updates due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Please fill out this form to provide us with information on how Evangel can help you. Your request will be reviewed and we will contact you with more information.

June 8, 10:20 AM

Recently, North Dakota leaders lowered the state’s risk level under North Dakota SMART RESTART. The state moved from a yellow (moderate) risk to a green (low) risk.

Changes made:

  • The recommendation for large gatherings increased from 50 percent occupancy up to 250 attendees, to 75 percent occupancy up to 500 attendees.
  • Standing room is allowed, and alternating rows for seating people is not necessary.

Due to low risk, Evangel leadership has made the following decisions:

  • eKids relaunched in-person ministry on June 7. Bismarck parents are asked to enter Door 3 to check-in their children. eKids will not be available on Wednesday nights during the summer.
  • Youth relaunched in-person gatherings on June 3. On June 10, Youth will host Welcome Night to celebrate and welcome students who will be going into the sixth grade in the Fall.
  • Young Adults relaunched in-person monthly collective nights on June 4.
  • Some precautions will be lifted for our Sunday services.

Beginning on May 20, we launched a Wednesday night service. It’s our intention to uphold strong precautions during this service and maintain a lower capacity. It is our hope that this may be appealing to those who desire to attend church in-person but prefer stricter social-distancing practices. eKids will not be available during this service.

We humbly ask that anyone with a fever or anyone feeling sick would stay home and utilize Church at Home. We also encourage those most vulnerable to the coronavirus because of their age or underlying health conditions to continue to engage in Church at Home during this time. We understand there will be some who are uncomfortable returning at this time, and that’s alright. We will maintain a vibrant and engaging Church at Home experience for you and your families and will be glad to have you continue to join us in that way.

May 10, 9:50 AM

Watch the video above for full information.

In compliance with state and CDC recommendations, we will provide an in-person service option and relaunch Sunday services on May 17. We will be taking many precautions to protect our church and community and to ease the fears of those nervous about gathering.

Here are a few things that will look different as we begin to gather again in person:

  • Construction is continuing at our Bismarck campus and the south parking lot will be unavailable. Please enter and park on the north side.
  • We are adding more service times in order to create more space to social distance during each service. We are also reducing the seating capacity in the auditorium to allow for social distancing between families.
    • Bismarck services will be Sunday at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 4:00 PM. Beginning May 20, we will also add a Wednesday evening service at 6:30 PM with the same service content as the coming Sunday.
    • Garrison services will be Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 AM.
    • Online services will move to 9:30 and 11:00 AM. BEK TV and Dakota Media Community Access times will not change.
  • Because of the inability to enforce social distancing between children, eKids will not be meeting, but we are optimistic that their in-person ministry will resume within a few weeks. In the meantime, we welcome you to bring your kids into the Main Auditorium with you for service. eKids will also still be providing Church at Home for kids.
  • We won’t be able to serve coffee or hang out within the church at this time; however, there will be an outdoor lobby in which people can social distance safely. This means you should move directly to the auditorium upon entering, and exit the facility quickly after services. To maintain social distancing and maximize our seating capacity, our hosts will be actively seating and dismissing everyone. Hand sanitizer will also be provided for you at the church.
  • We humbly ask that anyone with a fever or anyone feeling sick would stay home and utilize Church at Home. We also encourage those most vulnerable to the coronavirus because of their age or underlying health conditions to continue to engage in Church at Home during this time. We understand there will be some who are uncomfortable returning at this time, and that’s alright. We will maintain a vibrant and engaging Church at Home experience for you and your families and will be glad to have you continue to join us in that way.
  • If you’d like to be part of the Relaunch Team, you can sign up to serve at goevangel.org/serve.

As always, we will strive to create an environment that is safe, secure, and sanitary for you and your family. We can’t wait to see you!

May 7, 2:25 PM

Walking through this season of unknowns has provided people and organizations alike the opportunity to grow and strengthen. We are so thankful for the positive growth we’ve experienced in the past six weeks.

Through the COVID-19 crisis, we have had an incredible opportunity to meet tangible needs of our community and truly be a church not just in our community, but a church for our community. Your willingness and generosity to give and serve through the City Reach Drive and the Crisis Prayer and Care ministry has been a powerful testimony of what it means to be the local church. During COVID-19, the church has remained alive and active, in our communities and in homes across our region and beyond. While the church has been connecting and engaging through online platforms, Evangel’s leadership team has been strategically planning how to bring people back into the church building. Pastor Josh has been diligently researching and planning different relaunch options for Evangel.

He’s sought counsel from numerous local, state, and national leaders to inform those strategies. We are aligning our relaunch plans with Governor Burgum’s ND Smart Restart plan. It’s imperative we continue our efforts to contain the virus. We walk a delicate balance between resuming gatherings and preventing further spread of infection.

Due to this, the relaunch of moving services back into the church building will happen in phases and will look different than what has been the “normal” at Evangel. The way forward will not be a matter of following a timetable, but of faithfully and continuously discerning the information we have at hand and responding accordingly. Please continue to visit our COVID-19 webpage for future
developments and updates regarding the relaunch plan. Although we’re not able to meet in person yet, we would love to stay connected with you!

  • We’re excited to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday with online services and a small token of appreciation for every type of mom. Click here for service times and more info.
  • You can click here to find all the info you need about how to connect with us during this season. You can submit prayer requests, find resources, listen to past messages, and more. We’d love to hear from you!
  • Text and direct message your neighbors, friends, and family, and invite them to be a part of Evangel Church at Home.

March 20, 5:15 PM

We want to thank you for your prayers and the encouragement you are giving to each other during this difficult time. Stories are coming in of how the Evangel family is caring and praying for one another. We definitely need each other now more than ever and we need God’s continued help and guidance as we navigate these unprecedented times.

