COVID-19 Health Precautions

Trust God, Be Wise

Wednesday March 25th, 9:00 a.m.


Out of respect for our government and love for our neighbors, this Sunday, March 29, for the 8:30 & 10:00 a.m. services we will worship online only, we will not meet at church. The services will be posted on our website and Facebook page. 



Monday March 16th, 5:00 p.m.


The dinner and Lent service for this Wednesday, March 18, is cancelled. Wisconsin's Governor, Tony Evers, is ordering us to practice social distancing and take every step possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To put this into effect, a ban has been ordered on mass gatherings of 10 or more people. We are called by God to treat others as we would want to be treated, and to serve and love those around us. While most of us are not at serious risk from COVID-19, we have many in our community who are. Out of our love for our neighbors, New Hope is happy to comply.


We will worship online this Wednesday evening. The Wednesday service will be posted here on or website and our Facebook page for you to worship with us at 6:30 p.m.


We will also be worshiping online this Sunday, March 22. The Sunday service will be posted here on our website and our Facebook page


We will continue to collect non perishable food donations to give to local food pantries that are working with local schools to feed kids. You can drop those off anytime M-F at church. Thank you for all who donated yesterday. Those blessings were very much appreciated by those in need. 


If anyone in the New Hope family is needing assistance with grocery shopping, or prescription pick up, please reply to this email and we will gladly assist as needed. We are in this together!


We do not know what the coming weeks will bring as this situation is fluid. We do know that we will not give up meeting together! If we are not able to worship together in person, we will worship online. We live by faith, not fear. God is bigger than the Coronavirus! 



Saturday March 14th, 8:00 p.m.


We are cancelling Confirmation, Core and Crave for Sunday, March 15. With there being a confirmed case of COVID19 in Winnebago County as of today, we wanted to proceed with an abundance of caution. Core and Crave will go live on the New Hope Church Facebook page and Instagram with the teaching. Click here for the Core Instagram. Click here for the Crave Instagram. 





Friday March 13th, 2:00 p.m.


In light of the recent concerns in our community about the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know that our team at New Hope is taking every precaution to keep our church family healthy. Just like all of you, we have been tracking all of the news and information about the coronavirus and its affects both worldwide and locally here in the Fox Valley. 


In cooperation with recommendations from the State of Wisconsin and public health officials, New Hope WILL gather this Sunday March 15, 2020 for both the 8:30 a.m. and the 10 a.m worship celebrations. 

 

Out of an abundance of caution, Connectionland Jr and Connectionland will not meet.

 

Online viewing is a great way to be part of our church whenever you feel unwell or unsure. You can watch the livestream on our Facebook page (We are aware that the FB live had issues streaming the last few weeks, and we have taken measures this week to fix the issue, and we are most hopeful the bugs are worked out for this weekend) and you can give online here


We want to be proactive, and help stop the spread of the illness, and protect those who are most vulnerable: children, the elderly, those who have compromised immunity or other health issues. Please stay home if you or your children have any of these symptoms: 

-runny nose

-headache

-cough

-sore throat

-fever

-general feeling of being unwell


We are committed to keeping New Hope a clean space for you to worship. We are in this together! Here’s how you can help:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

-If you are feeling unwell, please rest at home

-When coughing or sneezing, consider others and keep covered

-Disinfect belongings you bring to church from your home (Purses, diaper bags, etc)


Here are some things to know for this Sunday in regards to health and safety measures:


Communion

Pastor Jeff will pass out communion, while wearing gloves.


Coffee and Bagels Temporarily Suspended

We will not offer carafes of self-serve coffee or bagels for now. We will provide bottled water and granola bars this Sunday. 


New Hope Kids: No Connectionland Jr or Connectionland

Connectionland Junior (babies – preschool aged child) and Connectionland (Kindergarten-5th grade) will not meet this Sunday March 15, 2020 out of an abundance of caution. Please watch for an additional email this weekend with a parent-child conversation guide and other resources. 


New Hope Students: Confirmation, Core and Crave

As of right now (Friday March 13, 2020) we will have Confirmation, Core and Crave on Sunday afternoon/evening. If the Wisconsin government closes schools in our state later today, or this weekend, then we will not have any student ministries on Sunday. Instead, Core and Crave will go live on the New Hope Church Facebook page and Instagram with the teaching. Click here for the Core Instagram. Click here for the Crave Instagram. 


Easter Eggstravaganza

Following the guidelines of our government officials, the Easter Eggstravaganza on April 4th, 2020 will be cancelled. Our hope is to reschedule it at a later date, because anytime is a good time to celebrate Jesus! Please watch this space for further updates. 


What You Can Do 

+ Change how you greet others: no handshakes, hugs, high fives.

+ Allow our security team and ushers to open the doors for you.

+ To minimize contact and the passing of germs, please take giving envelopes from table in lobby on your way into the worship center. Ushers will not be handing them out. 

+ Avoid touching your face.

+ For a full list of preventative measures, visit the CDC website.

+ Pray for those who are vulnerable and those who are sick.

+ Please check this page for the most up-to-date information about changes.

+ We will continue as always, to live stream our Sunday services and post the Sunday messages online. 


You can watch our messages on our Facebook page here, and give online here


Let's keep our trust in God, our Healer! Health rules like these were a part of Moses' law. God cares about cleanliness! We have wonderful promises in God's holy word of His protection over us and our well being. 


Psalm 91:5-7:

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 


As followers of Jesus, we are uniquely equipped for uncertain times: God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7


Most of all, keep showing love in practical ways to those who need it most! 


See you Sunday, either here or online!