Vast Church Updates

Vast Church Updates

Go to our LIVE STREAM for the Sunday Service

9:37 Church Service  |  9:10 Kids Service

May 13th and 14th Update

The leaders at Vast are inviting you to pray about what is best for you and your family in the season. Our hope is to embody Acts 2:42 in the midst of our current circumstances. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”  We are encouraging every home church group to meet. How that looks (in-person or virtually), is something each home church is beginning to navigate.

We are still going to provide a Sunday service on our youtube, as we know that meeting is not possible for every family. Our hope however, is that you would be able to connect with your home church and go through the various elements of the service together.

We would love to hear from you right away, so we can make decisions and make sure everyone is in a group. Please fill out the form HERE so we can hear from you. If you are not in a group currently, the form is the best way to reach out about one.

Materials for the Week of May 16th

For the kids service, please have a piece of paper, a writing utensil and a bible.


Have someone read this before church:

Puritan Prayer: The Lords’ Day

O Lord, My Lord,

This is thy day,
the heavenly ordinance of rest,
the open door of worship,
the record of Jesus’ resurrection,
the seal of the sabbath to come,
the day when saints militant and triumphant unite in endless song.

I bless thee for the throne of grace,
that here free favour reigns;
that open access to it is through the blood of Jesus;
that the veil is torn aside and I can enter
the holiest
and find thee ready to hear;
waiting to be gracious,
inviting me to pour out my needs,
encouraging my desires,
promising to give more than I ask or think.

But while I bless thee, shame and confusion are mine:
I remember my past misuse of sacred things,
my irreverent worship,
my base ingratitude,
my cold, dull praise.
Sprinkle all my past sabbaths with the cleansing blood of Jesus,
and may this day witness deep improvement in me.

Give me in rich abundance the blessings the Lord’s Day was designed to impart;
May my heart be fast bound against worldly thoughts or cares;
Flood my mind with peace beyond understanding;
may my meditations be sweet,
my acts of worship life, liberty, joy,
my drink the streams that flow from thy throne,
my food the precious Word,
my defence the shield of faith,
and may my heart be more knit to Jesus.


Discussion Questions:

#1- What are some of the “pleasant surprise” outcomes that you and your family have experienced during this time of isolation?  Things you weren’t expecting but you have found yourself grateful for?

#2- What places in Scripture do you recall where you see God work through humans inability and showing HIS POWER?

#3- How do you need to be better equipped as a missionary to your world during this time?  Are there ways our elder team/staff/home group leader team can help?

 

May 8th Update

This Sunday, the Tusinze Worship Team from Uganda will be leading us in worship. This ministry, and many others, are supported through Transform African Ministries (TAM). We are excited to worship with them!

April 3rd Update

Have a Need?

We know that this is a difficult time that may result in loss of income, childcare and other situations. Donations have been made with this in mind. Please reach out to our team using the button and form below if you have a need we may be able to help with.

Vast Help Form

March 27th Update

Sunday Service

We are live streaming church from our youtube channel at 9:37 every Sunday! David Yost is doing kids church on our live stream, starting at 9:10am!
Print the bulletin at home before the service to follow along with. It includes prayers, bible passages and kids worksheets.

March 20th Update

Sunday Service

We are live streaming from our youtube channel this Sunday! (Not our Facebook) Go to The Youtube Channel
Here are the Lyrics for worship
Know that our desire is for you to be with us at the office on Sunday, but please do not come. Let’s join together online in order to protect those who are vulnerable.

Virtual Mid-Week Encouragement

Join our Zoom meeting this Wednesday from 8-9pm for encouragement and community.
Meeting ID: 813 810 136

God is Using Us to Bless Others

Because of your faithful benevolence giving and God’s amazing blessing on our finances in the last year, we have already been able to support our community in very tangible ways.
  • One of our men’s groups were able to provide F.A.N. with $575 in gift cards for needy families in Sisters. Those cards were handed out immediately!
  • Our church was able to give $500 to F.A.N. to provide additional assistance with groceries and gas for families in Sisters.
  • We have partnered with other churches in Sisters by giving $1,500 toward Bread Of Life. They normally receive the overstock from local grocery stores in Bend, but since there is no overstock, their need is great.

