Post #14 -  December 11, 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING SUNDAY SERVICES BEGINNING DECEMBER 13, 2020

Hi All,

I trust you are all well and continuing to trust God in your current circumstances. There are many in our congregation who are in need of prayer. If you are one of them, please be assured that we stand with you!

There have been new developments in the AB Health restrictions the last week and as a result, Taylor Seminary has informed us that out of caution, they will be closing their facility effective immediately until at least January 11, 2021.

As a result, there will be no on-site Sunday morning service at Taylor Seminary until further notice. However, we have been blessed to secure Taylor for on-line recording.

Please tune into our website at heritagevalleyassembly.com at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning to participate and worship along with us.

You may also access our Facebook page at Heritage Valley Assembly, or find us on Youtube: Heritage Plus, throughout the week.

If you have any questions, I look forward to hearing from you.

Blessings,

Pastor Larry

Post #13 - November 27, 2020
Important COVID-19 message from Pastor Larry-Update November 27, 2020

Thankfully we are still able to meet together for on-site worship services at Taylor Seminary. Our gratitude to Taylor Seminary for enabling us to meet in their facilities. As well, we appreciate our government leadership for permitting faith groups to continue to meet on-site during this proclaimed Health Emergency.

HVA's capacity to accommodate on site in-person worshippers will continue like we have done since June 2020. We will continue to require masks to be worn and discourage singing.

Of course, we will continue to diligently follow all the health requirements for on-site gatherings: social distancing (6 ft), mandatory mask wearing, hand sanitization, etc.

Please check the link for an update concerning the newly revised Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Mitigation requirements for in person, on-site faith/worship services at Enhanced Public Health Measures for COCID-19

Please continue to follow the steps below.

STEP #1 – SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL
Please refer to and take the on-line Self Assessment Tool provided by Alberta Health at https://myhealth.alberta.ca/journey/covid-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx
Please do not come to church if you:
- Have any of the symptoms that are mentioned in the Self Assessment Tool
- Have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
- Have been in close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
- Have traveled out of Canada within the last 14 days
We will have a hard copy of the Self-Assessment Tool Questionnaire at the front door for reference, in case you have not assessed yourself.

STEP #2 – PARKING LOT PROTOCOL
If you are healthy and able to come to church, upon parking your car, ensure you maintain physical distancing of 2 meters or 6 feet (a hockey stick length) from others, as you move toward the front door of Taylor Seminary. If there is a line-up waiting to enter, please continue to maintain this distance as you wait.

STEP #3 – OUTSIDE DOOR CHECK-IN
As you approach the outside front doors, I will have the pleasure of greeting you. I will be masked, and will ensure you are not ill. I will also pace your entry into the building to guarantee physical distancing. You will be given an opportunity to put on a mask (provided) and sanitize your hands.

As you know the City of Edmonton passed a bylaw requiring the wearing of face masks while indoors at public meetings. However, as you know, the City of Edmonton also issued Exemption Cards to any who are unable to wear masks.

If you have received an Exemption Card, please do not hesitate to attend church at Taylor Seminary. It is a joy to have seen so many return to worship on site at Taylor over the last two months. However, we look forward to seeing those of you who may still feel uncomfortable attending in person...to return when you are ready! We have dearly missed seeing you in person!

STEP #4 – INSIDE FRONT DOOR CHECK-IN
As you enter through the inside front doors, you will be met by a wonderful volunteer greeting you.
They will also be masked; they will ensure that you physically distance yourself as you make your way down the marked hallway to Stencel Hall.

STEP #5 – CHECK-IN TABLE
As you draw closer to the sanctuary doors, another volunteer will record your name for attendance purposes. Please be assured this information will be kept confidential. We will never be asked for the attendance records by medical authorities except in the event someone in our congregation develops COVID-19. The information would be shared for tracing purposes to alert others of exposure to the disease.

STEP #6 – SANCTUARY SERVICE
As you enter Stencel Hall, you will be greeted by an usher who will also be masked. Hand sanitizers will be provided in the sanctuary for your convenience, as they are elsewhere in the facility.
You may choose where to sit or if you are unsure, please ask for assistance from the usher, who will be happy to assist you. However, you must only sit with your family members or your cohort group that you’ve connected to during this pandemic.

