Town Hall Meetings &

CoVid 19 Response & Updates


Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Pastor David has scheduled two virtual Town Hall meetings for next week via Zoom:

Monday, Nov. 30 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm and Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 11:00am - noon.


During the Town Hall meeting Pastor David will discuss the impact the Governor's new mandates have on our church. In addition, we will be presenting our plans for our Annual Children's Christmas Pageant and our plans for Christmas Eve. 


Monday evening Town Hall Link:

Topic: Town Hall meeting

Time: Nov 30, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88229753290?pwd=NGcrb3VCWlVidFVxRStoZVIrNmNHUT09


Meeting ID: 882 2975 3290

Passcode: 356397


Tuesday morning Town Hall Link: 

Topic: Town Hall meeting

Time: Dec 1, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85011981057?pwd=NjYwT2VhUXM2ZENCN1BUTTR6b0hEZz09


Meeting ID: 850 1198 1057

Passcode: 158065


Town Hall Meeting

Sept. 8, 2020


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Clark County CARES Housing Assistance Program

The CARES Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) serves residents of Clark County who have suffered substantial financial hardship and now lack sufficient income or resources available to pay their housing costs because of the COVID-19 emergency or the response to that emergency.


For information on who qualifies and how to apply, please visit: 

https://helphopehome.org/clark-county-cares-housing-assistance-program/

Desert Spring Church Re-Opening Plan

June 22, 2020


The following plan is based upon the best information we have at this time.

As new information becomes available, the reopening plan will be revised as

needed. These guidelines are intended for Desert Spring and Desert Spring

related ministries. Outside users of the facilities will be allowed to return upon

entering into phase 3 of the document, when groups sizes are not limited and

when mask are encouraged but not required.


1. Core values that guide our decisions

     a. Do no harm. Our decisions are based upon our best understanding of what it

means to do no harm to members and constituents of the church.

     b. All means all. In our church, we welcome all people to participate fully. In this

unprecedented time, all means all takes on new meaning: all of us are welcome

to worship. Until such time as the limitations of the size of gatherings have been

eased, Desert Spring will not gather for public worship.

     c. Outwardly looking. We know that the decisions Desert Spring makes not only

impact the people of Desert Spring, they also impact the greater community. In

order to be a responsible part of our greater community, Desert Spring will

implement reopening plans within the confines of the Governor's directives along

with the directives of our Bishop.


What follows is our plan for reopening based upon these core values and our understanding of the directives of our Governor and Bishop.


2. Phase 1 (to be implemented upon permission from our Bishop)

     a. During phase 1 we welcome gatherings of up to 10 people. In order to assure

the safety of those who gather, please schedule room usage through the church

office. 


The church will provide the following support for all gatherings:

     i. A large room will be provided to allow for safe distancing

     ii. Rooms and all accessible common surfaces will be sanitized prior to each

usage

     iii. Touchless Hand sanitizer will be available

     iv. Disposable masks will be available

     v. Keurig coffee makers along with disposable cups and water bottles will be

available to assist with fellowship.

     vi. Group leaders/hosts will be provided guidelines for safe meetings as well

as instructions on how to host a safe meeting

     vii. Signage on the importance and expectations of safe meetings will be

posted

     viii. The church asks that anyone experiencing symptoms not attend

meetings.


3. Phase 2 (to be implemented upon permission from our Bishop)

     a. During phase 2 groups of 30 people are welcome to gather in our multi-purpose

room. Groups of 30-50 people are welcome to gather in our sanctuary. In order

to assure the safety of those who gather, please schedule room usage through

the church office. 


The church will provide the following support for all gatherings:

     i. Rooms will be set up to allow for safe distancing

     ii. Rooms and all accessible common surfaces will be sanitized prior to each

usage

     iii. Touchless Hand sanitizer will be available

     iv. Disposable masks will be available

     v. Keurig coffee makers along with disposable cups and water bottles will be

available to assist with fellowship in the multi-purpose building. Bottled

water will be available at the coffee station.

    vi. Group leaders will be provided guidelines for safe meetings as well as

instructions on how to host a safe meeting

vii. Signage on the importance and expectations of safe meetings will be

posted

     viii. The church asks that anyone experiencing symptoms not attend

meetings.


4. Phase 3 (to be implemented upon permission of our Bishop)

     a. During phase 3, public worship of all sizes resumes.


     i. Phase 3.1 (to continue until it is safe to move to 3.2) In order to assure

the safety of all those returning to worship, the church will provide the

following safety measures:

1. Rooms and all accessible surfaces will be sanitized prior to each

use, including sanitizing common surfaces and seating in the

sanctuary and lobby.

