Happy Tuesday Everyone,
Here are some updates…
Communion and Offering
I’m sure many of you noticed that we did communion and offering a little different this past Sunday. With all that is happening in the news with the coronavirus, schools being shut down for cleaning, and new confirmed cases of spreading sickness each day, the elders thought it wise to play our part in limiting the amount of times germs can be spread from person to person in our church gathering. So we didn’t pass communion or offering plates, and the communion elements were all in one (juice and wafer together) sealed packages so only the person taking would have contact with the elements when they took the cup from the basket. Offering plates were placed at the back of each row and the congregation was asked to give as they exited the sanctuary at the conclusion of the worship service.
We will continue to offer both communion and offering this way for the remainder of the month.
In addition, this Wednesday we will have a crew go through all of the high traffic areas of the church for deep cleaning and germ removal. The Children’s Ministry will not be meeting because their large space requires the most attention, but the Youth Group will stick to their normal schedule in the youth building. If you are in a Wednesday Connect Group that meets at the church facility please be on the lookout for an email update from your group leader. Let me assure you that we have not heard of any cases of the coronavirus at New Hope. We are simply doing this cleaning because the New Hope facility is used almost every day by hundreds of children and adults of all ages. It has been a while since we have performed this type of cleaning so I feel there is no better time than now.
With that being said, I feel it is important to keep a level head during such fear-driven times. God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. There may be fears of a virus being spread when we are in public, but that shouldn’t change who or what we are called to be as believers in Christ. That means we still lend a helping hand to those in need, and we show the love of Jesus to our friends and neighbors…even if they happen to cough or sneeze around us. Keep in mind that allergy season in Nashville is also upon us and people are just trying to get through their day. Not everyone who coughs or sneezes is suffering from a scary virus. Please continue to approach people with grace and love, just like all New Hope people do!
Tornado Relief Giving
A few people asked on Sunday if New Hope was planning on collecting money for Tornado Relief efforts. There is no plan for New Hope to collect any funds. I would encourage you to look for your own trusted places to give. Samaritan’s Purse is doing a lot of work in Tennessee right now with relief efforts. You can give at the following link.
If you would like to volunteer for relief work I would recommend you sign up at Hands on Nashville.
There are also still needs at the Women’s Rescue Mission.
Have a Blessed Week,