March 24, 2020
Dear VH's Family,
Today, I am sending you a link to a class taught at Compass Bible Church in California. Perhaps you have heard of what is called "The Spanish Flu of 1918". More Americans died of the Spanish Flu than died in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined! In this special release of CLASS at Compass Bible Church, you are taken back in time to see how the church responded to this global health crisis. We found this talk really helpful in understanding our own situation today with the spread of, and attempts to contain the impact of the coronavirus. May the Lord be pleased to use His church in our day to bring glory to His name and hope to this world.
(The talk starts at 3 minutes, 15 seconds)
-March 23, 2020-
Dear Valley Heights Family,
One of the many things I missed, not being able to worship with you yesterday, was the blessing of lifting up our voices in praise to the Lord through song. Though nothing can replace times of corporate worship, we still need to sing - it's something God has made His people to do. With that in mind, I've put together a list of some web links that I hope will be a blessing to your heart. As you worship together as families in your homes, keep the church family in your thoughts and prayers and keep on trusting in Christ the King. Blessings! Pastor Tim
Sing! 2019 Conference highlights
gettymusicworshipconference.com (scroll down to videos)
A wonderful new contemporary hymn
Christ Our Hope in Life and Death
-March 18, 2020-
Dear Valley Heights Church Family,
As you may know, earlier today the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry declared a public health emergency for British Columbia due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Dr. Henry also confirmed that a ban is now in effect on all gatherings of more than 50 people. Additionally, the Health Officer is now requiring social distancing (keeping a distance) of 1-2 metres between people at all gatherings, and where that cannot be maintained, the gathering "must close." As difficult as it is to realize the impact this news will have on our church's gatherings, we are grateful for the efforts being made to slow the spread of the coronavirus. We sincerely ask that you continue to pray for leaders in governments and health care as they have extremely difficult decisions to make, on a daily basis.
In light of these new restrictions on gatherings, we need to let you know that all Valley Heights gatherings are cancelled until further notice. This includes Sunday Services and all mid-week church Bible Studies (women's, men's and youth).
Obviously, this isn't what any of us would desire, and we are praying for the day to come soon when VH's can meet again, in person, to worship the Lord together - please pray together with us to that end. However, though we cannot personally be together, we can continue to gather around the Word of God. Beginning this Sunday, March 22, we will post a sermon by Pastor Tim on our website and on facebook. Additionally, we are looking into how we might utilize other on-line platforms and resources, such as webinars and video conferencing which would allow us to stay in contact as a church body … (more to come on that). Also, we want to encourage you to "go all out" in your own efforts to communicate the love of Christ to one another. We often say on Sundays, "email someone; text someone; give someone a call (especially if you know someone doesn't use social media); reach out to one another and be in prayer for one another." Now, is the time this will be needed more than ever! We will be doing our best to care for the souls of you dear people - but we will need your help! And, please, if you have any particulars needs, do not hesitate to call or contact Pastor Tim or one of our leaders.
These are uncertain times, and for many there is great insecurity and fear. As Christians, we need not live in fear. Rather, we should face this and every challenge by faith in our trustworthy Lord (Psalm 62:5-8). Our confidence and trust rests in our sovereign God - Jesus Christ is Lord! Perhaps now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to encourage and build up one another in the faith, and to reach out to those in our community with love and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let's not forget to Whom we belong and let's entrust our lives to Christ and live for His glory (Ephesians 5:1-2).
With love and prayers!
Pastor Tim & VHCC Leadership
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7