Friends in Christ,

Last week I sent an email to the congregation updating members on steps that SVLC's leadership has been taking in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In times of anxiety in our wider culture it is important that we continue to work together as one community to face these challenges together.

San Diego County has now banned gatherings of 250+. At this time we will still hold worship services as usual until further notice. We'll suspend use of the common cup starting this Sunday morning. Quilting has been cancelled on Saturday. Our confirmation trip to the SD Islamic Center has been postponed until further notice.

This email contains:

  • Updated ways you can help SVLC right now
  • Reminders from last week's email on COVID-19
  • Information on our new website (check it out!)

Want to help? Join the SVLC Response Team. Here's where we're starting:

Grocery and errand runs on behalf of others

SVLC is home to many members who are at high risk of serious repercussions if they contract COVID-19. If you do not consider yourself among the vulnerable population most adversely effected, you may volunteer to help run errands and get groceries for any elderly and vulnerable members who request them. Contact Pr. Marcus ( directly if you wish to be put on a list for this kind of work. It is entirely optional.

Cooking food for the homebound, elderly, & vulnerable

SVLC’s Inreach Committee Chair Stephanie Jordan has begun reaching out to Kitchen Cabinet members to begin cooking food for members who may be adversely effected in the coming days. Contact Pr. Marcus or Stephanie if you'd like to volunteer in this way.

Help sanitize/clean our worship space and preschool before gatherings.

More info coming soon. We’re currently examining our needs in this area. For now the ABC Staff is doing an exceptional job in disinfecting shared spaces.

There are other ways you can help:

  • Wash your hands when you’re here, stay home when you’re sick.

  • Make sure your pledged giving is up to date.

  • Consider adopting-a-bill for the month, over and above your pledged giving. 

  • Check in on one another.

  • Ask for home communion if you decide to stay home.

  • When you’re at the church, be courteous not to share germs.

  • Pray.

Update on the Preschool: 

The ABC Children’s Place Preschool will remain open at this time. SVLC’s Council is continually monitoring the situation. Pastor Marcus, Director Ron Blake and Assist. Director Tanya Campillo have been working continually with staff and children on hand-washing and sanitization procedures.

It is our top priority to ensure a safe, healthy, and non-anxious environment for students. We’re also available for questions and concerns from parents as they arise, although mostly we’ve been hearing words of thanks from parents over our present response.


Join me in prayer:

O God, your son Jesus Christ healed many sick and suffering along the road to Jerusalem. Continue to teach us Christ's way, and give us faith to be people of your hope and peace in these anxious times. Bind us together as your people, and keep Shepherd of the Valley steadfast in your love and word. Through Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Peace be with you,
Pastor Marcus