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  • COVID-19 Update April 1, 2020



    SV Update 3.31.2020

    Hello Church Family,

    The COVID-19 outbreak has changed all of our lives. These days have made us think about those we love and long to be with but can’t. We are learning to not take things that are commonplace for granted, like: toilet paper, eating out, seeing friends and family.

    Our prayer is, when things return to “normal”, our “normal” looks much different. Having a new perspective, a new focus, more intentionality, thankfulness and a grateful heart are a few of the things we hope will last.

    We are also being confronted with the reality of just how frail our lives are and how they are just like the mist that vanishes too quickly. Let’s not just get through this. Let’s come out of this more focused on how we are to live life as scripture says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matt. 6:33.

    We wanted to give you the latest update regarding our On-Campus activities: the Church Staff and Church Council has determined to keep our campus closed to all services, programs and events through April 19th. This means we will not have Easter Services on our campus. We are heart broken in making this decision. But, we believe it is what we need to do at this time. We will continue to monitor the current situation and will let you know when we believe we can resume On-Campus Worship Services and other activities.

    At our last Virtual Staff Meeting we discussed what our “Major Focus” needs to be during this time. We identified four things:

    Our 1st Focus: Corporate Worship 

    We are so grateful and thankful for our Media and Worship Staff and teams for making it possible for us to gather together even though we are scattered. They are working diligently to make sure we have Sunday Worship Services.

    We realize we had some technical problems with our broadcast last Sunday. We are trying to determine what was wrong and fix those problems that are on our end. But, because we are broadcasting through 3 different mediums: Cable TV, Live-Streaming and Radio we don’t have full control over what happens.

    We thank you for your patience during times we are having difficulties. Just know, meeting together for Worship is our Top Priority.

    Having Online Worship Services provide unique opportunities. This is the best time and easiest way to invite someone to join you in worship. Invite people to our worship services by pointing them to our Facebook & YouTube pages and also to sv.church/live.

    Our 2nd Focus: Small Groups

    It’s more important now than ever for us to stay connected with our church family. The best way to do that is by being involved in a Small Group.

    We currently have 16 Adult Small Groups meeting virtually. You can find a listing of these groups by going to sv.church/adults.

    SVstudents have 13 virtual Small Groups. All of our SVstudent Small Groups are meeting online! To find out more about these groups go to: sv.church/students.

    SVkids is providing videos to all parents of children so they can continue to have their Small Groups at home. If you want more information about this content go to sv.church/svkids.

    If you are not involved in a Small Group or if your Small Group is not able to meet online, you are welcome to try out any of our groups. This is a great way to meet people and when we are able, you can join them in person when they meet. To find out more contact joe@sv.church

    Our 3rd Focus: Serving

    We have created a specific page on our website listing all the current ways you can get involved during the COVID-19 outbreak, sv.church/serve. Some of the ways include:

    • Food distribution to families in need and Sr. Adults

    • Donating: food, bibles, hygiene items

    • Making masks for Nursing Home and Assisted Living center employees.

    • Running errands for our Homebound and Sr. Adults

    We will continue to update needs and ways to serve as we become aware of them. To find out more go to: sv.church/serve.

    Our 4th Focus: Prayer

    Requests for prayer have significantly increased these past few weeks. We are convinced prayer is something we need to be more focused on both corporately and individually. Because of this, we have taken these steps to help us become more of “A Praying Church.”

    • Last week we published our Prayer Calendar on our website: sv.church/prayer-calendar. We encourage you to download it and use it yourself and with your family.

    • We’ve created a page on our website where you can submit a prayer and also share with us how your prayers have been answered. sv.church/prayer.

    • You can now call in to leave a prayer message and also text a prayer to: 270.883.1316.

    • You can email your prayers to: prayer@sv.church.

    Your prayer requests will remain confidential and will only be seen by our Staff, Church Council and Deacons unless you give us permission to share with the church body.

    Please share this information with others. Wouldn’t it be great for our community to know of Severns Valley as A Church of Prayer!

    In closing let us be reminded and be comforted in what Psalms 46:1 says about our God. “God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.”

    In Christ, 

    Your Staff and Church Council

  • Coronavirus Update March 26, 2020



    SV Update 3.26.2020

    Hello Church Family. We sure are missing you! 

