Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

 

Regather Weekend is Aug. 15/16!

Until then, watch live Sunday mornings at 9 + 11 am CST

*latest church update Friday, July 10, 2020

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  • Church Updates

    Updated 4:00 pm CT, May 28, 2020

    Have you saved the date for Aug. 15/16 weekend*?

    We can’t wait to be with you in-person again!

    As we prepare to be together again, we’re committed to creating engaging experiences where people feel safe, comfortable and ready to connect with God. Here are some ways we’re adapting our process to create a touchless experience: 

    • Limited seating capacity
    • Enhanced cleaning protocols
    • Lobby accommodations for social distancing
    • Health check + masks required for staff and volunteers
    • Kids Services and Café to reopen at future date

    When you’re ready to come back, we’re ready to have you! We can’t wait to see you on a weekend soon!

    *mobile campus regather dates may differ, stay tuned for updates!


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    Announcement Archive

    May 28, 2020

    Hey Eagle Brook,

    I want to give an update on our church’s plan to regather. The question we've been asking lately is: What is a wise and responsible plan to regather our church in a way that loves our community and accomplishes our mission? Here's the tentative plan.

    Beginning in June:

    Quest 180 (our addiction recovery ministry) and other care ministries will begin regathering.

    Gathering together is important. For those who aren't immune-compromised, we encourage small group settings to watch the weekend service. That could include your family, neighbors, or your Eagle Brook group!

    Beginning in July:

    We will look to have a few mid-size worship experiences, either drive-in style, outdoor, or even in our building. We’ll let you know more details soon.

    Beginning in August:

    We hope to reopen the weekend of August 15/16! As we get closer, we will update you on how we're following the CDC guidelines and the status of our mobile campuses.

    This tentative plan reflects a lot of prayer and thought by our Leadership Team and Board. As always, we will continue to hold online services for those who prefer that option. 

    Finally, I want to speak to those of you who attend our church and love Jesus Christ. In John 13:25, Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” We have a great opportunity right now.

    Some of us may disagree with this decision. You may think it’s too soon or too late. That’s okay! It’s okay to disagree about political issues or issues within the church, but Jesus said that his disciples would be known by their love. When we disagree, let's lead with love.

    Hope to see you online this weekend!

    Jason Strand Signature

    Jason Strand
    Senior Pastor
    Eagle Brook Church

    March 30, 2020

    God is working in our church like never before. People are finding church and making decisions to follow Jesus. Keep scrolling to hear more from Senior Pastor Jason Strand. 

    We miss seeing you on the weekend! But based on recommendations from our state and national leaders, we will continue to meet exclusively online for the foreseeable future. This includes our Easter services on April 11 & 12. Who will you be inviting to try church online?

    Easter at Eagle Brook Church

    In the midst of unique challenges, God is working in big ways. Over 50,000 devices tuned into services on March 29. That represents over 100,000 people who are experiencing church. And it gets even better, in the last two weeks, 603 people made a decision to follow Jesus for the first time. Incredible.

    Ground Zero & Revolution students are experiencing off-the-chart engagement on Wednesdays on YouTube. You’ll be able to find them there, LIVE every week, along with Brandon & Mark, for giveaways, challenges, and a brand-new message series called The Good Life. We can’t wait to be in person again, but for now, we’re loving these Wednesday nights on YouTube.

    EAGLE BROOK STUDENTS

    In this season, we're trusting God to write a pretty incredible story for you and our church.

    March 13, 2020

    Hey Eagle Brook,

    I had someone say to me this week, “You’re in your second week as Senior Pastor and there’s a world-wide virus that’s causing fear of large gatherings. How’s that going for you?” Ha. It hasn’t been the start I anticipated.

    First off, I want to remind you that our God is in control. This is not the first, nor will it be the last virus that our world will encounter. We live in a fallen world, affected by sin. But here’s what you need to know: God is still on the throne. He is in control. The Bible says that followers of Christ have the same Spirit in them that rose Christ from the dead. If that life-giving power is in us, we have nothing to fear.

    That said, we also want to be wise. Given the situation with COVID-19 is moving so quickly, we have made the decision to move our weekend gatherings to an ONLINE ONLY experience. This means we will NOT have services at our campuses this weekend. We’re going to take this week-by-week. Follow us on social media or keep visiting this page for more updates.

    We’re thankful for online church! We’ll be live on Sunday at 9 and 11 am—continuing in our series Strong and Courageous. And as always, the message will be available on-demand beginning Sunday afternoon.

    WATCH EAGLE BROOK ONLINE

    This decision was not made lightly. In many ways, we are in uncharted territory. But, given the best information we’ve received and the size of our weekend attendance, our hope is that we can slow down the spread of this virus if we avoid large gatherings.

    Here are a few other factors in our decision:

    • A few of our mobile locations have told us to be prepared not to meet, or have already told us we may not hold gatherings in their spaces this weekend.
    • Our volunteer numbers are projecting to be low. Many of our volunteers who are willing to come are in an age range that could be more dangerous to them. We did not want to put them in that position of risk.

    We did not make this decision because of fear. We did not make it because of hysteria. We made it because we love people and feel that given the information we have at this time, it’s the wise thing to do. Thank you for continuing to trust us.

    This weekend’s message is about how the life of faith will lead you to moments where you’re on the edge of fear or a challenge, and God is waiting for you to take one step of faith. I believe it’s going to be just what you need to hear right now.

    I’m asking our church to do two things:

    1. Read Psalm 91.
      I would love our whole church to read this passage and believe its truths.

    2. Invite someone to watch online church this weekend.
      I’m always looking for ways where God can take something bad and use it for good. People are anxious and afraid—and those who don’t normally watch our services, might be open to it this weekend. Would you invite someone to watch with you?

