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NORTHEAST UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

March 20, 2020

Hello Northeast Family,

In our update earlier this week, I shared the decision NECC had made to suspend large gatherings at our building for two weeks. With the everchanging information, it appears the timeframe will need to be longer. We encourage you to follow CDC guidance as we do our part to limit the spread of the virus. We are continuing to monitor the situation and are committed to keeping you informed as new information becomes available. Please continue to check our website for the most current update.

In the meantime, it’s important we all remain engaged in community, even though we need to be a little creative in how we do it. Your gathering this Sunday may be your family or you and a few friends or neighbors. That is okay! Meet together and worship with us online. Be inventive and find ways to connect with others in your small group, serve team, friends and neighbors. There are many people who are lonely right now. I know many of you are already serving others through this situation. Keep it up!

As I said earlier this week, just because we don’t gather physically at our building, we have not stopped being the church. Our church is not a building; we are the church. For that reason, I’m challenging you, stay engaged. This Sunday, we’re continuing our series THE GOOD LIFE and studying another core verse from the Bible, Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Be sure to join us for online worship at neccgj.online.church and continue looking for ways to serve your neighbors and most importantly—share the hope you have in Jesus. During a crisis the church should shine the brightest. Many people are more open to the good news now than ever. NECC, we have an incredible opportunity right now; while many around us will respond in fear, we will not—we will respond with faith!

Seth Thomas
Senior Pastor


TIPS FOR YOUR SUNDAY GATHERING:

  • The service will stream online at https://neccgj.online.church Sunday at 8:15AM, 9:45AM and 11:15AM.
  • Worship with us using your:
    -SmartTV with internet browser capabilities.
    -Computer, tablet, smart phone or other smart device.
    -TV, via screen mirroring a smart device, i.e. Airplay, Apple TV, Chromecast, etc.
    -TV, via HDMI to a computer.
  • Communion. There will be a moment for us to share in communion together. Grape juice and bread will serve the purpose, but feel free to be creative. This is about remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
  • Resources for NE Kids and Youth will be available on https://neccgj.online.church at the top-right of the screen OR at https://northeastchristian.org/youth
  • Remember… the church has faced situations throughout history which called for creativity. Meet together. Worship together. Study together. Pray together. Share in communion together. Serve together. Be together and encourage one another. Be the church.


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(PLEASE READ CURRENT UPDATE ABOVE)


March 17, 2020

Important Update regarding Sunday Services and the coronavirus:
For the next two weeks, beginning this Sunday March 22, our worship services will move into homes and online.


Northeast Christian Church continues to place a high priority regarding the safety of our members and attendees. For the next two weeks we have made the decision to suspend large gatherings at our buildingwhich includes the Sunday morning worship services. It is a priority for us to help limit the spread of the coronavirus to those who are most vulnerable in our community.

However, just because we are temporarily suspending our building gatherings does not mean we are suspending church.

Join us online at neccgj.online.church during each of our normal service times this Sunday at 8:15AM, 9:45AM, or 11:15AM as we continue our series on Core Verses in the Bible. We'll be teaching on OVERWHELMING WORRY. Read Philippians 4 in advance if you want to be prepared. Our kids and student ministries will be providing resources online so your kids can engage as well.

Let’s remember what we know to be true, that even in difficult times, God is still on his throne. “The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” —2 Timothy 1:7

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

  • Why is Northeast Christian changing weekend services?
    Our worship services being viewed online (neccgj.online.church) is our effort to keep the church community connected during this time. Northeast has a responsibility to our members and attendees to maintain their safety, and a stewardship responsibility in the community. Church services aren’t being cancelled; but will look different over the next few weeks.
    If you would like information about gathering with others on Sunday morning, please CALL, TEXT OR EMAIL Myron Klesner at (620) 988-4545 or myron@northeastchristian.org.
  • How long will Northeast’s building be closed for services and events?
    At present, the building will be closed for Sunday services on March 22 and March 29, including all other events during this two-week period. The current guidelines may mean we have to do this beyond two weeks, but that is our plan for now.
    We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to give accurate updates for any additional changes beyond this timeline on this page of our website.
  • What are the service times for Northeast Christian Online?
    Northeast Christian Online, neccgj.online.church will be available during our normal Sunday service times, which include:
    - 8:15AM
    - 9:45AM
    - 11:15AM
  • Are other Northeast events cancelled?
    All Northeast events held at our building will be suspended temporarily. For more information please reach out to the office.
  • Where can I find out more information on coronavirus (COVID-19)?
    Please use the following resources below for information about protecting yourself and others.
    Mesa County Public Health
    Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
    CDC Website
    Stop the Spread of Germs


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March 14, 2020

Important Update Regarding Sunday March 15:

Dear Northeast Family,

We are all aware of the ever-changing situation with the COVID-19 Virus. I know many of you are wondering about updated information since we shared plans on Thursday March 12.

