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    Anthem Ventura is part a family of churches helping people find their way back to God. The Anthem family of churches is united around shared mission, vision, values, and submission to the Lordship of King Jesus. In our cities, we are working to obey Jesus in helping people find their way back to God.

COVID-19 Response & Update

Mar 13, 2020

As many of you already know, the on-going global health situation, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), has continued to develop, and we are seeing people respond in a wide variety of ways. Amidst the fear and anxiety surrounding our current situation, we believe that the Church is called by God to be beacons of light, rooted in the gospel, and we believe that we can live from a spirit of confidence and faith in our good Father, rather than a place of fear.

2 Timothy 1v7

[7] for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (ESV)

Ultimately we are placing our trust in Jesus above anything or anyone else. Thus, we are seeking Jesus for how to respond. We want to be diligent and wise in our response, but also not motivated by fear and anxiety.

We are canceling our Sunday gatherings, but we are not canceling church. 

This Sunday, we will not be meeting in our normal venue, but rather will be meeting in a backyard to worship, pray, and be stirred by the Scriptures. 

As we say all the time, the church is not a building, or an event, it is a people. 

The Ventura public health dept. called for a state of emergency, and all VUSD schools will be closed until at least April 10. 

While the virus is really not dangerous to the vast majority of our church, it is very dangerous to some and we want to care for the vulnerable, do our part to help “flatten the curve”, and honor the local and state authorities who have asked that all non-essential large group gatherings be reconsidered, postponed, or canceled. 

This is not out of fear, but out of love. 

Sunday Gathering Info: 

This Sunday, we will meet for worship, prayer, and a teaching from the Scriptures together at 3157 Channel Dr. Ventura, CA. BYO coffee, BYO chair, BYO… everything! 

In addition, we will be talking about some of the plans we’ve got for our church over the next few weeks. 

For those who need or wish to stay home, we are working on a solution to livestream and/or record the gathering so you can engage. Please stay tuned. 

How you can help:

One of the most practical ways you can help is by remembering to support Anthem Church financially during this time. We encourage you to be an online giver, preferably a monthly recurring giver. Our team is still working, our local and global partners who rely on our support are still serving and we are actively looking for opportunities to bring practical help to areas of our community that will be impacted (much in the same way we did with the Thomas Fire). 

To give a one-time donation, or become a monthly recurring giver, go to anthemventura.org/giving or head to our app

How you can continue to engage well: 

Stay Clean – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use the elbow bump rather than handshake as a greeting. If you sneeze or cough, please use a tissue or handkerchief.

Stay Home – If you are feeling sick or concerned, don’t leave home except to seek medical care.

Stay calm – constantly checking the headlines and worrying about getting sick can have the unintended effect of robbing you of sleep and driving up your stress. That makes you more vulnerable to illness, not to mention fear-driven hysteria. Let go of “anticipatory anxiety”.

Stay Flexible – As new information and developments become available, that might change current or future plans. Please know we are learning along with you and discerning how God would have us respond. 

Stay Connected – If you are unable or uncomfortable gathering in any capacity, don’t use this opportunity to isolate, but rather continue to find ways to engage, connect, and be encouraged by others in the church. 

What about Alpha, Community Groups, and other events? 

Alpha will be postponed until at least after Easter and/or when we get more clarity about the current conditions. 

Each Community Group will decide what their action plan is. As the risk is increased for larger group gatherings, and provided those who are experiencing any symptoms remain at home, we are still encouraging Community Groups to meet this week, especially to process together how to care for one another and those around us in the coming weeks. 

As for other events and meetings, we will be making those decisions on a case by case basis, in accordance with health department guidelines and future developments. 

How can I stay in the loop? 

The absolute best way to stay in the loop at Anthem is the Anthem app. Please make sure you have it, and you have push notifications enabled, as we will be using the app and our website for all our communication. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help: venturaelders@anthemchurch.org

In the weeks ahead, may we follow the way of love as we seek to be a non-anxious presence in a cultural moment of anxiety, and to love and care for those in our community. 

- The Anthem Ventura Elder Team


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