May 29th, 2021 UPDATE

Dear members and friends of Hope,

Currently, there are no mask, social distancing, or other COVID-19 related mandates upon churches in the state of Indiana, Porter County, or the town of Portage.

We continue to have the pews marked so that people can sit six feet from one another if they desire. Hand sanitizer is available once you enter the building and soap is available in the bathrooms.

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. 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)