Updates

DREAM BIG BEGINS THIS SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 20

Join us this weekend at New Horizons Christian Church for the beginning of “Dream Big,” our fall worship emphasis which will encourage us as individuals and as a church to be optimistic, faithful, and courageous during these truly strange times. With COVID -19, economic distress, social unrest, an increasingly negative election season, and environmental catastrophes such as wildfires and hurricanes, it is only natural that some folks respond with a sense of loss, sadness, fear, confusion, and pessimism. While not being in denial about any of these realities, our Lead Pastor Jim Bane and Co-Pastor Ali Miguel will be leading us in a different direction. They believe that God has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

We will be using the book “Dream Big” by Bob Goff as our launching point. Jim discovered this book in June when hearing Bob interviewed on a podcast and knew it would be perfect for our whole church. You don’t have to buy the book to benefit from this series, but it will provide you with material not covered during our sermon series. An additional way for you to explore the material in a deeper manner will be by joining a Zoom group that will meet on Wednesdays at 7PM. Part of the small group material will be videos by Bob Goff. Please let Jim or Ali know that you want to be part of the Zoom group and they will give you the log-in information.

Join us this Sunday at 9AM on our YouTube channel to begin the “Dream Bog” adventure.

Also this Sunday the following groups will meet in the parking lot – Youth Group, Friendship Class, and Lord’s Workers Class.

Also this week – Tuesday at 6 – Prayer team meets by Zoom, 7 – Reopening Team meets by Zoom. Wednesday at 7 – “Dream Big” small group study via Zoom.

Also, Jim and Ali are always in the church on Tuesdays from 10AM until 2PM. Feel free to stop by and chat with either of them as well as have a private prayer time in the sanctuary.

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Sunday September 27 – Drive-In Worship at 10AM

Sunday October 4 – Dress Rehearsal of Indoor Worship Service with a small audience – available later in the day on YouTube.

Sunday October 11 – Drive-In Worship at 10:45AM

Sunday October 18 – Dress Rehearsal of Indoor Worship Service with a small audience – available later in the day on YouTube.

Sunday October 25 – Drive-In Worship at 10:45AM (Last Drive-In Service)

Sunday November 1 – First Indoor Worship Service at 10:45AM (If Summit County Threat Level is at Orange or below)

Updates

Join Us For Evening Vespers on Sunday Night at 7PM

Vespers Service – Join us for a special evening worship service this Sunday at 7PM as we wrap up our summer series and pivot to our fall series “Dream Big.” We will meet at 6PM to tailgate – we will share the experience but not the food, and music will begin at 6:50. Our service will help us name some of the losses and laments that we have experienced as well as respond in gratitude and hope for what God has in store for us this fall.

Rain is predicted for earlier in the day but should pass by the evening. The weather may have an impact on our adult classes that normally meet outside in the morning.

Meetings this week: Tuesday at 2 – Elders will meet outside; Zoom Prayer Team Tuesday at 6PM; Our Youth Group will meet Sunday the 20th at 9:30AM.

Reopening Plan – We shared this in the last blog but wanted to make sure we all got it. Please share any responses or ideas with our Re-Opening Team: Jim Bane, Ali Miguel, Glenn and Lisa Warner, Valdene Barbuto, Dorinne Linnen, and Helen Stager.

In order for us to safely come together for in person worship, the Re-opening Team recommends that New Horizons Christian Church follow the Ohio Risk Level Guidelines for social gatherings. If Summit County is at a Level One or Level Two, we will hold in person worship in the Sanctuary. If Summit County moves to a Level Three or a Level Four, then there will be no in person worship that week. Every week, no matter what level we are there will be an online worship option available. Online worship is here to stay for good. 

Although the Re-opening Team is doing our part to put best practices in place to create a safe environment for worship, everyone needs to help and do their part too. The responsibility falls on all of us using safe practices to keep one another safe and healthy. And everyone is encouraged to make the best decision for themselves about whether or not they attend any kind of social gathering, including in person worship. You need to make the best decision for you.

