Dear Church Family,

I have been working all week to get ready to Live Stream the teaching portion of our service tomorrow. We will also be recording it for CDs. I am testing things in hopes that nothing arises to make things go poorly tomorrow, but you never know, especially when it comes to me and not being an expert in these things, so please be patient. I will be doing the scripture reading and prayer time we usually do (minus names as this will be viewable to the public) and then the sermon.

Please pray the technology cooperates and that my testing was adequate. I will be trying to do it from the pulpit to bring some sense of normalcy during these days.

Here are some links for you:

We will be Live Streaming through YouTube rather than Facebook as YouTube tends to be easier to navigate, especially if you don’t have a Facebook account.

You can find Blessed Hope Church’s YouTube Channel Here

Music Playlist – Here you can find a set of songs on YouTube to prepare you and your family for worship and the teaching.

Blessings,

Pastor Mike

Updated March 18, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I hope you are doing well as we journey through uncharted waters these days. I am reminded of Jesus’ words not be anxious for what does that add to our life (Matthew 6:24-34). He will bring us through this time even though it is difficult and even if things aren’t completely the same afterward. I want you to know you are loved by me and our church and most of all by our gracious and kind Savior.

The leadership of the church has had to make some tough decisions and I want to let you know. However, with these tough decisions also come opportunities to grow, love, and trust in ways we may not have done in the past.

  1. We will be evaluating things every two weeks. Things are changing daily so we don’t want to plan out too far in advance.
    1. We will be communicating updates and information in a few ways:
      1. Email
      1. The Church Facebook Page
      1. The Church Website
      1. Please don’t hesitate to call or email the church office or Pastor Mike with any questions
  2. Sunday Morning Worship:
    1. In trying to honor what our government is recommending. We will not be worship together as a church family for the remainder of the month of March.
    2. I (Pastor Mike) have invested time and resources in getting us set up with the technology to live stream our sermon and even post-update videos to YouTube and Facebook.
      1. Once all these things are set up, we will email out a link and time for you to toon into Pastor Mike preaching on Sunday morning (most likely at our normal 10:45 am time slot)
      1. Pastor Mike is also making a YouTube Playlist that will be shared that you can use as a family to aid in worship.
  3. Ministries
    1. All on-campus ministries are canceled for the rest of March
      1. This includes small groups, youth group, Sunday school, etc.
  4. All food-related ministries are canceled until further notice.
    1. This includes Communion, Potlucks, 50+, Easter breakfast, fellowship snack, etc.
  1. The Special Business Meeting on March 29, 2020, is canceled until further notice.
  2. All Building Use Requests will be denied until further notice
  3. Small Groups as of right now may meet in homes, however, use great caution and wisdom. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to Pastor Josh.
  4. Meetings
    1. Elder and Diaconate meetings will still be held as scheduled, but may need to be video conferenced through Zoom.
  5. What Are we doing?
    1. Praying
      1. Please pray for one another during these lonely and difficult times.
      1. Pray for the Lord’s provision for our church and church family as many will be affected in so many ways through all of this.
  6. Reach out
    1. Reach out to Church Family
  7. Call, write, email, etc. to check in on each other and see if there is any way we can help each other.
    1. Reach out to the Community
  1. Pastor Mike is meeting with and is in contact with other churches and people in the community to see ways we can serve if we as we are able. So stay tuned for possibilities.
  2. Right now the Waterville Food Bank is in need of Volunteers and Plastic/Paper bags
  3. Stay in Touch and Grow
    1. We will be sharing resources occasionally on our Facebook page (see link above) and via email.
    1. We are also brainstorming some ways to use video and the resources here at the church to encourage, teach and disciple one another.
    1. Joann and the Sunday school teachers are working to provide “Sunday school at home” bags so we can continue to learn together and share. More details will be available tomorrow.

Blessings,

Pastor Mike