Vineyard’s Response to COVID-19

Dear Church Family,

We continue to pray for you as we settle into being sheltered-at-home and learn to find community to new ways.

Special In-Person Outdoor Service
We’re pleased to announce this special one-time service on September 13. Learn more and reserve your spot here.

Sunday Services
We’re hosting 30-minute services on our website at 10:00am and 11:30am.

Our services include worship in song, a time of thanksgiving and prayer, a message, short announcements and a closing benediction.

Our new platform, Evanston Vineyard Online, includes a public chat room that will open 15 minutes before the service and remain open for 15 minutes afterwards. It also features an option for live prayer in a private chat room.

Here are some important tips for getting the most out of Evanston Vineyard Online.

We are also offering an option to listen to the service over the phone for anyone who doesn’t have regular internet or computer access. Dial 312-626-6799 to join our 10:00am service, and use the Meeting ID #840 0251 0204 (followed by the # sign). You will be asked for a participant ID, but it is not required, so just press # again. We’ll open the call at 9:45am.

We are at the mercy of of technology, so if we experience any technical difficulties, we will cross-stream the service on Facebook and YouTube.

We also host a service for Vineyard Kids at 9:00am.

The Neighborhood Campus hosts a service on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9:00am. Link coming soon.

La Viña will continue to meet on Facebook at 11:00am.

Online Classes and Small Groups
You can find information about our classes and small groups here. Most meet online, but some Small Groups are meeting outdoors and indoors this fall.

Daily Devotionals
You are invited every morning to our Facebook page to participate in our daily devotionals. Every weekday one of our pastors will help us start the day with Jesus in scripture. Those devotionals will be live at 7:30am.

Food Pantry Update
For the time being, we will distribute one pre-packed bag of non-perishable food on Wednesdays, 6:00–7:00pm. Workers should be there about an hour prior for folks that may be lining up/regular 5:00pm start time.

Contact [email protected] to get involved.

A Note About Giving
Thank you so much for your generosity in this trying time. You’ve helped us conduct an online service, daily devotionals, small groups online, and you’ve helped to make our Care Center and Food Pantry possible. If you’ve never given before, we’ve worked really hard to make it easy for you. Check out this link to give:

Office Hours
Updating a previous announcement, our building will be closed until further notice to all but our various staff members. However, some specific donations are still being accepted, outlined below.

Non-Perishable Food Donations & Facemasks
We are collecting donations of non-perishable food to make emergency food bags for people in our church family. Canned food, dry beans, boxed pasta, rice and jars are greatly appreciated.

We are also collecting donations of facemarks for our Food Pantry volunteers and patrons.

You can donate in one of two ways:
• Between 10:30am-3:30pm on Tuesday-Friday, please drop off donations inside the Care Center door (located to the left of the main entrance).
• Call or text 847-d868-2873 to arrange for a volunteer driver to pick up items from your house or front porch.

Donations of other kinds are not being received at this time.

Benevolence Requests
We know that now more than ever there may be church members in need, so we are still committed to processing benevolence requests. Please email requests to Brian Van Der Werff at [email protected].

Care Center
The Care Center building will be closed but we will still be distributing clothing, toiletries and diapers, for emergencies only, to people’s cars during our normal hours between 6-8pm on Wednesday. Please call 847-868-2873 with any other care needs or questions. For specific help with finding resources you can email [email protected].

For help with creating a resume or searching for a job you can email [email protected].

Pastoral Care
If you have special needs during this time, please let us know. We have a dedicated team of individuals who are ready to help and support you. This can of course include prayer needs, but also help running an errand, getting groceries or doing something at home. Email [email protected] for next steps.

Opportunities To Help
We know many people want to help and support others right now. If you are at low enough risk to help others, and are able and available to help, we want to hear from you. Email [email protected]g for next steps.

We invite you to remember Jesus’ words in 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.” We’re praying that even in the face of this pandemic, we will all experience the peace of Jesus.

The Evanston Vineyard staff

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