HCC Informer: COVID-19 Update (3/17/2020)

Good Tuesday morning Hopkins Community Church,

Yesterday evening, March 16, the consistory met together in our normal monthly meeting. Of the several topics we discussed, our continued response to the current Coronavirus situation that we are facing as a community. The consistory decided that we will continue to follow the Michigan Health Department and Governmental directives regarding gatherings. Therefore, as of now, all ministry activities regarding face-to-face meetings and gatherings are suspended through April 11. This includes all worship gatherings, youth events, rentals, and anything else at this time. We are hopeful that we will not have to suspend our Easter service on April 12, however, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidelines given.

 

In light of this, here are a couple of things that you can expect to see in the coming days:

1. We are working to activate an additional online giving platform. This will open up the ability to give through phone/internet. More information will be coming on this. However, with this in mind, giving in this way also costs the church money per transaction and the consistory would like to ask the congregation that, if you are still able to give, we would ask that you do so via ACH auto-withdrawal (form attached), mail (checks only), or in-person drop-off. We will notify the church via Facebook regarding the office hours of the church on a day to day basis.

2. The consistory will be calling all of the members of the church to ensure that we have the best methods of communication marked for all individuals and families. We want to ensure that we are staying in touch with you in the best way possible during this time. We recognize that not everyone uses online methods of communication and for those that don’t, we want to find other ways to be in touch with you.

3. Pastor Jon and Pastor Jim, along with Evan, are moving forward with more online sermons and worship “services.” Pastor Jon is very thankful for the positive feedback received with this past week’s sermon. Though we cannot meet, we are still bound together in Christ and will still continue to move forward as a church to be the church here in Hopkins.

4. We are continuing to talk about the ways that we can best help the Hopkins community in this time. As organizations get rolling with their different means of helping out (school delivering food, the food pantry, etc.) we are holding off taking any immediate action, waiting to see where there may be holes that we can fill as a church. We have been and will continue to be in communication with several of the organizations and businesses in Hopkins to help us discern where we can make the greatest impact. The consistory, in response to the challenge Pastor Jon issued in His message regarding Tithing, on March 1, has set aside the appropriate amount in a “community impact” fund that we will begin to use in the coming days and weeks to meet the needs of those in the community.

One thing we have committed to moving forward on is our statement of faith.

I have attached the working draft of it. We continue to seek feedback on this document as we work together as a church to better define what we believe. I encourage you to take some time to read, think, and pray over this process.

Finally, for now, we ask and encourage you to pray. Pray for yourselves, for the community, for our leaders, and for the world. We are experiencing unprecedented, uncharted waters here. Things are happening very fast and it is easy to let the hype and the fear creep in. We continue to trust God and continue to move forward in faith. Stay tuned, more to come from us here at HCC. In the meantime, remember that the Lord is King, He rules and reigns. Let us continue to fix our eyes on Him always.


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