You will need to physically distance yourself by 2 meters (6 ft) from each other. These requirements apply to people beside you, behind you, or in front of you. A suggestion is to keep 2 seats, horizontally and 2 rows vertically between you and the next family group. Again, the usher(s) will be of assistance if you are unsure of where to sit.

During our worship time, an offering plate will not be passed around but a container will be positioned in the back of the Sanctuary for your tithes and offerings to be deposited. However, you can continue to give on-line by visiting our church website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com if that is more convenient.

There will now be congregational singing since everyone will be wearing a mask. There will be a time of intercessory prayer and a sharing of the Word from our pastors. We will encourage you to warmly and graciously welcome one another, but with no physical touch (ie. handshake, hugs, etc.). Please indicate your care with a thumbs up, hand wave, etc.

As well, it is to be noted that our service will be on-line live through Face Book; the Sunday service will also be recorded, edited and placed on-line to our church website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com , on our YouTube Channel, Heritage Plus by Tuesday each week. In other words, if you are unable to attend Taylor Seminary on Sunday’s, we will continue to present our on-line services to serve you.

STEP #7 – FOLLOWING THE WORSHIP SERVICE
Upon concluding our worship service, our ushers will once again assist you to physically distance as we exit the sanctuary. We may now exit through the front doors.

Please note, Taylor Seminary has rightfully restricted usage of the Common Area and kitchen before, during and after the service. Therefore, no food or refreshments will be available on Sunday mornings during this active COVID-19 phase. Eventually, as permitted by provincial authorities, we will be able to more fully fellowship with food, drink and potlucks.

As you return to your vehicle or transportation in the parking lot, please maintain the required physical distancing of 2 meters or 6 feet.

Our washrooms are accessible as normal.

An assigned individual will cleanse and sanitize all high touch areas as individuals are arriving, while the service is going on, and upon leaving. We will be treating possible infection areas, taking care to sanitize thoroughly.

With God we are victors, not victims! With God our church will move forward, not fall behind! With God, His kingdom shall be built, not diminished!

Sincerely yours,

Love you all!

Pastor Larry

Post #12 - August 11, 2020
Important Church Relaunch message from Pastor Larry-Update August 11, 2020

Preamble....

We are thankful we could reconvene as a church at Taylor Seminary on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM.
However as we do, our church leadership team fully understands the potential for the spread of COVID-19 within our precious church.

As a result, church leadership has designed a comprehensive Action Plan based upon the guidelines established by the Gov’t of Alberta and the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta, to minimize the risk of any potential spread and impacts of COVID-19 on our congregation.

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, you received a copy of this Action Plan by email correspondence. However this updated information, sent today, is provided to show you what to expect as you come to Heritage Valley Assembly in the Sunday’s ahead. In an effort to make this as clear as possible, we’ll walk step-by-step through the Sunday morning experience.

STEP #1 – SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL
Please refer to and take the on-line Self Assessment Tool provided by Alberta Health at https://myhealth.alberta.ca/journey/covid-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx
Please do not come to church if you:
- Have any of the symptoms that are mentioned in the Self Assessment Tool
- Have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
- Have been in close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
- Have traveled out of Canada within the last 14 days
We will have a hard copy of the Self-Assessment Tool Questionnaire at the front door for reference, in case you have not assessed yourself.

STEP #2 – PARKING LOT PROTOCOL
If you are healthy and able to come to church, upon parking your car, ensure you maintain physical distancing of 2 meters or 6 feet (a hockey stick length) from others, as you move toward the front door of Taylor Seminary. If there is a line-up waiting to enter, please continue to maintain this distance as you wait.

STEP #3 – OUTSIDE DOOR CHECK-IN
As you approach the outside front doors, I will have the pleasure of greeting you. I will be masked, and will ensure you are not ill. I will also pace your entry into the building to guarantee physical distancing. You will be given an opportunity to put on a mask (provided) and sanitize your hands.

As you know the City of Edmonton passed a bylaw requiring the wearing of face masks while indoors at public meetings. However, as you know, the City of Edmonton also issued Exemption Cards to any who are unable to wear masks.

If you have received an Exemption Card, please do not hesitate to attend church at Taylor Seminary. It is a joy to have seen so many return to worship on site at Taylor over the last two months. However, we look forward to seeing those of you who may still feel uncomfortable attending in person...to return when you are ready! We have dearly missed seeing you in person!

STEP #4 – INSIDE FRONT DOOR CHECK-IN
As you enter through the inside front doors, you will be met by a wonderful volunteer greeting you.
They will also be masked; they will ensure that you physically distance yourself as you make your way down the marked hallway to Stencel Hall.