These are the following guidelines we have put into place for all of us to follow when we return to in-person worship. If you have attended any of our Drive-In Worship services this summer, many of these practices will be familiar to you. As always, we are learning new things and may need to make changes to this at some point. If or when that happens, we will be sure to communicate that as quickly as possible.

NHCC return to in-person requirements:

-Assess your own health before attending worship. COVID19 symptoms, which include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle aches, or a new loss of taste or smell. If you experience any of those symptoms, or are uncertain about your health, please do not come to the church for worship.

– EVERYONE entering the church must wear a face mask. We recommend you bring your own mask if you have one. Masks will be available when you enter the church if you do not have one.

– When entering and leaving the building, please practice social distancing from anyone outside of your own household. Please, no hugging or handshakes. A friendly wave is the best alternative.

-Hand sanitizer will be available in various places throughout the church. Please sanitize your hands after entering the building, before leaving the building, and whenever it might appropriate for you to do so. 

-Every other pew will be blocked off for distancing requirements.

-Hymnals and Bibles will be removed from all the pews in the Sanctuary. Please bring your own Bible if you wish to do so.

-No offering plates will be passed. Offering plates will be sitting on a table right inside the Sanctuary where you may place your offering either before or after worship.

-Communion will be served via individual, prepackaged wafer & juice sets. These will be available for you to pick up prior to entering the Sanctuary.

-No congregational singing. Studies have shown that singing is the equivalent of a cough, and propels the virus 12-18 feet, compared to only 3-6 feet for ordinary speaking.

-For the foreseeable future, there will be no Children’s programming offered on Sunday mornings. Children will need to remain with their families during worship. Alternative methods to share the Worship and Wonder stories will be available online once a month.

-For the foreseeable future, there will be no child care person available to watch babies or toddlers in the Cry Room during worship.

-The church office is closed on Sunday to everyone other than our staff members. Please respect that space.

Again, as we navigate through this pandemic, we are always learning new things which can often lead us to make changes when and where we need to. As of right now, these will be our guidelines as we come back together for in person worship this fall.

Our Fall Worship Schedule

September

13  Evening Vespers Service Outside (BYO Dinner at 6 PM. Service Starts at 7PM)

20 “Dream Big: Get Ready to Dream Big, Part 1” Online

27 “Dream Big: Get Ready to Dream Big, Part 2” (Drive-In Worship at 10AM)

October  Worship Time Shifts to 10:45AM

4 “Dream Big: Set Absurd Expectations, Part 2 Online (Dress Rehearsal)

11 “Dream Big: Set Absurd Expectations, Part 2” (Drive-In Worship)

18 “Dream Big: Clear the Path, Part 1” (Dress Rehearsal)

25 “Dream Big: Clear the Path, Part 2” (Last Drive-In Worship)

November Worship Shifts to Sanctuary

1  “Dream Big: Push Through Setbacks, Part 1”  First Service in the Sanctuary. All Saints Day

8  Dream Big: Push Through Setbacks, Part 2”

15 “Dream Big: Land the Plane, Part 1”

22 Dream Big: Land the Plane, Part 2”

29 – First Sunday in Advent

Dream Big (based on the book of the same name by Bob Goff) will be our fall worship emphasis. You don’t have to buy the book to benefit from this series, but a small group will be meeting by Zoom on Wednesday nights starting September 23. Let Jim or Ali know if you are interested.

Our Sanctuary is open on Tuesday from 10AM – 2PM for private prayer time.

Food Ministry – Our blessing box has been discovered by our neighborhood and is a great 24/7/365 resource. Rose is also fielding a number of calls for groceries and when she prepares orders she is including fresh vegetables from our community garden. So we are helping to feed our neighbors.

How you can help: all non-perishable food items are appreciated for the blessing box and food pantry including canned vegetable and fruits, rice, pasta and sauce, cereal, and syrup.

Acme Receipts – We are still collecting these for the cash back program.

Two families have moved in recent weeks – The Stager family and the Miguel family. contact the church office to get their updated addresses

Our Girl Scout troop is raising money through the sale of chocolates and nuts. Contact Rose (330.733.3533) or Diane (330.283.0831) for details.

