COVID-19 Response

Masks required at all weekend services

Email sent on 07/17/20 at 1:35pm


Hey VCDC,

I am sure many of you heard Governor DeWine's Wednesday and Thursday addresses regarding COVID for our state, and more importantly, for our county. He has asked, because of a growing number of COVID cases in Delaware County, that we wear masks in all public settings.

To that end, until further notice, all three of our weekend services will require masks. For those who have RSVP'd for this weekend's services, could you please let us know if this decision will affect your attendance or change which service you registered for? As an aside, if you have not RSVP'd and would like to attend, we still have space for you. To register or change your registration, please go to https://vcdc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/469107.

I understand that this decision is disappointing for some of you and reassuring for others. I want to assure you that this decision is not based on fear, but rather comes from a heart of caring for others. Our primary calling as Christians and as a church community is to love God and love others, and we see this as an opportunity to walk in that calling. My hope as your pastor is that sooner than later we will be able to move into fewer precautions again.

I know this decision will mean some of you won't be attending our weekend services, but I would strongly encourage you to connect or stay connected to a small group. (Please go to vcdc.org/small-groups to see our many different small group communities. Call the leader in advance to get details.) Also, remember that our online services will continue to be posted at 10am Sundays.

I want to acknowledge that this is hard, but I challenge us all to be quick to run to Jesus with our fears, frustrations, and to trust that he will lead us as a church family through these times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Bless you,
Michael Hansen, Lead Pastor

 


 

Important COVID-19 Update

Email sent on 06/09/20 at 12:49pm


Hey VCDC,

This is an email I have been looking forward to writing for a long time. VCDC will be reopening its doors the weekend of July 11 & 12 at our regular service times. I recognize for some of you that this may not be soon enough and for others it may be too soon. Our goal from the start has been to move forward together as a family. For many of you, hearing that we are regathering may stir images of our services pre-COVID 19, but initially that will not be the case.

To that end, there will be a follow up email, followed by a video and finally a survey to help us get ready to reopen. Thank you for your prayers and patience during the last several months; as we now turn the corner we ask that you continue the same.

So looking forward to seeing you face to face.

Bless you,
Michael Hansen, Lead Pastor

 


 

COVID-19 update and first steps to reopening

Email sent on 05/29/20 at 4:43pm


Hey VCDC,

I hope you are doing well in these trying times. My prayer for all of us is that we are staying close to Jesus, leaning into his love and care. As we are soon to enter our 3rd month of the COVID-19 season, I wanted to reach out to you with an update.

We have decided to extend the cancellation of our weekend services through June 30th. I know that for many of you that decision is disappointing. I've attached a link to a video with an explanation as to why we have made this decision: https://youtu.be/n_W2r3d6Mgw

After you've watched the video, please don't hesitate to reach out to me with questions regarding our decision, or anything else for that matter, by calling me (740-965-8888 ext.18) or emailing at

I am excited to tell you that we are taking our first steps toward reopening with in-person meetings of our some of our small groups. This, of course, is dependent on the size and the situations of individual groups and their members. Your group leader will be contacting you with more information concerning that in the days ahead.

During this pandemic season, and especially during the last couple of weeks, I've had the words of Jesus going through my mind.

John 5:19 says: So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does."

I encourage you to make that your prayer each day; during this season, let it help your focus on Him over your circumstances.

Bless you,
Michael Hansen, Lead Pastor

 


 

Another VCDC Update

Email sent on 03/17/20 at 6:05pm


Thanks so much for continuing to respond with such grace and flexibility as we adjust to our ever-changing circumstances. There are a few new changes I wanted to make you aware of:

1. 
All events have been canceled through May 17th.

2. Small Groups are canceled for the foreseeable future, but that doesn't mean we should stop connecting! A separate email has gone out to your small group leader with some possible ways do that.

3. 
Limited Office Hours: for our staff's safety we will have limited office hours Monday thru Friday from 10am to 3pm. This goes into effect tomorrow.

4. 
Pastoral appointments are still available, however, we will need to be creative in how those meetings take place in order to be sensitive to the needs of the times.

5. 
Tithing: Even though we are not meeting on weekends, the church still has ongoing expenses.
The following are ways to tithe:
• Online via e360 Giving or PayPal.
• Through your bank via Bill Pay.
• Mail your check to: VCDC 1001 W. Cherry St. Sunbury, OH 43074
• Drop off at the building.

And finally, how about some good news?!

- Monday night we were able to feed close to 200 people with a "no touch" food pantry. We were also able to care for medical needs in the community. Well done Jim, Shalon, Mike and all our wonderful volunteers!

- Bountiful Backpacks were delivered with generous portions by our local bus drivers.

Bless you,
Michael Hansen, Lead Pastor

 


 

Food Pantry & Medical Clinic Update

Posted on 03/14/20 at 5:40pm


We will be having Food Pantry on Monday, March 16th, 2020.
We will have a ‘No Touch’ food distribution model due to current health guidelines. Volunteers will be packing bags 3-5pm and carrying out groceries and tearing down and putting away a few tables 5-7pm. Guests will be asked to wait in their car. No meal will be served this week.  Thank you all for your prayers and understanding as we navigate  this unusual circumstance. We hope to see you at Pantry!


