MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE
 
All church functions are postponed. Church building is closed for all gatherings.
Church will be online at 11am on Sunday you can find it here: parkplace.online.church
Please watch this video from Pastor Josh:
 

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March 12 Announcement
 
As your pastor, I wanted to reach out and give you a brief update with regard to our Coronavirus Outbreak Plan. I don’t want to overreact and spread any additional panic, but with the virus here in the Portland Metro area as well as recent government decisions, I want to inform you of what our plan is.
 
  • As of today, March 12, we plan on continuing to hold our normal live Sunday Service at 11 am, with classes for all ages prior to that at 10 am. This may change as information changes, as this is a very fluid situation. In times of crisis the church needs to meet and be an encouragement to one another. Things can change really fast so be looking for information here for updates.

With that said, here are some precautions we are taking…

  • On Sunday there will be some hand sanitizer by the entry doors and will be dispensed by a volunteer. Please take a moment to grab some. Hand sanitizer will also be available in our children and youth classrooms and students will also be using it.
 
  • We value a clean facility and Phyllis does an amazing job in keeping our church fresh and sanitized. I have asked that we double our normal routine in our common areas that are frequently touched such as door handles, railings, pew backs, and tables. Phyllis has told me that she is disinfecting these areas more and will continue to do so after our weekly gatherings as well as after events or meetings throughout the week.
 
  • The children’s wing is already disinfected weekly. We will continue to disinfect the rooms and toys after each use.
 
  • After using the bathroom please wash your hands for 20 seconds. The best method of keeping everyone safe is washing hands and staying home if sick.
 
  • We will be taking the offering at the end of the service moving forward. This will limit how many hands touch the plate. You can also give online https://parkplacechurch.churchcenter.com/giving or by downloading the Church Center App in the App Store. 
 
  • Should information about the virus change, therefore altering our plans as a church, we will update you with those changes via our social media outlets, our website, and email, as we can. If we get to the point of canceling services or other ministries held at our church, we will announce it through our website and on all of our social media platforms.
 
  • If you feel sick at all or have a fever (even a low-grade fever) please stay home. Though we greatly value in-person fellowship and “not neglecting meeting together” (Hebrews 10:25), we also highly value the congregation’s health and safety. So please, stay home Sunday, or for any midweek programs, if you feel sick at all.

 

 
My goal is to keep those within our care safe. We cannot live in fear, as 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.” We need to be wise. Being wise doesn’t mean you are bending to the fear. I would rather all of us be safe than have a physical service.
 

I would encourage you to take the time to make a phone call to those unable to attend. While this virus can be isolating and lonely, we know that hope is powerful and can help to carry a burden, even if we are unable to physically be present. Let’s encourage one another in spite of cancellations and empty store shelves. I am confident that the Coronavirus will be an opportunity for us as a church to convey hope and compassion to those around us. So, let’s be creative and inventive and not lose sight of continued moments to be the light of Christ.

 
Please be praying for those that have been exposed to Covid-19, pray and ask God to heal this virus, and pray for our church and the community around us, as well as those all over the world who are being affected.
 
 
SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19)
Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure.
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
Additionally, the following people are at a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness.
  • Older adults
  • People who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease
  • People with already compromised immune systems
 
 
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