    Walking around the church right now is very different. These are very different days. Days like none of us have ever seen in our lifetime. 

    We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. We continue to listen to and follow the directions of our President and Governor by rotating our staff in the office, not having any gatherings over 10 people and having all our Worship Services via TV broadcast, online and radio. In keeping with these guidelines: Wwill continue having no On Campus: Worship Services, Programs, Activities and Events. We will maintain our 9am & 10:45am Worship Services via TV broadcast, online and radio until further notice. 

    What we are seeing from most National and State leaders is that the worst is yet to come. We have all seen the graph of the 1918 Spanish Flu and how two cities, Philadelphia and St. Louis responded. The point in this comparison is, we are just now entering the upward part of either of the curves. We must remain vigilant in observing spatial distancing and other preventative steps to keep ourselves and others safe. 

    Communication

    Our plan is to "over communicate" what is happening with the church. We are using these tools to communicate with you during these days:

    Last week the number of viewers for our Facebook Live worship services was over 30,000! This isn't a typo!!! Even in the midst of this crisis, God is using technology, social media and you to help us extend the Gospel to tens of thousands. Praise God! And keep sharing with your friends! 

    Maintaining and Establishing Routines

    Maintaining routines is very important during these times. To help you, we are keeping to our regular Worship Service times on Sunday: 9am and 10:45am. We are also video recording our Core Class, I Will and making it available on Wednesday night at 6:30pm. If you haven't been attending, now's a great time to get caught up on all the classes you've missed by going to sv.church/online-videos

    Plans

    Times like these help us to see what is really important in our lives. One thing we know is important to believers is Bible Study and Prayer

    Small Groups

    This week many of our Small Groups have begun meeting virtually. We are doing this to help us remain in community even though we are separated by distance. These have been going really well. 

    SVstudents have 13 small groups meeting virtually during the week. Adult Small Groups are ramping up as well with 2+ groups having already met virtually and more meeting this week. 

    If you're interested in joining a virtual Small Group please reach out to joe@sv.church or bryan@sv.church and they can direct you to one. 

    Prayer

    Yesterday, we published a Prayer Calendar for our church family on our web site: sv.church/prayer-calendar. Each week we will be sending out an updated prayer guide for 6 days of the week. We will continue praying together when we gather together on Sunday for worship. 

    We believe God desires us to be known as a "A Praying Church." A daily Prayer Point is also being posted on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

    In Closing

    We truly do love you. If there is a way we can minister to you or someone you know, please contact us at info@sv.church or call the church office at 270.765.7822. 

    We are putting final plans together as to how we will continue to reach out to our church family and also to our community. Look for updates as to how you can join in and help us care for our church and our community. Keep up the great work of meeting the needs and taking advantage of the opportunities God is placing before you. Don't forget to:

    In the book of 2 Timothy we see Paul encouraging his little brother with these words that are so timely for us today. 

    "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and of sound judgement." 2 Timothy 1:7 (CSB) 

    Let's pray for God to help us not live in a spirit of fear, but to rely completely on His Spirit living within us giving us power, love and sound judgement as we walk daily with Him.

    In Christ, 

    Your Staff and Church Council

  • VIDEO: COVID-19 Update March 24, 2020

  • VIDEO: COVID-19 Update March 18, 2020

  • Coronavirus Update March 19, 2020


    March 19, 2020

    Coronavirus Update:
    Severns Valley Baptist Church will NOT have any On-Campus: Worship Services, Programs, Activities, and Events until further notice.

    Dear Severns Valley Family,

    We sure are missing our Church Family! Not being able to see one another and hug one another is difficult for us and we know it is for you as well. We are learning a lot about how much worshipping together, having community with one another and visibly and physically being together means to each of us. Many times, we take things for granted in our lives. It’s times like these we realize just how important some things in life really are. This is one thing we can take away from the COVID-19 outbreak, gathering together is a great blessing.

    Because of the continued rise in numbers of people contracting COVID-19, the Church Council and Staff believe we need to continue to follow the leadership of our President, State and Local officials, along with Health officials to not gather together in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, Severns Valley Baptist Church will NOT have any On-Campus: Worship Services, Programs, Activities, and Events until further notice.

