COVID-19 update and first steps to reopening
Email sent on 05/29/20 at 4:43pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Hansen, Lead Pastor