We are glad to see you.
There is no denying that these are strange and challenging times. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the world as we know it has changed. All of our usual rhythms and routines have been overhauled. Many of us are dealing with fears and anxieties as we try to calculate the "what ifs" in all of this, and many of us are experiencing loneliness and disconnectedness as we distance ourselves from friends, family, and...well...everyone.
And yet, as followers of Christ, we know there is hope and peace in the midst of all the uncertainty. While preparing his disciples for his crucifixion, Jesus told them, "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
God is an expert at transforming our broken situations into hope-infused opportunities for His new life to move in and take hold.
God is with us. God is for us. And we're all in this together.
Coming Together While Staying Apart
God designed us to be in relationship with Himself and with one another. Our church gatherings and programs may be on hold, but the church goes on...because we are the church.
It may be tempting to spend the next several weeks binge-watching Netflix or consuming the steady stream of news articles providing minute by minute updates on the global pandemic.
But we believe this pause on our normal routines is providing us with an opportunity to establish new rhythms of work, rest, play, and connection. As we weather this storm, we have a unique opportunity to be intentional about drawing close to God and to one another in new ways.
We have several ways for you to connect, engage, and continue to grow in the coming weeks at Evergreen.
Many of our connection opportunities will use a video conferencing platform called Zoom. Zoom is a great way to be able to see and speak others from the safety and comfort of your own home!
Not sure how to use Zoom?
Don't worry - it's really simple! All you need is a device and an internet connection. Download Zoom to your computer, phone, or tablet and click the link provided by your group or event leader. Voilà! Zoom will launch and you will join the meeting.
Still feeling uncertain? Zoom has provided tutorials to walk people through using their program:
Here's how you can stay connected:
Engage in our Online Service on Sundays at 10am
We may not be able to gather in person, but we are excited to share that we are now streaming our service online at 10:00 am on Sundays!
Join us on our YouTube channel so that you can participate in the chat and connect with others while engaging in the service.
Each week, we will be providing you with conversation questions related to the sermon. Use these questions to generate discussion within your family, Life Group, or with friends. You can find the questions here:
Starting Wednesday, April 1st, we will be hosting a Q&A Zoom Meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, where you are invited to ask questions and engage in conversation about the Sunday teaching!!
Interested in joining us for the Q&A? Click below to sign up and we will send you a Zoom link to be a part of the meeting!
Subscribe to our Youtube Channel
In the coming weeks, we will be posting videos regularly on our YouTube channel. We are dreaming up ways to use a video format to help us grow closer to God and closer to one another and looking forward to connecting with you regularly in this format. By subscribing to our channel, you will stay up to date with the most recent content!
Engage on Social Media
Evergreen has a Facebook Page and an Instagram account that are updated regularly. We will be connecting through social media in some new ways over the coming weeks, and hope that you will engage with us and with one another on these platforms as well.
Connect with an Online Group
While our groups are unable to meet in person, we will be shifting our Small Group Ministries to an online platform called Zoom. Some of our Life Groups have already started meeting online and have loved being able to connect face-to-face.
We already have a couple of new groups ready to launch, and we hope to see more launch over the next couple of weeks! Learn how our online groups work and explore existing groups below:
Attend an Virtual Event
Evergreeners have been getting really creative in coordinate Zoom events for the entire family! Stay up to date with what's going on and join in on the fun. Get all the details on our Upcoming Events page!
Participate in 24 Hours of Prayer
In the coming weeks, we will be launching another 24 Hours of Prayer event for our church family to participate in. This will be an opportunity to come to God with the our needs, with the needs of our community, and the needs of our world as we navigate this challenging situation. Stay tuned for information on how to sign up and resources to guide your prayer time.
Take Action in our Community
We have been in dialogue with leaders within our local community about how to best support those in need during this time of limited resources and financial strain. We have let our local leaders know that our church family is eager to help meet the needs of our those who are struggling within our community. We will be keeping you up to date with opportunities to be good neighbours as it becomes more clear how we can collaborate with the experts to make the greatest amount of difference for the people who need it the most. We are so proud to have a church family that loves to care for others and can't wait to see what God does in all of this.
If you are somebody who gives on a regular basis at Evergreen, know that we are so thankful for you! Your faithfulness in giving allows us to continue to support and disciple people of all ages, to equip Jesus followers with teaching and resources for growth, to fund missionaries and other great ministry, and to take care of the expenses that come with operating a facility and serving our community.
While we are not meeting in person, Evergreen continues to function at full speed on a day-to-day basis. If you are a part of our church family please continue to give as you feel led so that our ministry can continue to happen!
In case you missed it....
You can check out the statement from Evergreen's leadership team about the church's response to COVID-19 at the link below.