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Clark County has entered into Phase 2 so we are NOW having IN PERSON  SUNDAY SERVICE and Bible Studies.  Praise the Lord! 

We will continue to LIVE STREAM at 10am (PT) and our LIVE STREAM Wednesday Night Bible Study at 6:30pm (PT) 

BE LISTENING TO OUR RADIO BROADCAST at WWW.ETSRADIO.ORG for DAILY Spiritual Food

 Click here for detailed 6/5/2020 Update Details 

WA Stay-At-Home Order Update

6/5/20 UPDATE:  Clark County has entered Phase 2.  So we will be having in person services this Sunday in accordance with the Phase 2 Rules.  

Details to come

VBF STAY-AT-HOME CURRENT UPDATE  (5-8-20)

Dear VBF Body,

 We will be having Drive in Services this weekend.   SO PLEASE PRINT OF THIS INFORMATION and a MUSIC SHEET TO HAVE WITH YOU ON SUNDAY as we are not allowed to pass out anything. 

 WA RULES FOR DRIVE IN SERVICE

Attendees

  1. All persons attending the service must drive up in an enclosed vehicle and remain in that same vehicle during the entire service. Individuals should not get out of their vehicle during the service for any reason
  2. Vehicle windows, sunroofs and convertible tops must remain closed during the entire service, unless the vehicle is parked more than six feet from any other vehicle. 
  3. No more than 10 people may be in a single vehicle. 
  4. Each vehicle may only be occupied by members of the same household who have already been in close contact with each other and are not sick.

 MUSIC SHEETS: We are not allowed to pass out song sheets so please print your song sheet in advance from our website at the live stream page or from this link    https://www.vancouverbible.org/Music_05_10_2020.pdf

 LIVE STREAM INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Bring a phone, laptop or iPad with Wi-Fi or cellular capability   
  • Best places to pick up VBF wifi is in parking spots near the building. Feel free to drive and test different spots for wi-fi reception  STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHER VEHICLES.    

 OFFERING:   Please use USPS or give online 

 BATHROOM:  Bathrooms are NOT available per state guidelines (except in an emergency)  so plan appropriately, especially if you have children. 

 LASTLY:  Although our cars are familiar and casual, please treat this time as sacred and holy.  

 Remember we are corporately coming into God’s presence:  Pray, Sing, Listen, Respond

 22“let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:22-25

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VBF STAY-AT-HOME CURRENT UPDATE  (5-2-20)

Dear VBF Body,

It’s been a long time since we’ve been together, and I know it’s wearing on many of you.  Indeed, we are called to and need fellowship with one another.    With that said, I like to update you all concerning where we are at in relationship to the Washington State coronavirus stay-at-home order.   

Gov. Inslee has extended the stay-at-home order to May 31st.   It appears that he will extend it past then while he applies “Washington’s phased approach” to reopening business etc.  

I’ve attached the phased approach PDF which I’m summarizing here in regard to religious gatherings:

  • Phase 1-Gatherings-None - Drive in spiritual service with one household per vehicle
  • Phase 2-Gather with no more than 5 people outside your household per week
  • Phase 3-Allow gatherings with no more than 50 people
  • Phase 4-Allow gatherings with >50 people

 Our state government is very vague regarding when these phases will be implemented.  However, the news media is reporting that phase 1 will be implemented in stages beginning May 5, with drive-through church services being okayed near the middle of the month.   Yet, it appears the implementation of the rest of phases will be very slow.   Indeed Inslee implied vaguely that  the things of phase 4 will not be implemented until there is a vaccine.    That’s possibly a year away.    

How does this apply to us at VBF and ETS? 

  1. We will continue to have our approved online services until phase 1 is declared in regards to religious gatherings, then we will have drive-in services as we did in the first weeks of the so-called crisis.
  2. Since it looks like it will be a while before we will be able to meet together personally, we will be implementing a rotation within our body for the opportunity to serve on Sundays at church in the three areas in which we are allowed to come together under the current stay-at-home order. Right now, the stay-at-home order allows us, as we social distance, to have workers (we call them servants) in the following areas:
    • Those “who support radio…” We have and produce a daily radio broadcast (ETS) which is inseparable from the teaching here from the church and production, so there are a wide range of opportunities for us to work (serve) in this area throughout the week and on Sundays here at the church facility legally.
    • “Musicians providing services through streaming or other technology”. This opens the door for us to allow our musicians to come in to stream music, which we do on Sunday.  
    • Also, the Governor clarified the stay at home order with this statement: "Religious institutions can have, under our order, a certain number of people present at the places of worship to ensure that online, remote services can be afforded to their flocks." - Governor Inslee.    This allows us to have a certain number of people here at church to ensure our online services can go forth.

So then how does this apply to us today?

