March 13, 2020
This afternoon, a state of emergency was declared for Minnesota and the MDH has recommended the cancelation all large events to help slow the pace of COVID-19 within our community. The leadership of Hope deeply desires to care well for those around us and to do all that we can, even exceeding recommendations, to help with these efforts. In light of this, we will be cancelling all Hope events, including small groups, until we receive further instruction from the MDH. As this situation continues to change rapidly, we will be monitoring MDH recommendations and adjust accordingly.
This Sunday, we will provide a Facebook Live gathering with Steve and Cor from Hope’s Facebook page. Please join us online at 10 AM to worship together. Brian will also be sharing a special encouragement with you all on Monday. Watch our Facebook page for more information.
We encourage you to continue group messaging prayer requests and life updates to your small group members and finding creative ways to engage with each other (Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc.) during this season of separation. Naty will be sending a message to small group leaders soon with more suggestions, so watch your inbox!
We’ll have more information for you all in the coming days about other ways to connect with each other and bless those both inside and outside of Hope. This is a time in our community when many will struggle. How can you encourage them, support them, and share the Gospel in tangible ways with those around you? We’d love to hear about how God is using you to be a light to those around you!
I’m praying for each of you to draw near to the Lord and find peace in Him in the days ahead.
Director of Operations
March 12, 2020
At Hope, we want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, the people of Hope Community Church, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please be mindful of the guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC, including:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
We urge you to consider refraining from attending church events (including small group), classes and services until the 14-day time-frame has been observed if you’ve traveled to any high-alert area (currently China, South Korea, Iran, Italy). Please also consider refraining from attendance if you’ve traveled to US locations with community spread of COVID-19.
While you are out, you can access the sermons each week at https://hopecc.com/messages/.
We will hold services this Sunday. We are taking additional precautions in our gatherings to help create a safer environment. We have increased the frequency for cleaning common touch points throughout our buildings. For the foreseeable future, we also will no longer: Have a “meet your neighbor” time in our services Provide a physical handout with sermon notes Provide coffee and treats Serve communion
While Hope’s leadership is making corporate decisions based on information from the MDH, we encourage you to consider what is best for your individual response. We will be closely monitoring recommendations regarding gatherings and will share if and when changes may occur.
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain confident of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus. In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
Director of Operations