STEP #5 – CHECK-IN TABLE
As you draw closer to the sanctuary doors, another volunteer will record your name for attendance purposes. Please be assured this information will be kept confidential. We will never be asked for the attendance records by medical authorities except in the event someone in our congregation develops COVID-19. The information would be shared for tracing purposes to alert others of exposure to the disease.

STEP #6 – SANCTUARY SERVICE
As you enter Stencel Hall, you will be greeted by an usher who will also be masked. Hand sanitizers will be provided in the sanctuary for your convenience, as they are elsewhere in the facility.
You may choose where to sit or if you are unsure, please ask for assistance from the usher, who will be happy to assist you. However, you must only sit with your family members or your cohort group that you’ve connected to during this pandemic.

You will need to physically distance yourself by 2 meters (6 ft) from each other. These requirements apply to people beside you, behind you, or in front of you. A suggestion is to keep 2 seats, horizontally and 2 rows vertically between you and the next family group. Again, the usher(s) will be of assistance if you are unsure of where to sit.

During our worship time, an offering plate will not be passed around but a container will be positioned in the back of the Sanctuary for your tithes and offerings to be deposited. However, you can continue to give on-line by visiting our church website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com if that is more convenient.

There will now be congregational singing since everyone will be wearing a mask. There will be a time of intercessory prayer and a sharing of the Word from our pastors. We will encourage you to warmly and graciously welcome one another, but with no physical touch (ie. handshake, hugs, etc.). Please indicate your care with a thumbs up, hand wave, etc.

As well, it is to be noted that our service will be on-line live through Face Book; the Sunday service will also be recorded, edited and placed on-line to our church website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com , on our YouTube Channel, Heritage Plus by Tuesday each week. In other words, if you are unable to attend Taylor Seminary on Sunday’s, we will continue to present our on-line services to serve you.

STEP #7 – FOLLOWING THE WORSHIP SERVICE
Upon concluding our worship service, our ushers will once again assist you to physically distance as we exit the sanctuary. We may now exit through the front doors.

Please note, Taylor Seminary has rightfully restricted usage of the Common Area and kitchen before, during and after the service. Therefore, no food or refreshments will be available on Sunday mornings during this active COVID-19 phase. Eventually, as permitted by provincial authorities, we will be able to more fully fellowship with food, drink and potlucks.

As you return to your vehicle or transportation in the parking lot, please maintain the required physical distancing of 2 meters or 6 feet.

FINAL THOUGHTS....

1. We are now able to have in-person services with no cap on attendance, as long as physical distancing of 2 metres is maintained between families and household cohorts.

As you can appreciate this will be an inconvenience to us all until the cap on attendance per Sunday is lifted by provincial authorities.

2. Our washrooms are accessible as normal.

3. An assigned individual will cleanse and sanitize all high touch areas as individuals are arriving, while the service is going on, and upon leaving. We will be treating possible infection areas, taking care to sanitize thoroughly.

4. Finally, this phase will be different than what we’ve known, but God has not changed and His love and care will consistently go with us, as we move into a new and exciting stage of our church’s development and growth!

With God we are victors, not victims! With God our church will move forward, not fall behind! With God, His kingdom shall be built, not diminished!

Sincerely yours,

Love you all!

Pastor Larry

Post #11 - June 3, 2020
Important Church Relaunch message from Pastor Larry-June 3, 2020

Preamble....

We are thankful we can reconvene as a church at Taylor Seminary on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM.
However as we do, our church leadership team fully understands the potential for the spread of COVID-19 within our precious church.

As a result, church leadership has designed a comprehensive Action Plan based upon the guidelines established by the Gov’t of Alberta and the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta, to minimize the risk of any potential spread and impacts of COVID-19 on our congregation.

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, you received a copy of this Action Plan by email correspondence. However this updated information, sent today, is provided to show you what to expect as you come to Heritage Valley Assembly in the Sunday’s ahead. In an effort to make this as clear as possible, we’ll walk step-by-step through the Sunday morning experience.

STEP #1 – SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL
Please refer to and take the on-line Self Assessment Tool provided by Alberta Health at https://myhealth.alberta.ca/journey/covid-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx
Please do not come to church if you:
- Have any of the symptoms that are mentioned in the Self Assessment Tool
- Have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
- Have been in close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
- Have traveled out of Canada within the last 14 days
We will have a hard copy of the Self-Assessment Tool Questionnaire at the front door for reference, in case you have not assessed yourself.

