COVID-19

 

Message from Pastor Keith

On behalf of myself and Pastor Coco, we have an incredible resource for you right here on this website. If you're like many people, you are waking up in the morning, reading the news, and being inundated with bad news. There are a lot of things to be concerned about in the world today, particularly the Corona virus. The pace at which it is spreading is causing many people to be concerned, but I have a greater concern that the way that fear is infecting people's hearts is just as much of an epidemic. But that epidemic, the epidemic of fear, is one that only the gospel of Jesus Christ can answer. In response, we want to bring you a daily bit of good news. In the same way that God's mercies are new every morning, we want to connect you to that reality and truth so that you can be encouraged going into the day. In times like this, let’s continue to respond by faith and not react in fear. We will be providing scripture, videos, songs, and other resources every morning that will encourage you to start your day in faith.

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Latest Update

As you may have heard, there has been a state-wide issued ban on gatherings over 250 people for the next 4 weeks. We are in compliance with the government decision, and instead of gathering on campus, we will be gathering live online. We are doing our part in the effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are suspending all campus activities, including youth and other group activities, until further notice.

Sunday Mornings

We will be continuing to broadcast our Sunday services online at 9 & 11am. Join us by going to our Facebook Page or easthill.org/live on Sunday morning.

We will also have a live PRE-SERVICE with Nate and Krystal Perez! Tune in 15 minutes early and chat with them and the rest of our church family. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and encouragement. We will also be sending out consistent emails to keep you in the loop. Visit easthill.org/connect so we can update you via email.

Livestream

Gather with us online for worship and the message!
Watch our livestream on Sundays at 9 & 11am.

How You Can Love Your Neighbor

Many of you have inquired about how we will be helping support people who are most vulnerable during this time. We will keep finding ways to be a light for Jesus in our community! In partnership with the organizations that have reached out to us, we have compiled a list of ways to get involved. Please go to the links provided and find a way to help if you can. Together, we can begin covering these great needs. 

Gresham Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Food Banks
Click here to view these resources.

SnowCap
Below is a list of the most needed items for filling pre-packed emergency food boxes. Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday 9am-1pm at 17805 SE Pine St.  To read about more ways to help SnowCap click here.

  • Baby food
  • Canned fruits
  • Hygiene items
  • Soap 
  • Shampoo
  • Baby wipes
Need help? SnowCap is open and giving boxes of food plus meat, produce, milk and eggs for anyone in need of food or even just needing a little extra. Read details here.

Safe Families for Children
With the current COVID-19 crisis, the need for host families and supports will grow. Safe Families for Children will likely be inundated with need for short term day respite and hosting. Go to www.safefamiliespdx.org to start the process to become an approved host, coach or circle of support for a family. Safe Families for Children seeks to keep children safe during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, or domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect. They also work to support, and stabilize families in crisis by surrounding them with a caring, compassionate community.

My Father's House
My Father's House is a shelter for homeless families in Gresham. Please see the list of needs below and consider dropping off your donations to 5003 W Powell Pkwy, Gresham, Oregon (shared parking lot with Family Worship Church). Ring the bell and someone will come out and get supplies.

  • Sanitizing products (Lysol, wipes, etc...no bleach)
  • Canned soups (especially chicken-based)
  • Fresh veggies
  • Fresh fruits



How You Can Pray

We can be overwhelmed in our minds if we do not hold tight to the truth of God’s sovereignty and faithfulness. His Word says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (Timothy 1:7)  Not only can we have victory over fear, but we have the authority Christ has given us to pray against the spread of any disease and pray for healing for those who have the Coronavirus.

  • Begin your prayer time by praising God for His sovereignty. He is in control of all things and never leaves us. Pray that we will trust Him to help us navigate this season of uncertainty.
  • Pray for wisdom for governmental leaders, the CDC, researching, other medical personnel, and leaders in churches to respond wisely and appropriately.
  • Pray for cooperation and collaboration among medical agencies and personnel around the world to work together for the well-being and health of all people.
  • Pray for the protection of doctors, nurses, crisis response teams, emergency first responders, researchers and other medical professionals who risk their lives to protect ours.
  • Pray for comfort and healing for those stricken with this virus.
  • Prayer for the protection and safety of those considered “at-heightened-risk”.
  • Pray for peace, freedom from fear, anxiety, and panic among individuals and communities. 
  • Pray this event would be an opportunity to proclaim the gospel and share the good news of Jesus. As people find themselves needing reassurance, pray that their ears and hearts would be open to the message of hope we have through Christ.
  • Meditate on his word daily. Allow the truth of God to saturate your mind and soul so that you can overcome fear. You can start by looking at how The Passion version says Psalms 121