  1. We will let you know immediately when we can begin having Sunday drive in services.   We expect this sometime towards the middle of the month.
  2. We will be putting forth a sign-up for our body to sign up as workers (servants) in the three areas that we are allowed to serve in right now at our facility during the stay-at-home order, as we social distance.  The opportunities will rotate throughout our body week by week.   The byproduct of performing these essential functions on a rotating basis will be that we will be able to have some blessed fellowship that we are called to have by our Lord and not forsake, yet all within the parameters of the order and social distancing guidelines.   We will be sending out a sign-up in the near future.

Continue to pray for our president and our leaders so that we may be able to live a quiet life according to Lord’s will. Continue to pray for the church, Equipping the Saints and for each other.   May the Lord be glorified through our response in these uncertain and troubling times.

In Christ,

Greg

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 30 and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Romans 8:28-32  

 

VBF CORONAVIRUS CURRENT UPDATE  (3-27-20)

Dear VBF Body,

 Just a quick update to our last IMPORTANT VBF UPDATE sent Tuesday: 

  1. I am so grateful to hear of so many listening to the ETS DAILY RADIO BROADCAST as encouraged below.    However, for those who are not listening daily,  I would to again STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU, as part of VBF,  to put aside just 26 mins out of your day, during this  Stay at Home time, TO LISTEN.   It is so important to be in the Word and listening to the broadcast, together as a body, is a great way to do so.   It also lends itself to blessed discussions amongst the body. 
  2. I am also so encouraged to hear the women as encouraged below are reaching out to each other (through Zoom, texts ….)  .    Men we need to do the same.  Reach out to your brothers,  especially those who are alone. 
  3. QUICK NOTES FOR OUR UPCOMING VIRTUAL GATHERINGS:
    • SUNDAY SERVICE
      • Review email below.
      • Reach out to each other afterwards for virtual fellowship.
      • For those involved in the Sunday Service.  Governor Inslee clarified saying: "Religious institutions can have, under our order, a certain number of people present at the places of worship to ensure that online, remote services can be afforded to their flocks."    SO THEN If you are comfortable with coming here to VBF on Sunday we would like to have the Music Leader and Piano, plus all Audio and Video Servants here by 8:45 on Sunday.  Thank you
    • WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
      • Review email below.
      • Reach out to each other afterwards for virtual fellowship, via Zoom, texts, calls…
      • Text Greg questions and prayer requests before and/or during the Study 
    • FOR MEN’S and WOMEN’S STUDIES
      • No Men’s Study tomorrow (3/28)
      • We are working out the details on using ZOOM to do interactive virtual studies for next week’s Men’s and Women’s Studies.  More info to come

Keep praying for each other and our nation.

In Christ,

Greg

Psalm 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. 5 Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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VBF CORONAVIRUS CURRENT UPDATE  (3-24-20)

Dear VBF Body,

I would like to share some information and then some encouragement.

INFO: In light the State of WA “Stay at Home Order”, we will not be meeting together for Worship Services or Bible Studies until the order has expired. Also, until further notice the Men’s and Women’s Studies are cancelled. We are working on interactive possibilities for the future.  

ENCOURAGEMENT: We would encourage you in the Lord to do the following: 

  • DAILY
    • Set a time each day to listen to our radio broadcast Equipping the Saints for daily spiritual food at www.etsradio.org
    • Call, text… to encourage one another, especially those who are alone.
    • Check in on our most vulnerable seniors. Offer to get them food, supplies…
    • Pray for each other and our country. 
  • WEDNESDAY
    • Listen to our WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY LIVE STREAM at 6:30pm.
    • Please text Greg at ___________   your questions and/or comments during the study. Remember the stream has between 1-4 min delay. 
  • SUNDAY
    • Listen to our SUNDAY SERVICE LIVE STREAM at 10am.   www.vancouverbible.org
    • Remember that although our houses are familiar and casual, we should treat this time as sacred and holy.  
    • Also, as we corporately in spirit come into God’s presence, Pray, Sing, Listen, and Respond.
    • Continue to give unto the Lord, either online or by mail.    
  • THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
    • Coordinate your shopping and getting take out with others, so that you can say “hi” at a distance, or wave from car to car while picking up food…

Continue to pray for each other and our country.   Also, please continue to reach out to each other by phone, text…  to encourage each other to trust and focus on Jesus.

