COVID-19 UPDATE

MARCH 28, 2020

WORSHIP SERVICES: The next sermon in the Acts series (Part 11: One Heart & Soul) will be available on our website, iTunes and YouTube, first thing tomorrow morning. Of course, you are free to watch at whatever time works best for you! This week's service includes even more worship music, more pictures of Gateway people watching the sermons at home, and a special video. Obviously, we can’t take a physical financial offering this weekend, but you can support Gateway online (see the Quick Link on the Home Page of this website), or bring you financial support to the office during the week. 

 

MINISTRY STATUS: In an ongoing effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the Washougal/Camas area, we have suspended all events at Gateway for the week of March 20 - April 5. Once again, the building will be open and staffed during our normal weekday operating hours (Monday - Thursday, 9:00am-noon, and 1:00pm-5:00pm). Now that the coronavirus has been confirmed to be in the Washougal area, we know that things can change quickly, but our goal is to keep the office open during the week, as long as it is allowed by our state and local governing authorities. If you plan on coming by the office during the week, we recommend calling first, just to make sure our operating status hasn't change.

 

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU: If you or someone you know needs prayer, food, or pastoral care, give us a call at the church office. (360-835-2154).


UPDATE FOR MARCH 15

SUNDAY VIDEO SERMON: Gateway hosted its very first video-cast sermon today, and it appears to have been well received and the download count was far beyond our expectations. Special thanks go out to all who sacrificed time and effort to make this a reality. We are already making plans for next Sunday’s video, which will include the next sermon in the Acts series, as well as a few songs led by our worship team.

 

MINISTRY STATUS: In order to support the ongoing efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our area, and to honor the restrictions placed on public gatherings, we have suspended all events at Gateway for the week of March 16-22. The building will be open and fully staffed during our normal weekday operating hours (Monday - Thursday, 9:00am-noon, and 1:00pm-5:00pm), but events and gatherings have been canceled. As the week progresses, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation, along with recommendations from the medical community and state and federal agencies, and then decide our operational status for the following week. 

 

CONSIDER SUPPORTING GATEWAY: Despite the challenges of not being able to hold Sunday Worship Services onsite, we continue to find new and creative ways to minister to those in our church and community, teach the Word, feed the hungry, pray for each other, and share the love of Jesus. The work goes on! Even though we are not able to collect the weekly financial offerings in our worship services, you can still support Gateway by giving online, thus allowing us to continue ministry in this uniquely challenging time. You can CLICK HERE to be linked to our online giving site.    


HOW CAN WE HELP? The Gateway staff are here for you, so if you need prayer, counsel, encouragement, spiritual guidance, or someone to talk to, give us a call at the church office (360-835-2153).



UPDATE FOR MARCH 14

MINISTRY STATUS UPDATE


SUNDAY: After much prayer, research, and deliberation, we have decided to cancel all Worship Services and ministry events for Sunday, March 15. While this has not been an easy decision to make, we feel it is the right one for us at this time. Our staff will still be on duty, so if you need us, we’re here for you.

 

SERMON VIDEO: We are in the process of attempting to record our very first sermon video! It’s all a bit last-minute, but we’re going to give it our best shot. Our goal is to have the video uploaded to our website and available for you on Sunday morning, by 9:00 (for all you early service people). In the event that we can’t pull off a video in time, we will post a podcast instead (as usual). Also, the handout for the sermon will be available on the same webpage where the sermon is found.

 

WHAT’S NEXT: Our leadership team will be discussing what our operational status will look like in the coming week, and that information will be updated right here.

 

THE GATEWAY OFFICE: If it becomes necessary to close the building in the coming week, our staff will still be on duty, able to take your calls, texts and email. We are here to support you in any way we can, pray with you, and encourage you spiritually, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 



UPDATE FOR MARCH 13

Dear Gateway family and friends,

 

As the constantly evolving news regarding COVID-19 unfolds, our Gateway leadership team has been praying, getting informed, asking questions, and discussing the situation in order to know how best to serve you, our church family. As COVID-19 has made its way around the globe over the past few months, I have discovered that people have very different opinions regarding what is happening, the seriousness of the threat, and how to best deal with it. The diversity of views (and passionate defense of those views) that we see in society are also reflected within Gateway. One of the things I love about Gateway is the diversity that exists among us as individual members of the Body of Christ, and yet at the same time there is a oneness, a unity, that comes through Christ. It’s a beautiful thing. 

 

And so, we now find ourselves facing a decision regarding how to best carry out ministry in the midst of these challenging days. Do we continue to host worship services and other ministry events, or should we support the concept of “social distancing”, as suggested by our governing authorities, and suspend church events for a time?

 

I like how William Vanderbloemen put it, “In times of panic, people need to gather. In times of sudden uncertainty, people flock to church. And they like being together. With the onset of COVID-19, social distancing is necessary right now, but the Scriptures tell us that the very first thing God says is bad for us is to be “left alone” (Genesis 2:18). So, what is a church to do when there’s a greater desire than ever to hear a message of hope, but the solution seems to be not to gather together?”

 

In the midst of a situation that has fueled much fear in society, I am reminded that the Bible repeatedly and consistently proclaims that God is sovereign, in control, “and we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). 

 

We want you to know that at Gateway we take your safety and health seriously. We love you and want the very best for you. Therefore, we are monitoring local, state and federal agencies for the latest news and recommendations and are doing our best to figure out how they apply specifically to Gateway. Additionally, we are praying for God’s wisdom as we seek how to best follow the Lord in this situation, to minister to the needs of those in our church and community, and to be good citizens who love others and support our local government by doing our part to contain the spread of the virus. There are a lot of important values we are attempting to harmonize, so we greatly appreciate your prayers and support as we seek to lead our church in the best possible way. 

 

At this point in time, no decision has been made to cancel any scheduled gatherings at Gateway. However, we will continue to monitor the situation closely over the next 24 hours. If we deem it wise to cancel specific events, Sunday services, or if we must close the building altogether, we will post that information immediately. You can stay informed of the latest Gateway news through our website (www.gatewayweb.org), our Facebook page, and our texting service (text the word “gateway” to 88202 to enroll). 

 

May God bless you and keep you in his perfect peace, 

Pastor Bob

Gateway Church

1235 E St.

Washougal WA   98671


gc@gatewayweb.org