I just finished a conference call with our staff. I spoke to our elders earlier today. While I couldn’t speak with everyone, I did ask for input from many of our church members over the past few days. I am in regular communication with other ministry friends in the Grand Valley. My wife and our older two children left this morning on a mission trip with our student ministry. The World Mission Conference is ongoing as I write this. Many interconnected ministry and people-related decisions are being made in regards to Coronavirus.

We are monitoring this very fluid situation closely. As of this morning there is one confirmed case of Coronavirus in Mesa County, 101 confirmed cases in Colorado and 5 confirmed cases in Utah. After much prayer, discussion of what we know to be true, guidance from government officials, and consideration of what we believe we can do well, we have decided to have ONE WORSHIP SERVICE TOMORROW MARCH 15 AT 9:45AM.

I know that any decision in a situation like this will be received differently by each of us.

I was on a conference call yesterday afternoon with faith leaders from around the state of Colorado and Governor Polis. The governor issued guidance for the cancellation of large public gatherings of over 250 people, essentially the same recommendation that Mesa County Public Health Department issued this past Thursday. We believe it is important to be informed of and respect government emergency guidance as we are community members, leaders and stewards. We believe we are honoring that guidance while still meeting together tomorrow.

We understand some churches are closing, and we fully respect those decisions. At this time, we feel a conviction to provide a place of worship, hope and encouragement for those who may need it. It is good when the church joins together to worship and spend time together.

There is no expectation that people attend church tomorrow. We will post the sermon on our website as soon as possible. The CDC has communicated the most vulnerable to the Coronavirus are older adults, people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. If you are sick, have a weakened immune system, or if you have anxiety about public gatherings during this time, please stay home. If you are able to do so, invite others to worship, pray and encourage one another together in your home.

We believe in times of crisis the church is the last line of defense and the place people can go when they don’t know where else to go. There is purpose and power in worship, prayer, and learning from scripture together. Whether you join us at 9:45AM tomorrow, or are at home or traveling, please know we love you and hope to be able to be back to normal soon.

In the meantime, would you consider a few methods to help? PRAY. SERVE. GIVE. LIVE.

  • PRAY for those affected by the Coronavirus.
  • SERVE those most vulnerable by helping with shopping, errands, etc.
  • GIVE if you happen to have an abundance of necessities (for example... toilet paper, paper goods, perishable food) please bring those to Northeast this next week and we will make sure they are given to people in need. No judgment, just an appreciative smile!
  • LIVE life! Live out the fruit of the Spirit. Be loving and joyful, exude peace, be patient and kind, be good-natured and give the benefit of the doubt that others are good-natured as well, be faithful to your calling and commitment to Christ, be gentle with those who are anxious or impatient, have self-discipline and remember what we know to be true.

This too shall pass. God is still in control. This presents yet another opportunity for the local church and the Christian community to shine.

We will continue to monitor the situation as new information is released and plan to consider Sunday worship each week at a time. We are planning now for if we are unable to meet together at the church building in the near future.

Remember Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In Christ,

Seth Thomas
Senior Pastor


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March 12, 2020

Dear Northeast Family,

We are monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the care, health and safety of our church family, in addition to the well-being of our community. We are paying attention to recommendations from the CDC, Colorado State and Mesa County Public Health officials.

Uncertainty is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. We will keep this page on our website updated with information regarding worship services and other activities taking place at Northeast. AS OF NOW, SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL CONTINUE AS PLANNED.

We have procedures in place to keep our facility and equipment safe and clean and we have upped our game and are taking extra precautions. We want you to know:

  • At our main entrance volunteers will open doors for you.
  • Our volunteers will gladly check your kids into their respective areas for you using the check-in iPads.
  • The toys in our nursery and children’s areas will be wiped down and sanitized, even between services.
  • Communion is served in non-reusable plastic cups. Those who prepare it wear gloves. Our trays are cleaned and sanitized before each use.
  • Our staff and volunteers will wash their hands frequently. They will stay home if they are sick.
  • Our custodian and additional volunteers will be disinfecting door knobs, handles, sinks, and other surfaces often, in addition to the regular disinfecting we have already been doing.

During this time, we are asking you to help in the following ways:

  • Please be kind, patient and understanding. This situation is affecting people in many different ways.
  • If you or another member of your family isn’t feeling well, please stay home from church. Sermons will be uploaded to our website as soon as possible, https://northeastchristian.org/sermons
  • We recommend greeting one another with a friendly “hello”, a kind smile, gracious wave or fist bump.
  • Please wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.

If you have questions, concerns or observations as we navigate our response to this situation, please know your input and feedback are important to us. Please contact us via email: office@northeastchristian.org

While we cannot control the virus or the impact it may have on our church, we’re doing what we can to make our facility as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us in that.

Please remember… God has not called us to live in fear, but in faith. The apostle Paul reminds us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” —2 Timothy 1:7. Our prayer is that God will fill us all with power, love and self-discipline, no matter what comes our way.

Encourage your unchurched friends and family members of all the above and bring them with you to Northeast this Sunday.

See you here!

Seth Thomas
Senior Pastor