The “New Normal” at New Horizons

Preaching in an empty sanctuary, Elders meeting via phone and computer, Attending worship while watching YouTube at home, Mailing your offering check to the church

These are just a few examples of the “New Normal” at New Horizons Christian Church in the final full week of March 2020. It wasn’t what we had expected  to be doing, but I have appreciated how we have adjusted and been open to trying some new things. I am grateful for all the technology and software at our disposal from I Phone cameras, to laptops, from Zoom to YouTube and Facebook, from texting to email, and even “old fashioned” telephone calls and snail mail.

Though many of our usual ministries are being done in different ways and “in person” contact with one another is very limited, New Horizons Christian Church is still very much at work – not just waiting for the current situation to pass but actively reaching out to our members and our neighbors. And I have no doubt that we will be continuing to adjust what we are doing in the days and weeks to come.

Our Elders discussed the fact that returning to business as usual for our church looks to be some time away, and certainly not in the next few weeks.

Here are a few of the business as unusual things I want to highlight:

  1. Adam Seger continues to record and edit our mini-worship services and makes them available on our YouTube channel at 9am on Sundays. If you are unfamiliar with YouTube, Adam has put a link to it on our church’s website newhorizonschristian.org. I am trying to add a bit more to the service every week.  Our March 15 service has had over 175 views.
  2. The sermon for March 29 is “Do You Believe that God Can Do a Lot with a Little?” and our text is John 6:1-13.
  3. A big thank you to all those who have mailed in their offerings or dropped them off at the church office. Our offering last week was impressive considering the circumstances. We are looking into some online giving options to make it easier for people to support the church.
  4. Though our office hours are limited during the week, Brenda Adkins will be at the church every Thursday from 1-3 if you want to drop off your offering in person.
  5. One positive is that our church has always managed its finances wisely and we have no outstanding debts. But your gifts are still very much needed since your church is still at work.
  6. Our Elders are actively looking after their flocks and want to help anyway that they can.
  7. Our prayer team will continue to pray for your joys and concerns.. If you have something that you want to be added to the list, please send that information to me at jwbane@hotmail.com or call me at 330.671.6026.
  8. Let’s continue to stay connected in whatever means possible. I like the email that Cal Wolfe is sending around the Lord’s Workers class. The Sisters in Christ have received digital greeting cards. Others have posted things at our NHCC folks group on Facebook. Let’s keep it up. We all need it.

In closing let me share these words of Paul  that reflect me own sentiments: “God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:8

Pastor Jim

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