Valley Shepherd Church Family—

Our thanks to all who joined us as we worshipped online this past Sunday! I’m so grateful for the technology that allows this to happen and for those who understand it all!  Last Sunday certainly confirmed the importance of the VSN family staying connected, if only online! Here are some things that may help you in these days:

1. Be mindful of checking your email regularly, as this is one way we can connect with you for vital updates. 

2. We will continue to live stream our morning worship at 10:45 Sundays via Facebook or directly from our church’s website (www.valleyshepherd.org).  These are also accessible any time later.  Pastor Bob and Pastor Zach are offering some tremendous online ministries for our children and teens via their Facebook groups—great stuff!  If you know those who don’t have computer access, let us know if they would welcome receiving DVD’s or CD’s of the services.

3. Timothy Barrett is providing a YouTube live stream for Wednesday Night Bible Study. The live stream will begin at 6:45 pm on Wednesday nights beginning this week.  To participate, just click into the link: https://youtu.be/7WziG_xckK8  to view and to participate in the chat.  We are working on getting to our ministry leaders similar ways in which our classes and small groups can stay connected.

4. Realizing there are a lot of hours during the week, and we all may be spending more time at home than usual, we want to provide additional resources for you and your family to access:

a. The Foundry Publishing (formerly Nazarene Publishing House): curriculum with which many of you are familiar is being made available online for free over the next 3 weeks for all age groups.

b.  Right Now Media has multiple resources you can access at home.  Contact the church office to help you gain access.

c. Discipleship Explored: teaching videos available on YouTube until April 30. A study of Philippians and learning to be content in all things may be most encouraging right now!

d.  Christianity Explored: teaching videos available on YouTube until April 30, like a study of the Gospel of Mark for unbelievers, new believers, and those who need to fall in love with the Gospel again.

e. Life Explored: a dramatic video illustrating a situation is followed by a video of instruction. Each video deals with different kinds of life circumstances and presents the Gospel. Great for teens or anyone needing to strengthen their faith!

5. Please do what you can to stay connected with others in the church family, particularly those who may feel isolated or alone.  If you’d be willing to make weekly calls to check on a few people we fear are most vulnerable right now, contact Cindy Pusey (cindympusey@gmail.com).  Please contact the church office by phone or email if you have any needs or learn of those who do.

6. As the Lord has blessed you, consider giving out of that blessing to the benevolence fund so that together we can assist those in need.  And thanks so much to those who are faithfully continuing to give tithes and offerings to the church (via mail, online giving, or dropping it off).

God is faithful!  We can depend upon Him for these days just as we have leaned on Him throughout all the days before!  We’re so blessed to be His children!

Pastor Tim Pusey

 FROM VALLEY SHEPHERD CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

REGARDING OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION

Tuesday March 17

Greetings from Valley Shepherd Church!

 I need to communicate with you once again as we as a church family respond to the changing dynamics and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Thanks for your encouragement and your prayers as we seek to exercise wisdom in unchartered territory!  In addition to this letter, please click the following link for a brief audio message:  https://vimeo.com/398350169

For at least the next two weeks we will hold online Sunday services only as well as push the “pause” button on all regularly scheduled ministry activities.  We’ll continue to monitor the situation and make decisions as we go, realizing these arrangements may need to continue for some time thereafter.  We have also decided that the Easter Egg Hunt and the Easter morning brunch will not be taking place at this time as planned.

 

We encourage all of you to worship with us online at 10:45 Sunday mornings as we live- stream our services (or anytime thereafter, since the service is still available after that time).  We’re working within the given recommendations to make adjustments to our service and are grateful that we already have the technical matters in place to do so.  You can access the service via our church’s website (www.valleyshepherd.org) or Facebook.  You might let others beyond our immediate church family know of this option as well, particularly if their church is not able to do so.  Pastor Bob and Pastor Zach are also working on ways they will connect with our children and teens via web videos and other resources on a regular basis.  I’m so grateful for the possibilities the internet presents to us in such a time!  And, as you already know, you can give to the church online as well—and we do appreciate your faithful giving through times like this.

 

Let me encourage you to make special efforts to stay in touch with others in our congregation, particularly those in your Sunday School class, small group or ministry team—as well as those who may sit near you in the sanctuary.  We are still the Church!  The building is not what makes us the Church!  And we are choosing to look for ways God can work through us in this world even in these circumstances.  Please be alert to people’s needs around you—as many lives are being disrupted.  Please let the church office know if there are needs of which we need to be aware.  And let’s pray that the frightening effects of COVID-19 are minimized throughout our world.

 

I’m confident that God’s not surprised by all of this, and certainly not wringing His hands, as if the Church is falling apart!  In fact, I have to wonder if this isn’t somehow a part of our prayer for clearer vision regarding how God wants to work in and through our lives individually and as a church in the days ahead!

