COVID-19 Information at Mountain Springs
Covid-19 Update – 6/4/20
Hello Mountain Springs Family!
It is with great excitement that I write to you today with some big news for our church! As I shared over the weekend on social media, our team has been working hard with local health and government officials to ensure the safe, responsible and timely reopening of our church campus for ministry. I’m so happy to share that the application for variance was approved last week by a unanimous County Commissioners vote, and local churches in El Paso County can now resume socially-distanced gatherings. I believe this is fantastic news for us all.
I am happy to share that next Sunday, June 14th, we will resume in-person worship gatherings at our regular Sunday service times of 8:30, 10 & 11:30am.
As we look forward to gathering again, here are a few things you should know:
- We will continue to broadcast services every Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 8:30, 10 & 11:30am.
- At this time, we will not be offering a Saturday 5pm in-person service.
- If you do not feel comfortable returning to campus at this time or have experienced flu-like symptoms over the past 14 days, I invite you to continue worshipping with us through our online platform.
- We have deep-cleaned our campus and every high-touch surface has been sanitized and will be cleaned after each worship service.
- Our team has arranged seating in the main worship center to operate at 25% of its’ capacity. Rows have been removed and chairs repositioned. We’ve reconfigured our seating so that households can worship together.
- Our services will all be family services because we cannot offer children’s ministry yet.
- As much as we might want to hug each others’ necks, we’re discouraging handshakes, hugs and high fives. Instead, we’ll find new and creative ways of expressing our affection.
- We encourage you to follow CDC recommendations in wearing a mask when possible. However, once you are seated, it becomes less critical because of the physical distance between rows.
- Our staff will be “smiling with their eyes” as we will be wearing masks when in direct social settings.
In order to comply with variance regulations and provide an easy way to contact people should an unexpected exposure to the virus occur on our campus, we ask that you reserve your seat(s) ahead of time. You will be able to reserve your spot beginning this Sunday at 3pm through our websiteand App. Seating will be limited and so I encourage you to set an alarm on your phone to not miss the opening time.
Mountain Springs, I so look forward to reopening our campus and resuming our weekend corporate gatherings. It’s the highlight of my week and I’ve missed it so much. Our first weekend back just so happens to be the first message in the New Testament in our current series, The Story. I look forward to seeing you soon – either in person or through our online experience.
With kindness and affection,
Covid-19 Update – 4/29/20
Hello Mountain Springs Family!
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring weather! We sure miss gathering together in person, but are so thankful to be able to connect online with you via our weekend services, student ministry, and children’s ministry.
As our state enters into the “Safer at Home” phase, public gatherings are still limited to 10 people. Therefore, all ministry events, activities and groups will remain online-only through the end of May. We will re-evaluate as a church as we get into May.
In addition to weekend services, we also have groups and classes which are still continuing to meet online. You can check those out by going to the MSC app and clicking on “Next Steps” at the bottom.
I want to personally thank you for trusting God with your resources and partnering with us to make an impact throughout El Paso County and beyond. We are so grateful for you and your generous giving! We are encouraged that because of your generosity, we are able to meet many needs in our community. Lives are being transformed!
The 10-10-10 initiative has brought in over 7 tons of food in 2 weeks time through food drop offs and online contributions. Because of your generosity, the pantry shelves are well stocked to meet the needs of families impacted by COVID-19. This month alone, the pantry has provided a week’s supply of food to 55 “new” families who have reached out for help. This includes a young, middle class family of 6 severely impacted by the virus. They were somewhat reluctant to ask for help but so appreciative for the food they received. It’s for reasons like this that we will continue to strive together to reach our 10 ton goal!
Please keep in mind that even though our offices are physically closed, our team is still highly engaged in ministry – you can reach us through email or you can call our office (719-495-6688) and someone will get back to you quickly.
Covid-19 Update – 3/17/20
Dear Mountain Springs family,
As you’re aware, we’ve been in a sermon series since the beginning of the year entitled The Story. Each weekend we’ve looked at a different biblical story through two lenses – the Upper Story, the ultimate narrative of God, and the Lower Story, the reality of where we live. As we’re all too often reminded, our lower story can be one of wading through uncertainty, grieving loss and wrestling with our fears. And yet, Mountain Springs, I’m asking us today that regardless of what we see all around us, let’s seek the kingdom of God and live with an unstoppable hope and a bold faith. The world is watching us…
Like you, we are doing our best to stay up-to-date on current CDC recommendations and guidelines, yet as I’m sure you’re aware they seem to be increasing every couple of hours. In one of the most recent updates, we were encouraged to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. As a result of this and for the safety of everyone in our community, our leadership team has made the decision to move all ministry events, activities and groups from our campus to an online-only environment through May 1st.