STEP #2 – PARKING LOT PROTOCOL
If you are healthy and able to come to church, upon parking your car, ensure you maintain physical distancing of 2 meters or 6 feet (a hockey stick length) from others, as you move toward the front door of Taylor Seminary. If there is a line-up waiting to enter, please continue to maintain this distance as you wait.

STEP #3 – OUTSIDE DOOR CHECK-IN
As you approach the outside front doors, one of our friendly church volunteers will greet you. They will be masked, with protective gloves, and will ensure you are not ill. They will also sanitize your hands. They will also pace your entry into the building to guarantee physical distancing. You will be given an opportunity to put on a mask and gloves (provided), if you choose.

STEP #4 – INSIDE FRONT DOOR CHECK-IN
As you enter through the inside front doors, you will be met by another wonderful volunteer greeting you.
They will also be masked, with protective gloves; they will ensure that you physically distance yourself as you make your way down the marked hallway to Stencel Hall.

STEP #5 – CHECK-IN TABLE
As you draw closer to the sanctuary doors, another volunteer will record your name for attendance purposes. Please be assured this information will be kept confidential. We will never be asked for the attendance records by medical authorities except in the event someone in our congregation develops COVID-19. The information would be shared for tracing purposes to alert others of exposure to the disease.

STEP #6 – SANCTUARY SERVICE
As you enter Stencel Hall, you will be greeted by an usher who will also be masked and gloved. Hand sanitizers will be provided in the sanctuary for your convenience, as they are elsewhere in the facility.
You may choose where to sit or if you are unsure, please ask for assistance from the usher, who will be happy to assist you. However, you must only sit with your family members or your cohort group that you’ve connected to during this pandemic.

You will need to physically distance yourself by 2 meters (6 ft) from each other. These requirements apply to people beside you, behind you, or in front of you. A suggestion is to keep 2 seats, horizontally and 2 rows vertically between you and the next family group. Again, the usher(s) will be of assistance if you are unsure of where to sit.

During our worship time, an offering plate will not be passed around but a container will be positioned in the back of the Sanctuary for your tithes and offerings to be deposited. However, you can continue to give on-line by visiting our church website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com if that is more convenient.

There will be no congregational singing at this time, though music will be incorporated into our service for you to quietly worship to. There will be a time of intercessory prayer and a sharing of the Word from our pastors. We will encourage you to warmly and graciously welcome one another, but with no physical touch (ie. handshake, hugs, etc.). Please indicate your care with a thumbs up, hand wave, etc.

As well, it is to be noted that our service will be on-line live through Face Book; the Sunday service will also be recorded, edited and placed on-line to our church website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com , on our YouTube Channel, Heritage Plus by Tuesday each week. In other words, if you are unable to attend Taylor Seminary on Sunday’s, we will continue to present our on-line services to serve you.

STEP #7 – FOLLOWING THE WORSHIP SERVICE
Upon concluding our worship service, our ushers will once again assist you to physically distance as we exit the sanctuary. As well, guidelines require we exit Taylor Seminary through a different door than where we arrived. As a result, you will be asked to exit the building through the north-east doors leading from the Common Area.

Please note, Taylor Seminary has rightfully restricted usage of the Common Area and kitchen before, during and after the service. Therefore, no food or refreshments will be available on Sunday mornings during this active COVID-19 phase. Eventually, as permitted by provincial authorities, we will be able to more fully fellowship with food, drink and potlucks.

As you return to your vehicle or transportation in the parking lot, please maintain the required physical distancing of 2 meters or 6 feet.

FINAL THOUGHTS....

1. As most of you know, we are allowed to have 50 people in attendance per week. However, we’ve decided that those who have had no access to on-line services the last ten weeks, be given the courtesy of being able to attend regularly as they are able.

Next, we are required to have enough volunteers on site each Sunday to ensure we fully comply with the civic authorities requirements. Therefore, this leaves us with the ability to have a remaining 35 or so attendees each Sunday. Yet, this will not enable our entire church to meet all together each Sunday. As a result, we’ve instructed our church’s Administrative Assistant, Janice Johnsson to connect with you to determine your planned attendance. You will have received an RSVP Required Email yesterday. If you haven’t already, please reply. This will ensure a smoother Sunday morning.

