COVID-19 UPDATE

Last Updated April 1, 2020 at 8:47pm

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

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The following are ordered with the most recent update near the top and oldest updates near the bottom.



All in-Person Ministry Activities are Suspended

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Due to Governor Little's stay-at-home order issued on March 25, 2020, all in-person ministry activities are suspended for the next 21 days.  Pastors Ryan and Luke will address Involve Church moving forward tomorrow evening, Thursday, March 26th at 7pm on social media.  At times like these, an appropriate passage of Scripture seems to be:

Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Please remain in prayer.


Involve Church is Moving Online

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Hello church family - let’s keep praying for each other during this time.

Effective immediately, our Sunday morning gatherings will be moved online until further notice. Here’s what this means for us:

  • You’ll be able to access Sunday Morning activities remotely via live.involvechurch.com
  • Prior to the main service on Sunday mornings, we will have an Involve Kids singing time and lesson.  The start time will be communicated later this week.  It is our hope that we can still minister alongside you to the next generation during this time. So, we will have some music, a lesson, and also provide you with some resources online to help your kids continue to have Gospel-centered discipleship each Sunday morning.
  • Our main worship service, complete with music and sermon, will be available at 10:30am on Sundays via live.involvechurch.com. We recommend that you access the feed through this site since you’ll be able to interact with other church members through our chat room.
Our in-person Youth Group ministry, which serves 6th-12th grades, will be cancelled until further notice. Our youth leaders, Brett & Qwyn Berheim, will be in contact with families of effected youth to continue to encourage our youth to grow in their relationship with God during this time.

All Life Groups will be cancelled until further notice.

Some of you meet with smaller groups of 5-8 people throughout the week. This groups can continue to meet for prayer, encouragement, and accountability, provided they don’t meet the 10 person threshold. We want to encourage you to use CDC precautionary measures when meeting as a group. We know that many of these groups meet in a public place, so you’ll want to call ahead to ensure that the venue is still open and is alright with hosting a group your size.

We will also aim to make at-home Bible studies available to you and your families during this time. We see this as a key moment in the life of the church to reinforce the ability of the family to have the most influence on the development of faith. Family worship and bible studies can play a key role in each family member’s growth in their walk with God.

Lastly, we want to say that if you have a need or are feeling isolated, please reach out to us here at the church by emailing us at info@involvechurch.com, or navigating to our Involve Church social accounts and messaging us. Reach out and let us know. It could be for something as simple as needing some flour to make bread, or maybe you’d like to get together with another believer in Christ. We aren’t made to walk this life alone - God gave us each other, so feel free to contact us.

COVID-19 and Anxiety

Monday, March 16, 2020


Reposted from our blog, by Pastor Ryan Frank.

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We met to worship yesterday. We talked about our God who knows all, and is in complete control. We submitted our prayers, thanked Him, read scripture, and encouraged others who were there. I was happy to be there to worship. 


Today, I find myself anxious. In fact, after a great day of worship, I didn’t sleep well. I’m watching events happen around me that I’ve never seen in my lifetime. People are worried. I’m worried. God tells us, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 CSB). So simple, yet so hard to follow. So here are 3 things I’m worried about and my plan to follow God’s instruction in this passage to present my request, be thankful, and allow God’s peace to rule my heart. I hope it encourages you.

  • I’m worried the concern over COVID-19 is just the tip of the iceberg and the global economic impact to follow will be great. Not only will we have a virus to contend with, but also a depressed economy. – Lord, please give our nation’s leaders great wisdom to guide us through this time of uncertainty. May they be calm, but decisive. Help them make decisions that slow down COVID-19 with minimal impact on the economy. Provide for those who may be out of work during this time. Thank you for the people who help us make these decisions. Thank you for the hours they spend looking over statistics and listening to the countless concerns. Give them peace and let us rest in peace knowing that you’re helping them navigate their way through uncharted waters.

  • I’m worried that people are getting an emotional “buzz” over COVID-19 and it’s causing more problems than needed. I’ve found myself doing this. It’s kind of exciting. Not in a good way, but I feel interested, my thoughts are consumed, and I’m thinking of creative ways to limit our use of essentials for the next month, or more. – Lord, help me trust in your promises and remain calm. You say you love us more than the birds of the air and the Lilies of the field. Since you take care of them, you take care of us. The future is uncertain in our eyes, but you know every minute of everyday and our lives are in your hands. Thank you for always hearing our prayers. Thank you for never leaving us. Thank you for giving us your Son that guarantees hope for the hopeless and life to all who call on His name. May the peace that comes from these promises rule our hearts. Remind us daily of the truths you have given and the love you have shown us through your Son, Jesus.

  • I’m worried the church is going to miss an opportunity to shine hope and truth to so many that are worried and concerned. In times like this, the church should be the example of how to stay calm, rest in the certainty of the creator, and care for the hurting. We must not let the worries consume us as well. – Lord, please help the church be the example you called us to be. People will know we are your disciples by how we treat each other. We are not here to hoard items, but give items. We are not here to criticize leaders, but submit to and pray for them since they are placed in leadership by God. We are not here to complain, but lead with respect and understanding. Thank you for the church. They are the people I need to keep me focused on the important things. Thank you for their prayers, encouragement, and listening ears. Thank you for the hope we have in Jesus and for the confidence that no matter what happens the church will survive until God’s appointed time. Let your peace rule in our hearts. The confidence we have is in your unshakable character. You’re not surprised. You’ve got this. As we rest in you, may the world see our hope and be more attracted to the peace we have in you than they are to the chaos and fear caused by uncertainty.

