"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom."
~ Isaiah 40:28
March 28, 2020
Dear New Hope Family,
We are encouraged that so many of you gathered digitally this last Sunday to worship together! With Governor Evers’ recent “Safer at Home” order, the session feels it would be in keeping with proper submission to the civil authority to encourage you not to gather with others outside of your immediate family this coming Lord’s Day. The relevant excerpt from the order is “All public and private gatherings of any number of people that are not part of a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited exceptions contained in the order.” We look forward with increasing anticipation to the day when we can all worship in person together. This also draws our attention beyond this world when we will worship with all believers from all times. Great is the Lord and worthy of Praise!
In Christ, New Hope Session
March 18, 2020
Dear New Hope Family,
Last night, the session made the decision to suspend all gatherings at New Hope of 10 or more people, in accordance with Governor Evers’ direction yesterday, March 17, 2020 aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus called Covid-19. This includes all events through the end of the month as well as Sunday and weekly ministries.
While this means not being able to physically gather for corporate worship, there is a team forming to work on a way to gather from a distance through digital means. We will get information to you regarding what that will be and how to access it as soon as it becomes available. One of the elements of corporate worship that this will not address is worship in giving. There are several options for this. You may send checks though the mail to the church office (2401 Deckner Ave, Green Bay, WI 54302), set up a bill pay through your bank, or give online. To give online, go to www.nhopc.org/giving/ and click on the link. If you have any questions, you can contact the church office for assistance.
The suspension of meetings over 10 people applies to any group whether it is connected to New Hope or not. These groups are being directed to either cancel meeting or work out ways to meet online or in other formats.
We ask all small groups, K-groups, and any other gathering of church members to bear in mind the government mandate to have no more than 10 people in an enclosed area along with proper social distancing. We hope you will still fellowship through other forms of communication during this time.
Your access to pastors, elders, or the office will not be reduced. During regular office hours you can expect to call (920-468-8565) and email ( ) the church office and contact someone. If you need to get in the building, contact the church office before coming. There may or may not be someone there as staff will be doing a mixture of working from home and the office. If there’s a concern or request, the pastors and elders will still be available.
Brothers and sisters, this is yet another opportunity for God’s people to be salt and light and display the confidence we have in the Lord, even in uncertain times. We encourage you to connect with other members of the body of Christ to encourage and pray with and for them. There are also ministry opportunities for each of us as we care for those around us. You can download and print the Love Your Neighbor card and give them to neighbors or others. This will also be available in the church office.
Finally, in this brief update we wanted to encourage you that the Lord is using this difficult and ground-shifting time of upheaval for His own good purpose and will. Although it might look a little different, we are still able to grow in grace. We plan to point to resources and opportunities in the coming days to aid you and the whole New Hope family.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters,
The Session of New Hope
March 13, 2020
Dear New Hope Family,
As we are all aware, news about the virus called Covid-19 dominates both the media and public attention. It is a cause for concern for many, as it is also for the leadership of New Hope. Our desire here is to express our thoughts and to address some plans moving forward.
First and foremost, we encourage you to remember that the Lord remains sovereign, knows your needs, and faithfully provides for His people. This moment in time is yet another moment to declare the truth that the Lord reigns! Because of that, we seek what is wise and practical to maintain the health of the people of New Hope, whether it’s physical, mental, or spiritual.
At this time, we are not planning to cancel corporate worship services. There may come a time in the near future when that changes, either required by local health officials or by the wisdom of New Hope leadership.
Today, March 13, Governor Evers gave an order mandating the closure of all K-12 public and private schools starting Wednesday, March 18. As per our policy, this means all New Hope children and youth ministries are canceled until April 12.
Regarding aspects within worship, our current practices will be altered to limit contact between people. While we will continue with a pre-service greeting time, this does not require you to shake hands with those around you, a smile and a wave is a greeting itself. We will also receive the offering at the end of worship in the back of the sanctuary so that plates are not passed down the rows.
Further updates regarding this developing situation will be communicated through email by way of the CCB ‘Directory’ group. If you are not on this list or unsure if you are, contact the church office. It will also be posted on the church’s website: www.nhopc.org/coronavirus-updates.
Around the building, there will also be an increased effort to sanitize and clean surfaces and commonly touched items, like doorknobs, within the building as well.
We encourage the following precautions regarding corporate worship and involvement in ministries:
- If you or an immediate family member are sick with any communicable illness, please remain at home until you are better.
- If you are 60 or above, have underlying health conditions and are concerned about contracting the virus, exercise caution and consider your liberty in Christ to remain at home.
- If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, are remaining at home out of precaution during this time, or need supplies, please contact an elder, deacon, or pastor, so that we can support and care for you.
Our desire is for your health and safety. There are no extra ordinary precautions that we need to undertake beyond what is common in reducing spreading viral infection:
- Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water
- Covering coughs and sneezes
- Avoiding touching your face
- Staying home when sick
Above all, display love during this time and be especially considerate of others’ health, concerns, and well-being. You do a wonderful job of loving and extending grace and we know that will remain true even in this season of uncertainty.
Continue in prayer for those affected with this and all illnesses and those involved in treating them. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your care elder. If you are unsure of who your elder is, contact any one of the elders or pastors.
Yours in Christ,
The Elders and Deacons of New Hope.