As you can appreciate this will be an inconvenience to us all until the cap on attendance per Sunday is lifted by provincial authorities.

2. Our washrooms are accessible as normal.

3. An assigned individual will cleanse and sanitize all high touch areas as individuals are arriving, while the service is going on, and upon leaving. We will be treating possible infection areas, taking care to sanitize thoroughly.

4. Finally, this phase will be different than what we’ve known, but God has not changed and His love and care will consistently go with us, as we move into a new and exciting stage of our church’s development and growth!

With God we are victors, not victims! With God our church will move forward, not fall behind! With God, His kingdom shall be built, not diminished!

Sincerely yours,

Love you all!

Pastor Larry

P.S.  Wednesday's Pastor's Huddle is now online on Youtube under Heritage Plus. This gives you step-by-step instructions on what to expect on Sunday.  We ask all of those who wish to attend church (HVA) to please watch this video.  Please click on this link to view this special video.  Step-By-Step Instructions

Post #10 - May 30, 2020

1. Last Saturday I reported to you that we are relaunching church back at Taylor Seminary on Sunday, June 7 at 10:30 am. Praise the Lord!  Pls note, we can only allow 50 in total. 
2. As I previously reported last week, our Church's Steering Team and Sunday Morning Logistics Team have put together an Action Plan dealing with all the Government of Alberta and the Medical Authorities. This was sent to you as an attachment on Saturday of last week. It also appears on our church's website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com .
3. On Wednesday of this coming week, I will share with you via email and video, plus on our church website... A STEP BY STEP OUTLINE WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT CHURCH TO LOOK LIKE STARTING JUNE 7 AND UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT LIFTS SOME OF THE GUIDELINES.
It will start from the moment you decide to attend church all the way through your getting back in your vehicle following the service. It will answer most of any questions you may have...
4. As you can imagine, with a cap of only 50 people being allowed to attend, you may wonder how we will be handling that factor...since our average attendance before Covid-19 exceeded 50.
-Please be advised, we will be contacting certain ones this week who have no access to on line services to ensure they have the opportunity to attend each Sunday in person.
-Please be advised, we will be endeavouring to determine those, due to underlying illness or poor health, may delay their return to Taylor Seminary.
-Please be advised, those remaining and desiring to return on the physical premises, we will be sorting out who is coming when. This will be somewhat challenging for the first few Sundays. However, we are working hard at balancing the legal need to NOT EXCEED THE 50 IN ATTENDANCE and TO ENSURE FOLKS HAVE A SEAT WHEN THEY COME TO CHURCH. Please bear with us as we carry this out. Nearly every other church who are relaunching with this 50 capstone, are doing the same thing as we are planning. They have reported that it is working well.
5. For those delaying their return to Taylor Seminary, we will be continuing our on-line services, recorded on site during the morning service. So in case, one cannot attend in person, they can still take in our Sunday morning service on-line...THIS WAY, WE ARE COVERING THE BASES IN SERVING OUR CONGREGATION.
We will also be continuing our on-line Tuesday prayer time as usual and our Wednesday's "The Pastor's Huddle". The Young Adults are looking at returning to in person connection. But we will announce start up time for in person next week.
Grief Share will be meeting monthly for coffee connections in socially distant settings starting this coming week.
6. Also, our PASTORAL TELE-CARE MINISTRY has been a great success with nearly 1000 "check ins" carried out by each of you with one another during the last 10 weeks.
This was absolutely crucial for us as a congregation to carry out during the "dark phase" of the pandemic. I had asked those making 1 contact with 5 persons per week to faithfully do so...and CONGRATULATIONS, YOU SERVED AND LOVED ON EACH OTHER WONDERFULLY!
*HOWEVER, starting Monday, June 1, 2020 I'm lifting the requirement to connect with your assigned friend once a week to connecting with them once a month.
NOW...for those of you who love connecting once a week, please continue to do so. However, if some of you need to adjust the connection times, please take the time to chat and work out a new understanding. I don't want anyone of you burning out!
I trust this is helpful? I would just ask that you connect with Janice and I to communicate with us concerning what you have decided to by emailing us at heritageva@gmail.com .
Let's end there for now...
WE LOVE YOU ALL AND I'M SO THANKFUL FOR GOD'S CARE UPON US ALL AND HOW WE'VE CARED FOR EACH OTHER AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE! We've definitely grown into a new and wonderful phase of church life, though it will look somewhat different in the foreseeable future.
GOD BLESS!
Pastor Larry, Colleen, Lance, Adam, Summer and Sophia
Post #9 - March 21, 2020

Hi Friends,

It’s time to be the church digitally due to the Covid-19 virus.

