EVERGREEN Coronavirus Response

March 24, 2020

Dear Evergreen and Online friends!

We love you and miss you!

The stories of your thoughtfulness and generosity precede you! Thank you for loving so well! Let’s share the stories of the goodness of God and how He is providing during this time. Let’s leave faith, hope and love in all our conversations!

Here are the latest updates and reminders:

  1. Church Online will continue for adults and eKids at 9:15 am and 11 am and eYouth at 11:30 am!

  2. 4 Ways To Give:

    1. Text 77977 and type in ‘evergreengive’

    2. Click here to give online

    3. Select your bank's bill pay option

    4. Mail to Evergreen, 4400 NW Glencoe Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

  1. Thank you for your giving. So many have lost jobs, are temporarily laid off or have taken salary cuts. We are praying for you and all of us together are living simpler during this time so we can help one another.

  1. Want to help or need help of some kind? We have a group formed called Corona Angels who are available to help with various kinds of needs. If you want to volunteer to help or if you need help click on the “Want to Help?/ Need Help?” tile on our free app and we will help connect people with needs and helpers. If the app is inaccessible for you, please email [email protected] with your information and need or offer of help!

  1. How can we pray for you? Check out the Evergreen Christian Center app which is free at the app store. We have made it easier than ever to share how we can pray for you and maintain privacy. Click on the picture that says “How can we pray for you.”

  1. Work Day scheduled for April 4th is now cancelled. Stay tuned for a new date!

  1. Our offices at Evergreen will close until further notice, but our phone will be responded to by Lori Scholz and each of the pastors will receive calls, emails, and texts.

  1. All Evergreen groups and gatherings of any kind continue to be cancelled for now.
    A few notes about those:

    1. Small groups can use Zoom at no cost to connect with your group and check in with one another. Zoom meetings are free for up to 40 minutes. If you want to connect for a longer period of time, you can schedule two separate meetings 10 minutes apart for the same group and put a 10 minute break in the middle where everyone goes off the existing meeting and comes back on for the new meeting 10 minutes later. All of that can be done for free!

    2. Most Evergreen groups are on eOnline which can also be used to email or text the people within your group.

    3. FaceTime is a great way to connect with one or two others!

  1. The food bank is closed until further notice.

  1. The Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services 5K/10K Race Event on May 16th is cancelled but instead they will host a virtual race and we invite you to give donations to the race. Links for both of these opportunities are shared below:
    Click Here for Giving Link
    Click Here for Virtual Race Registration Link

Thank you, Evergreen and Online Friends! We look forward to the day when we will be able to shake hands, hug, share meals, worship, and be together. I think God gets this! He has a great celebration planned for us when we are reunited in a face to face experience with Him! That, all by itself boggles the mind! He understands what we are going through. He is with us and ready for a conversation day or night! He welcomes all!

Love you, miss you, praying for you!

Ann and Jared & the Evergreen Team

March 18, 2020

Hey, Evergreen,

We love you!  We miss being with you—up close and personal! We are praying for you and for our larger community and world!

It has been so good to hear stories of how God is leading us to care for others and how He is providing. One family took a family walk around their child’s school, praying for staff, students, and families represented there.

Our food bank received a call from a local food vendor who had to close so they wanted to give their perishable food to our food bank. This was an answer to prayer as the food hoarding that has been happening is having the unintended consequence of grocery stores having very little left over to donate.

Jared and I had the opportunity to invite a woman who has not been to church in quite a while, to try church online. She told us, “that might be the perfect way for me to come back after all these years! I’ll check it out”! Invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and students to join us online!

Here are today’s updates:

  1. Evergreen will continue to meet online through April 26th. You will find our services including eKids on Sundays @ 9:15 and 11 am and eYouth @ 11:30 am. We are brainstorming some ideas for your Easter experience @ home.
  2. Four ways to give!
    TEXT 77977 and type: evergreengive
    Select your bank's bill pay option
    On our website (click here)
    Mail to Evergreen Christian Center 4400 NW Glencoe Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97124
  3. eYouth Wednesday gathering will be on Instagram live @ 7 pm for now. Students and parents stay tuned for weekly updates.
  4. Office hours at Evergreen are 9 am–12 noon, Monday through Thursday.

I had this picture of when our kids were little and not feeling well. I would hold them in my arms and sing over them. One of the favorites was Jesus, name above all names, beautiful Savior, glorious Lord, Emanuel, God is with us. Blessed Redeemer. Living Word. In my picture, it is Father God who is holding each of us and He is singing over us, embracing us, reassuring us, and inviting us to trust Him.

In His hands with you!

Ann and Jared

March 13, 2020

Hey, Evergreen! 

We have decided the best course of action to love and serve our most vulnerable people, is to postpone all small groups and Wednesday night eYouth group for the next 4 weeks. Small groups will resume sometime in the future: Participants in any of our small groups can expect to hear from your leaders sometime in the next 4 weeks when a date to resume your group can be set.

These groups are on hiatus. We are postponing not cancelling. We will update you when it is appropriate to reschedule.

Ilcian and Carlos, our student ministry pastors are working on creating some lively online/social media content for our Wednesday night eYouth. Plans are in the works and will be shared with you by Tuesday, March 17th.

Sunday is coming! We will be sending you links to our YouTube channel for you with Jared sharing the final message in the series, "The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor". The eKids team and the eYouth team will have some fun, engaging videos for your kids and students as well!

Loving our neighbors and you!

Ann and Jared

March 12, 2020

Good afternoon, Evergreeners.

We want to connect with you about two things: First, how we get to love those around us in a time of uncertainty and for some, fear, as the corona virus continues to spread. Second, we want to give you practical information about our Sunday services.

First: We invite you to be the thermostat and not the thermometer as you share, post, and communicate with others! 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. Let’s speak words of life and offer to pray with people if they are fearful or worried. Jesus is with us in this!  Let’s pray persistently and trust Jesus with all we’ve got!

Second: We want to share some practical information about our Sunday services since Governor Kate Brown has banned gatherings of 250 or more to control the spread of the virus and protect those most at risk, those with underlying conditions and the elderly.

What this means for the Evergreen Community:

  1. In place of our weekend services we will offer a pre-recorded service on a YouTube link each Sunday for the next four weeks so that you can participate from home. This includes a fun pre-recorded teaching for eKids that parents can let their kids watch on a device. eYouth will also provide a pre-recorded experience for our students to participate in. You will receive links to all of these via the eBlast, the Evergreen app, or social media!

  2.  Small groups and other smaller gatherings will continue to meet at this time. Your participation in your small group is a personal decision based on your health.

  3. We encourage you to give online, by texting with no spaces: “evergreengive” to 77977, or you can mail your check to 4400 NW Glencoe Road, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Thank you for your generosity that helps lots of people find and follow Jesus here, near, and far!

  4. Evergreen office hours will remain the same for now: Monday–Thursday, 9 am–5 pm.

  5. The food bank will close effective March 22nd until at least April 5th. We will provide updates on when the food bank will reopen on social media, our eBlast, and the website.

  6. For all of our gatherings large and small, please practice good prevention:

  1. Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds under warm water with soap.

  2. If you or your child have any symptoms of illness, stay home.

  3. No touch greetings will be our practice until further notice.

Currently, the recommendation is that this restriction on large gatherings be in place for four weeks. The situation is fluid so we need to be as well. We will continue to update you with any changes to the plan we have outlined.

Praying and Trusting with You,

Ann & Jared