College Place Village Church

Seek God faithfully | Serve others diligently | Share the gospel boldly.

Our Response to Covid-19

COVID-19 IMPACTS VILLAGE CHURCH

We here at Village Church want to spread hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. That's why we exist here in Walla Walla Valley to share God’s Love.  As a church family, we're responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, not by panicking or hiding out of fear, but by serving the people who are most vulnerable.

No matter how frustrating, confusing, or scary this crisis gets, fear doesn't have the final say. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” Our faith is built on the perfect love of Jesus Christ, so we've been called to share that love with the world and our own community. And that's exactly what we'll be doing in the coming weeks and months as more and more people in our community are in need.

Helping hand for those in need

Finally, there may be some in our faith community who are in particular risk of infection and in also need of special assistance.  Venturing out for groceries or other essential activities may present some individuals with particular challenges, danger and some degree of fear.  If you or someone you know is in need of special assistance please don't hesitate to contact the church office at office@villageadventist.org  or 509-525-0882.  There are a number of Village Good Samaritans who would be honored to help. 

The Village pastors, church staff, and our dedicated volunteer leaders are all committed to serving you.  Although, group contact is limited during this season, we are ready and honored to serve you personally via phone, email or personal visit. 

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We are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19.  The health and safety of our congregation and community is our priority.
In an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, state and federal agencies have requested that all gathering of over 10 people be temporarily suspended.  Similarly, the Upper Columbia Conference is asking that all in-person church services in the Upper Columbia Conference be suspended immediately with the possibility of resuming no earlier than April 18.  The North American Division has also discouraged meeting in small groups during this critical phase of combating the virus.   

The temporary suspension of spiritual gatherings has not deterred us from our mission to seek God, share the Good News of Jesus and serve others.  Everyone is encouraged to join us online  http://www.youtube.com/user/CollegePlaceVCTV or on Blue Mountain Television(BMT) this Sabbath morning, and every week until gathering publicly is permitted once again.  As usual, BMT will broadcast the Village worship service at 11 am, Saturday, March 21.  With the exception of the few involved in the worship service, however, the sanctuary will be empty for this live broadcast!  We trust that God will use this broadcast in your home for His glory and the blessing of His people.  Please join us!  And invite others to as well!!

A special Sabbath School program

Sabbath School will also be broadcast on BMTV and Youtube VCTV at 10 am, every Saturday morning for the near future.  Again, only the few involved in the program will be in the Village sanctuary, but you can join this time of mission-focus and inspirational study of God's word from your home.  Tune in at 10 am this Sabbath and be blessed!

Interactive Sabbath School on ZOOM

Village member, Todd Brandenburg, is offering another method to meet and interact virtually via video conferencing using Zoom.  Each attendee, by clicking on the Zoom meeting link below can participate live and be fully interactive in the Sabbath School program.  There will be lesson teachers as usual and participants are welcome to "raise your hand" and speak as you would in the classroom.  You can choose to be "seen " and heard via your computer/smart phone, tablet camera and microphone, or just participate with audio.
The virtual "meeting" will happen on Sabbath morning at 10 am using the links below with Zoom video conferencing.  You can connect at that time with any PC, smartphone or tablet without having to download any special software (although there is a Zoom client for all those platforms that might enhance your meeting experience (recommended), see https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting).  You can test the link out ahead of time to make sure your device works.  I recognize that some may not be familiar with computers and we will try and help you as best we can.  

Here's the Meeting invitation link to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/465974342 

Meeting ID: 465 974 342
Topic: Village Church Sabbath School LIVE
Time: Mar 21, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

Zoom for Young Sabbath School classes

  1. Young Adult Zoom Meetings:
  • Friday evening fellowship and Study of Great Controversy, 6:30PM. 
  • Sabbath School, 10AM. 

     2.  Youth Sabbath School, 10:00AM

     3.  Early Teens, 10:00AM

  • Meeting I.D. 936-861-101  Contact Agustin Herrera for password
 

Brief FAQ

  • Do I need a camera to participate in the meeting?   No, but you will need a microphone and speaker if joining with a PC.  A smartphone has it built in.
  • Will I be able to ask questions?  Yes, when you join the meeting make sure you are muted.  At the appropriate time you can un-mute and ask your question then mute.  There is a microphone button on the left side.   
  • Which is the best method to join?  Download the Zoom client, test your device ahead of time as the Zoom client is built for video conferencing.
  • If I'm unable to connect who do I call, Church Office and we'll get you connected.

Stay Healthy and Informed

In a crisis like this, it's common for misinformation to spread, and it can be difficult to figure out who and what to trust. Here are some reliable resources that can connect you with accurate and helpful info.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is the leading national public-health organization in the U.S. and has up-to-date info on COVID-19 (coronavirus).


Washington State Department of Health

Get up to date on what our State is doing to protect our community


                                     Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Uncertainty and confusion can have a harmful effect on your mental health. This article from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives you five ways to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.

Three more resources for our children – Topic:  Coronavirus

  1.  A simple little book to reassure children and to teach them the basics about the Coronavirus in almost any language you may think of!
  2. And a wonderful short and heart-warming video from Southern Asia Pacific Division:
  3. Seven Ways to Support Kids with Anxiety about the Coronavirus”