Schedule (as of 3/16/2020):
March 22nd, 2020 – NO On-Site Services, Virtual Service using Zoom.
March 29th, 2020 – NO On-Site Services, Virtual Service using Zoom.
April 5th, 2020 – NO On-Site Services, Virtual Service using Zoom.
April 12th, 2020 (Easter) – Resume normal services

To the people of the Northview faith community, greetings.

We wanted to let you know that, given the current threat of the Covid-19 (Corona) virus, we have been in conversation about how to proceed with our worship and activity schedule. In responding we are trying to strike a balance between caution and overreacting. 

Our utmost concern is the safety and well being of our members and regular attenders, but that concern is also valid concerning our nation and the many people who could face detrimental illness due to age or health concerns. And while we do not want to give in to fear, we do want to be responsible in light of this potentially widespread pandemic.

As you may have heard, all Marion County schools have been ordered closed until April 6th. We’ve taken this as our lead for considering how we do “church” over the next few weeks, and how that will impact our worship schedule.

So, while we are not actually closing, we are implementing measures to ensure we do our part in limiting the spread of the Covid-19 Virus, and while we are putting a plan in place, the Leadership Team will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

Above all, if you are concerned about contracting the virus, and want to limit the number of people you come into contact with, by all means remain at home. In addition, if you are feeling unwell, symptoms of fever or cough, stay home!

Our current plan includes an electronic element that we hope will allow us to gather virtually, in the absence of the ability to gather physically.

The current schedule moving forward will be:

March 15th: Worship will continue as planned, in person, with limited contact and an awareness than many may choose to stay home. There will be no Sunday school programming, in hopes of limiting additional contact. 
We will also be introducing an electronic component this Sunday that will allow you to participate virtually. If you’re planning to join us remotely this week, this will be an opportunity for you to test your availability to log in, and get some limited support if needed. This option will be distributed via a link in your email.

If you are planning on being with us in person this week, but would like to try your device and make sure you can get logged in for the coming weeks, please bring your phone, tablet, or even laptop, and we’ll do our best to get you started.

All who plan to test electronics, either remotely or in person, we’d like to start people logging in by 9:15 am.

March 22nd: Virtual worship only, with no physical service taking place at the church and no Sunday school. This setting will provide a time of gathering and centering, a reflection on the scripture text for today, and conversation around the text and reflection through the online portal. We might even try to slip in a hymn or two.

March 29th: Virtual worship only, with the electronic component for you to join in, and no Sunday school.

April 5th: Virtual worship only, with the electronic component for you to join in, and no Sunday school.

April 9th: Love Feast – We’ll continue to monitor the situation and make decisions as information develops.

April 12th: Rejoining for Easter worship together, at the church. A resurrection of sorts!

If, during our hiatus, anyone is interested in a book study, or virtual conversation of some sort, I’m happy to try to accommodate. We certainly don’t want anyone to feel isolated or alone, and will do what we can to try to make this time as bearable as possible.

Also, if you are in need of pastoral or deacon care, don’t hesitate to call Pastor Rob or your deacon. We will be monitoring our own individual health, and do our best to care for you at this time of uncertainty.
Please be vigilant in caring for yourselves at this time. We continue to be in prayer for our congregation, as well as the communities we live in, that this virus can be contained to a limited impact on those we know and love.

Pastor Rob and the Northview Leadership Team