Until futher notice...

After much prayer and consideration, and in the spirit of doing our part to help “flatten the curve,” Villa Heights Baptist Church will cancel ALL activities (including private events) from today, March 17th, until further notice.  We are praying, hoping and anticipating at least a limited schedule by Sunday, April 5th.  With that being said, please note the following items that we have put in place to help us maintain the vital connections within our church family:

  • Every evening at 7:01 PM, Pastor Jake will Facebook Live a dedicated time of Bible study prayer for our church, our community, our Valley, Our Nation and our world.  You can watch this live stream at www.facebook.com/villaheights.   You can participate without an account!  A pop-up window will ask you to sign in or create an account, but there will also be an option you can click that says “not now” to continue.
  • Pastor Jake will also be preaching via Facebook Live on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM.  Same details as mentioned above.
  • The Friday Update will include Pastor Jake’s sermon notes as an attachment.  He will also include some discussion questions to help keep us connected as a church family.
  • Though we may not be having activities, staff will be working, ministering and reaching out to those in need.   Please check your email regularly in order to stay up to date as to how you can be involved.
  • Sunday School will play a critical role in meeting the needs of our people.  We encourage you to CALL (not text) at least three people that you normally do not talk to every week.  It is imperative that we intentionally maintain, and even build on our relationships!  Check on people and ask if they need help!  If you or your Sunday School class cannot meet that need, call the church office and the Deacons and staff will do what we can.
  • Just as your staff will continue doing ministry, Villa Heights will also continue supporting our local, state, national and world missions.  Since we will not collect an offering, we would encourage you to make online donations via our DONATE page.,  If you have questions about electronic giving please contact Willie.  You may also mail your offerings to Villa Heights Baptist Church, 4080 Challenger Ave., Roanoke, VA 24019.

With all of the changes in our world and with the way we are doing church during this season, the most important change we as a church family can make is to up our game when it comes to loving God and loving others!  We must be intentional in this or it will slip through the cracks. 


Finally, continue with your Bible reading, daily prayer and quiet times and lift this whole situation up in prayer!

How can i better understand coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

 

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

 

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly updates the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including its relative risk, at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.

How should I respond physically to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you are sick with a cough or running a fever, or you have a compromised immune system in other ways, we encourage you to remain at home and/or seek proper medical attention. Please also alert your church family so that we can best help and support you.

If you are elderly or have existing medical conditions that might place you at higher risk in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we strongly encourage you to limit your interactions with others during these days. At the same time, we ask you to please let us as your church family know how we can best help and support you.

 

Regardless of age or medical condition, we encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
  • Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home if you are sick;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze;
  • Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly

how should i respond spiritually to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.

If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.

 

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
  • Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
  • Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Some of our church family is Asian-American, and we want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
  • Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
  • Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.

Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.