This page compiles information related to our congregation regarding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our ministries.
Please see below for updates and the current status of worship and other work of the congregation as of March 15, 2020. Last updated: March 23, 2020 @ 6:20pm.
Office Status: open Wednesdays only 10am-2pm over spring break; messages monitored daily
Public Worship Status: Online only, next live-stream on Wednesday, March 25, 6:30pm PDT.
School Status: on Spring Break until March 30; plans being made for continuity of learning upon return
Preschool Status: closed until April 30
March 19, 4:55pm
Concordia belongs to Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), a national fellowship of congregations in Canada. Our LCC office has put together a page on its website with news, recommendations, and resources. Among the resources you'll find an excellent guide to home devotions that you can take advantage of, as you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus in this time.
March 19, 4:20pm
Pastor Michael emailed the congregation today to give updates on worship, congregational care, and giving options. You can subscribe to our general email list by filling out the form on this page.
In addition, our School Operations Team made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all preschool operations through April 30. Please see this news item for more information.
March 18, 4:10pm
Our first live-streamed time of worship will be tonight at 6:30pm. Please join us on our new YouTube channel for a simple order of service with prayer, Scripture readings, and a short reflection on the Scriptures.
March 17, 7:30pm
Our Governing Team met with staff and School Operations Team representatives this afternoon, and have made the following decisions with respect to the three major ministry areas: church, school, and preschool.
Church: we are suspending in-person gatherings for the time being, starting immediately. We will not gather at the church building for worship or other events. We will live stream in place of in-person gatherings, so that we may still receive the Word of God as a group, even though we'll be physically separated. The specific order of services is yet to be determined. Pastor Michael will also be making himself available for individual Communion regularly, to serve those who will be especially comforted by that gift of our Lord in this time. That schedule is still yet to be determined, but will be published by the end of this week.
Live streams, and well as recorded video, will be viewable on Youtube. Please subscribe to the channel—it will help both you and us! We'll post a video tomorrow, and will live stream a short devotional tomorrow night at 6:30pm in place of our regular Lenten midweek worship.
Congregational life is also important; we'll be seeking to serve one another with errands, etc., and will post more information Wednesday. We also encourage members to continue to give financially as you are able; etransfer and pre-authorized debit are available, and we'll give more detail on that Wednesday as well.
School: following BC Ministry of Education directives, we are putting plans in place for the continuity of learning following spring break, even as in-class instruction has been suspended. We will not be able to have students in the building, but staff will be delivering education in alternative forms.
Preschool: we are evaluating options, as there was no specific directive given today by the Ministry of Education. We will provide more updates when more information is available.
For our school and preschool communities, we do want you to enjoy the rest of spring break, knowing that your school leadership is working diligently to make decisions in the face of information that is being updated daily.
March 17, 2020, 12:30pm
BC Minister of Education Rob Fleming just announced that all BC schools are to suspend in-class instruction as of tomorrow. 99% of students are now on spring break, including ours. Minister Fleming has said that they will be working with education partners to put plans in place for some "continuity of learning" following spring break. That means the BC government is planning for classes to take place in some form, but not at school buildings. Our Governing Team and staff leadership are meeting today at 4:30pm to discuss all the latest developments, and we will post here following that meeting.
March 16, 2020, 11:30am
The BC Health Minister has just ordered that there be no gatherings of 50 or more people. The congregation's Governing Team is scheduled to meet Tuesday, March 17, and we'll provide more updates as soon as we are able.
In addition, the Health Minister said that they are consulting with educational authorities and are expected to provide an announcement regarding educational institutions tomorrow (Tuesday). Our staff and school and church leadership are monitoring the updates from the government closely and will make decisions about our school and preschool based on governmental orders in addition to our own health and safety factors.