coronavirus update

Updated March 27, 2020 • 2:30pm

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”
–2 Timothy 1:7

As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community.

A Message from our Directional Team // Friday, March 27, 2020

We want to provide you with another update this week in light of the continually changing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

One of the things we’ve discussed in these updates is how might God be at work in these crazy days and how He might want to use us as a part of that. In the video above I share some thoughts how we can find the hope we need and, in turn, be the hope for a world that desperately needs it!

As a staff, we’ve been discussing these very things. One of our staff members recently shared how they passed out cards offering to help their neighbors. A few hours later, they received a call.

“I got your card and I’m wondering do you really mean it? Are you really willing to help?”

“Absolutely!” they replied.

A 92 year-old neighbor shared that she needed her medicine and a gallon of 1% milk. Would they would be willing to get that for her? (They were, and they did.)

They heard from several other neighbors as well, and about a neighbor who was brought to tears by the friendly card—just knowing someone cared.

Wow.

Friends, that’s the moment we’re in right now. And even with social distancing, in safe ways, we can still be the church! What an opportunity God is giving us. I wonder, how might God want to use you to love one of your neighbors right now? Would you prayerfully ask God and be willing to be used by Him? If we all choose to be the hope right now, just think of what God could do!

Can’t wait to join with you online again this weekend.

Jeff Petersen, Executive Pastor
On behalf of the Directional Team

Note: updates below are highlighted in red. 


Will we have services this weekend? (March 28-29)

This weekend our services will be available online only at the regularly scheduled times Saturday (7:00pm) and Sunday (9:00am and 10:45am). Our on-site services are cancelled. However, we are continuing our study in the book of John and will broadcast the service.

Join us using any device:

Though our on-site services are canceled this weekend, we will still be able to worship together in our homes rather than at the building where we as the church typically meet.


Can I still give to the offering?

Yes, you will still be able give by:


Will there be classes and events at the church this weekend? (March 28-29)

There will be no on-site events while the building is closed Saturday and Sunday.

If you need to speak to a member of the On Call team during the building’s closure for prayer or pastoral care, call 402.483.6512.


Will there be events and classes during the week? 

In keeping with the recommendations of city officials, all church events are canceled through May 6, 2020.


Will the building be open during the weekdays next week? (March 30-April 3)

Yes. At this time, starting Monday at 8:00am, our building will be open during our normal hours. Our campus operations team has planned and implemented cleaning and sanitation processes as well as providing additional hand sanitizer stations. Our staff will continue to be available throughout the week.


Communication Plan

Our website is the best place to find updates and information as we move forward. We continue to monitor the situation and will communicate plans as they are confirmed.


What precautions can people take when they come to the building?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu and other illnesses, including:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
  • Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Covering your cough or sneeze
  • Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly

CDC Resources

The CDC is the primary source for information on COVID-19. Here are a few helpful links from the collection on their website: