HEALTH SAFETYAT PORTLAND CHRISTIAN CENTER
In cooperation with our government and health leaders, as well as making your safety top priority, we will livestream worship, prayer, giving and God’s word this Sunday at 10:30 AM.
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UPDATE: March 25, 5:45 PM
Dear Portland Christian Center Family,
“This is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)
I trust that you are well during this crazy COVID-19 season. And I want to remind you that God’s got this—and you, too!
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a “Stay at Home” directive, so I need to let you know that your ministry team at Portland Christian Center is complying with the order. We are working from home. There is a skeleton crew at the church, which her directive permits, so we are keeping the phones open, responding to Pastor on-call needs, and allowing our counseling office to stay operational — all the while practicing safe distancing and extreme sanitization measures.
If you need anything, please let us know. If you need help or just want someone to listen, you can email us or call the church office at 503-245-7735. Our pastors are standing by!
Our staff will continue advancing the mission of our church — to know God and make him known. Through the various departments, we are having daily all-staff meetings and ministry team meetings through tele-conferencing, and each staff member will be making phone calls to every person who is on our active church rolls—that’s nearly 2,000 calls. So be expecting a call from us simply to see how you are doing.
And, don’t forget to join us through our Livestream service this Sunday at 10:30 AM. The preferred way to watch is by logging on through our webpage, https://live.pcctoday.com. This allows you to interact with us.
Invite a friend too! The unchurched are more open to “going” to church, even if it is an online service than ever before.
During our gathering times, you can chat with us directly through the streaming experience and we will be monitoring the phones as well. If you miss us at 10:30 AM, we will post the online service to our website.
Hope to “see” you this Sunday. And don’t forget: God’s got this—and you, too!
You are loved,
Pastor Ray Noah
UPDATE: March 12, 3:10 PM
Dear Portland Christian Center Family,
As you have likely heard by now, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a statement Wednesday night that prohibits public gatherings of 250+, including faith-based gatherings, for the next four weeks in order to stem the tide of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our pastoral team has been anticipating this, so we are now shifting from planning to implementation.
It is our feeling that we need to make cooperation with our government and health leaders (Romans 13:1) as well as the safety of you, the PCC spiritual community, our top priority. In light of that, over the next few Sundays, we will shift how we “meet together” (Hebrews 10:24-25) from gathering as the church in our building to bringing church to you through Livestream. For this coming Sunday, we have rescheduled both morning and evening missions events to late September.
I invite you to tune in this Sunday at 10:30 AM as we worship, pray, give and listen to God speak through His Word. In fact, I believe that God has given me a specific word that will put the COVID-19 outbreak and our response to it into a Biblical context. Please join me for “Pandemic Panic and the People of God” this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM via livestream at https://pcctoday.com/live.
We will also suspend our midweek on-campus group gathering during this time, but our fantastic pastoral staff will be communicating a variety of ways that the groups they lead will be able to engage in discipleship.
In the meantime, our offices will remain open, and we look forward to serving you in this unique time. Please let us know any needs you have, and we will respond as best we can.
While this pandemic has put a road block in our normal routines, I have no doubt that God will enable us to leverage it as a building block for His glory and the growth of His Kingdom here in Portland.
Pastor Ray Noah
UPDATE: March 1, 7:27 AM
Dear Portland Christian Family,
One of my intercessors sent an email today that began with these relevant words from Isaiah 49:11, “I will make all my mountains a way.” That word from the Lord was then followed by a statement that should give us all comfort and confidence in the uncertain times we find ourselves in from time to time:
“God will make obstacles serve His purpose.”
As I thought about the world-wide threat of the Coronavirus that is now at our doorstep here in Portland, and how that might affect our church family, this verse reminded me that not only is our God sovereign—that is, he is in total control—but that he leverages all things for his glory and for our good. And that would include this mysterious virus, regardless of whether it peters out or reaches pandemic levels over the next few weeks.
So with that in mind, as the Coronavirus continues to dominate news cycles, water-cooler conversations and perhaps even world economies, and as it begins to impact our personal lives, let us not give into a spirit of fear. Rather, let us choose to look at this present challenge through eyes of faith. Furthermore, let us prayerfully consider how God might want to use us in these fearful times to point people to the One who is sovereign over all—even the Coronavirus.
Now having said, that, we must also consider some practical, common sense ways that we can do our part to promote healthy living, and how we can safely gather in our regular times of public worship at Portland Christian Center. So here are some things that we are doing as a leadership team, and some things we will ask you to do as we navigate this potential health crisis.
WHAT CHURCH LEADERSHIP IS DOING:
First, we have commissioned a team of medical professionals from our congregation that are discussing this issue, and they have been tasked to make recommendations for how we should manage our church gatherings. Stay tuned for updates, which we will make available a they come in.
Second, we have installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the church, and we ask you to make use of them as you come into and as you leave your church activities.
Third, should this become an outbreak that requires us to suspend our public gatherings, we are fully prepared to offer our services through the livestream (pcctoday.com/live). We will even work to offer children’s and youth discipleship ministry through the livestream.
Fourth, our pastors and deacons are actively praying for you, for our church family, and for our community. We are asking God to put a protective hedge around you and your family that will keep you from illness, accident or injury. And we are likewise praying for physical healing for those become ill with any kind of sickness or disease. Please let us know if you need our prayers for healing, for should you be unable to attend church to be prayed for, we will come to you and offer anointing prayer for your healing.
WHAT WE ARE ASKING YOU TO DO:
First, please use the hand sanitizing stations when you enter and exit the building.
Second, observe the normal health precautions that you should do at all times, and particularly in a flu season.
Third, keep aware of the health precautions that have been issued by health officials. If you are wondering where to look, check out these websites:
- Senator Merkley’s new site on the coronavirus: https://www.merkley.senate.gov/Coronavirus
- Multnomah County Health Deptartment: https://multco.us/health-officer/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
- CDC Website on COVID-19 with other resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Oregon Health Authority the agency leading the statewide response and planning:
Fourth, if you are ill, we would ask that you stay home from our public gatherings so as not to infect others. But please let us know, because even though you cannot come to church, the church will come to you. That is, our pastoral staff will be happy to connect with you for healing prayer.
Finally, trust in the Lord with all your heart. He’s got this, and he’s got you.
And don’t forget, God loves you — and so do I!
Pastor Ray Noah