Live Updates from Victory Regarding COVID-19
The health and safety of Victory students, families, staff and members are of the utmost importance to us. We are closely monitoring the situation and relying on the support of our district and state and local health officials to ensure that there is no compromise to the health of those in our community. We will continue to update this page as more updates become available.
This page was last updated on Thursday, March 19 at 1:48 PM PST
Victory COVID-19 Help Desk
Victory is providing a number of helpful resources for families in our community to support one another in this difficult time. Whether you are looking for someone to run an errand or you need help with essential groceries, we have a team of dedicated Victory personnell ready and able to help.
Please call (619) 262-4444 ext. 767 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can help in any way.
For more information about the services our help desk provides, please watch this video from our Executive Director, Scott Dufresne.
Statement from Director Scott Dufresne (March 13, 2020)
Dear Victory Families,
Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with the San Diego County Office of Education and local public health officials, Victory Christian Academy will be closing in order to curb the potential transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our school will be closed March 16th through April 3, reopening April 6 assuming conditions allow. Our goal is to offer a Modified Online approach for our elementary school and an Online offering for our High School. We will officially roll this out on Wednesday, March 18th. In the meantime, if you are in need of child care we have had some families who have offered their services to help with at home care. If you are in need of assistance, please let us know and we can get you into contact with them. Please keep close monitoring of your email as the school will provide all the details as to how this will work. Our teachers will be in training on Monday and Tuesday to ensure a smooth delivery during this unprecedented time. We ask for your patience.
Please take comfort in these words: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
While your student(s) remains home, we encourage you to continue practicing good hygiene, which includes:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Get vaccinated for the flu is you have not already
If you feel for any reason your child may have or has been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your doctor immediately. Virus symptoms can range from mild to severe and could include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in a few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
We will remain in close contact with the San Diego County Office of Education and local public health officials throughout the duration of this closure and will provide updates to families as appropriate.
We encourage you to stay informed of the situation by regularly checking updates from San Diego County Public Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We understand this is a time of uncertainty and concern. We will work through this together to keep our students, families, and staff safe.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Scott R. Dufresne
Statement from Pastor Tim Gerdes (March 17, 2020)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Yesterday I received a great email from our District President, Dr. Mike Gibson about the situation that we share with all of our brothers and sisters all over the world. We all face similar questions regarding worship services. My heart breaks because it feels like a moral obligation to hold Sunday morning services and not to do so would be a sin. However, Dr. Gibson pointed out,
“This currently ISN’T an Acts 5:29 thing: “We must obey God rather than man.”
“This IS a Romans 13:1-4 thing: ‘Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.’
“This is ALSO a Philippians 2 thing: ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’ The concerns of the weakest among us are so very critical in this moment – even when we, and everyone around us, are feeling just fine.”
Yesterday, President Trump asked us to limit our gatherings to no more than 10 people. The CDC has followed suit. This is about serving our community to flatten the rate at which people are contracting the virus and helping our medical fields from being overwhelmed.
Working with our lead staff and Leadership Team, we have the following plan,
- Immediately we are switching to online only services until notified otherwise. This includes BOTH 8am and 10:45am, as well as our Wednesday evening Lent service at 7pm. Tomorrow evening’s service will help us to tweak and experiment to help improve our Sunday experience. Please watch and give us constructive feedback in the comments. Our Youtube Channel can be accessed by going to Youtube, search for “Victory Church & Christian Academy” where you can subscribe. This is a “live stream” so if nothing is happening at church, you won’t see anything. At 8am and 10:45am you will. Once a service has been streamed, it will automatically be stored in the library on our channel. A direct link will appear on our webpage in the next couple of days.This reality may continue through Easter. We will still stream Holy Week and Easter but our big Easter plans will be postponed to another date when this cloud has lifted.
- If you get this communication and do not have access to the internet, don’t forget the Lutheran Hour which is broadcast at 8am on Sundays on KCBQ 1170 (San Diego) and 96.1 (Oceanside).
- Hard copies of sermons and announcements can be mailed or hand delivered to those who are not online.
- Keep up with the Red Letter Challenge – each group can decide how they will continue (see #7) – don’t forget that Right Now Media has the RLC videos. If you need access, please contact me. Don’t forget that our website has resources for your whole family to stay connected and engaged with the RLC.
- We are going to make use of various social media platforms to keep people connected, share prayers, needs, encourage, equip, etc.
- Continue to send in your offerings. This is important as we still have mission and ministry to do from this place. You can give online on our website, text give at 619-649-8455; (For example to donate $50, simply text “50”), or via email to Victory Church, 810 Buena Vista Way, Chula Vista, 91910.
- Stay vigilant with maintaining communication for those at high risk or struggling with a supply issue, etc. Take advantage of our COVID-19 Help Desk. (619) 262-4444 x SOS (767)
- If you are able to help with people’s emotional or physical needs through the Help Desk, please contact me email@example.com
- Most Growth/youth groups have decided not to meet or are figuring out ways to meet in ways that work best for them. Community groups will not be using our facility.
God bless you and I love you all! I can’t wait to see you again!
Pastor Tim Gerdes