Starting this Sunday, March 22, our church, Heritage Valley Assembly will share digitally together WEEKLY in four different ways:

• 1.THE GATHERING: Every Sunday morning at 10:30 am a new 45 minute segment will appear on our website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com for brief time of Scripture, singing and teaching.

Go to top of Home Page and click on YouTube icon for upload.

• 2. UPLIPT: Every Tuesday evening at 7 pm we will have a live interactive prayer time for 30 minutes.

You can connect with this by connecting with our Facebook page on our church website, www.heritagevalleyassembly.com

Go to top of our Home Page and click on Facebook icon.

• 3. “PASTOR’S HUDDLE”: Every Wednesday night at 7 pm I’ll be chatting for 15 minutes...just heart to heart during this challenging time.

You can connect by clicking on the YouTube icon at top of our church’s website Home Page www.heritagevalleyassembly.com

4. “INSTAGRAM SPOT”: Every Friday afternoon our pastoral team we’ll check in with you...

You can access our Instagram account by going to www.heritagevalleyaasembly.com and click on Instagram top of Home Page

We would love to connect with you! 

Pastor Larry

PS...Commencing Sunday, March 29, I’ll be sharing a series of thoughts on “Covid-19 and God!”

Post #8 - March 21, 2020

Hi Everyone,

In a post yesterday, I laid out our church’s approach to collective on line ministry (teaching/ prayer) during this pandemic.

Today, I want to inform you of our pastoral care presence within our church family and community...one on one.

• 1. Wonderfully, we have 17 volunteers from our church who have agreed to serve on our Pastoral Tele-Care Team under my direction and leadership...

• 2. Each of our Pastoral Tele-Care Team members are being assigned at least 5 individual’s names from our church family and community at large groups.

• 3. They will connect remotely (by phone, FaceTime, etc) with those 5 individuals at least once a week.

• 4. They will digitally report back to me weekly on the condition of their 5 individuals.

As a result, we as pastoral leadership will consistently be aware of the “state of our flock” and those we serve in the community at large.

• 5. As Pastoral leadership we also will be consistently caring for those caring for others (ie Pastoral Tele-Care Team).

•6. As a Lead Pastor, I will supplement the work of our Pastoral Tele-Care Team with ongoing contacts with our congregation.

Our goal is that every single individual from our Heritage Valley Assembly church family, along with folks from our community initiatives (such as Grief Share, etc), will be personally contacted one to one weekly.

• 7. Urgent needs will also be responded to by our Pastoral Team through our church phone number 780-699-6315, or heritageva@gmail.com

• 8. We will also be reaching out to the individuals and organizations, both home and globally, we have supported as a church. We want to include them in our Pastoral Tele-care initiative.

We trust this simple, but all encompassing approach to caring for our church family and community will help us support one another during this Covid 19 pandemic.

God Bless!

Pastor Larry...Psalm 23

Post #7 - March 19, 2020

In addition, due to the concerns over the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have suspended the Men's Fellowship and Mens Coffee & Conversation until further notice.

Post #6 - March 18, 2020

Important Coronavirus update from Pastor Larry-March 18, 2020

Dear Friend! I trust you are staying healthy and safe these days, as we face challenging times with the COVID 19 pandemic and its many repercussions.

My wife Colleen and I have been thinking and praying for each of you and rest assured God loves you and yours always. Continue to rest in God and lean into the support of others.

