Vinelife Family, 

This has been an unprecedented week around the globe. 

We are doing our best to respond to the recommendations of our state and governing authorities regarding COVID-19. The leading public health experts are telling us that swift and strong action can “flatten the curve” of the spread of this aggressive virus. Part of this action involves temporary “social distancing”.

After further prayer and processing, we have decided to cancel our worship gathering, this Sunday, March 15. It is possible this will be the case for subsequent weeks.

This is not a reaction of fear; this is the action of love. Loving our neighbors means protecting them by ensuring our whole community stays healthy and that our health care professionals and services are not overwhelmed. 

Let me be clear, we are cancelling our Sunday gathering, but we are NOT cancelling church. Church is not a building. It’s not a gathering. It’s not an activity. Church is the people of God, rooted in His Presence, growing in His family, and living on his mission.

In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to worship and pray in your own home. Should this last longer than a week, our leadership team will be working on creative ways to gather online – including live stream events and online prayer summits. If you are not currently on our email list, please sign up here.

While we continue our 40-day fast, this is not a time to shrink back, but to press in. It is critical that we do not give into a spirit of fear. The church was made for moments like this. As we’ve read many times in the last several weeks, the words of Hebrews 12:28 tell us, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.” In this time, I believe God is going to give us heaven’s creativity to minister to our shaken community in new ways.

Please stay tuned for future updates, and if you’re on Facebook, join our online community group to share prayer requests and get updates.

Love you all! May the grace and peace of God be with you!