September 28, 2020
Dear Eastridge Family,
We are excited at the opportunity to gather once again for indoor worship starting October 11th! We look forward to seeing those of you who are able to join us. However, if you do not feel comfortable coming together at this time, you may choose to continue connecting with us on the livestream or gather with friends and neighbors for a house church. We hope the following information will help to make the transition from at home to the church building as smooth as possible when you choose to return.
We are committed to providing an environment that complies with the guidelines set forth by Oregon government officials. We have modified our services to create a “touchless” worship experience to keep you, your family, and all of us as safe as possible. We invite you to bring a notebook to take notes for the sermon, and announcements will be sent via the weekly newsletter.
We will be gathering in the Auditorium for our 10:30am service and will be able to accommodate 50 individuals. RSVPs on the Eastridge website will open Mondays at noon and end on Sundays at 7am on a first-come, first-served basis. Please remember to reserve spaces for all members of your family that will be attending, including children. (Note that pre-registering is required, and it is not the same as contact tracing. If you would like to be put on the list for contact tracing you can do so in the lobby.) If you are unable to reserve a space for a given Sunday, please try again as some people may have cancelled. If you have RSVP’d and are then unable to attend, please cancel your reservation or email .
We are looking forward to worshipping together in the building and online!
Pastor Dwain, Danae, and the Eastridge Staff
Safety Precautions for in-person worship
- Face masks or face shields for ages five and over will be required to attend our worship service. They must remain in place while in the building. Disposable face masks for both kids and adults will be available at the entrance to the auditorium if you need one.
- Physical distancing is to be observed for all seats in the Auditorium.
- When you enter the Auditorium, you may seat yourself with your household. Children are welcome and encouraged in the service and are asked to remain with their family group at all times.
- If you need more chairs for your family group, flag a greeter or usher and they will assist you.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided to clean your hands upon entry.
- Specific doors will be used to enter (center doors) and exit (outside doors) the building. Please follow the signage.
- Offering boxes are available at the entrance to and exits from the auditorium.
- There will be a table in the lobby expressly for optional contact tracing. Those who would like to be notified if someone who attends indoor worship contracts COVID-19 will need to put their name on the clipboard each weekthey attend. The table will be supplied with clean pens and hand-sanitizer.
- Restrooms will be available in the main hallway. Children (13 and younger) MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times when using the restrooms. Restrooms will be cleaned before the building is opened but will not be monitored over the course of the worship gathering. Please be mindful of best practices regarding cleanliness and sanitization when using the restroom.
- Water fountains and coffee will not be available, but you are welcome to bring your own lidded beverages.
- Currently, no kids or youth programming will be offered during indoor worship gatherings.
- Although we don’t have a nursery program available, the room with a changing table (146) will be open. The room will be cleaned before the building is opened but will not be monitored over the course of the worship gathering. Please clean up after yourself and be mindful of best practices regarding cleanliness and sanitizing when in the nursery.
All of our part to maintain a safe and healthy gathering:
- If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms please stay home and worship online: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell.
- Please bring your mask and remember we will have disposable ones available upon entry.
- Observe physical distancing inside the building.
- If you wish to visit with others, please do so outside. Masks and physical distancing are encouraged.
- Be respectful and show grace to one another.
May 12, 2020
Hello Church Family,
I hope you are all well. I would like to share a quick update regarding what church together may look like in the coming months. With the news that counties will soon be applying to enter into phase one of reopening, we now have a glimpse of a potential timeline for having online-only services. We realize this will be a slow process, but we want you to know our staff is making plans for how to open up our in-person services with proper social distancing. We anticipate the need to continue “Virtual Church” as a main source of Sunday services, even after we enter phase two of the county’s reopening plan.
As we begin the transition back into physically meeting together, we plan to rely heavily on small groups and group life during the slow-open process. Doing church in a home with your life group is church. Church is not a building!
We don't have all the answers, but we want you to know we are (and have been) working on a plan. We have seen God do amazing things through this time of physical separation. More than anything we want us all to remember that God is not limited! He has surely shown us that in many ways these past few months. As we do our best to prepare for reopening, we look forward to seeing how God’s plan, not just ours, plays out in the coming weeks!
Much Love & God Bless,
March 12, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Today I’m writing to you with a deep sense of love for you all, and also excitement for what the Lord will surely do in us who are Eastridge Church. It is in that spirit that I ask you to read the whole of this letter, even though I know you are getting marketing emails like crazy on this subject.
As I’m sure you have seen, our Governor has placed a statewide ban of gatherings over 250 people in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. We usually exceed that number at each of our Sunday services. More important than the Governor’s mandate, though, Jesus asks us as his followers to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable.
So I come to this point: As a staff and leadership, we have agreed to comply with the Governor’s ban and have changed this Sunday’s worship gathering to be a virtual service only. We will consider further suspensions of Sunday gatherings week to week.
Thankfully, we will not stop worshipping as a community. We will continue to livestream worship service via Facebook (consisting of people who are involved in its production) each Sunday at 9:15am. These videos will be made available on our website, as well as for audio download, after it has streamed live.
We will worship the Lord as we love one another in smaller groups, and so minister beyond these walls. We will continue to be Jesus’ family in this city. In fact, we may see the Lord use us in a whole new way with each other, as well as in the broader community of the southeast side of Portland.
I’m asking you to join me in prayer for one another, for our friends and family, and for the people in our country and state. I’m suggesting that we pray in a spirit of resilience – not just because I keep using that word but because now is the perfect time to live it out!
Hebrews 10: 24, 25, and 39 tells us who we are:
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together…[For] we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls."
Your church leadership is committed to being the church as we have a remote gathering. We will communicate with you often about what is happening at Eastridge. In turn, we are inviting all who call Eastridge their family to take the opportunity to engage in the following ways:
- Check Facebook, your emails, and the website regularly
- Reach out via email for any support needed for your faith life or your child’s (note that youth Midweek will continue).
- Gather with your smaller community - whether it’s a life group, D8 groups, or ministry team. We encourage you to watch the livestream together, discuss it and pray together.
- Continue to support Eastridge through your regular giving. Our church staff depends on your giving and will be working just as hard to care for Eastridge.
Most of all, I want to encourage you to ask the Lord to make you sensitive and deeply aware of how you can support those who have no other connection with this church family other than the Sunday morning service.
Eastridge Church is not a building and it is not a service. It is a body. A community of believers that meets in a building and has gatherings together to live out who we are: Jesus’ kingdom people. This is a temporary disruption, but it is not the end. Viruses can’t do that anymore than a grave could hold our Savior, and we know how that turned out! Be watching for the details, but know that we’re going to celebrate that day too - with a resurrection of our own!
There will be more info to come, but for now, may the Lord bless each of you and your family. Also, I pray for each of you and for our church that has had such godly impact on this city and community. I have a hunch He’s going to do it again, only bigger, during these days as we go beyond the walls.