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This page is currently dedicated to information about how our church is handling the COVID-19 situation. Please continue to regularly check back here for information as we move forward. Thank you and God bless.
In light of the rapidly changing situation in our community relating to COVID-19, the church Response Team has been developing a protocol that we can enact in the eventuality that someone in our congregation is directly exposed or receives a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. This protocol will be presented to the church board for approval at the next scheduled meeting. Part of this protocol will be to continue to encourage each member to exercise their discretion and good judgement regarding their own level of risk and concern. More information will be provided upon board approval.
Additionally, since we have received an "all clear" regarding the potential exposure, the church office has resumed regular hours.
Remember to be patient with each other, and never miss an opportunity to extend some grace.
- We are currently holding Sunday School at 9:45 and Worship at 8:30 and 11:00. Sunday School classes will be held for children and youth, and the two adult classes will be meeting together in the Fellowship Hall for a special series on the book of Job.
- Other activities, including Commission and Board meetings as well as Family Fellowship, will resume when appropriate.
- Due to a potential exposure and an abundance of caution, we will close the church office temporarily.
- We will update this page when the church office has resumed regular operations, and the church will be open regular hours. Please help us maintain sanitary conditions by limiting your trips to the building to what is necessary—we are still available electronically.
While we are moving toward a more familiar form of community life here at Nampa Church of the Brethren, we are doing so in a somewhat changed environment. Our planning will continue to consider the advice and direction of local health experts and the recommendations of the State. We still need to be sensitive to those more vulnerable to infection by maintaining some physical distance, avoiding unnecessary contact or trips out into public space (including the church during the week), continuing to practice good hygiene, wearing face masks when appropriate, and generally being aware that this virus is still circulating even though we are beginning to return to our regular patterns of life. The fact that our communities are “reopening” does not mean that the coronavirus has disappeared. If we maintain some care in our interactions, though, we should be able to enjoy each other’s presence a little more personally. Remember to use your good judgement, and we’ll see each other soon!
Today was our first day back together in the sanctuary since we suspended meeting back in March. It was a small group but it was a start! We look forward to when we can all be together again. This is also the first sermon recording that we have uploaded in full to be viewed online. For now, we will place the regular worship service videos on the bottom of the worship page to differentiate them from Pastor John's personal videos. Please enjoy the latest video!
5/1/2020--Latest on gathering again.
As you may have heard, Governor Little has made the decision to move Idaho into the first stage of reopening, which includes the possibility of churches gathering again while maintaining certain health and safety protocols. While we are fully aware of the complexity of this decision, we have decided that we can adhere to those protocols, and so will be meeting this Sunday. Please look over the announcement below, and pay particular attention to the bullet points, as they will be providing guidance in how we meet. Also, Pastor John has written a personal letter to the congregation, which is posted on the Pastor's Page under the heading Articles.
In Philippians, Paul encourages the church to think not only of its own desires, but to consider the good of others. We have a wonderful chance to practice Paul's words in the current situation. It is with this in mind that we are proceeding with a plan to begin to gather again as a congregation for worship.
The state's guidelines (details are available at rebound.idaho.gov) advances in stages, the first stage set to begin when certain criteria for public health are met, tentatively May 1, 2020.
We will be following the guidelines presented by the state. Our recommendation is that each person included under the heading of vulnerable populations would exercise good judgement in considering whether to attend services. It is up to you personally to decide whether to attend or not, but we encourage those who know they are at particular risk to use wisdom. The state guidelines are that those vulnerable populations should remain self-isolated at home.
When we are cleared to gather, we will be exercising the following protocols:
- Currently, our plan is to have a single service at 11:00 including time for study, prayer, gathering around the Scripture, and a short reflection. As we move forward, we will make adjustments to this order of service.
- We will gather in the sanctuary in order to maintain sanitary conditions in other parts of the church building. Restrooms will be available.
- Remaining at home continues to be a good option for many, but for those that choose to attend on Sunday, we will be able to accommodate approximately 50 people and still maintain appropriate physical distance.
- The service will be available online for those who choose to remain at home.
- Everyone is encouraged, if they are comfortable, to wear masks in accordance to CDC recommendations. Be particularly sensitive of physical distance if you choose to not wear a mask.
