November 19, 2020

In the spirit of love and service, the College View Church wants to avoid adding undue risk to volunteers, staff, members, and community guests who walk through our doors. To that end, the church board has voted to temporarily suspend all in-person gatherings (including worship services) through December 13th, at which time they will re-evaluate the situation. We will continue with our online options for worship and Sabbath Schools.

This decision was made in light of the community health crisis of our county but also the changing circumstances in our own church family. Many volunteers have expressed their reluctance or unavailability to serve because of the pandemic; more than a dozen people within our congregation are known to be currently infected with COVID-19, with even more people are in quarantine because of exposure. A few folks in the church family are unwilling to wear masks while in the church or at church gatherings, which is a condition for our staying open as a safe and welcoming place.

One exception to this "pause period" is the Pathfinder food drive, which will continue through Sabbath, and the Pathfinder Club will be sorting the goods for the Good Neighbor Community Center to pick up this Sunday ahead of Thanksgiving. Your donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the main lobby Sabbath morning and will directly bless a family in need.

While in-person gatherings are suspended, your ministry leaders are intent on offering creative alternatives to fulfilling our whole-church vision: Worshiping God. Growing Together. Living Out God's Love.



College View Church is open for worship! Visit us this Saturday at 9:15 or noon in our sanctuary for a live worship experience. 

In light of the Lincoln-Lancaster County "COVID dial" moving into the "red," or severe zone, the church board met last night to discuss our options for health, safety, and Christian community in light of the pandemic and determined to keep the church open for worship, with an emphasis on the necessity for every attendee to wear a face covering and to avoid congregating closely with others inside the building. In cooperation with directives from local officials, rooms will not exceed 25% of their maximum capacity (a benchmark already satisfied by our current practices); there will be no food preparation, food service, or eating during any events in the church building; and the facility will temporarily close to non-essential meetings and events. 

These modifications are temporary accommodations to our community’s current health crisis. The church board will continue to monitor the situation. Our online Sabbath Schools are continuing, and Family Worship will do a hybrid model for now. Whether online or on-site, CVC is worshipping God, growing together, and living out God’s love. 


August 8, 2020

 

Today we resume our noon service in addition to our 9:15am option. Both services will meet in the sanctuary with a distance of at least six feet between each household. (One advantage of our large sanctuary is that we easily hold 70+ households while occupying only every other pew!) 


In the spirit of loving concern for our church family, please wear a face covering. Research indicates this is one of the best measures we can take to prevent unintentionally spreading the virus to others. This is one of the best measures we can take to prevent unintentionally spreading the virus to others. The local health authorities have also announced a new mandate that indoor venues open to the public must require masks of people aged 5 and older. This applies to us.

Doors will be propped open wherever possible, and instead of hugs and handshakes, we'll share words of greeting and waves with one another. No one will be taking temperatures at the door. 

Drinking fountains and kitchens will still be closed, but the bathroom facilities will be open, and of course they will be cleaned before the start of the service. The offering plate will not be passed, but you can still give online any day of the week.

The sanctuary service will have many familiar elements, including beautiful organ music, prayer together, preaching, and more. For now congregational singing will not be a part of our services since that has been identified as a highly infectious activity.

We will be continuing our online services at Facebook and Livestream.com premiering at 9:15 and available for you to watch at your convenience. Our Zoom Sabbath Schools will keep meeting, too, but at 10:30am to accommodate those who wish to attend on-site worship. Our Sabbath School meetings are excellent, and if you're not yet connected to one, the pastor on call (402-665-1309) will be happy to explain how to get involved.

You will have to decide for yourself and your family if now is the right time for you to return to on-site worship. Attendance is not a religious obligation. We will miss you and we will look forward to when you are able and comfortable to return to in-person gatherings.

If you are sick or have any symptoms of illness, we ask that you please stay home, for the sake of all who come to gather here. Relevant symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, nausea, and vomiting. (Click here for more.)

We are a church family and it is hard to be apart from each other. We have all felt that pain over the last five months, and we are eager to get back together. In the meantime we enjoy the Zoom meetings, phone calls, Family Nights, vespers, and so forth. Truly, we have every reason for peace, we have every reason for hope, we have every reason for loving: Our God reigns. 

In His service,

Your College View Church Board


The Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department and the Lincoln mayor's office announced today a new directed health measure going into effect Monday, July 20 stipulating that face coverings are required in public, indoor spaces. For a list of exceptions, click here. This will not substantively change our operations, as we have been encouraging and expecting our guests and members to wear face coverings at in-person gatherings in our church, but it does raise the level of our responsibility. 

In alignment with the local directives and in loving service to our community members, you are expected to wear a face covering when attending any indoor event at College View Church. 


Our corporate worship July 11 will be a drive-in service, not a sanctuary service.

Come to our south parking lot and worship with us in word and music, rain or shine!

Today Lancaster County announced more cautious guidelines, including no gatherings of groups larger than 10. We are modifying our plans to support our entire community's effort to keep our COVID-19 infections down. We're in this together!


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