Dear Springfield Faith Center families,
As many of you may already be aware, Governor Kate Brown issued a statement last night about measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Included in these measures is a statewide cancellation of all public gatherings of more than 250 people for the next 4 weeks. In agreement with the guidance of our state leadership, and public health authorities, we will not be holding our regular church services for the next 4 weeks. This will include our weekend services, our Wednesday evening service (The Table), and all church affiliated small group activities.
Currently, the plan is to resume our regular services on April 9th, just in time for Easter, pending further information about the spread of the virus.
Because of these changes, we are going to begin making our Sunday morning service available to watch remotely, via video. Starting this Sunday, March 15th at 11 AM, we will be live streaming the service on our Facebook page. We plan to include all the elements of our normal church services: we will have a time of worship, announcements about events and occurrences, and a sermon as well.
We know that this news, and the events that have precipitated it, may be frightening, but I want to remind us all that our God is not scared. “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Rom. 8:15). We have been adopted into the family of a loving, powerful Father, and He is still sovereign in this time of uncertainty.
As Christians, we have an opportunity to care for the community that we have been placed in, and that starts with prayer. Be praying for the lives that have been affected by this sickness, and for the families who have lost loved ones, that God’s grace and comfort would be on them. Pray also for wisdom and guidance for our state and national leadership as they make decisions on how to address the issues being generated by this sickness. Finally, be praying for God’s care for yourselves, your families, and the people of the city of Springfield.
In addition to prayer, I encourage everyone to be aware of the people that God has placed in your lives. Since this sickness seems to have the worst effect on people who are older, please do what you can to check on them and care for them, without compromising their health. They may need help getting groceries, or every day items, and that is something that you may be able to assist with. Be asking God for eyes to see the people around you that may need help during this time.
As we move forward, there are some things that you can expect to continue happening. First, we are going to maintain the same office hours here at the church, and we will be available for communication by phone and email. If you have questions or concerns you can feel free to get in touch with us. We may not have all the answers that you would like, but we are available. Second, we will be staying in touch with all of you to make sure that you are aware of any further changes to our normal routine, and of our anticipated return to our normal church gatherings. Finally, tithing through the website/app is still functional, and we encourage people to continue in their giving. If this is not something that you’ve ever done before, then please let us know so that we can help you to navigate it. Alternatively, you are welcome to mail tithe checks to the office at 600 Hayden Bridge Way, Springfield, OR, 97477.
Please know that we love you all, and we will be doing everything that we can to maintain a sense of normalcy and care during this time.
Dan Lanning & Steven Erickson