May 2nd, 2020 UPDATE
Dear members of Hope,
On Friday, May 1st, Governor Eric Holcomb presented the “Back on Track Indiana” initiative. As part of that initiative, beginning May 8th churches are allowed to resume regular worship Services while being encouraged to follow social distancing procedures. (All the information regarding the full initiative can be found at https://backontrack.in.gov and I encourage you all to review it carefully. If changes are made to this initiative, we will respond accordingly.)
Therefore, effective Sunday May 10th we are returning to one Sunday morning Service. It will be the full Service with the proper number of hymns and readings, and complete liturgy.
We do still need you to inform me if you are coming to church. This is the only way we can ensure we follow the proper procedures for sanitizing and social distancing. You can call my cell phone, text, or email me (see the “contact” tab at the top right of this page).
Please arrive to church on time. The doors will be locked at Service time to ensure we follow the proper social distancing guidelines. Let me know if you are going to be late so arrangements can be made.
Special sanitizing precautions will be taken. These include, but are not limited to, the following: The pews will be marked so that we sit at least six (6) feet apart. Doors will be propped open and the offering plate will not be passed in order to avoid commonly touched surfaces. Bulletins will be picked up rather than handed out. Communicants will come forward individually or as a family.
As we have said with all the precautions we have taken previously, these are not the result of fear. We are not afraid of sickness. We are certainly not afraid of receiving our Lord’s gifts. We are merely trying to prevent the spread of this virus, protect the health of others, respect the instructions of health and government officials, and make everyone as comfortable as reasonably possible.
Out of love for our neighbor, we would always ask people with any communicable sickness to stay home. If you are ill, have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, have been exposed to someone who has (or may have) COVID-19, or are at high-risk for complications from COVID-19, please remain home and call me so that I can minister to you in other ways. Please seek medical advice in those matters. Be aware that the governor’s office is specifically recommending people who are 65 or older stay at home, as well as any at high-risk. Don’t be “guilted” into coming if you need to remain home. If you need to schedule private communion, contact me. Call me with any questions.
The Lord bless you and keep you safe as we rejoice in this progress!
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”