As HVA church leadership, we have been relying on the excellent leadership of our national, provincial, municipal leaders and Chief Medical Officer of Alberta for direction in guiding our overall church response in caring for our church family and commitment to the community at large.
Therefore, after prayerful and considerable thought, our Heritage Valley Assembly Steering Team has settled on the following plan for our church during this uncertain time.
  • FIRST, as of today [March 18, 2020] we will no longer be meeting in person each Sunday morning at Taylor Seminary. Once we are given permission to meet there again by our civil authorities ...we will do so!
  • SECOND, as of this coming Sunday morning [March 22, 2020], you will be able to connect to our church website at www.heritagevalleyassembly.com for a WEEKLY Sunday morning sermon and prayer time led by myself and others. This will occur each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. In other words, Heritage Valley Assembly will continue to meet on Sunday mornings, but on line rather than person.
  • THIRD, starting next Tuesday evening [March 24, 2020] at 7:00 pm, Community Chaplains Brian and Melody Bigam and I will be leading a WEEKLY half hour live prayer time. Please go to my personal Facebook page to participate. We will be leading in prayer requests that we can share publicly. You can send your prayer request to us live via Facebook or before hand to rev.lindoff@gmail.com or heritageva@gmail.com to participate with us.
  • FOURTH, starting next Wednesday evening [March 25, 2020] at 7:00 pm, I will sharing in a WEEKLY 15 minute "Pastor's Huddle"...a casual and relaxed pastoral chat-time. It will be my way of connecting mid-week to share a brief devotional, announcements, family news, etc. You will be able to connect to this through our church website www.heritagvalleyassembly.com
  • FIFTH, our Pastoral Team, along with Community Chaplains and adherents of our church Brian and Melody Bigam will be connecting with each of our congregation members and adherents WEEKLY. Generally, we will be touching base by telephone [and/or other means] to make sure you are healthy and safe. If needs arise due to our keeping in contact, please be assured we'll do what we can to support you. We certainly don't want to bother you unnecessarily, but its important to us as church leadership that we "watch over the flock carefully!" You may not have the same pastor or chaplain calling each week, but we are organizing to ensure every adherent and member is contacted WEEKLY. This will be a total team effort. However, if you would like to volunteer to be assigned to call a precious person on behalf of Heritage Valley Assembly, please email rev.lindoff@gmail.com or heritagva@gmail.com and we will put you to work serving.
  • SIXTH, if there are any within our church family or community at large who are home-bound seniors, and have no family or others delivering groceries or medications to them, please advise us at rev.lindoff@gmail.com or heritageva@gmail  Please be advised we may not be able to meet every need due to some constraints, but we will definitely make every effort to do what we can.
  • SEVENTH, as you can appreciate our church will need to continue to meet financial obligations for the church family and community at large, so we would kindly ask as the Lord enables you, that we regularly serve the Lord with the giving of our tithes and offerings.

You can give on-line at our church website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com via e-transfer or Canada Helps; or via "snail mail" at Heritage Valley Assembly, P.O. Box 22588 Southbrook PO, Edmonton, Alberta, T6W 0C3; or you can call Janice at our church phone number at 780-699-6315 to arrange for someone to pick up for you; or contact our church email address at heritageva@gmail.com.

Lastly, I'm totally convinced that this time will draw us even closer together as a church family; that it will afford us the opportunity to reach out in love as a church to our community at large like never before; that we will continue to "FOLLOW CHRIST FAITHFULLY" in 2020.

As church leadership we will do all we can to serve each of you with wisdom, strength and integrity! As well, I encourage you think of ways that you can personally serve others, as you are served!
If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us at heritageva@gmail.com or rev.lindoff@gmail.com .

LET US CONTINUE TO PRAY AND NOT BE AFRAID... for as the Psalmist beautifully reminds us in Psalm 56:3,4..."WHEN I'M AFRAID, I WILL TRUST IN YOU. IN GOD, WHOSE WORD I PRAISE, IN GOD I TRUST; I WILL NOT BE AFRAID!"

Sincerely in Christ's Peace...

Pastor Larry Lindoff  

Post #5 - March 16, 2020

Due to the concerns over the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have postponed Griefshare meetings until April 1st.

In addition, Griefshare and the Young Adult Bible Study have been postponed until April 2nd.

Post #4 - March 16, 2020

 We are all aware of the COVID-19 coronavirus) situation that is unfolding around the world.  The progression of the virus is continuously in the news and on social media. I want to provide some insight as to how we, as Christians, might think about the virus and speak to the potential impact it might have on our church in the coming weeks and months.

I’m beginning that process today and will do so over the next number of Sundays with further details.

1. As a church, we are not in the position to be a source of information or medical advice concerning COVID-19.  If you would like to know more about the coronavirus, please visit the following websites: Global Affairs Canada; Public Health Agency of Canada; Alberta Health Services; and the Government of Alberta.
2. However to continue to minimize the spread of any respiratory virus (including the flu and COVID-19), Alberta Health Services recommends the following:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use alcohol based hand sanitizer, if hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in a garbage bin lined with a plastic bag.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Sanitize your hands immediately after coughing and/or sneezing.
  • Stay home from work, school, or church if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are shared and used often.