As you may know, the first confirmed case of community-spread COVID-19 in North Dakota was found earlier this week and Governor Burgum has urged everyone to practice “social distancing”–recommending people to no longer gather in groups larger than 10. These restrictions are in place to help stop the COVID-19 virus from spreading. We would strongly suggest that you follow these guidelines for your protection until these restrictions are lifted.

With that in mind, all of Evangel’s ministry events and groups will move to an online platform for the foreseeable future and all weekend services will be moved to online and TV broadcasts only. The Annual Business Meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 29 will be postponed to a later date. The current members of Evangel’s board will continue to serve and the election of two new board members will take place at the 2020 Annual Business Meeting.

Although church will look a little different during this season, we are so thankful that we have the opportunity to share church together from our homes on Sunday and throughout the week.

Here is what Sunday services will look like:

  • We will connect online at live.goevangel.org and facebook.com/goevangel every Sunday at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM; on BEK TV every Sunday at 10:30 AM; or on Dakota Media Community Access every Sunday at 8:00 PM.
  • During each main service, eKids will have their very own service experience, along with resources for our preschool kids so that we can continue to give them Jesus on their level. More information to access this will be provided by our online service hosts on Sunday.
  • We will have online hosts ready to connect, pray and engage with you during the services.

We would love to stay connected with you:

  • You can click here to find all the info you need about how to connect with us during this season. You can submit prayer requests, find resources, listen to past messages and more. We’d love to hear from you!
  • Text and direct message your neighbors, friends, and family, and invite them to be a part of Evangel online or on television and watch the service with you.

In spite of the challenges we are facing, God is with us, and He is working! You are not alone. You are a part of a faith-filled body of believers who care about you, and we are in this together.

“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)

Pastor Josh Skjoldal
Lead Pastor

 

March 17, 4:45 PM

In an update from Governor Burgum on March 15, he shared new recommendations from the CDC and encouraged groups of 10 people or more not to meet. Evangel believes that it’s important to prioritize the health of our church and support our local health and government officials as everyone tries to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

As a result, all of Evangel’s ministry events and groups have been canceled or postponed for the week of March 16-20 and all weekend services will be moved to online and BEK broadcasts only for March 22. Although church will look a little different this weekend, we can still experience the same great Evangel worship and message together on Sunday! We’re excited to gather together online and we’re so excited to have Pastor Josh and Jenaye Skjoldal back from sabbatical. Pastor Josh will be sharing a timely message regarding “unprecedented” times. There are many options for tuning in from home, so please check out the list below and find the one that works best for you:

  • Live stream
    • Sunday at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM
    • Live.goevangel.org or download the goevangel app
  • Facebook live
    • Sunday at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM
  • BEK Television
  • Dakota Media Community Access Channel 
    • Sundays at 8:00 PM
    • Watch Ch 12 / 612HD
We’ll continue to share information and updates on our website and on social media. Like Evangel on Facebook or follow us on Instagram to stay up to date about eKids, Youth, and Young Adults. We love you, we’re praying for you and we can’t wait to come together online this weekend!

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March 16, 12:45 PM

Many of you are probably already aware of the update Governor Burgum gave at 8:00 PM on March 15 announcing the decision to close public and private schools across North Dakota for the week. In this update, Governor Burgum also referenced new recommendations from the CDC and encouraged groups of 10 people or more not to meet. As a result, all of Evangel’s ministry events and groups will be canceled for the week of March 16-20 and all weekend services will be moved to online and BEK broadcasts only for March 22. In addition, the Zoom Retreat scheduled for March 26-27 has been canceled and refunds will be issued.

Evangel has continued to closely monitor this quickly changing situation and we are prayerfully considering the best steps for moving forward, as the NDDoH will provide further recommendations later this week. We are working hard to develop some new and exciting ways for you and your family to engage with all that God is doing (and will continue to do!) at Evangel.

Please continue to watch this website for more important updates and announcements, including information about Evangel’s weekend services.

 

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March 13, 11:15 PM

Following the update from Governor Burgum earlier today, Evangel’s leadership wants to reassure you of the decision to continue gathering together for weekend services. This situation may change quickly and we will respond to any future recommendations accordingly. For those of you who are not able to join us this weekend, either due to illness or caution, we encourage you to join us online or watch our broadcast on BEK TV. Please watch the video below to hear a special message from Pastor Josh regarding COVID-19.

Sunday
10:30 AM – TV Channel Bek247
10:30 AM – Facebook Live
10:30 AM & 12:00 PM – live.goevangel.org

 

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March 12, 5:00 PM

Evangel has been closely monitoring recommendations from the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in North Dakota. Even though COVID-19 cases in North Dakota have been extremely limited and at the time of this writing there are zero cases in any counties where we have campuses, a few people have asked what Evangel is doing to maintain a clean and safe environment during this season. To set your minds at ease, we wanted to let you know that we’re taking the following steps to keep Evangel an environment where you and your family feel safe:

  • We will continue to clean and disinfect all eKids toys and surfaces after every event that they are in use.
  • Our diligent facilities team will continue to clean and disinfect our buildings to the highest standards throughout each week.
  • We are working to make extra hand sanitizer available in strategic locations at all of our campuses.
  • For the next few weeks, the greeters on our Welcome Teams will be waving and smiling rather than shaking hands or giving hugs.

During this season, we ask that if you or anyone in your household feel sick in any way, please stay home. If you are unable to join us in person for services, we encourage you to take advantage of either our online services or our television broadcast on BEK TV. To stay plugged in with all communication and what’s going on at Evangel, please follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Please note that all future information regarding COVID-19 and any potential disruptions to Evangel’s activities will be communicated through email and social media.

Whether you join us in person or online, we’re excited to worship with you this weekend!