So what are you worried about? Try this three step approach from Philippians 4:6-7. 1) Present your request, 2) Give thanks – there’s always something to be thankful for, and 3) let God’s peace rule your hearts. It’s a great way to grow. 


Boise Harvest Suspended

Saturday, March 14, 2020


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In an effort to assist with the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Harvest Ministries is suspending current Boise Harvest preparations and public gatherings for the next 30 days. During that time, ministry organizers will explore the options for alternative dates for the May 1-3 outreach at the ExtraMile Arena. A public announcement will be made should a postponement become necessary. God Bless You, The Boise Harvest Team


Foster Family Relief Day Cancelled

Friday, March 13, 2020


Foster Family Relief Day, taking place on Saturday, March 14 at 4pm, has been cancelled.  We hope to see you in the future.

3 Healthy Ways to Respond to the Coronavirus

Friday, March 13, 2020


The following was written by Josh Park - Pastor of Branch Life Church in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

# 1 - Don't Panic: Listen to the Experts, Wash Your Hands, Live Your Life!
Doesn't the last few weeks feel like the first half of every outbreak movie ever? It is so easy to play out the worst-case scenario in our minds and see the end of the world in every cough, sniffle, and fever. Don't go there! The Bible famously says "be anxious for nothing." (Philippians 4:6-7) Here is what to do instead of being anxious.

Listen to the experts!

The experts are telling us to take the Coronavirus seriously, but the vast majority of people who get the virus will be fine. 80% will experience only light to moderate flu-like symptoms, and 96-99% will have a full recovery. For the sake of those who are at high risk due to age or preexisting conditions, it is important 100% of us follow the experts' recommendations to stay home if sick, stay home if at high risk, wash our hands and live our lives.

Wash Your Hands!

This is a pro-tip even when there isn't a virus outbreak. When concerned, pause for 20 - 30 seconds to wash your hands then move forward with your day! It's also good advice to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and to fist bump more and hug less!

Live Your Life!

What does it mean to live our lives as normal? Worship with your church. Go to school. Go to work. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant. Go for a grocery run. Love God and love your neighbor!

Lebron James said he is not interested in playing basketball games if the crowds can't come. As a pastor I feel somewhat the same way about preaching to an empty room and a video camera? We aren't there yet. Political rallies, sporting events, concerts, and worship services are still happening every day. However, even if we can't gather for a season (like in Italy) the church is more than a weekly worship service. We are the hands and feet of Jesus! We may have to get creative about worship but we will always have the opportunity to love others which is in itself a powerful way to worship Jesus!

#2 - Take Heart and Trust God
God promises, "in this world, we will have trouble" (John 16:33). Bad things happen because we live in a broken world full of disease, disaster, and death. So why should we trust in a God when these lousy things happen? The short answer to this big question is because God is the only way to fix the brokenness. Yes, we will have trouble, but take heart God has overcome the trouble of this world. For those who trust in God, he promises peace (Philippians 4:6-7), he promises good (Romans 8:28), and he promises wisdom (James 1:5).

So take heart! Don't worry! Trust God!


#3 - Get out There and Help Someone!
God calls the church not just to have peace but also to love our neighbor. We are the hands and feet of God, so let's be proactive and seek out ways we can love our neighbors.

A pastor was exposed to the virus while on a trip to Europe and is in the middle of a 14-day self-quarantine, which means two extra weeks away from his family, his friends, and his church. In our town 17 international students are stuck on their campus during spring break because of the travel band. A friend undergoing chemotherapy said yesterday she is taking her life in her hands every time she ventures out. As we consider the possibility of more people, more families, and more communities affected, let's find ways we can care for our neighbors!

Give generously to those helping on the front lines

Be kind to one another

Serve one another

Conclusion

This is a developing situation that changes every day. As a church, we will continue to follow the recommendations of those who know better than us. Churches in virus hot spots such as Asia and Europe have had to make changes to their gatherings. We are preparing to do the same if needed.

Thankfully with modern technology, the church doesn't have to skip a beat. No matter what comes, we can continue to strengthen our connection to Christ and reach our world!

Your friend,
Josh Park


Update from Pastor Ryan

Friday, March 13, 2020


Hello church family and extended network of friends,

You’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about Coronavirus. It’s here and for the next several weeks or months it’s going to be the talk of the country. So what are we doing at Involve Church? Can we still meet on Sundays? Can we meet for Life Groups? At the moment, we are keeping all of our regularly planned services, but we are taking a few steps to help prevent the virus from spreading and we wanted to let you know about them. 

Here are the steps being taken: 
  • The school is cleaned regularly and they are taking precautions as outlined by the Nampa School District.
  • In addition to hand soap available in the bathrooms, the school is supplied with alcohol-based hand sanitizers available for use throughout the building. 
  • Our services are streamed live at https://live.involvechurch.com. If you are not feeling well or are at high risk (due to preexisting conditions or age), we understand and support your decision to stay home. We look forward to interacting with you online!
  • The staff and greeters will begin using the fist bump as our go-to greeting (hugs and handshakes are out).
  • We have developed a landing page on our website to keep you updated on new information regarding our regularly scheduled services. Please check the website for regular updates.
We are asking that each member of our church family do the following: 
  • Worship with us in person if you are feeling well and are not at high risk from the Coronavirus.
  • Worship online if you are not feeling well and you may have come into contact with anyone who could be infected with Coronavirus. 
  • Worship online if you are in a high risk group in regards to the Coronavirus. We love you, and we want to worship with you live. But, we don't want to jeopardize your health. 
  • Join the staff in using the fist bump (or elbow bump) as your primary greeting method.

We’re looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!

Pastor Ryan


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