2. Restrooms will be monitored and cleaned during and between

worship services

3. Worship service experiences will be modified with safety in mind.

4. Parish nurses will be available to speak to congregants upon

request.

5. Touchless hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be readily

available.

6. One section of the sanctuary will be marked off as a safe

distancing section, allowing people to choose to safe distance

upon request.

7. Fellowship opportunities will be made available outside. Shade

structures, coffee and water will be available.

8. Children will stay with parents during worship and fellowship

times.

9. Parking lot adapted to allow for more handicap parking spaces;

golf cart ministry focuses on mobility impaired


     ii. Phase 3.2 Sunday School for all ages begins, and childcare we be

available. The lobby of the sanctuary will reopen and be available for

fellowship for those who prefer. (Shade will still be set up outside, where

people will be encouraged to gather. Pastors will be available to greet

folks outside). In order to assure the safety of all those participating, the

church will provide the following support (along with all 3.1 protocols):

1. All Sunday School rooms, childcare rooms and education building

restrooms will be sanitized prior to each usage.

2. New check in and check out procedures will be developed to

minimize the number of people entering the education wing.

3. Hand sanitizer will be provided for children as they enter and

leave their Sunday School rooms.

4. Fellowship will continue outside. The lobby will re-open with

limited furnishings for fellowship.


     iii. Phase 3.3: (When a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available or the CDC

determines the threat from Covid-19 has passed) Worship services return

to our new normal, including the return of hymn singing and the choir. In

order to assure the safety of all who attend, the church will provide the

following support:

1. Touchless hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby

2. Masks will be available upon request

3. Restrooms will be monitored and cleaned during and between

services

4. The lobby will be set up for fellowship, including refreshments

5. The Sanctuary and lobby will be sanitized each week

6. Sunday School rooms will be sanitized each week.

7. Monthly blood pressure checks resume

Town Hall Meeting June 15, 2020


A Letter from Pastor David

May 23, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,


By now you may have heard news from the President declaring that it is time for houses of worship to reopen. I appreciate the President’s recognition of the importance of church. We certainly know how important church is in our lives! We also know that there are many people in our congregation, and on the church staff, who have very good reason to be extremely cautious when it comes to public events. As a church, we remain committed to doing no harm while being a church where all are welcome to participate fully. We have decided that it is in the best interest of our congregation, and the greater community, to wait a little longer before reopening for public worship. The weeks to come, and the news related to Covid-19, will give us much needed information for us to know when it is best for Desert Spring to reopen.


While I know that there are some of our folks who are anxious to return to public worship, I also know that all of our folks understand that for the wellbeing of the whole, it is best to delay reopening a little while longer. Our Bishop is in complete agreement, and has written a beautiful letter explaining the need to wait. His letter is attached. I hope you will take a few minutes to read the Bishop’s letter, which is posted below. And, know that I continue to hold us all in prayer. 


God bless you and stay well!

Pastor Dave


A Letter from Bishop Bob Hosibata

May 22, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,


This afternoon, words spoken from the White House mandated that churches open this weekend for worship. Houses of worship were deemed “essential,” and governors of the states were told to allow churches and places of worship to open this weekend.


I contend that our churches have always been open. Our buildings may be closed but the laity and the clergy of the Desert Southwest Conference have worked diligently to ensure that ministry in the name of Jesus Christ continues. Worship in new ways has blossomed; lives are being touched, and our mandate to spread the good news has never been more crucial. The Church is alive!


The day will come when we will be safe to resume in-person worship and gatherings. We hope and pray for that day to come. But we are not yet ready to open our churches. This week, you received information outlining the steps we need to take to get ready for resuming on-site ministry. I ask you to begin the work of preparation so that when it is clear that we are safe to return to our churches, we will have done the necessary preparations to do so safely. You can revisit the latest update that contains the resource that you will need.


In the meantime, I affirm what we already know in our hearts and have experienced in these days of separation from one another. The church is the body of Christ! And “in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit” (I Corinthians 12:13). Sometimes, the different parts of the body may not be able to connect in person. That is the case of the body of Christ today. But let us remember that even if we are not presently able to be physically connected with one another, the Spirit of God connects us spiritually with one another in the name of Jesus, our Rock and Redeemer.


With patient trust in God, who is always with us, let us hold one another and our communities in prayer as we continue to be the body of Christ united in hope!


In Christ,

Bishop Bob