- We will be sanitizing the building between weekly services, and ask that you continue to stay home during the week.
We are excited about the opportunity to meet together again in person, but we also recognize that it will not be business as usual for some time. We have this opportunity to practice our care and compassion for each other, recognizing the vulnerability of some in our church family, and showing love by using good judgement. We support each person's decision—whether to gather again or to stay at home—and encourage all to remember each other in ongoing prayer.
Our plan, as we abide by state guidelines, is to meet on May 3, 2020. We will post any changes to this plan here, so check often!
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief” Mark 9:24
It is Holy Week. It is the week we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of the One who said, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” It is also an unprecedented time of uncertainty, isolation, change, and, yes, perhaps even fear.
Many of the things we cherish will be different this Holy Week. . .Love Feast, Good Friday, Sunrise Service, Easter morning worship and family gatherings. It will be difficult.
The passage in Mark has been re-playing in my head frequently the past couple of weeks as I work at balancing fear and faith. It seems even more challenging when we cannot be physically together with our church family; when we can’t sing praises together, pray together, fellowship together, be comforted by one another. I so miss being with you all!
So, when doubt and fear creep in, I continue to pray this prayer: “Lord, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” And I would encourage you to let this be your prayer as well. We can find joy and hope in celebrating the resurrection in new ways and in God’s promises for each of the emotions we may be experiencing.
Uncertainty: We know who holds the future, “for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23;
Jesus assured us, “And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Isolation: We are not alone. We have each other, even virtually. And we have the One who promised, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Change: We can look forward to what God has in store for us. “The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Cor. 5:17
Fear: Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36
Have a Blessed Easter!
In Christ . . . for now, and when we are together again.
Sue Daniel, Board Chair
We are continuing to make updates to our entire website. One of the areas that has new attention is the Pastor's Page. I encourage you to check on that area of the website for great content from Pastor John. - Matt
I pray you are safe and sound at home with all of the supplies you need! We just wanted to touch base with you all and let you know we are still here. Please keep checking back here for updates to this page. We hope to have some more information up soon. In the meantime, here is some good info about why they are asking us all to stay home for the time being. If you are in need of anything, please let us know.
By now you have probably heard all you can possibly stand of the spread of the COVID-19 virus into the world around us. The Board has put in place a Response Team of Matt Pascoe, Sue Daniel, and John Fillmore. Please know that the leadership at our church is mindful of the situation and being diligent at the feet of the Great Physician. We want to ensure we have open lines of communication so that you are well informed.
- God has blessed us with living in Idaho. As such, we should all be aware of the guidance given to us through the CDC and our State officials. We recommend keeping generally informed using the following resources.
- Our initial desire was to maintain our regular activities. However, in light of the most recent recommendation from the CDC, and after much discussion, we have decided to postpone ALL of our church activities until the end of the month, including Sunday Worship Services. This is not a decision based on fear but, one of concern for those members that are at highest risk, as well as several other logistical factors.
- The office will remain open during regular hours and Pastor John is available as usual.
- If you have not done so, please fill out one of our emergency contact forms and return it to the office. This will provide us with any contact information you wish to provide and any other information or instructions relevant to you or your family.
- Please check in on this page as we will be updating it with the most current information we have.
- If there is a need for us to make a more immediate communication, we may also send out an email if you have provided us with your email address. We will also call those who do not have access to email or the internet.
- The plan is to resume activities starting with Family Fellowship on April 1st.
- Know that we care about your wellbeing and are taking steps for your physical safety and spiritual needs. Please reach out to us if you are in need of help. We are instructed by God to take care of the needs of our church body and will do so in the abundance that He provides to us all.
- In the coming weeks we intend to develop a more robust Congregational Emergency Plan. There is no reason to be reactionary when a situation arises. We should be prepared in advance.
- This includes identifying individuals with specific roles and responsibilities within this plan.
- Updating and refining communication methods.
- This will allow us as a whole to know how our congregation feels we should respond in the face of challenges.
- Through this, God can give us confidence and peace as we trust in him.
If you have questions, please contact our Response Team: Matt Pascoe, Sue Daniel, or John Fillmore.
Joshua 1:9 (NET) - I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.