EUGENE, Ore. -- Holidays such as Easter and Passover are quickly approaching -- and with the governor's order that no groups of any size should be gathering right now, local faith organizations are getting creative with their approach.
Pastor Mike Lawrence at the North Eugene Faith Center is drilling into his congregation that community and connection are everything during this time of uncertainty -- something he says is strengthening his congregation.
He said that Facebook livestreams and similar tools have been useful in helping their group stay informed and connected right now.
As for Easter, he says they are doing the weekly Sunday Facebook livestream they have been doing for some time now. But, they're also adding the opportunity for anyone interested to Zoom video chat together after the service in an effort to get that face to face contact.
"I'd like to think of what we have here at North Eugene as not a religious service, but a relationship with God," he said. "And Jesus' primary command was love God and love people. It's all about community. It's all about staying in touch and relationship."
He said relationships are essential during this time of isolation -- adding that when people begin to feel alone, that's when they begin thinking about the worst possible scenarios.