COVID 19 - RESPONSE

Latest COVID-19 Update | 5.11.20

Hello Riverview Family -
I want to take a few moments to update you on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has significantly altered the normalcy of our lives and forced us to find new rhythms. At times it feels like right when we start learning a new rhythm, the song changes and again forces us to search for another new rhythm. I know that many of us are longing for a return to normalcy; the rhythm we knew, understood and loved. I believe we are starting to see a little bit of a light at the end of the tunnel.

One of the rhythms we know that many of us desire to get back to is our Sunday gatherings. Our Sunday services play a significant rhythm in our lives as they are at time for us to come together in worship, prayer, and teaching to proclaim the love, hope, forgiveness, and grace that is found in Jesus. We gather to hold on to hope and to motivate and encourage each other. We will return to this rhythm. I wish I could give a specific time frame and say, “See you Sunday!” But I cannot. I am reminded of the words from God that Jeremiah penned to the Israelite exiles in Babylon. He wrote:

4 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: 5 “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. 6 Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! 7 And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” - Jeremiah 29:4-7

In the midst of separation, God is calling His people to live. He is encouraging and reminding them of His promises. Just because the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, they were still the people of God. God had not forgotten them, and even though everything was different and uncomfortable, and they longed to be home, God was still with them. His promises were true for the Israelites and they are true for us today. Let’s not forget that in our longing to return to a more normal rhythm, God is with us and He is calling us to live!

Verse seven proposes a particular challenge that we, as God’s people, need to consider. Over the last 19 years, the people of Riverview, empowered by the Holy Spirit, have worked, prayed, loved, and sacrificed for the peace and prosperity of those around us. Our challenge, as we look to re-enter the building and resume gatherings is to consider the welfare for our whole community: the one within and outside the walls of Riverview. By moving too quickly into gatherings without a solid and well thought out plan, we can severely damage our reputation and create fear or resentment. This will be a significant set-back to what we have built in our community and hinder the Gospel moving forward. We must do all that we can to work for the peace and prosperity of the city we are in, because their welfare will determine our welfare. 

Moving forward, myself and our team are working to craft a timely, well thought out plan to resume gatherings. Our plan will take into account the various phases of Governor Inslee’s plan to reopen Washington, meet the recommended social distancing requirements, and have input from you. In the coming days, expect to see a new Weekly Check-In Survey from me in your email. This survey will be asking questions specifically about resuming gatherings and will be a very helpful tool to aid in our decision-making process.

As our team and I move forward in creating a plan to resume gatherings, I am asking you for three things:

01) Patience. This is a marathon and not a sprint. It is also a marathon that no one alive has ever ran before.

02) Fill out the survey. This will be very helpful to us in our decision making.

03) Pray for us. Pray that God will give us wisdom and insight to implement the plan that He wants us to implement. We know that many of you have been incredibly faithful in your payers and we ask you to remain faithful.

We will gather in-person again. I am looking forward to that day, and I pray that it is sooner than later. Until then, we will leverage the technology that we have to continue to gather virtually and in spirit. As restrictions are lifted and more people begin to emerge from their houses and begin to create new rhythms, I want to encourage you to continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around you. This is an incredible opportunity to share Jesus with people and we must not waste it! 

I am praying for you; I am thankful for you; I cannot wait till we gather again.

Blessings,

- Brent Osburn | Interim Lead Pastor
Hello Riverview Family –
I wanted to take a minute to update you on Riverview and our response to COVID-19.

The last couple of weeks have been an interesting challenge for all of us to navigate. We’ve never had so many significant changes to our every day lives happen so quickly. At times, it is difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing events and situations. I know that COVID-19 stirs many different emotions in us; we’ve seen panic, fear, worry and uncertainty. We’ve also seen incredible acts of love, generosity and kindness. As I think about our ever-changing situation, I want to encourage you from a couple places in scripture. First from Isaiah 46.

Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. - Isaiah 46:10

I said this on Sunday during our livestream and I will say it again today: This virus did not surprise God. God knows everything that will happen from the end to the beginning. He is here in the midst of all of this and He is with us. We can take comfort knowing that God is with us and He knows what will happen every step of the way. It requires us to lean in and trust Him.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. – Galatians 6:9-10

For every act of fear, worry and panic, followers of Jesus have the opportunity to bring good to the community and people around them. I want to encourage you to find ways to share Jesus with people through this time. You can do that by simply loving people. Serve them, care for them, do for them what you wish someone would do for you. We have an incredible opportunity as followers of Jesus to do tremendous amounts of good during this time. Let’s not grow tired but continue to lean into Jesus for our strength, wisdom and creativity so we can love those around us well.


