COVID 19 - RESPONSE

Latest COVID-19 Update | 3.19.20

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