In Christ,

Greg

 

Psalm 46 1For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6 The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has wrought desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire. 10 "Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

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VBF CORONAVIRUS UPDATE  3-20-20

Dear VBF Body,

In light of the ongoing coronavirus concern and our CDC’s recommendations, we will have This week’s SUNDAY SERVICE in your cars, IN THE VBF PARKING LOT

  1. We are cancelling indoor attendance for our Sunday Service for all but will have outside parking lot service as described below. 
  2. We would ask that you come to the parking lot and livestream the service.    Note the following:
    • Bring a phone, laptop or iPad with Wi-Fi or cellular capability   
    • Our live stream is at www.vancouverbible.org  
    • Our Wi-Fi is at     VBF-Guest       and the  password is        
    • If you do not have unlimited data or prefer to use our wifi please note:
      • Come early to make sure you are getting a good wifi signal and stream is working.
      • The best signals are in the parking spots close to the building all around.
  3. Ushers will pass out (with gloves on) bulletins, with song sheets  and during the offertory they will pick up any tithes or gifts from car to car. 
  4. If you need help with the stream, text Jim   (Please do not give out Jim’s # to those other then the VBF Body
  5. We will have our doors open so that people, one at a time, or parents with children may use the restroom.   Please wash your hands!
  6. Only essential persons (those directly involved in the service (10 or less)) will be in each building area at a time and will distance more than 6 ft.
    • Deacons, piano, music leader, choir, audio, please arrive by 8:45 for practice.     
    • Ushers please arrive by 9:00 for special instructions. 
    • Ushers will wear gloves and masks. Audio will need to test stream early during music practice.   
    • For future services, if needed, we are looking into ways to set up speakers,  if Wi-Fi stream does not work as desired this Sunday

 AGAIN PLEASE COME EARLY SO THAT YOU WILL HAVE AMPLE TIME TO SET UP AND TEST THE LIVE STREAM  or receive help from us…

 Be praying for each other and our country.   Also, please continue to reach out to each other by phone, text…  to encourage each other to trust and focus on Jesus.

In Christ,

Greg

22“let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;

24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:22-25

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VBF CORONAVIRUS UPDATE  3-19-20

Dear VBF Women and Men,

In light of the ongoing coronavirus concern and our CDC’s recommendations we have cancelled our Women’s study for tomorrow and the men’s Study for Saturday.   

  1. For this week’s Women’s and Men’s Study I would like you all to listen to our ETS broadcast online during the time of the study.   You can go to etsradio.org  or click the following  http://etsradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ETS_03_20_20.mp3  and pray specifically for everyone that attends the study and for our country. 
  2. Sunday Service:  Since we are still under the 50 person number for Sunday, we plan to meet with restrictions (to be shared in follow up email).  However, there is a very good possibility we may cancel and encourage people to stream from the parking lot (preferred) or from home.    We would like to have essential people (10 or less) still come so that we can put forth the music and stream.    So then if we cancel Sunday,  if you are in music or audio please come at regular time if you are ok to do so.     Also, please be aware that we still need to pay bills, so please prayerfully consider giving online or by mail.   Thank you.   
  3. For future Bible Studies we are planning to stream and then have questions and interactions through text message to my cell during the Bible Studies. 

Be praying for each other and our county.   Also, please reach out to each other by phone, text…  to encourage each other to keep our eyes on Jesus.

In Christ,

Greg

(Mat 6:25-34 NAS)  25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? 26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  27 "And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span?  28 "And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,  29 yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these.  30 "But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?  31 "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?'  32 "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.  34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

VBF CORONAVIRUS UPDATE  3-13-20

It is our desire that each and everyone of the Lord's precious sheep at VBF be safe during this outbreak.  So out of love, we are beginning to implement the following: 

  1. We are establishing ongoing communication with you, the congregation, concerning Covid19 on our website front page under the link “Coronavirus Update”. This will be the main means in which we will disseminate information and communicate. 
  2. We are reviewing and will begin implementing the key recommendations in the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Interim Guidance for Community and Faith Leaders.
  3. We will be immediately implementing and encouraging the practice of everyday preventive actions    SEE the attached “Take Steps to protect yourself form the CDC” at the end of this page.
  4. We plan to have extra supplies of hand sanitizer and disposable facemasks on hand.
  5. We will be planning ways to lesson or eliminate face to face contact.
    • We will be spreading out our children in the children’s ministry to a distance of 6 ft if possible.
    • We will be looking into adding chairs in our sanctuary so that family units may sit farther than 6 feet from the next family unit.
    • We will encourage spreading out in Bible Studies also
  6. We would ask that you voluntarily limit close face to face contact.
    • We would ask that during this outbreak we refrain from shaking hands or giving hugs
    • We would encourage you to spread out as mentioned in 5-
  7. If you are sick, STAY HOME.     
    • REMEMBER, we live stream our service.  Click here for info:   LIVE STREAM    
    • Also, email Jim if you desire a MP3 of the Wedneday Night and/or Saturday Bible Study.   
    • Remember we still have to pay bills, so consider mailing in your gifts or tithing online: Click here to SUPPORT 
    • Please LET US KNOW IF WE CAN DO ANYTHING FOR YOU.  i.e. groceries... 

Thank you for all your help in seeing others as more important than yourself and loving one another.  Continue to pray for protection for our church body and our nation from Coronavirus and also be praying for opportunities to share why we have hope.  

In Christ,

Greg

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:3-5

“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence”  1Peter 3:15

 “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:5-6

 PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING: 

Take steps to protect yourself (from the CDC)

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external iconclaims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Complete disinfection guidance  at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html

 


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