We want to continue to keep you updated about events happening in and around Riverview. Several of our scheduled events have either been canceled or postponed.
01) The Community Easter Egg Hunt has been canceled. We will be thinking of creative ways to love, encourage and engage our community once we have been given the okay to bring people together.

02) Women’s Spring Retreat scheduled for April 3-5, 2020 in Sumas, WA has been postponed.

03) Men’s Conference scheduled for May 15-16, 2020 in Pasco, WA has been canceled.

04) The Members Meeting that was scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2020 has been postponed. A new date will be announced with the proper notifications once local and state bans have been lifted.


I want to encourage you to participate in the online Sunday services at 9:00a and 10:45a. To participate, please go to www.riverview.cc and click on the link to take you to Sunday services. There you will find the livestream and resources for Early Childhood and Riverview Kids. Feel free to comment on the livestream and let us know you’re watching. Also, we’d love it if you shared it with someone.

As always, I want to thank you for your incredible generosity. You can continue to give financially online at www.riverview.cc or through the Riverview.CC app. If you need assistance in helping setup your online giving, please do not hesitate to ask. Also, if you would rather give via cash/check with a giving envelope, please let us know and we will get you a self-addressed giving envelope which you can mail back to Riverview.

Lastly, if you need assistance during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can contact us via email, phone or through the www.riverview.cc website.

Stay strong. Love Jesus. Love People.

- Brent Osburn | Interim Lead Pastor
COVID-19 Update | 3.12.20

Hello Riverview Family - 

On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that gatherings of 250 or more are currently prohibited to slow the spread of COVID-19. After the announcement by Gov. Inslee, additional measures were enacted by King County to help slow the spread of the virus that significantly limited gatherings of 250 or less people. Your health and well-being are a top concern. All of us at Riverview want to ensure your safety to the best of our ability and want to be the best neighbors we can to the surrounding community and cities.

With the directives of Gov. Inslee and King County and out of our continued care for you and our community, starting this Sunday and through the month of March, we are moving our Sunday morning services to online only. While this is obviously not the course any of us would like to take or would have chosen, we believe that God is still at work. The next few Sundays are opportunities to gather together. Will it look and feel different? Absolutely! However, God will still be working in our lives and uniting our hearts together. When you join our online services, you will still experience a time of worship, a message of hope and a time of prayer. There will also be opportunities for your kids to participate in the lesson that they would have had if they had been at church that day.    

I want to encourage you in the following areas:  
01) Gather and watch online. This may be a unique opportunity to invite neighbors or friends over to experience church. These aren’t free “skip” weeks. Join in online.    
02) Give online. Your generosity enables Riverview to continue reaching out to our community. Even though we may not be meeting in person, you can still worship God through your giving by giving online.    
03) Keep updated on our social media feeds, website and app. From these places is where you will receive up-to-date information about Riverview and any changes that may be happening.    
04) Love people. In times like this, the world is looking at how the Church and Followers of Jesus will respond. Let’s be the church that goes the extra mile for our neighbors and friends. Let’s be the church that demonstrates the love and hope that is found in Jesus. Let’s be the church that does not shrink back in fear but makes the most out of every opportunity to Love Jesus. Love People.  

I know that this is a different experience for all of us. The good news in all of this is that this virus did not surprise God at all. He is in control. In Mark 4:35-41, the disciples are in a boat and they are caught in a storm. Jesus is asleep on the boat and the disciples were terrified. They woke Jesus up in their fear and panic and he immediately calmed the storm. The same Jesus that calmed the storm in Mark 4 is the same Jesus that we serve today. As his followers, we do not need to be filled with panic or fear but with faith and trust in the one who calms storms. Jesus is with us. He is leading us, guiding us and directing us. He is leading with peace and strength and invites us to do the same.  
 
If you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance, feel free to reach out to me.  
 
- Brent Osburn | Interim Lead Pastor  

COVID-19 UPDATE | 3.11.20

Hello Riverview Family - 

I wanted to update you on what is happening at Riverview in regard to COVID-19.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered a halt to all gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments and will be making important decisions in the best interest of Riverview and our community soon. Please be checking email, social media and our website (www.riverview.cc) for updates.

I know that the COVID-19 developments can be a cause of uneasiness and concern. However, let us not walk in fear but trust in God. We will seek Him for healing in our community and for wisdom in our decision making. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Let’s pray for our region together!

- Brent Osburn | Interim Lead Pastor