As you can imagine, this has been one of the hardest decisions that I’ve been required to make as your Senior Pastor. As much as our online environments will be spiritually rich and powerful, there is no replacement for the life-on-life discipleship and community that happens in person. As we go 100% online, I want to let you know that your staff team is working harder than ever to think outside the box in terms of how we minister. We are looking for new ways to care for those who are being deeply impacted during this season. Our heart is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. While our physical offices are currently closed for a few weeks, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need anything. You can find ways to contact us below.
For weekend services, we will continue to gather online via Livestream and worship as a family. We will continue to pursue powerful moments in worship and dive deep into the Bible. As part of our worship, you can also continue your faithful and generous giving online. Be sure to keep your eyes open for additional points of content on our website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. Now would be a great time to follow us to remain connected.
For parents, I’d also love to invite you to connect with some of our ministry-specific channels. They will be posting awesome content and ways for your students & families to engage during this time:
– Children’s Ministry
– Elevate Student Ministry
We also have some additional resources we’d love to keep in front of you:
– For prayer requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org
– For general questions or requests, email email@example.com or call our office at (719) 495 – 6688
If you would like to make a donation to the Fresh Start Center, you can do so through an online financial contribution or drop off food at the Summit Center between12pm – 2pm each of the next three Saturdays. They are especially in need of canned tuna, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit and canned soup.
Please feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions or concerns and one of our staff members will get back to you shortly. I love you and together we’ll get through this season stronger.
Covid-19 Update – 3/13/20
Mountain Springs Church Family,
A couple of days ago we provided you with our initial response to the Coronavirus yet with new information comes new decisions. Updates from governmental organizations, health organizations, local schools and large churches throughout Colorado have led us all to stand in unison and be as responsible and missional as possible.
In alignment with the CDC, the state of Colorado and recent requests from Governor Jared Polis, we will be moving our worship services online for this weekend. We do not mean this as a response of fear or panic – in fact, we truly believe this is a great preventative measure as well as a way to love and care for those who may be at a higher risk of illness from this virus.
We hope you will join us this weekend live on Saturday at 5pm or on Sunday at 8:30, 10 and 11:30am. We will have worship and a key message from Pastor Daniel all about Saul’s rise in leadership as we continue our series, The Story.
At this point, we are taking things week by week as our Leadership Team continues to monitor the recommendations and advisement of officials. You can follow along with all of our social media channels as well as check back through this website for updates.
Now is truly our chance to be the Church in our community and it is an honor to serve El Paso County alongside of each one of you.
Mountain Springs Leadership Team
Covid-19 Update – 3/12/20
We’ve been closely tracking the news as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread both locally and globally. As you’re likely aware, we are now hearing confirmed cases in El Paso County and throughout Colorado. While we know this virus is primarily spread through close contact, we want to take precautionary measures to create a safe and healthy environment for us all to gather and worship, while remembering the hope we have in Jesus.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Yet, the Bible is clear that God has given us a spirit of love, not fear. My prayer for all of us during this time is that we would have an increase of peace in the midst of empty shelves, ambiguous news reports and chaotic shopping centers.
This does not mean that we act carelessly or reactionary; rather let’s be reminded that we are called to boldly approach God’s throne of grace, interceding for those who are sick. Let’s continue to seek God’s healing for those who are unwell as well as his power to eradicate this disease and remove all fear associated with it.
As a team, we are also taking additional steps to ensure the health and safety for each of our staff and members.
- We have increased our regular cleaning and sanitizing of commonly touched and used surfaces (bathroom fixtures, door knobs, children’s ministry areas, etc.) with hospital grade disinfectants.
- We are providing an increase of hand sanitizer in many common areas such as Guest Central, the coffee bar and children’s ministry areas.
- As we look to continue to worship and celebrate communion as a family, we will be altering our method to ensure a safe and clean environment.
I encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC’s official recommendations. And if anything changes from our end, we will make sure and keep you updated.
As always, let’s continue to have good hygiene practices, monitor helpful virus update channels and stay home if we begin to present any signs. If you feel unwell to join us on campus one weekend, we hope you’ll still worship with us online.
Executive Pastor of Operations and Next Gen