Updates

Reopening Plan and Return to Indoor Worship

Guidelines

Re-opening Plan for NHCC

In order for us to safely come together for in person worship, the Re-opening Team recommends that New Horizons Christian Church follow the Ohio Risk Level Guidelines for social gatherings. If Summit County is at a Level One or Level Two, we will hold in person worship in the Sanctuary. If Summit County moves to a Level Three or a Level Four, then there will be no in person worship that week. Every week, no matter what level we are there will be an online worship option available. Online worship is here to stay for good. 

Although the Re-opening Team is doing our part to put best practices in place to create a safe environment for worship, everyone needs to help and do their part too. The responsibility falls on all of us using safe practices to keep one another safe and healthy. And everyone is encouraged to make the best decision for themselves about whether or not they attend any kind of social gathering, including in person worship. You need to make the best decision for you.

These are the following guidelines we have put into place for all of us to follow when we return to in-person worship. If you have attended any of our Drive-In Worship services this summer, many of these practices will be familiar to you. As always, we are learning new things and may need to make changes to this at some point. If or when that happens, we will be sure to communicate that as quickly as possible.

NHCC return to in-person requirements:

-Assess your own health before attending worship. COVID19 symptoms, which include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle aches, or a new loss of taste or smell. If you experience any of those symptoms, or are uncertain about your health, please do not come to the church for worship.

– EVERYONE entering the church must wear a face mask. We recommend you bring your own mask if you have one. Masks will be available when you enter the church if you do not have one.

– When entering and leaving the building, please practice social distancing from anyone outside of your own household. Please, no hugging or handshakes. A friendly wave is the best alternative.

-Hand sanitizer will be available in various places throughout the church. Please sanitize your hands after entering the building, before leaving the building, and whenever it might appropriate for you to do so. 

-Every other pew will be blocked off for distancing requirements.

-Hymnals and Bibles will be removed from all the pews in the Sanctuary. Please bring your own Bible if you wish to do so.

-No offering plates will be passed. Offering plates will be sitting on a table right inside the Sanctuary where you may place your offering either before or after worship.

-Communion will be served via individual, prepackaged wafer & juice sets. These will be available for you to pick up prior to entering the Sanctuary.

-No congregational singing. Studies have shown that singing is the equivalent of a cough, and propels the virus 12-18 feet, compared to only 3-6 feet for ordinary speaking.

-For the foreseeable future, there will be no Children’s programming offered on Sunday mornings. Children will need to remain with their families during worship. Alternative methods to share the Worship and Wonder stories will be available online once a month.

-For the foreseeable future, there will be no child care person available to watch babies or toddlers in the Cry Room during worship.

-The church office is closed on Sunday to everyone other than our staff members. Please respect that space.

Again, as we navigate through this pandemic, we are always learning new things which can often lead us to make changes when and where we need to. As of right now, these will be our guidelines as we come back together for in person worship this fall.

Worship Schedule for the Coming Months

September

6 – Online Worship on YouTube. Story: “The Boy who wanted to be Tall”

13 – Evening Vesper Service Outside – Bring You own Dinner at 6PM, Worship Starts at 7PM, The end of our summer camp series

20 – Online Worship on YouTube- The beginning of our fall theme “Dream Big” – Inspired by the writings of Bob Goff

27 – Drive in Worship at 10AM

October – Shift to New Time: 10:45AM

4 – Online Worship On YouTube (“Dress Rehearsal for Indoor Worship”)

11- Drive-In Worship at 10:45AM

18 – Online Worship on YouTube (“Dress Rehearsal for Indoor Worship”)

25 – Last Drive-In Worship at 10:45AM

November – Indoor Worship Begins

This is our plan for the next few months. Please let us know how it sounds to you, and if you have any ideas that might make it better.

A few more bits of news

Great News: The blessing box has been discovered and is helping to feed our neighbors. And families are also benefiting from the harvest of our Community Garden.

Our sanctuary is open on Tuesdays from 10AM – 2PM for prayer and meditation.

