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.
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.
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 Preschoolers and Toddlers at 8:30am and Vineyard Kids at 9:00am.
La Viña will continue to meet on Facebook at 11:00am.
Online Classes and Small Groups
In mid-May we’ll be launching our summer Small Groups which will be hosted online. We are also announcing new online classes soon.
More opportunities for kids
Vineyard Kids is hosting a Zoom Party for our “littles” this Thursday at 3:15pm. Join us and invite a friend! Miss Jan will be leading us in a worship session with her ukulele and we’ll be ending with a time of blessing over the children. This Zoom Party is geared toward our infants and Toddlers in the Red Room, Blue Room and Orange Room. Join us at https://zoom.us/j/463237049.
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.
Opportunities to Pray
We have several groups gathering online to pray.
Monday–Friday 7:00–7:20: Good Morning Group will praise, pray scripture, read from the Gospels, and share reflection questions to help you go deeper, all in 20 minutes! Hosted by Joyce Haworth via Zoom. Email [email protected] to get connection info.
Wednesday 12:00–12:30pm: Lunchtime brief share and prayer hosted by Pastor Cindy Nicholson via Zoom. Email [email protected] to get connection info.
Thursday 7:00–7:30pm: Moms praying for the children of the church, hosted by Barb Tapper via Zoom. Email [email protected] for connection info.
Sunday 9:00–9:45am: Before-the-online-service intercession for our church, our community, our world via Zoom. Email [email protected] for connection info.
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.
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: https://pushpay.com/g/evanstonvineyard.
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.
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].
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].
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] 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
Original update from March 12: Vineyard Closing In-Person Worship Services Until Further Notice
In a continued effort to protect the well-being of the community we serve, the Evanston Vineyard will suspend all in-person worship services at Evanston, the Neighborhood and La Viña until further notice.
In the meantime we will be hosting Sunday services online at both evanstonvineyard.org and facebook.com/evanstonvineyard. These services will include worship, announcements and our weekly message. These cross-campus services will begin at 10:00am, followed by our La Viña service at 11:00am.
We will continue collecting Connect Cards online at vcce.org/connect so that we can receive your prayer requests, questions and feedback. Online giving is available at vcce.org/give as well.
In addition, we are planning regular, often daily meditations through Facebook live by different members of our pastoral staff.
We plan to remain closed until it appears safe to host the many hundreds of people who call Evanston Vineyard home. We will continue to post updates via email and our website.
For now, we are still convening some of our smaller gatherings like the VQ High School Ministry, and allowing our Small Groups to make the best decision for their people individually. We expect several of those groups will move online. If you would like to be a part of an online group during this time of social distancing, please let us know and we will connect you with a leader.
We are also formulating pastoral care plans for our most vulnerable members. If you would like someone from church to reach out to you, please respond to this message — we are doing our best to identify those in our congregation who will benefit from extra pastoral care during this time, but we do not want to miss anyone.
May God’s sweet and calming presence fill our homes and our communities in the coming weeks.
The Evanston Vineyard staff