3. We are meeting as a church leadership team this week and we will be discussing further COVID-19 protocols for Heritage Valley Assembly. We will share these with you next Sunday via letter, email, public announcement, on our church website: www.heritagevalleyassembly.com and our church Facebook page.

During this challenging time, as church leadership, we want to ensure we are doing all we can to work together with our public authorities to protect the health and well-being of our community at large and our church family.

However, let us all continue to pray for God’s care to be upon those affected.

Pastor Larry

Post #3 -March 14, 2020 

Dear friends, Heritage Valley Assembly WILL be meeting at Taylor Seminary, 11525 23 Avenue for Sunday, March 15 worship.

We have been carefully following the advice of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw regarding protecting the health of our community at large during this Covid-19 pandemic. She has indicated that places of worship can remain open, particularly if meetings are of 250 people and under. We fall into that category. Therefore, if you are planning to come to our service on Sunday please be apprised of the following:

1. If you are sick, please stay home.

2. If you’ve just returned from international travel, please self quarantine for 14 days.

3. If you develop a cold or are short of breath, etc, contact Health Link 811 and pursue further health advice ASAP.

4. If you are healthy and planning on attending, please be very diligent on ensuring your hands are clean throughout your time. We do have cleaning dispensers throughout our facility, which is in a very clean and sanitized condition.

5. Though we are a highly inviting and friendly church, expressing such with handshakes, hugs, etc...we are kindly asking all to verbally greet and chat only and not by physical touch.

6. We have decided to postpone the serving of Communion this Sunday.

7. We are asking that we provide some space between us in overall social distancing. It is suggested by medical folks that between 5- 6 feet or 2 meters is helpful.

8. Please ensure you cough or sneeze into a tissue rather than your hand. Please dispose of the tissue into a nearby plastic garbage bag/can.. Please check this Heritage Valley Assembly Facebook page and/or our church website www.heritagevalleyassembly.com for regular, ongoing posts concerning our church and the Covid-19 pandemic.

10. If you are unable to physically attend our morning service, you can view the gathering via Pastor Matthew Pipke’s Facebook page.

11. Keep informed by connecting with the websites of Alberta Health Services, Government of Alberta or City of Edmonton.

We will have more to share in the next few days or as urgent developments require immediate communication.

Stay focused on trusting in God, protecting yourself and let’s make sure we are watching out for our families, friends and neighbours. May God’s Peace prevail in all our lives.

God bless!  Pastor Larry 

Post #2 - March 13, 2020 Greetings all! For those of you who enjoy coming together once a month for lunch and fellowship as part of Heritage Valley Assembly’s 60+ ENRICH group...we are postponing this coming Tuesday’s gathering.

In light of the fact that most of us are guests coming into the beautiful Heritage Market Grill which has an older population...we don’t want to place anyone at risk for their health. We’ll continue to keep you up to date on the status of April’s scheduled meeting.

God bless you all and stay safe and healthy everyone. With God’s amazing help and the incredible work of our health professionals and public officials...we’ll come through this. God bless you with His peace and strength!

Pastor Larry

Post #1 - March 13, 2020

1. As a church, we are not in the best position to be a source of information or medical advice concerning COVID-19.  If you would like to know more about the coronavirus, please visit the following websites:       Global Affairs Canada;  Public Health Agency of Canada;  Alberta Health Services;  and the Government of Alberta

2. However, to continue to minimize the spread of any respiratory virus (including the flu and COVID-19), Alberta Health Services recommends the following: Wash your hands with soap and water often.  If soap and water are not readily available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if hands are not visibly dirty. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in a garbage bin lined with a plastic bag. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve. Sanitize your hands immediately after coughing and/or sneezing.  Stay home from work, school or church if you're sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are shared and used often.

3. We are meeting as a Church Leadership Team this week and we will be discussing and developing further COVID-19 protocols for Heritage Valley Assembly.  We will be sharing these with you via letter, email, public announcement, on our church website (www.heritiagevalleyassembly.com) and our church FACEBOOK page. During this challenging time, as Church Leadership, we want to ensure we are doing all we can to work together with our public authorities to protect the health and well-being of our community at large and our church family. However, let us all continue to pray for God's care to be upon those affected.

God bless. Pastor Larry