The Medical Clinic WILL be open Monday, March 16th, 2020.  Please be aware we do NOT have test kits for COVID-19.  If you are concerned you have COVID-19, please go to your nearest emergency room.

We will accept walk-ins, however, patients with appointments will be seen first.  Please report to the WEST door to enter the clinic area.

You can call the church at 740-965-8888 to make appointments.

 


 

Important Update: Our Weekend Services

Email sent on 03/13/20 at 4:07pm


As we think about VCDC's response to the Coronavirus situation and recommendations from the Governor canceling all gatherings over 100 people, we have decided to cancel our weekend services as well as our Friday evening 40 Day Events. This change is effective this weekend and until we have been advised by the State of Ohio that it is appropriate to do otherwise.

In lieu of our weekend services, we will do our best to stay connected via technology. A video-based worship service will be made available on our website with links also provided on social media. These will be available for viewing Sundays anytime after 10am. Our podcast will continue to be uploaded Monday mornings.

I want to clarify what this decision means for small groups, youth group (including middle school and high school ministries), and other smaller meetings.

- Small Group Leaders: There will be a letter coming to you early next week, but in the meantime, please know that whether you continue to meet is entirely up to you and your group host. For groups that feel comfortable continuing to meet, I believe this will be a wonderful opportunity to help each other focus on the promises of God, care for one another, pray, and brainstorm together about ways to care for those in your communities.

- IGNITE Middle/High School Youth Ministries: Please look for correspondence from Jay and Jamie McKinley, but at this time meetings will take place as normally scheduled.

- Food Pantry & Medical Clinic: Decisions concerning Food Pantry and Medical Clinic are still being discussed. Please look for further information through email, social media and our website concerning this Monday's Pantry/Clinic (March16th -  see update above).

- Other Smaller Meetings: These will be confirmed or canceled as they come up.

Our pastoral team has not taken the decision to cancel meetings lightly. However, we feel strongly that we need to honor the 100-person group-meeting mandate for the following reasons: First, Romans 13 invites us to consider how we submit to authority in light of God's providential establishment of government. Secondly, while some guidelines may feel extreme to some, the precautionary restrictions are intended to slow the spread of the disease in order not to overwhelm the healthcare system.

Matthew 20:28 says, "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." We would ask you to consider the individuals this decision serves.

- It serves the many families who would otherwise be forced to make a decision about a very fluid situation.

- This decision serves our healthcare community as we do our part to slow the spread of the disease.

- This serves our weekend volunteers who are responsible for providing a safe environment for all who attend our church.

- This serves our parents and families with valuable time and space needed to prepare for our current school closures.

As I stated yesterday, the pastors and staff at VCDC are available to care for the needs of our church family. Our offices will remain open and evening small groups that are scheduled are welcome to continue to meet here as usual.

I encourage you to be a non-anxious presence as we relate to the fears and anxieties of others. Remember that "God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline." We serve a BIG and very faithful God.

We will try to keep you updated as much as possible via email, website and social media. I appreciate your support, flexibility and prayer in this season.

Bless you,
Michael Hansen, Lead Pastor

 


 

VCDC concerning the Coronavirus

Email sent on 03/12/20 at 12:18pm

 

At this time when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus, I wanted to personally reach out, offer assurances to you, and inform you of protocols we are putting in place to ensure everyone's safety.

We are closely monitoring information from the Center for Disease Control, and the recommendations of the State of Ohio and City of Columbus regarding the spread of the virus. We are endeavoring to respond with wisdom, but not fear. On social media, we see a variety of reactions from "this isn't a big deal" to "it's the end of the world!" As followers of Jesus, we are not to be led by fear, but rather by peace and wisdom, and so we want to move forward with wise caution.

To that end, we have decided the following:

1)
We will not be meeting for this weekend's services. (updated 3/13/20)

2) When we gather we will refrain from hugs and handshakes. I love that we are an affectionate church family and acknowledge that this temporary adjustment will be hard for some of you, but for the sake of those who are immuno-compromised or at risk for other medical reasons please honor this. Let's create other ways to greet one another!

3) Be assured that
our facility is cleaned regularly and our cleaning staff has increased attention to sanitizing door handles and other public areas.

4) We will continue to offer
sealed communion elements at our services and are adding sealed gluten-free wafers as well. We will do this for the foreseeable future.

5)
If you are not feeling well, have had a fever within the last 24 hours or suspect you may have been exposed to the virus, please stay home! I know it sounds odd for a pastor to tell people not to come to church, but again we want to look out for our entire church community.

6) During this season, if there are medical concerns or other considerations that put you at risk,
please feel freedom to avoid our church services and gatherings. We post our services online the Monday following, and as you know, CD's are available as well.

7)
In the event that we cancel services, small groups and other scheduled events, know that we are already working on ways to stay connected as a church family and are dedicated to staying available as a church staff.

These are times as Christians to continue to serve the vulnerable around us, keep an eye on neighbors, and remain peaceful in an anxious world - and one of the ways we can care for others is by praying.

Again, I want to encourage you to rest in the truth of God's amazing love and care for you. As we have more information, we will get that to you through email and social media.

Bless you,
Michael Hansen, 
Lead Pastor