‘Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 

The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

 

Pastor Tim Pusey

 

Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene

FROM VALLEY SHEPHERD CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

REGARDING OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION

Friday, March 13, 2020

As things seem to be changing daily, I felt a need to communicate with our church family and community regarding our response to the Coronavirus concerns.  We are planning to have Sunday School and Worship services per normal this Sunday, but we will continue to monitor the situation here in Treasure Valley and make adjustments if we need to as we move along.  Here are a few things that I wanted to communicate with you:

  • Let’s avoid shaking hands for now—even at the doors as people enter.
  • We will approach things like the passing out of bulletins and the receiving of offering in ways that minimize touches—by using kiosks near the sanctuary doors.
  • We want you to know that the facilities are being sanitized as best we can, and that we will continue to give extra attention to doing so.
  • If you’re experiencing symptoms of the flu at all, we’d ask that you stay home, as is being encouraged throughout our country.  And let us know if you have needs we may be able to help with.
  • If you are particularly vulnerable or concerned about this, feel free to stay home. 
  • Be aware that you can watch our services online, live stream (or anytime thereafter) via our church’s website or directly on Facebook.  The church’s website is www.valleyshepherd.org.  Our recent upgrades in technology have greatly improved the quality.  We’d be grateful if you’d sign in as you’re watching, letting us know you’re engaging with our service in this way.
  • You may want to share the online option with neighbors and family members who attend other churches who do not have these capabilities so that they too can be engaged in worship even if they are not able to participate as they normally do.

While we believe we are to be wise and prudent in responding to this issue, let me encourage you to resist giving into fear and panic!  Let’s trust the Lord to help us make our way through this in a way that truly honors Him as we continue to love others as He does.  Let’s pray for those already affected and those who will be, and let’s pray that the effects here and around the world will not be as severe as many believe it will be.  I’m reminded of Paul’s words to the Philippian Church,

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

May the Lord guide us as we make our way through these days!  And may you know the peace and joy of His presence today and always!

Pastor Tim Pusey

FROM VALLEY SHEPHERD CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

REGARDING OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION

Friday, March 13, 2020

As things seem to be changing daily, I felt a need to communicate with our church family and community regarding our response to the Coronavirus concerns.  We are planning to have Sunday School and Worship services per normal this Sunday, but we will continue to monitor the situation here in Treasure Valley and make adjustments if we need to as we move along.  Here are a few things that I wanted to communicate with you:

  • Let’s avoid shaking hands for now—even at the doors as people enter.
  • We will approach things like the passing out of bulletins and the receiving of offering in ways that minimize touches—by using kiosks near the sanctuary doors.
  • We want you to know that the facilities are being sanitized as best we can, and that we will continue to give extra attention to doing so.
  • If you’re experiencing symptoms of the flu at all, we’d ask that you stay home, as is being encouraged throughout our country.  And let us know if you have needs we may be able to help with.
  • If you are particularly vulnerable or concerned about this, feel free to stay home. 
  • Be aware that you can watch our services online, live stream (or anytime thereafter) via our church’s website or directly on Facebook.  The church’s website is www.valleyshepherd.org.  Our recent upgrades in technology have greatly improved the quality.  We’d be grateful if you’d sign in as you’re watching, letting us know you’re engaging with our service in this way.
  • You may want to share the online option with neighbors and family members who attend other churches who do not have these capabilities so that they too can be engaged in worship even if they are not able to participate as they normally do.

While we believe we are to be wise and prudent in responding to this issue, let me encourage you to resist giving into fear and panic!  Let’s trust the Lord to help us make our way through this in a way that truly honors Him as we continue to love others as He does.  Let’s pray for those already affected and those who will be, and let’s pray that the effects here and around the world will not be as severe as many believe it will be.  I’m reminded of Paul’s words to the Philippian Church,

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

May the Lord guide us as we make our way through these days!  And may you know the peace and joy of His presence today and always!

Pastor Tim Pusey

FROM VALLEY SHEPHERD CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

REGARDING OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION

Friday, March 13, 2020

As things seem to be changing daily, I felt a need to communicate with our church family and community regarding our response to the Coronavirus concerns.  We are planning to have Sunday School and Worship services per normal this Sunday, but we will continue to monitor the situation here in Treasure Valley and make adjustments if we need to as we move along.  Here are a few things that I wanted to communicate with you:

  • Let’s avoid shaking hands for now—even at the doors as people enter.
  • We will approach things like the passing out of bulletins and the receiving of offering in ways that minimize touches—by using kiosks near the sanctuary doors.
  • We want you to know that the facilities are being sanitized as best we can, and that we will continue to give extra attention to doing so.
  • If you’re experiencing symptoms of the flu at all, we’d ask that you stay home, as is being encouraged throughout our country.  And let us know if you have needs we may be able to help with.
  • If you are particularly vulnerable or concerned about this, feel free to stay home. 
  • Be aware that you can watch our services online, live stream (or anytime thereafter) via our church’s website or directly on Facebook.  The church’s website is www.valleyshepherd.org.  Our recent upgrades in technology have greatly improved the quality.  We’d be grateful if you’d sign in as you’re watching, letting us know you’re engaging with our service in this way.
  • You may want to share the online option with neighbors and family members who attend other churches who do not have these capabilities so that they too can be engaged in worship even if they are not able to participate as they normally do.

While we believe we are to be wise and prudent in responding to this issue, let me encourage you to resist giving into fear and panic!  Let’s trust the Lord to help us make our way through this in a way that truly honors Him as we continue to love others as He does.  Let’s pray for those already affected and those who will be, and let’s pray that the effects here and around the world will not be as severe as many believe it will be.  I’m reminded of Paul’s words to the Philippian Church,

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

May the Lord guide us as we make our way through these days!  And may you know the peace and joy of His presence today and always!

Pastor Tim Pusey