MVF Church and the coronavirus



Dear MVF Church Family,

 

The leadership of MVF Church has been carefully monitoring the status of the Covid-19 virus spread in Utah. While we firmly believe that we need to trust in the Lord in these matters and that God is in control we also believe that we are called to use wisdom in protecting our people. We also seek to be a church that is community-minded and are trying to be thoughtful and sensitive to the community around us. With this in mind based on the governor's request that there be no public meetings of over 100 people, we are prayerfully shutting down all public large group meetings at MVF Church among all campuses.

 

Fortunately, we can offer our Sunday service on Facebook. We have been offering this option for a while now, and we know many of you take advantage of staying connected to us on Facebook Live when you travel or are sick. Starting this Sunday, 3/15, we encourage everyone to still participate in our Sunday service online using Facebook, YouTube, and our website. If you have never watched our services this way, don’t worry! It’s super easy and still provides a great experience!


 

At this point, we do not know how long we will need to cancel services and large programs. We will continue watching the public health recommendations very closely. As soon as it is safe to resume live services, we will let you know. In the meantime, we hope our lack of public gathering during this time will not affect those who faithfully give to MVF Church. If you don’t have recurring giving set up you can still give through the MVFChurch.com website or the Church Center app. More than ever the church will need to be able to fully function as we minister to a world in need of peace and hope. 

 

Although all of our large group gatherings and events are canceled, for now, we know that many of you meet in smaller groups in your homes. While we encourage everyone to use wisdom, we are leaving these gatherings up to your personal discretion. Please proceed to stay in fellowship and community as you feel comfortable. 

 

We do ask that you carefully maintain best practices associated with gatherings, such as:

 

Don’t participate, and instead self-quarantine and get tested if you are exhibiting any of the Coronavirus symptoms (fever, dry cough, body aches, shortness of breath).

Practice good hand sanitation techniques. Using hand sanitizer and practicing rigorous hand washing before and after any public or home visits are a great way to contain the spread of the virus.

If you have recently traveled to a breakout country (China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Iran) please consider opting out for a few weeks until you know you have not contracted the disease.

Please refrain for now from our normal public displays of affection such as handshaking, hugging, and kissing. These can hopefully return shortly but are a very effective way of spreading the virus short term.

 

If you need more information about this virus, how to control its spread, or how to respond if you feel ill, please see the link below from the Center for Disease Control:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Finally, I want to remind you that this is a great time for us to BE THE CHURCH. In a time where people’s emotions range from fear and anxiety to concern, frustration and even anger. This is an opportune time for us to lean on Jesus as our hope and to share that hope with others.  

 

Thank you for your understanding and support as this was a very difficult decision for us. We hope you will make plans to join us online for the next weeks and use some creative thinking in keeping in fellowship with one another. Let’s remember to look for ways to “Give all to love all” during this trying time.

 

Romans 8:24-25

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 

Psalm 62:8

Trust in Him at all times, o people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

 

In Christ,

 

Pastor Shane