Updates

“For Love of the King” at NHCC

Sunday, August 30– Drive In Worship at 10AM at the New Horizons Christian Church Outdoor Worship Venue (also known as our parking lot). Stay in your car or bring a chair and sit outside or whatever seems to work for you. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Bring your own communion or it will be provided for you. The theme for this week is how we show our love for God, and the Camp Christian story that Pastor Jim will share is called “”For Love of the King.” The weather prediction is for dry and cool conditions.

As always, the service will be available on YouTube later in the day.

The Friendship Class and the Lord’s Workers Class will be meeting outside before worship.

Zoom Meetings on Tuesday – Prayer Team at 6PM and Reopening Team at 7PM.

Sunday Sept 13th Worship– This will be our final Sunday of our Camp Christian Summer series. This will be and EVENING Vespers service. This is in place of our church picnic this year. We will meet at 6:00 pm to eat and fellowship together. Everyone will need to bring their own meal and we will continue to practice social distancing guidelines and wearing masks when we are not eating. At 7:00 pm, we will begin our worship service. Part of the service will be recorded and available on YouTube on Monday.

DREAM BIG – Our Fall worship Emphasis is called “Dream Big” and it will kick off on Sunday September 20. We will be adapting material written by Bob Goff, and small groups meeting at various times midweek via Zoom will enable people to go deeper.

Private Prayer Time in the Sanctuary is now available on Tuesdays from 10AM until 2PM – Just Stop By.

Other Worship News – Depending on the weather and the Summit County Covid 19 Threat Level, we hope to have Drive- In Worship every other week in the fall just as we have done over the summer. Outdoor Services are scheduled for September 27, October 11, and October 25 with YouTube available later in the day. Worship on the other Sundays will be online only on our YouTube channel.

October will be our month of transition – Worship will return to its traditional time of 10:45, and we will have a couple of “dress rehearsals” of worship indoors on October 4 and 18. These will be our opportunities to make sure we have all safety protocols in place.

If everything works out, we hope to begin worship in the sanctuary on Sunday November 1 – All Saints Day. Online worship will continue to be offered. This return to the sanctuary is dependent on the Summit County Threat Level being at Level 1 (Yellow) or Level 2 ()range).

And for the best news of the week: Remi Laine Allman, daughter of Sami and Blake, was born on Thursday at about 1:30. 8 lbs 4 oz.

Updates

This Week at NHCC…

Sunday August 23rd

Our worship service will be online on our YouTube channel Sunday morning at 9:00 am.

Our Camp Story this week is “The Knights of the Silver Shield.”

Sunday School Classes will meet at 9:00 am outside on the church property.

Also on Sunday, our Youth Group will be meeting Sunday Morning at 10:00 am. They will meet outside, practice social distancing and masks are required for those who are able to wear them.

Zoom Meetings This Week:

Elders – Tuesday at 2:00 pm outside at the church

Prayer Team – Tuesday at 6 pm

Re-opening Team Update:

The Re-Opening Team met this past Tuesday and we are working on several different scenarios that could allow for some version of in person worship in the Sanctuary in the near future. All plans will be dependent on the health guidelines in place and what level of risk Summit County is at. We are working on another survey so that we can get feedback from all of you as well. We know that our best laid plans most likely will change, that has been the case since all of this began. Despite changes, our hope is to have a set of guidelines, and plans in place for how we will move forward and slowly come together again, even if those plans end up getting pushed back. More information will be out soon!

The members of the Re-opening team are: Valdene Barbuto, Glenn and Lisa Warner, Helen Stager, Dorine Linnen, Jim, and Ali

Looking Ahead:

Next Sunday, August 30th will be a Drive-In Worship Day. Worship will be at 10:00 am and posted to YouTube later in the day.

Sunday Sept 13th Worship– This will be our final Sunday of our Camp Christian Summer series. This will be and EVENING Vespers service. This is in place of our church picnic this year. We will meet at 6:00 pm to eat and fellowship together. Everyone will need to bring their own meal and we will continue to practice social distancing guidelines and wearing masks when we are not eating. At 7:00 pm, we will begin our worship service. Part of the service will be recorded and on our YouTube channel Monday. We will share more information and reminders as we get closer to the date.