Greetings, Shepherd of the Valley Folks! Here’s a little note to update you where we are in the middle of Week 2 as we continue to take care of our community by keeping distance.
We have begun weekly online services and daily online posts. This Sunday and every Sunday you’ll be able to access worship and discussion via our website, Facebook, and YouTube. Next week we’re doing a five-part video presentation on communion, so watch for that! As we go along, we’ll add more stories and features. Tell your friends and neighbors about the resources and community you find here at myboisechurch.org!
We have also begun reaching out to our members via phone and email. Everyone in our directory should get a call within the next few days asking how you’re doing, whether you need anything, and whether you might be able to help people who do. We’ll take that information and turn it into action. You can also look forward to an email each Monday talking about our ongoing service projects and one each Thursday updating you on the state of the church.
Several new projects will start up next week. We’re going to reach out to the physical neighborhood around Shepherd of the Valley, letting our neighbors know that we are available to help in any need. We hope to start online “Zoom” Bible Studies next week or the week after. We’re gearing up for a brand new show on parenting with faith as well. We’re not even CLOSE to being idle during this time. We’re growing!
We’ve recruited church staff members to help with all these projects. We’ve sketched out responsibilities for them and allowed them to work from home to the extent possible. We are not cutting hours or support for our staff at this time, nor do we plan to do so. Please remember that your continued offering is important to keeping our staff members engaged during this transition. All of the people on staff have gone above and beyond to serve us during their tenure here. Please help support them during this time.
In order to minimize exposure, we’ve cut back “official” office hours to 10-12, Monday-Thursday. Our staff can get the office-based stuff done at that time. All of us continue to work remotely. You can always contact us by phone at 208-362-1112. We monitor email most of the day at admin at sov-id dot org. You can reach me directly at pastor at sov-id dot org. You should be getting my emergency cell number during the call you receive this week.
Watch this space tomorrow for a fun discussion about things to do at home. We’ll talk to you soon!