Hi family! I hope this blog update finds you well–healthy and happy! I’m excited to let you know about one more way we want to stay connected during the COVID-19 social distancing measures.

We are continuing to stream one service at 10:30 AM on Sabbath mornings via our Livestream channel (livestream.com/pvclife), and this past Sabbath was our first time streaming to Facebook Live (facebook.com/pvcsda). The response was great! Facebook Live is a much more interactive way to watch the service; there were more than 90 comments posted during the service, and the feedback was really positive. Our aim is to continue to get even better going forward. For instance, this week we’ll be using more than one camera.

Watching the church service is great, but what about community-building events like Sabbath Schools, small groups, and Bible studies like Wednesday Bible Fellowship? We’re excited to introduce Zoom video conferencing.

We have already begun using Zoom video conferencing for all church-related meetings, and we are making plans for all PVC adult Sabbath Schools to be up and running on the Zoom platform–hopefully by this Sabbath. Your Sabbath School teachers will be communicating directly with classes in the near future, and we’ll aim to post all available info here on the website by Friday evening at the latest.

You can join a Zoom session from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If those options don’t work for you, there’s even the option of calling in by phone. All you need is the Meeting ID and password.

What can you do to prepare for using Zoom? You can download the Zoom Client for Meetings app on your computer by visiting https://zoom.us/download. (If you click the link to join a Zoom session and haven’t already downloaded the app, that’s OK. Your download should start automatically.) If you’re planning to use a iOS or Android device, just visit your app store and download the free Zoom app. After that, all you need is the clickable link to join your desired meeting -OR- the Meeting ID and password.

Obviously there will be a slight learning curve, but I promise it isn’t too bad. I’ve already hosted several meetings this week, and the feedback has been really good. You can do this!

Your first opportunity to try Zoom is coming up fast–tonight’s Wednesday Bible Fellowship will be live on Zoom at 7:00 PM. Meeting details are in a separate post.

Peace and love to you all!

Pastor Greg