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Letter from Charles

Good afternoon PV Family and Casper Community,

As we are blessed with another day of life, I am reminded of Lamentations 3:22-23, Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. As I met with the Elders last night to spend time in prayer and decision making, I was filled with encouragement and confidence that the Elders of this congregation are truly Spirit led and have your best interests in mind.

With your best interests in mind, the eldership made a decision last night, March 17 th , to cancel all public gatherings through April 4th. Once again, this decision was not made out of any sort of fear or a desire to give into the mass hysteria, but out of a deep respect for our local, state and national governing authorities. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” The decisions that are being made are based off of the desire to do our part to flatten the curve in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Please know that it honestly breaks our hearts to not meet in person, but we feel led by God that this would be something necessary for a short time, that would have long term benefits. With all that being said, our plan is to still gather as the body of Christ online.

We are working on streaming a normal service this coming Sunday, March 22nd that would include a song service, communion, offering and message. Obviously we don’t know how all that will look yet or if it will all work out perfectly or not, but our plan is to go live this coming Sunday, March 22 nd for one service at 10:30 am. The service will also be recorded and made available on our website at pvcc.info, for those who would like to view the service at a later time.

The plan is to have a link to the live feed on our pvcc.info site. We would encourage you to have some juice and bread or crackers set aside for the time of communion. When it comes to the tithes and offering time, I am blown away by the

generosity of this congregation, and I know God is going to continue to provide during this trying time.

We do offer the ability for you to give your tithe and offerings online through our pvcc.info site, or you can mail it in to Paradise Valley Christian Church 188 Valley Drive or just drop it by the church office during the day. By offering an online experience our desire is for the Church at PV to remain connected and engaged in their relationship with God and each

other. Our elders are also working on connecting with each member of the congregation to keep the lines of communication open. If you know of anyone that might not be getting these updates online, please let them know what the plan is. We want everyone to be in the loop, but we need your help to do that.

Please know that you can call the church office or my cell phone with questions or concerns and we will do our best to address those. I would like to close by challenging us as a church to set a day or two side over the next couple of weeks to fast and pray. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be. Maybe just skip a meal and during that normal meal time, spend focused time in prayer for our current circumstances. If you aren’t physically able to fast from food, maybe pick something else to fast from. This is a very unique time to be alive and I honestly believe that God is going to do some amazing things through all of what takes place.

We love you and God bless.

Update #1

Letter from Charles

Hello Paradise Valley Christian Church and the Casper community.

May I begin by sharing a couple verses from 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

I don’t know about you, but we are in a time where many people are facing some major anxiety because of the Corona Virus. My hope and prayer for each of us as we work through all of this day by day, is that we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand and that we cast all our anxiety on Him, because He does care for you.

As you know, many events and gatherings have been and continue to be canceled throughout our community, our country and around the world.

Many of these cancelations have taken place in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. The hope is that the sooner we can remove the virus from our world, the sooner we can return to all normal lives.

As I mentioned on Sunday, March 15 th , the Elders of this congregation are proactively praying and discussing through what is best for the safety and health of this congregation.

As of March 16 th , the recommendation from our president as well as the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are that during the next 15 days, all U.S. events of 10+ people should be cancelled or held virtually.

After much prayer, and conversation, as well as consulting with other churches, the Elders have decided that as of today, March 17th all of our normal weekly programing will be cancelled until further notice.

However, Sunday services are still yet to be determined. Our Elders will be meeting again tonight, March 17 th , and a decision will be made on how we will proceed for future Sunday morning services.

Once again, our normal weekly events have been cancelled until further notice:

  • The Tuesday morning woman’s Bible study has been cancelled.
  • The Wednesday afternoon woman’s Bible study has been cancelled.
  • The Wednesday Night Family Night meal and classes have been cancelled.
  • The Embrace Grace group has been cancelled.
  • The Friday Night Game Night has been cancelled.
  • The Saturday Morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast has been cancelled.
  • The Youth Lock-in that was to take place on March 27-28 will be cancelled with the hope of being rescheduled.

Please know that this was a very difficult decision to make and it was not made in fear, but out of a sense of responsibility to our community and to our congregation. We are trying to be good neighbors by following the intent of our government leaders. It is their hope that limiting social interaction will stop the spread of

the virus. We join them in that hope and lets pray toward that end.

We know that this too shall pass and that the Lord is with us, so we have nothing to fear. Please be in prayer for our leaders, national, state, and local. Pray for healthcare workers. Pray for our church leaders.

May we take to heart the message from 1 Peter 4:7-11. Spend time praying, Spending time loving, Spending time serving. When we are willing to do these things, God is the one who receives the glory and honor. We're excited to see how God uses this time to bring others to Him! Remember, if you’re on Facebook, follow us there and check out our website at pvcc.info. We will do our very best to communicate any updates as they come available.

Let me leave you with John 14:27..."Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."