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Right when we were starting to feel a little more safe and comfortable, the COVID-19 virus has reemerged with a rise in positive cases due to the Omicron variant. At this time, VLCM is not closing our doors. We will remain open. However, out of an abundance of caution and with your safety top of mind, we will continue safety protocols and are instituting some new guidelines regarding attending service. By taking immediate action, we are focused on doing our part to slow the spread and keep our church family healthy. 

Starting Sunday, January 2nd, here’s what you need to know as we move forward: 

  • Online registration is required to attend each service and is non-transferable. Sunday services are at 9am and 11am. You can register by visiting

  • Seating is very limited at both services, is household-based (including children), and honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Families of each household must sit together. 

  • Upon arrival onto church property and throughout visitation, proper masks must be worn at all times by every individual.

  • Masks must cover your nose and mouth whenever you are on church property.  

  • No outside food or beverage is allowed. 

  • Touching and hugging outside of your immediate family is discouraged.


If you are interested in attending an in-person Sunday Service, please register by the Saturday prior to service at and click "events". You will receive a confirmation email with further instructions and details via email (please check your spam if you don’t receive confirmation immediately). We look forward to worshiping with you. See you there!


Also, starting January 6th, our Thursday Night Victory Hour of Power Prayer and Bible Study will be virtual only. You can watch online on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

During this time, here’s how we are committed to keeping our campus clean: 

  1. We will sanitize highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as doors, handles, tables, cabinets, counters, sinks, chairs, instruments as well as equipment and toys in the youth room.

  2. Our staff and volunteer teams will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick. In addition, our Hospitality Team will wear gloves when they serve food and drinks.

  3. Hand sanitizer stations have been ordered and will be placed around the church for everyone to use in the coming days.

  4. Offering buckets will be relocated to the back of the sanctuary for you to use so we don’t need to pass them down the row. Remember, you can also give online at


During this time, we are asking you to help stop the spread of the virus in the following ways​:

  1. If you have any flu-like symptoms, underlying health conditions, are in the at-risk categories, or if you are uncomfortable returning, please continue to worship with us virtually for now. If you’re not returning right now, please pray for those who will. 

  2. If you decide to come to the VLCM sanctuary to worship, which we hope you do, please bring a mask and wear the mask during the entire worship service. If you don’t have a mask, VLCM will provide one for you.

  3. Please follow physical distancing guidelines with specific seating given by our sanctuary serve team.

  4. Please use very extensive hygiene practices (sneeze in your mask and the corner of your arm).

  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  6. Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.

  7. Get in the habit of NOT touching your face so often.

  8. Forgo shaking hands at church for a wave or a friendly smile.

  9. If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions here at VLCM.

If you or a family member are sick or need to stay home during this time, you are welcome to watch Sunday service and Thursday night bible study online. We have an open spot for you to watch service on our Facebook Page or our website. With that being said, let's continue to worship God in His house whenever we can, as much as we can. This way, we show solidarity, faith, family and we face this pandemic with the power of God.

Family, we also need your help. Here are a few ways you can get involved and help us during this time:

  1. Pray – Pray for those impacted by the virus, as well as their families and loved ones. Pray for our government, health officials, hospital and care staff, first responders and all who are working in the trenches to ensure our country handles this virus accordingly.

  2. Give – In the coming weeks, we want to prepare to help those who may be affected physically and/or financially in our area. Please join us in this endeavor. You can donate by heading to

  3. Serve – As we continue to fight this virus, please continue to help our facilities team by donating any cleaning products you may have. 

  4. Don't panic. The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety around the country. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. In Psalm 91, we are reminded that God is our refuge and our fortress: our God; in Him, we will trust. Because God is our covering, He will surely deliver us from any noisome pestilence or any pestilence that walks in darkness. We are also confident that no evil shall befall us, neither shall any plague come nigh our dwelling and that God has charged angels to keep us in all our ways. Because of all of this, we will not be afraid of any terrors by day or arrows by night. And in Jesus Christ, we are already healed by His Stripes! We will believe in the power of God, the power of prayer and the power of faith over fear. Although this virus has caused international concern, we do not want to add to the panic. We are trusting in God and are holding fast to His word.

Questions or concerns?
If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please email with any questions or comments.

While we cannot control the virus, the spread or the impact it may have in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make VLCM as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle, Paul, wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (self-discipline).” My prayer is that God will fill all of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.


With love,

Pastor B

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