Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Church Update

Desert Springs Church, Palm Desert, CA


CURRENT UPDATE (4/23/20)  Our Sunday services are being offered online ANYTIME Sundays here on the main page at visitdsc.org with both our regular worship and REFRESH. In addition, kids ministry offers their children's worship service on our main page, and youth ministries offers Zoom video time together each Sunday morning at 11 am - use code 805-704-5621. We do not have information yet allowing us to plan our date to return to the church campus, but will update the entire church family online on our main page as well as by broadcast email as soon as our date back can be arranged. In the meantime, stay encouraged in the Lord and join us online each Sunday!



(3/23/20)  We are excited to be offering our Sunday morning worship service LIVE at 9:30 am each Sunday morning, with REFRESH at 11 am on the main page of our website, here at visitdsc.org  In addition,  Pastor Mark's message notes are posted each week in PDF format on the main page (for printing), Kids Ministries is offering a weekly Sunday morning Kids Church video on our main page, and Youth Ministries is connecting at 11 am each Sunday morning by Zoom (Contact Pastor Collin for details). We are making plans regarding Easter services, and will keep updated information available on our website and by office phone for call-ins. If we are unable to meet in person for Good Friday and Easter, we will make opportunity to participate by LIVESTREAM here on our website. Be sure to invite others you know to join us each Sunday morning here at visitdsc.org



(3/16/20)  Please know of our loving prayers for our entire church family in this unique time for us all. In response to virus concerns, and the direction of our Governor’s office and the CDC, all support ministries and events are now postponed, and our Sunday worship service is now only being offered online at visitdsc.org  Please go online to visitdsc.org – for worship on Sundays at 9:30 am only. We’re also offering a daily video Bible time on our website to encourage you and keep our church family connected. For further information, reach out to our church office at 760-568-3646 or go to: visitdsc.org for regular updates. May God bless you and be encouraged in the Lord! "Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken." Psalm 55:22



(3/13/20)  At present time, we are postponing/suspending larger ministry gatherings including Women’s Ministry mid-week (Wednesdays), Men’s Ministry mid-week (Thursdays), the Men’s Conference (March 21), the Lifehouse Theater production (April 4), and “The Class” (Senior Adults 9:15 am Sundays) in the effort to protect the health and welfare of our church family. Please refer back to this site page for future updates.



(3/12/20)  Please know of our loving concern and prayers for every one of our church family. It is natural in such a situation as this, regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), for there to be uncertain feelings and anxiousness. Certainly there are genuine health risks, for which we want to do our utmost to respond appropriately and responsibly. While we do not yet know the true extent of what may come, we thank God for His faithfulness to us all, and want to respond with due caution rather than in fear. We read in Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

 

We believe it is vital to lead by example with appropriate steps to minimize compromises to health safety for every individual in our church family. At the same time, we also believe it important to respect and abide by the authority of those in government who seek to lead our greater population as citizens. We ask every member of Desert Springs to unite in prayer for the safety and welfare of every individual not only in our church but throughout the U.S. and world. This is a time to lovingly pray for God’s mercy, healing and protection. 

 

Know that we are monitoring daily the wellness of our valley, and how to best respond for all involved here at the church. As of this report, we have enacted the following measures:

  • Beginning this Sunday, March 15, we will be asking for all attenders to refrain from touching one another in interaction. Thank you for refraining from all hand shaking, fist bumping, high-fiving, hugging and patting at this time. To this end, we will have programs (bulletins) available on tables before entering worship rather than being handed out personally; door greeters will be taking a vacation-break during this time of concern.
  • We strongly request that anyone with cold or flu symptoms of any kind remain home and not attend worship or other events at church. Symptoms including coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fever, body aching, shortness of breath, headache, etc. are signs to please stay home rather than come to church. Those returning from travel should also remain home for 14 days.
  • Our cleaning service is now providing higher service in cleaning and disinfecting, along with staff and key volunteer workers. This includes more thorough disinfection in the children’s department of both early childhood and elementary ages, as well as the LOFT meeting room, breakout suites, main sanctuary and Family Room, and all bathrooms.
  • Larger ministry events and studies of the church are now being carefully evaluated to determine the best courses of action. We will provide updates as quickly as we are able given currently changing conditions.
  • Seating in the Sanctuary has been adjusted to comply with our Governor’s request to limit gatherings to 250. This supports our elected leadership and provides more breathing room and space between rows for a greater comfort level as we undergo social distancing.
  • Beginning next Sunday, March 22, we will offer our entire Sunday morning worship service LIVE by video stream. Go to: visitdsc.org and scroll down the main page to watch LIVE each Sunday at 9:30 am. This service will bless those with a compromised immunity system along with others who feel uncomfortable attending worship in person at this time.
  • Family Room drinks will be offered for the time being with pre-packaged / separately apportioned snacks.
  • Hand sanitizing dispensers have been added to the church lobby, the Family Room, and Children's Ministry.

We encourage you to thoughtfully and prayerfully respond to this time according to what you determine best for your own health and those you love. You should not feel obligated to attend in person, and special concern exists for those who are older or have compromised immunity.