    We want to care for our church family in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, our members, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Please help stop the spread of the virus in the following ways as per advisement by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Last weekend was most likely the highest amount of traffic and number of churches providing services online. This has become the new normal for churches during COVID-19. We are very thankful for this technology so we can gather together for worship all over the world. Last week we had over 11,000 people view our Online Service worldwide. No joke! 11,000+ people all over the world including 3 countries. This number doesn’t include those who watched and listened to us on Local Cable and Radio.

    To watch or listen to Sunday services live at 9 & 10:45am on:

    To protect us from and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are establishing today, work at home plans for our Church Staff. We will continue to keep the office open from 9am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday. We will be rotating staff to be at the office throughout the week to provide times for us to plan, meet and prepare. Please call the office before you come to make sure the person(s) you need to see are in the office.

    We are continuing to monitor the ramifications of this outbreak. We know it is affecting: businesses, employers, employees, Medical personnel, First Responders, School Teachers, parents, children, Sr. Adults, those who are in assisted living, etc. We are asking all Small Group Leaders to reach out to those in their classes. We are contacting all of our members who are homebound and those who are in assisted living centers.

    We ask each and every member to be mindful of all the people in all of your relationship circles: family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Take a minute during the day and check on them. Ask them how they are doing, feeling, how you can help and ask them how you can pray for them. Be open and sensitive to opportunities to serve them.

    We are looking into ways we can help continuing to meet together via technology. Very soon our SVkids, SVstudents and SVadults Ministries will be sharing with leadership possible ways we can continue to meet virtually. It’s not the preferred way, but it is a way we can continue to have community, discipleship and encouragement while we can’t meet together.

    Lastly, we want to thank each of you who have continued to financially support Severns Valley Baptist Church. Your consistent giving helps us to meet financial obligations and provide services like: utilities, debt payments, online worship services, upkeep of our buildings, payroll for our staff and sending of monies to local, state, national and international ministries and missionaries.

    This past week our total offerings were approximately ½ of our projected budget needs. Needless to say, we need your consistent financial support during this crisis. Last night Matt Hess and Jeff Wilson taught the Core Class, I Will. We planned the weekly teaching topics in January of this year, not knowing we would be “doing church” much differently at that time. Last night’s Core Class topic was: “I Will – Give Generously.” You can view the video of this class here: I Will – Give Generously. We don’t think that was a coincidence. God knew exactly what we would be going through at this time. He knew we needed to hear about how we are to be “Generous” people in all circumstances and situations, including our finances. We encourage you to give generously, faithfully, happily and sacrificially to your church. Below are ways you can give to Severns Valley:

    • Bring your tithes/offerings to the church
    • Mail your tithes/offerings to the church
    • Give online: sv.church/give
    • Texting: Text, SVBC + amount to 73256

    In Romans 5:1-5, Paul gives some very encouraging words to his friends in Rome. Let’s be encouraged by them today.

    1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

    These verses give us assurance:

    • We have peace, because we know God is in control and we can trust Him.
    • We have hope, because Jesus is our hope and He never, ever, will disappoint us.

    These verses challenge us:

    • We should rejoice during difficult times.
    • Difficult times (afflictions) help us grow to become more dependent on Jesus and conform us into His image.
    • Afflictions Produce Endurance à Endurance Produces Proven Character à Proven Character Produces Hope

    Let us be People of Hope to others who don’t know Jesus, by the way we are living during these crazy, challenging, disconcerting days.

    In Christ,

    Your Church Council and Staff

  • COVID-19 Update March 14, 2020

  • Coronavirus Update - March 13, 2020


    March 13, 2020

    Coronavirus Update:
    Severns Valley Baptist Church Will Be Broadcasting Live Services Via Cable, Online and Radio Only This Coming Sunday.

    Dear Severns Valley Family,

    It's sure been a week. Late Wednesday night we left meetings with our church leadership feeling good about our decision to continue services and activities as usual. What a difference 24hrs can make. We want to thank you for being patient as we consider all the ramifications of staying open and in cancelling our Worship Services, Small Groups, and mid-week programming. Your prayers for us as we make these decisions is greatly appreciated. This is not something we take lightly. 

    Wednesday night the Church Council identified some "triggers" that if they happened, would cause us to take a different course of action. We've learned quite a bit more about how the virus is spreading across our state. Also, we're taking into account the increasing number of confirmed cases of the virus. 