Office Closure and Gatherings

We want to be in community, but not unknowingly spread sickness. That is why all bible studies and home groups are not meeting at this time. And why the Vast office will be closed over the next two weeks (3/15-3/29). At the end of the two weeks, we will reevaluate when we are going to open it again.

We will still be available through phone or email, so please reach out if you need anything. If you have any needs during this time, Vast would love to support you, as we have resources to help. Please reach out to admin@vastchurch.com.

Despite the physical distance we are keeping from each other, let’s strive to be intentional and remain close. Call someone and pray with them, do a bible reading plan with someone, video chat another family during dinner!

Physical Checks & Only “General Fund/Tithe” and “Benevolence”

We are also going to leave the slot open in the office door, so you can drop checks there if that is how you normally tithe on Sunday.

Because of IRS restrictions we cannot take “directed” gifts via check or online. They can only be marked as General Fund or Benevolence. The elders want to be sure that everyone knows that they are aware of this and many other needs. You can be sure that any gifts marked benevolence will be used to help with these current needs.

March 15th Update

We hoped you were able to “attend” the service this morning. If you missed it, you can find the video on our Facebook page.

The Vast office will be closed over the next two weeks (3/15-3/29). At the end of the two weeks, we will reevaluate when we are going to open it again. We will still be available through phone or email, so please reach out if you need anything. If you have any needs during this time, Vast would love to support you, as we have resources to help. Please reach out to admin@vastchurch.com. We are also going to leave the slot open in the office door, so you can drop checks there if that is how you normally tithe on Sunday.

Church will continue to be streamed, but we anticipate using our youtube channel this Sunday and following, as we think this will work better. We will keep you updated through email and facebook.

Know that you are loved! Us and the members in our church family care about you, and most importantly, God, who is a God of Peace, is with you.

-The Team

March 13th Update

“Church, due to the issues facing our community, region, and nation around the potential dangers of the COVID-19 virus and per our local and state governments suggestion, as well as Sisters School District informing us last night that we can no longer use the facilities for the foreseeable future we are going to be taking a 3-4 week break from meeting on Sunday mornings and instead we’ll be doing some sort of Bible teaching and worship online via Facebook.  You will be able to watch the videos later in the week also our youtube channel.

I’ve been able to read about how the church rallied under the leadership of Martin Luther during the bubonic plague and despite the grim and dire situation the world found itself in the Church was able to express and embody a subversive hope.

While we’ve never had the temptation to make our church a building (we don’t own any) we have the opportunity for gospel impact and missional engagement during this scary and difficult time.

We have also decided to cancel ALL ministry gatherings during this time.  No official Sunday service, and mens, womens, youth or kids groups will be meeting. This includes both the high school and middle school spring break trips.

Things are going to be very de-centralized during this time.  If you would like to invite your home church over for Sunday morning Facebook stream please feel free to do that but also remember that each family unit is navigating the potential risks as wisely as they can for their specific situation.

We have a unique 3 weeks window (with schools closed and spring break around the corner) to try and limit our potential risk of becoming infected with this virus.

Three more exhortations I would like to leave you with:

#1- Please be watchful and alert to those in your circle who you know are already weakened or have compromised immunity.  Check-in with the most vulnerable among us.  Pray for them, drop groceries when you can, and just be alert to their needs.

#2- For those not in a Home Church Group or just visiting our community and feel a need to connect with others, Suttle Tea will be available between 9 am and 11 am Sunday with at least one Elder/Pastor available to speak too.

#3- This virus will profoundly affect many in our community and in our church financially.  My encouragement to all of you is to give and give generously during this time.  Give to your local church so we can do a lot of “kingdom work” during this time.  Give sacrificially and generously to your neighbors down the road.  (Here is our Giving Page)

If you have a need please let the church know.We love you all, we’re proud of the ways so many of you are following Jesus and we know the Sovereign King is at work in ways that are beyond our understanding.  I’ll leave you with a thought from the great hymn writer John Newton who said;

“Trust not the Lord with feeble sense but trust him for his grace, behind a frowning providence he hides a smiling face”

For the team,

Ryan