Updates

December 20- The Fourth Week of Advent

This Sunday: Dorine and Steve light our fourth candle of our Advent wreath – our Joy candle. Jim’s message this week is “Are You Ready to Shout for Joy?” based on Isaiah 35:1-10.

Join us in worship at 9AM on Sunday on our YouTube channel or watch at whatever time is convenient for you.

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP: Our special online Christmas Eve service will be on our YouTube channel by 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 24th. This unique service will include some familiar faces, voices, special music, and conclude with our traditional singing of Silent Night. We hope you join us to celebrate the birth of Christ through this familiar yet unique worship experience.

CHRISTMAS GIVING THANK YOU…  Even though we didn’t have our giving tree to take a child’s name and gift preference this year, we were still able to help a number of children and their families for Christmas this year. Through your generosity, 15 families received help with Christmas gifts for their children and over 40 bags of food for Christmas dinners were given out. What a wonderful gift that was for so many families. THANK YOU for your incredible generosity and help with making all of this possible.

SECRET SISTER GIFTS: There are several gifts at the church for some of our “Secret Sisters in Christ.” As of right now, Pam, Michelle, Cal, Valdene, Kelly, and Sherry, have gifts waiting for them at the church. Gifts can be picked up on Sunday during the Open House, or you can always call or stop by the church another day if you need to. Contact Jim, Holly, or Ali if you have questions.

INVITE REMINDER…. You’re invited to our Drive-Thru Open House Sunday. We hope to see you there!

BLESSING BOX UPDATE: As the weather is growing colder, our blessing box needs some different items. During these cold winter months, as the food items in the box will be susceptible to freezing, it has been suggested that the Blessing Box be filled with non-perishable items that do NOT have liquid in them. Dry good items such as cereal, boxed pasta, instant rice, instant mashed potatoes, oatmeal, granola bars, cereal bars, and other items without liquid in them were suggested. You can add your items in the Blessing Box at any time! Thank you for all you have given to help keep our Blessing Box stocked!

Updates

December 13- The Third Week of Advent

This Sunday: Pat and Karen Burridge light the third candle of our Advent wreath – our Peace candle. Ali’s message based on Isaiah 11:1-10 is titled “Is Peace Possible?” Join us in worship at 9AM on Sunday on our YouTube channel or watch at whatever time is convenient for you.

Looking Ahead: Jim will preach “Are You Ready to Shout for Joy?” next Sunday, December 20th.

CHRISTMAS EVE UPDATE: After meeting with the Re-opening Team and the Elder’s, it was unanimously agreed upon that doing anything in person, even outside, on Christmas Eve wasn’t in the best interest of everyone’s safety. There will be no in-person service on Christmas Eve. However, there WILL BE a special Christmas Eve worship service available ONLINE. We are working on a number of different elements to create a special online Christmas Eve service that will include some familiar faces, voices, and special music. The online Christmas Eve service will be available on our YouTube channel by 5:00pm, on December 24th.

Advent Devotional Books are available at the church office or we can mail one to you. Just contact Rose.

Helping children and families this Christmas Update.  Even though we don’t have our giving tree to take a child’s name and gift preference this year, we are still able to help a number of children and their families. Rose compiled a list of needs, shared that with the everyone and the church responded quickly and generously. There are still a few items that are needed so please contact Rose if you are able to help.  THANK YOU for your continued generosity!

PICTURES NEEDED! We are working on a special addition for our Online Christmas Eve service. But we need pictures of all of you to make that happen! We are looking for pictures of you and your family near the Christmas tree, Advent wreath or somewhere in your home or outside. This is going to be a fun addition to worship so please snap a quick shot and text or email your pictures to Jim, Ali or Sam. We need all the pictures in by Tuesday, December 15. We can’t wait to see all the fun pictures you all will share!

BLESSING BOX UPDATE: As the weather is growing colder, our blessing box needs some different items. During these cold winter months, as the food items in the box will be susceptible to freezing, it has been suggested that the Blessing Box be filled with non-perishable items that do NOT have liquid in them. Dry good items such as cereal, boxed pasta, instant rice, instant mashed potatoes, oatmeal, granola bars, cereal bars, and other items without liquid in them were suggested. You can add your items in the Blessing Box at any time! Thank you for all you have given to help keep our Blessing Box stocked!

YOU’RE INVITED!!!

Updates

December 6 – The Second Week of Advent

As of Thursday December 3 Summit County’s Alert level has been moved to Purple, the highest threat level on the scale.

Most of us have friends or family members who have had Covid, and it has impacted New Horizons very directly. And more cases, unfortunately, seem to be coming our way. So stay home as much as possible and stay safe. We are not happy to be physically apart especially this time of year, but we look forward with hope to a better day ahead.

This Sunday Glenn and Lisa Warner light the second of our Advent wreath candles – our Love candle. Jim’s message based on Isaiah 40 and the first chapter of Mark is “What are you preparing for?” Join us in worship at 9AM on Sunday on our YouTube channel or watch at whatever time is convenient for you. Thank you to Sam who is back from Covid quarantine and helping again with recording our worship services.

Looking Ahead in worship – Ali will preach on “Is Peace Possible?” on Sunday December 13.

Christmas Eve will primarily be an online experience but we are looking at in person options outside the building if weather and healthy advisory permits.

Your Buckeye order can be picked up at the church on Saturday December 5.

Advent Devotional Books are available at the church office or we can mail one to you. Just contact Rose.

We will be having a Drive Through Open House at the church on Sunday December 20 from 10AM – Noon. Stop by and get an electric candle you can use for our online Christmas Eve service as well as receive a Christmas Poinsettia. Secret Sisters can drop off gifts that can be given out that morning as well. Other surprises are planned as well. No RSVP needed. You don’t even have to leave your car.

