pick back up our Luke Series on Blueprint’s Facebook Page at 10 am. See link to our Facebook Page below.
We will continue using technology for Community Groups and we want to encourage everyone to send out their verses from reading and prayer requests to one another. We are praying for you all.
If you haven’t been able to get connected to a Community Group and you are wanting to get connected now, please reach out to one of our pastors!
COVID-19 Update: Monday, March 16, 2020
After further discussion, we have decided to cancel all in-person meetings for the rest of the month. This includes canceling all Community Groups and events as well as our already canceled Sunday morning services. We have made this decision based on recommendations from governing authorities.
We will reevaluate as the situation unfolds what our plans will be after March. We are working to stay connected digitally over the next few weeks. So, keep an ear out for those plans. You will be contacted by one of your Community Group leaders as we figure out what works best. If you have not yet joined a Community Group and would like to join one at this time please reach out to one of the pastors.
Keep joining us in prayer as we make these decisions and try to stay connected as a spiritual family.
Pastor Cody and Pastor Alex
COVID-19 Update: Friday, March 13, 2020
We have been closely tracking the news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) locally, nationally, and globally. As of right now, there are a total of 9 presumptive positive tests for coronavirus in the state of Arkansas.
This morning, the City of Fayetteville announced they were suspending all spring programs and events held in the Fayetteville Parks & Recreation system effective immediately. By Monday, March 30, 2020 the City of Fayetteville will reassess the COVID-19 situation and announce further plans for all parks and recreation programs and events.
The Yvonne Richardson Community Center is a function of Fayetteville Parks & Recreation so it will be closed. Because of this, our Sunday morning services will be suspended as well.
Although our Community Groups are currently anticipated to continue as scheduled, no one should feel obligated to attend. We may make some changes to those meetings – more information will be forthcoming. This whole situation is evolving rapidly. We will be tracking updates from the Arkansas Department of Health and local officials and will communicate any changes regarding our church functions, as necessary.
We recognize that this can be a confusing time that might make you feel fearful, indifferent, or just surprised with how things are unfolding. God remains in control. We are confident in His sovereignty.
This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary, but rather be aware and work together to serve our church and community, and do so in a spirit that demonstrates trust in our God who is in control and points people to the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
We want everyone to take the precautions they feel are necessary, and we ask that individuals adhere to the following policies below.
Precautions for Community Groups and Other Events
- Avoid close contact with anyone who may be sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are feeling sick; exercise discernment when assessing whether to come or not.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before entering a gathering, after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Washing your hands with soap and water is superior to utilizing hand sanitizer when it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases. However, hand sanitizer should also be utilized if hand washing is not available.
We love you all, and are praying for wisdom as we make these decisions. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask. Please join us in praying for health in our city, country, and globally.
Pastor Cody Hill and Pastor Alex Whitesell