Coronavirus (Covid-19)

March 19, 2020

Dear Mid Valley Church Family,

As each day brings new information, I wanted to update you on how things are changing and moving forward at MVCC. We have been meeting as staff and leaders, praying and planning on how to meet these challenges and provide ways for all of us to remain connected.

We want to be wise and keep the health and safety of our staff, church family and community a priority. Until further notice, we will not be having any classes or gatherings in the MVCC building. However, we will be live streaming our Sunday worship service online each Sunday at 10:00 AM. So, there is still church! Just church from the comfort of your home as you tune in on your phone, laptop or computer. We will be streaming services and providing links to those services on Facebook, youtube, texts, and through our weekly email announcements.

Our G2 and H2 (high school and middle school) youth groups will meet virtually on Wednesday nights at 7:15 pm. If you haven’t seen it yet, the youth service was great and you can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/hishouse.mvcc

Children’s ministry and discipleship ministry will be reaching out to interact and connect with one another virtually, so stay tuned.


A number have asked how they can continue to worship through the giving of tithes and offerings. Here are some options:
• You can give by mailing your tithe to MVCC at 591 Gatch St. Woodburn 97071;
• You can give via the Bill Pay feature from your bank; or
• You can give securely online at midvalleycommunitychurch.com under the Give option.

It’s interesting how we have been looking at the life of Abraham in Genesis. He was called to leave behind everything he knew and was familiar with into an adventure with God. He was given a promise that wasn’t fulfilled until many years later, but Abraham pressed on in trust in the God he followed. And that trust was credited to him as righteousness. This is our hour. To live a level of faith that truly stretches us while it honors Him.

If there is any way we can help you or pray for you, please let us know.

God bless you,  

Pastor Jesse

We would love to hear from you and want to be available to you. You can contact us by email, phone, text, or through our website.

Jesse Hamberger- 503.504.1432, jessegraham2008@gmail.com

Christian Bohuslavizki- 949.303.9710, ChristianBohuslavizki@corban.edu

Alex Martushev- 503.951.0423, alexandermartushev@gmail.com

Pedro Espinoza- 971.202.6845, ppymariaespinoza@hotmail.com

Ben Schott- 503.999.7398, schottben@gmail.com

March 13, 2020

Dear MVCC family,

I need to add an update to our earlier message regarding the impact of the Coronavirus on our fellowship.

Having read several articles that explain the importance of acting fast and in a united front to slow the potential spread of this illness, we are going to increase our closures at MVCC and our sense of caution as we move forward.

We are canceling Friday night worship tonight.

This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also due to the fact that we have several of those on the worship team who are not feeling well. We assume they have colds and/or the flu, but their willingness to come and participate anyway is simply not what we want to encourage at this time.

We are canceling children’s ministry on Sunday mornings, until further notice. We have canceled the Loving Table. We have canceled the Coffee Shop and drip coffee.

We are encouraging with a higher resolve, stay home and stay healthy, especially our seniors.

We will be open for a small basic service on Sunday morning. We will continue to be mindful and prayerful as to how to keep our people safe and honor God in the weeks to come. 

Thank you,

Pastor Jesse

March 12, 2020

Dear MVCC family,

As you have probably heard, Governor Kate Brown ordered a four-week ban on all gatherings of more than 250 people, so you may be wondering what that means for MVCC. As of right now, Mid Valley will continue all gatherings, including our Sunday morning worship services as they are under 250 people for each service – our doors will stay open. That being said, we wanted to address a few possible concerns and keep you up to date on how we are planning to make our meetings as safe as possible.

In addition to our weekly professional cleaning services and volunteers who clean throughout the week, we have added a Saturday team who will sanitize all touchable surfaces (handrails, doorknobs, tables, etc) with antibacterial wipes until the concerns with CoronaVirus are lifted. We encourage those who choose to come to church to take advantage of our hand sanitizing stations in addition to the handwashing (20 seconds) that is recommended by the CDC.

According to the CDC’s website, those who are 60 years and older, as well as people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes, seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. We trust that those who fall into these categories will make decisions best suited for themselves, but our recommendation would be they stay home and take advantage of listening to our sermons online via our website.

Since COVID-19 can take up to 10 days after exposure to manifest symptoms (and is contagious during that 10 days), we understand if anyone chooses to stay home over the next few weeks, just to be safe. We encourage you to do what is best for your family and to use common sense if you yourself aren’t feeling well. If you are experiencing flu-like or cold symptoms, please stay home, rest and listen to our sermons online. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to set aside fear, to act in a loving and wise way, and to trust in the power of God. Our encouragement is always to act wisely while praying with trust and confidence.

Furthermore, while we know you are a church family who loves to greet with hugs and handshakes, we would recommend trying to limit physical contact with others and to try to keep a 3-6 foot distance when possible. According to the CDC’s website, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. So let’s agree now that it’s okay to forego close contact over the next few weeks with no hard feelings.

Above all, know that we are working hard on all fronts to keep both the staff and congregation healthy so you may see some changes in the Greeting and Hospitality (Loving Table and Coffeeshop) ministry protocols over the next few weeks. We thank you for your patience and for partnering with us to make MVCC worship services safe during these interesting times.

As most of you know I, (Jesse) have been recovering from illness. Last weekend I was feeling much better so I had limited participation in meetings. I pushed it a little too soon, perhaps due to the Leon team being with us. So, taking our own advice, I will not be there Sunday. Christian has an excellent message from our next chapters in Genesis.

God bless you,

Pastor Jesse and the Pastors & Staff of MVCC

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