    Let’s use this opportunity to spread the hope that Jesus Christ gives us.

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    Jason Strand
    Senior Pastor
    Eagle Brook Church

    March 10, 2020

    March 10, 2020, 7:39 pm CT

    Just like you, we’ve been closely tracking the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    In whatever season we’re in, here's how we work to keep our campuses clean and ready for the weekend:

    • We’re committed to having a clean environment when you arrive at a campus, and we pay extra attention to high-traffic areas.

    • We have hand sanitizer available throughout our campuses—we make good use of it, and you can too!

    • A friendly smile goes a long way (we avoid giving out hugs or handshakes).

    • Keeping our Kids spaces clean and safe is a huge priority, too. We regularly sanitize toys and other surfaces kids come into contact with. 

    We’ll be here every weekend, and if you can’t join us, watch online. We’re live on Sundays at 9 + 11 am.

    Many communities have been deeply impacted by this outbreak. Would you be praying with us for the people who’ve been affected?

    Even in the unknowns, we can trust that God is with us.

    March 16, 2020

    Updated 4:20 pm CT, March 16, 2020

    Hey everyone,

    Wow, way to go church! You showed up online this weekend, and you brought people with you. We love that online church helps make our weekend experience accessible to more people, especially in this season. Thank you for sharing, posting, and joining us on Sunday. We love you!

    We want you to know a few things:

    You get to do it again! We've made the decision to continue online only services through March 28/29.

    How amazing is it that we're in a series called Strong + Courageous? God knew. Let's keep leaning into the book of Joshua together. Invite some friends and we'll see you Online—Sundays at 9 and 11 am (CST).

    Students:
    If you've got a student in your home, they're definitely gonna want to hangout on YouTube the next two Wednesdays. We're going live at 7 pm for an Online Student Experience. Only the best from Mark and Brandon, live and off-the-cuff. And giveaways? Are you kidding me? Absolutely.

    We're bummed to have to cancel the Middle School GZ Retreat this spring. Each registration will be fully refunded. For more information, reach out to us.

    Kids:
    We ❤️ partnering with parents! We've got a brand new digital way to help you guide your kids in conversations about Jesus. Check out the Church at Home Guide—where they can keep up with Kid-o-Deo and Elevate each weekend.


    We're continue to trust God to do great work through this church. Thank you for living generously by supporting our mission to reach people for Christ—especially through online church.

    Give Online

    "I command you—be strong + courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

    See you online!
    -Eagle Brook Church

    P.S. And for all the other ways people connect at our church, we're working on digital alternatives.

    May 14, 2020

    Hey Eagle Brook,

    I’m sitting on my couch, next to my wife, who is watching a Hallmark movie. If you’ve heard me speak before you know this is torture for me! I wanted to write to give you a quick status update on the timeline for opening our on-site campuses.

    At this time, churches in Minnesota aren't authorized to gather in groups of 10 or more. For that reason, we will continue to meet online. On May 20, the state is expected to release new guidelines for businesses and churches. After that is released, we will update you again on our plan moving forward. 

    Our team has prepared a plan for how to open with distancing guidelines in place, but as of right now, we don’t know how many people will be permitted in each service, the status of our mobile campuses or if we'll be allowed to use those spaces. When we know more—we’ll let you know!

    In the meantime, this weekend, we’re talking about the number one battle you need to win right now. It’s the battle in your mind. You do not need to live in anxiety and fear. The Bible says if we fix our thoughts on God, he will keep us in perfect peace. I love the word “perfect.” I want that for you. I hope you’ll join us.

    I want you to know that I’m praying for you and our church. This weekend, I’m asking our whole church to fast and pray one day this coming week. In the Bible, God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

    More than ever, our country needs our prayers. Would you join me in praying? Pray for our leaders. Pray for God to heal our land. And pray for our church. My prayer lately has been, “God, I want to hear your voice.” With every decision we make regarding Covid-19, I want to know God’s will and direction for our church. These aren’t political decisions. They are prayerful decisions.

    Alright. I think the movie is about to end. I’m pretty sure two main characters are going to get together and kiss, but you never know, these Hallmark movies are so unpredictable.

    We’ll see you online Sunday at 9 & 11 am!

    Jason Strand Signature

    Jason Strand
    Senior Pastor
    Eagle Brook Church

    May 28, 2020

    Updated 10:00 am CT, May 23, 2020

    Hey Eagle Brook,

    There’s been a lot of talk about churches this week and when they will reopen. Things seem to change by the day, depending on which governing body is speaking. While we are eager to open soon, a church our size has many complex factors and details that need to be put in place so we can open well. Our Leadership Team, along with our church board, has been working closely in this season. We will be connecting over the coming days and plan to send another church update next week. Please continue to pray for our leadership.

    This weekend we are beginning a new series called “What I Wish I’d Known Sooner,” and the first message is titled “No One is Too Far Gone.” Isn’t that good news? You can reach out to God right now; forgiveness, hope, and grace are within reach. No matter who you are, what you have done, whether you grew up in church, or never stepped foot in one—no one is too far from God.

    Would you join me in inviting someone who needs Jesus Christ to watch?

    We’ll see you online Sunday at 9 & 11 am!

    Jason Strand Signature

    Jason Strand
    Senior Pastor
    Eagle Brook Church

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    Postponements


    Spring Parent/Child Dedication
    Postponed Until Fall 2020

    Pre-Marriage Seminars
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