Dear Church Family, 3-17-2020
I wanted to update you as we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of the global health crisis. Over the past several days, many events, schools, colleges, and travel have either been postponed or cancelled. As a church we too are committed to doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, we remain committed to God’s calling to Love Him and Love people. With the use of technology, we will continue to “meet” as a congregation. It will just look different for a little while.
If you joined us last Sunday in some way – you know we just started a new Sermon and small group series called Son of God. It’s a series that we are very excited about and I believe it will continue to transform our lives as we engage with what God teaches us and in our interactions with each other. Seeing that it will be difficult for us to engage fully in the series – and not knowing how long we should not meet in large groups – we are going to put the series on hold. And that includes our Resurrection Sunday events. Once it’s safe to meet in large groups again – we will start the series back up – and on whatever Sunday the Easter message falls on – We will celebrate Easter – including Sunrise service and Maundy Thursday. I mean – the date moves around year to year anyway – we just won’t be following the lunar calendar this year. In the meantime, on Sunday mornings until further notice – join us live on Facebook. If you haven’t followed North Hills Baptist Church on Facebook yet please do. If you need help getting connected please let us know. Sunday morning at 10 Pastor Caleb will lead us in our worship and I will bring a message from the Word. This Sunday we will be tackling what the Bible says about anxiety. I hope you will join us. If for some reason you are unable to join us on FB live you can watch it later on Facebook or you can go to northhillsbaptist.net and click the media tab at the top. The service video will be uploaded in a couple of hours following the service. I would also encourage you to continue tithing – that’s a part of our worship and not quite as easy. We don’t have an online option for this because those services take a percentage of the gift. So maybe just drop it in the mail to the church. Again, let’s work hard at keeping up what routine we can in this unusual time we are in.
We will communicate to you when AWANA and Youth group will start to meet publicly again. Awana kids can of course continue to work on their books and memorize their verses and Pastor Caleb and Pastor Michael will be recording their teaching times for our children and youth each week. They will be messaging you with a link to their weekly teaching and we will also post it on FB. Parents – I think a great idea would be to keep the routine. Watch the KidZone video before church starts on Sunday morning. Talk to your kids about the lesson. Pray with them. And then join us at 10 for church. And feel free to comment and encourage one another as you are watching. Use the time to slow your household down a bit on Sunday mornings. Be more intentional about teaching your kids yourselves and learning along with them.
If you are in a weekly small group Bible study – it is up to you to make the decision whether to continue meeting. Talk with your leader and decide. At the very least message one another often and check in on one another. Increase your prayer life for each other. We also have volunteers who are willing to run errands and grab groceries for people who shouldn’t leave their homes. Message me or call the church office – we will get what you need and drop it off at your doorstep. Let’s be sure we continue to look out for each other and our neighbors through this time.
Finally, as we heard last Sunday… let’s keep our eyes on Jesus – not the storm. He is as firmly on the throne as He ever has been. We aren’t making these decisions and changes out of fear – but out of the desire to protect and love each other through a difficult time. I am proud of our church family and how you love Jesus, care for one another, and look out for others. Keep it up and Know that your leaders are praying for you.