    Due to some of our identified "triggers" happening, and what we have learned, we are canceling all Worship Services, Small Groups and all mid-week programming held at Severns Valley beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13 at 5pm through next Friday. We believe doing this in cooperation with local schools and other churches, we are taking a loving step towards the hopeful curbing of this virus. We will continue to monitor and evaluate whether to continue the cancelation or stop it on a week to week basis. To the best of our ability, we will keep you notified of any changes through our websiteemail, phone calls and social media

    Severns Valley Live
    We will be broadcasting our Sunday Worship Services at 9 and 10:45am We are very thankful for our ability to broadcast these services via these sources:

    • Local Cable: BBTEL Ch 1; Comcast Ch 2 / Charter Ch 184
    • Online. sv.church/live
    • Radio: 98.3 WQXE (9am service only)

    We encourage everyone to take these precautions to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus:

    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

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

    We encourage everyone to take these precautions to Protect Others from Coronavirus:

    Stay home if you are sick

    • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

    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.

    Three ways you can help:

    1. Pray - Pray for those impacted by the virus, their families and loved ones, as well as those who are caring for and treating them.

    2. Give - If you're a regular giver at Severns Valley, please continue to give by mailing in your tithe/offering, dropping it by the church office or by giving online. Your continued generosity is a vital resource that enables us to continue our Gospel-mission on a weekly basis.

    3. Serve - We are looking for ways we can serve our community during this time of need. We will continue to update you on these opportunities as they present themselves. We do need help in keeping our church campus clean. If you are able to help clean during the week, at any time, please email info@sv.church and we will help you find a time and place to serve.

    While we cannot control the virus, we must remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us powerlove, and self-discipline." Our prayer is that God will fill all of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way. 

    It's times like this when God stirs the hearts of those who don't know Him. We want to be available and ready to share the Gospel to those whom God is speaking. Please be sensitive to those you know and reach out to those who are sick. Let's be The Church and show our community how much we: Love God | Love People | Make Disciples.

    Your Church Council and Staff

  • Coronavirus Update March 11, 2020

    March 11, 2020

    Coronavirus Update:
    How we are planning for Coronavirus

    Dear Severns Valley Family, 

    As you may have heard, Governor Beshear held a press conference this morning and recommended for all weekend church services to be cancelled. Tonight, our Church Council and Deacons will be meeting to discuss this announcement. We will get back to you as soon as we make a decision concerning our weekend services. As for tonight, all activities are being offered. 

    The Church Council and Staff have been working on how we can lead during the Coronavirus outbreak. Below is what we've been working on the past two weeks. 

    We want to care for our church family in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, our members, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    Here's how we are committed to keeping our campus clean:

    1. We will sanitize highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, check-in stations, handrails and sinks.
    2. Our staff and volunteer teams will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick. In addition, The Café staff will wear gloves when they serve coffee and doughnuts.
    3. We will provide hand sanitizer stations around campus for everyone to use.
    4. Offering boxes will be placed in the Upper and Lower Worship Center Lobbies. We will not be passing offering plates during the Worship Services. Remember, you can also give online at sv.church/give.

    We are asking you to help stop the spread of the virus in the following ways as per advisement by The Lincoln Trail District Health Department. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. Ways to reduce your risk of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) include:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever, coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. To avoid close contact, stay at least 6 feet away from others.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. To avoid coughing into your hands, you can cough into your elbow.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for "at least 20 seconds", especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid shaking hands.
    • Community agencies such as (e.g. businesses, faith-organizations) should practice non-contact methods for greeting and other activities that create the opportunity to share germs.

    We want to remind you how you can continue to participate in our Worship Services.

    If anyone in your family is sick or needs to stay home during this time, you are invited to watch or listen to Sunday services live at 9 & 10:45am on:

    • Local cable: BBTEL Ch 1; Comcast Ch 2 / Insight Ch 184
    • Online. sv.church/live
    • Radio: 98.3 WQXE (9am only)

    If you're a regular giver at Severns Valley, please continue to give either in-person or online. Your continued generosity is a vital resource that enables us to continue our Gospel-mission on a weekly basis.

    The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God's steadfast presence and faithful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus. 

    In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others. 

    In Christ, 

    Your Church Council and Staff

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