Hello Mountain Coast Vineyard family. As you know our world, country, state and city are changing on an hour to hour basis in regard to COVID-19. Earlier today Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued a ban on gatherings of over 50 people, while at the same time the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with President Trump have urged us to “avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people.” With these governmental guidelines, the Mountain Coast Vineyard Leadership team has sadly decided to postpone our Sunday morning services, small groups, classes and workshops until further notice.
It is a good saying that fear is a terrible leader, but wisdom is a great navigator. Our heart is to not be led by fear but in the interest of our church community, our greater Anchorage community and especially our medical providers. We fell it is the wisest thing to slow down any possibility of endangering our neighbors, especially the vulnerable. The virus spreads easily among those who don’t know they have it. We believe it is wise to stop the potential for spread before it becomes a problem. If nothing more becomes of the virus, then we have done our job well.
Moving forward for our church community: Instead of physically meeting on Sunday morning, we will being having a modified video service online at 10am. Pastor Dan will also be posting daily devotionals on our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) and possibly YouTube (stay tuned) Monday through Friday. On both Sunday mornings and in the daily devotionals he will continue to lead us on our journey through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. You are invited to join him through watching and commenting. This will allow our church body the opportunity to stay connected, as well as guide us spiritually through this turbulent time. Diana will be sending out links to digital children’s ministry curriculum that your families can watch from home to help keep your children fed spiritually during this time.
I want to reiterate that you were born in this time and in this place. You were born for a time such as this. With the power and guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, you are more than conquers.
“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”
Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you need anything. We are still here for you.
We love you,
Dan, Diana, Roger and Pam
Mountain Coast Vineyard Leadership Team