Elevation Church response to the Coronavirus / COVID-19

March 23, 2020


Planning to stay connected as Elevation Church

 
This week the Yellowstone County Health Officer confirmed our decision to postpone meeting in person by announcing that most gathering places were to close until at least April 10.

Currently our plan is to continue gathering online at 10:30 on Sunday mornings (currently on Facebook Live, with other options to come), and we invite all of us to reach out to people they would normally connect with at Elevation -- to encourage, pray for and help however we can. In this time where many can feel isolated, you may be that bright spot in someone's day that makes all the difference.

We will keep you informed as we know more, and welcome your thoughts, prayers and ideas. Email us at info@elevationbillings.com, text 406-272-3672, or message us at Facebook, and we will get back to you!

In the meantime - love God with all you have, be generous with others and with the Lord, and remember to "hold on tightly to hope" (Heb. 10:23-25). Giving is available 24/7 here - every gift honors the Lord and fuels continued ministry. 

May the Lord bless you this week as you follow him closely!

Michael & Roger


March 14, 2020


UPDATE : Elevation Church Response to Corona Virus

Friends, 

Today we became aware that there are currently four cases of Coronavirus in Montana, with one currently diagnosed in Yellowstone County. 

We love all of you, and want what is best for you, and as a church family we must all seek to love each other and love our community by minimizing the spread of the virus, so Roger and I have made the extraordinary decision to immediately move our services online — initially at https://www.facebook.com/ElevationChurchBillings/ — effective this weekend (Sunday, March 14) to reduce the spread of the virus that threatens the lives of so many

To be clear, we will not be meeting in person for now - rather we will meet online. If you have a small group or friends you want to invite, and if you feel it wise to do so, you may want to watch it together.

Please contact anyone you know from Elevation (via text, preferably) and post on social media and tag your friends to let them know.

Remember - church is not a building, it is a people following Jesus together! Throughout history God has used times like these to share the great news about Jesus with others. So look for opportunities to love on others, and to pray for and with people who are uncertain about their eternity. 

We will do our best  keep you informed on the Facebook link above, via email, and at https://elevationbillings.com/virus-response.

Trust the Lord - He is good!

Michael and Roger
Email - info@elevationbillings.com
Text - 406-272-3672



March 13, 2020


Friends and families of Elevation,

With all of the recent news about Coronavirus / COVID-19, your Elevation Church family continues to be proactive and diligent about preserving a safe and healthy place to gather as God’s people. We do plan to meet at our usual 9 & 10:30AM times this weekend.


Currently, here are the steps we are taking to combat the spread of the virus:


Kids Ministry
  • Every child age 2 through 5th grade will use hand sanitizer, wipes or wash their hands upon check in.
  • Toys are intentionally set aside for sanitizing / cleaning once they are played with.
  • Surfaces are wiped down with cleaning wipes between uses.
  • Kids with runny noses or coughs will not be checked in, and we will request that families who are sick wait until healthy to attend.
  • Volunteers who are sick will be asked not to serve


Gathering Areas

  • All team members have been asked to not shake hands, and instead wave to greet, reducing the risk of hand to hand transfer of any virus.
  • Bathroom surfaces, railings and table tops will be frequently disinfected.
  • Coffee will be served in cups by team members using gloves to eliminate touching the same surfaces
  • Temporarily switching to packaged snacks during the 10 minute party after service.


Worship

  • Pushed the pause button on hand shake greetings and passing the offering.
  • Giving will be received online at elevationbillings.com, by texting an amount to 84321, via envelopes that can be mailed, or at a secure box to give as you exit. (Consider setting up automated giving)


Here’s how you can help:


Choose to be filled with faith, not fear
  • Throughout history God has used seasons like this to draw people to eternal life and a deeper walk with him. As his people, we can trust that God sees everything, and God knows more than we do about what the future holds - and He loves us and cares for us, even when things seem out of control. God has not given us a spirit of fear! (2 Tim. 1:7)


Care for yourself

  • If you are sick, stay home, and seek testing if you have the symptoms.
  • If you are high risk - compromised immune or respiratory system, over 60, or have other health conditions identified as at risk - consider staying home and catching the service online during the week until this all blows over. (We are working on a weekend live stream)
  • Wash your hands thoroughly by singing Happy Birthday to yourself twice, and eliminate touching your face until absolutely clean.

Care for each other

  • If you or your children are sick, exhibiting symptoms of any kindplease stay home until you are all back to full health. 
  • PRAY! Pray that the Lord would intervene with healing, grace and wisdom for our community, and around the world.


Roger and I will continue to consult with health experts, city leaders, elders, and staff to determine any additional next steps, as necessary. If anything changes, we will communicate via email or social media. Feel free to reach out with any questions by text at (406) 272-3672‬


In the meantime, let's continue gathering as God’s people to worship the Lord, teach His Word, and grow together in love and hope. Come join us! Until we meet again, we echo the words of Paul:


"I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” Ephesians 1:16-17