JUNE 13th, 2020 UPDATE
Dear members and friends of Hope,
On Friday, June 12th we here in Porter county, along with most of Indiana, entered into stage 4 of the 5 stages of the “Back on Track Indiana” initiative. (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.)
Now that Indiana has continued to make progress through the stages of the “Back on Track” initiative, you may find yourself considering coming to church. We would love to have you join us! Please contact me if you have any questions or concern. Please do also inform me if you are coming. This is the only way we can ensure we follow the proper procedures for sanitizing and social distancing. Members, you can call my cell phone, text, or email me. Friends, you can use the “contact” tab at the top right of this page or call the church office. When you contact me, I will give you the Service time and instructions. 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.
We are continuing to follow social distancing guidelines. The Services are the full Service with the proper number of hymns, readings, and complete liturgy. Special sanitizing precautions are being taken. These include, but are not limited to, the following: The pews are marked so that we sit at least six (6) feet apart. Doors are propped open and the offering plate is not passed in order to avoid commonly touched surfaces. Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned regularly. Bulletins are picked up rather than handed out. Communicants 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 contact 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. Members, if you need to schedule private communion, contact me.
The Lord bless you and keep you safe!
“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.”