Want to help a child or family this Christmas? We don’t have our giving tree to take a child’s name and gift preference this year, but we are still helping children and their families. Rose is compiling a list of needs and how you can help. She is sending out a letter detailing how you can assist.

Pledge cards for 2021 are now being received at the office.

PICTURES NEEDED! We are working on a special addition for our Online Christmas Eve service. But we need pictures of all of you to make that happen! We are looking for pictures of you and your family near the Christmas tree, Advent wreath or somewhere in your home or outside. This is going to be a fun addition to worship so please snap a quick shot and text or email your pictures to Jim, Ali or Sam. We need all the pictures in by Tuesday, December 15. We can’t wait to see all the fun pictures you all will share!

Updates

THE SEASON OF ADVENT IS HERE!

Although we just finished our Thanksgiving meals, and could possibly be enjoying the leftovers for several days, the season of Advent begins THIS Sunday.

Unfortunately, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, we are continuing to postpone worshipping in-person in our Sanctuary for the next several weeks.

The following is our worship schedule for the Season of Advent:

Sunday Nov. 29th – First Sunday of Advent: HOPE  – Online Worship Only

Sunday Dec. 6th– Second Sunday of Advent – Online Worship Only

Sunday Dec. 13th – Third Sunday of Advent – Online Worship Only

Sunday Dec. 20th– Fourth Sunday of Advent- Online Worship Only

Thursday Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve – Online Worship AND Possible Outside Drive-In Worship Service

Sunday Dec. 27th – First Sunday After Christmas- Online Worship Only

As long as there are no technological issues, our worship services will be available Sunday mornings on our YouTube channel.

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS: We have Advent Devotionals for anyone who would like one. You can stop by the church during the week to pick one up or call the church and let us know you would like one sent to you.

ADDITIONAL CHURCH INFORMATION:

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Reminder that while the current Stay at Home Advisory is in effect, our Sunday School classes will not be meeting. As we get closer to December 16th, we will let you know what the Sunday School classes will or will not be doing about meeting. You can also contact Jim, Ali, Valdene or Glenn for information about the classes.

BUCKEYE PICK UP: Buckeye orders will be available for pick-up on Saturday Dec. 5th from 10am – 12:00pm. You can drive up to the main doors of the church and your Buckeye order will brought out to you. Please contact Lisa Warner or Brenda Adkins for more information.

FROM OUR VISITING REGIONAL MINISTERS:

This past week our visiting Regional Ministers sent out a letter to the region regarding return plans for in-person worship. Our re-opening team made our decision not to return to in-person worship before we received this but it is just another affirmation that we have made a wise decision which has everyone’s safety as our number one priority. Feel free to click on the link below to read the letter.

Updates

NEW WORSHIP UPDATE

Once again, things have changed and it has become necessary to modify our in-person worship plans.

Given the current situation with the rise in Covid-19 cases and the recent Stay at Home advisory in Ohio, as well as Summit County adding to the advisory, it has become clear that it is in the best interest of everyone’s safety that we postpone our in-person worship start date.

The re-opening team has met and agrees that the following plan is the best response to our current circumstances at this time.

We will NOT hold in-person worship until Sunday December 20th, the first Sunday after the Stay at Home advisory is hopefully lifted. We will reevaluate the situation as we get closer to that date and modify our plans if necessary.  

Sunday Nov. 22nd– Thanksgiving Sunday – Online Worship Only

Sunday Nov. 29th – First Sunday of Advent – Online Worship Only

Sunday Dec. 6th– Second Sunday of Advent – Online Worship Only

Sunday Dec. 13th – Third Sunday of Advent – Online Worship Only

Sunday Dec. 20th– Fourth Sunday of Advent- Online Worship & Possible in-person worship depending on risk level advisories

Thursday Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve – Online Worship & Possible in-person worship depending on risk level advisories

Sunday Dec. 27th – First Sunday After Christmas- Online Worship Only

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS: We have Advent Devotionals for anyone who would like one. You can stop by the church during the week to pick one up or call the church and let us know you would like one sent to you.

ADDITIONAL CHURCH INFORMATION:

SUNDAY SCHOOL: While the current Stay at Home Advisory is in effect, our Sunday School classes will not be meeting. As we get closer to December 16th, we will let you know what the Sunday School classes will or will not be doing about meeting. You can also contact Jim, Ali, Valdene or Glenn for information about the classes.

BUCKEYE PICK UP: Buckeye orders will be available for pick-up on Saturday Dec. 5th from 10am – 12:00pm. You can drive up to the main doors of the church and your Buckeye order will brought out to you. Please contact Lisa Warner or Brenda Adkins for more information.

CHRISTMAS GIVING OPPORTUNITY: We are working on a Christmas giving opportunity that will help a number of families that could use some extra support this year. We don’t have all the details ironed out just yet, but we are working on it and will get that information to you soon. Keep your eye on the blog and your email for more information.

A NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT: This has not been an easy year by any means. Many people have faced a great deal of adversity in numerous ways, but we can’t give up and we can’t give in. “Let us not grow weary in doing the good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” (Gal. 6:9).

Church, now more than ever, we need to reach out and find ways to support, encourage, help, and love one another. Make that phone call, send that card, email, text, or do whatever you can to continue to keep connected with one another. There is an up side to this and we will get there. Let us keep that in sight and work to help one another keep the hope of that in sight.

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Know that we are grateful for each and every one of you that makes up this community of faith that we call New Horizons Christian Church. 

As always, check the blog for weekly updates or you can call the church office, Jim, or Ali with any questions.