Zion’s River & COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Greetings to All My Friends at Zion’s River,

Things have obviously changed on how we’re going to function based upon the announcements March 16th, by the CDC, Governor Jay Inslee, and the President of the United States.

We have been asked to suspend all gatherings in an effort to shut down the spread of COVID-19, and we support this noble effort.

The world has changed much due to this pandemic, and we truly do understand how difficult it will be on all of us. But before I say anything else, I would like to encourage you that God is in this with you, and we will come out of the other side doing well. We don’t have to be afraid; but we do need to operate with wisdom and love.

Let the Spirit of the Lord encourage you, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV) In this season, know this, that we can operate in such a way that will truly manifest the love of God for all as we live by His power and His wisdom.

So…we count it a privilege to partner with our health and governmental agencies to stop the spread of this novel Coronavirus. In an effort to support our country’s leadership, we are suspending all of our Zion’s River gatherings. ALL previously scheduled events are postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date (including Sunday Services, The 72, Foundations, Infusion, Discover Luncheon, C-Groups, etc.) It is our heart to do whatever God’s love dictates by protecting those we love and ensuring that the spread of COVID-19 is brought to a halt.

From our understanding, the current mandates are for the next two weeks. Our hope through prayer, then, is that we will be gathering again sometime in early April. (But, if need be, we are preparing for longer.)

In the meantime, we will be doing church completely on-line. This week, our Sunday services will broadcast on Facebook, our website, and on our App at 10:00 am Sunday. We will also be doing some live encouragement and prayer interaction on our Zion’s River Facebook page immediately after the broadcast is over. I’m certain the Lord will bring some rich revelation through this unique time together.

I would like to encourage your family and friends to join us while we’re broadcasting to worship along with us. We will be worshipping together through song, teaching, giving, communion, and prayer. So, if possible, please be prepared in your own home with the “bread” and the “wine” for communion, so that we can do this as one body. Don’t worry about having the exact elements; the most important thing is that we honor the body and blood of Jesus. And when the broadcast is over, I will join you live on our Zion’s River Facebook page for some prayer and prophetic encouragement.

Also, please be aware, that all of our staff is committed to engaging as much as possible through on-line venues, the Zion’s River app, and social media to encourage, pray, and keep you up to date during this difficult time. I’m looking forward to spending some time with you in some more unique ways. I know that Lord will continue to speak loudly as we continue to listen to Him.

In addition, I wanted you to know that during this time of adjustment, we will not be holding office hours as all of our staff will be working remotely. Please leave messages and prayer requests on our phone system or our website, as we will be checking those regularly. We will do everything we can to respond to you as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you so much for your understanding during this difficult time. I believe that all of our efforts will help to bring a quick end to this epidemic so that we can move onto fuller expression of what God wants to bring in 2020.

With great love for you all,

Jim Sheen
Lead Pastor
Zion’s River