November 28th, 2020 UPDATE

Dear members and friends of Hope,

The “reopening stages” of the “Back on Track Indiana” initiative from the Governor’s office are no more. Rather, the state and individual counties are using “metrics” regarding number of cases and positivity rates of COVID-19 to determine the various restrictions for each county. This means the restrictions are ever changing.

However, the ONLY requirement on churches at this time is that they must practice the “social distancing” of 6 feet between households. We will continue to follow this and implement other safety features that we deem reasonable for our congregation; at this time these include, but are not limited to, the following: Hand sanitizer is available once you enter the building and soap is available in the bathrooms. The pews are marked so that we sit at least 6 feet apart. The offering plate is not passed in order to avoid commonly touched surfaces. Bulletins are picked up rather than handed out. Communicants come forward individually or as a family.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 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.

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, or have been exposed to someone who has 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.

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.

The Lord bless you and keep you safe!

-Pastor Locklair

“God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”

(Psalm 46:1-3)