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HOPE AT HOME

The actions taken at the Federal and State levels to control the spread of Covid-19 means we are unable at the present time to gather together for public worship services at Hope CC.

Even though conditions are fluid, my goal is to keep you updated often.

If you have any suggestions about ways we can better serve our Congregation, please feel free to contact us.

We will be providing regular updates via our website, Twitter, Facebook and E-letters sent via Constant Contact. If you do not currently receive our E-letters, just contact the church office (248) 481-8240 and state you want to add your email address. Please provide your full name and email address. If your call goes to voice mail, leave your info. Our Twitter and Facebook profiles are available on our home page.

I am writing to share three important issues with you:

1. Online Worship Service Content

One of the most important things we can do during this time is to maintain our practice of worshipping the Lord, by hearing and responding to the preached Word.

We will post a new sermon each week that will be available no later than our regular Sunday worship time of 10 AM. I suggest you keep the 10 AM hour as your regular dedicated time to set everything else aside and let God speak to you. Along with the sermon we will provide some sermon-based discussion questions to help you further connect with God and others watching with you. All this content will be curated here in the HopeCC Blog section and can be easily accessed by filtering blog articles with the topic "Hope At Home".

I have fielded some calls regarding the giving of tithes and offerings during this time. Those of you who are willing and able can still do so either by coming to the church, sending a check, or via online giving. We will continue to maintain a regular presence throughout the week at the church, but it is best that you call before coming. Your ongoing support will help us keep things afloat and ensure that we can continue to support our missionaries.

2. Additional available Spiritually-based Content

I would avoid watching the 24/7 news cycles or allowing yourself or vulnerable children to take in media unfiltered. Unfortunately, not everything being shared is accurate or helpful.

To help keep fear and anxiety at bay, we are encouraging you to invest time reading and watching Bible-based content. Three suggestions would be:

» YouVersion Bible App Reading Plans :: You can download the app for free and all content is free, as well. You can search plans by simply typing a word, such as anxiety, worry or pray. These plans are helpful daily devotion aids and contain both practical content and Bible passages.

» Right Now Media Video Library :: This online media library contains everything from kid-based videos to adult Bible studies and sermons from well known Bible teachers. All Hope Community Church members and attendees can receive a free sign in. If you do not already have one, there is a link to request access on the Community Group page.

Here are some suggestions regarding RightNow Media content for you to consider:

Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales creator) has lots of content for kids.

Max Lucado (pastor/author) has a series entitled "Traveling Light" you can check out, especially the messages on Worry and Anxiety.

Matt Chandler (pastor/teacher) has a teaching series on "Psalm 23" that is very encouraging and comforting.

J. Warner Wallace (former homicide detective, turned Christian Apologist) loves to arm Christians with answers skeptics and non-Christians have about the Christian faith. Two helpful series are "Think Like a Detective" and "Quick Shots".

James Merritt (pastor/teacher) has a series "Overwhelmed" that is one I would suggest.

» Keys for Kids :: This free app is designed for Pre-K through 5th graders. They provide devotions, live streaming, and download-able content.

3. Personal Contacts & Prayer Requests

Our staff and team of Elders will be making contact with many of you on a regular basis. We believe these interactions will serve to encourage you and also provide a time for you to share your concerns and prayer requests.

We will maintain a confidential prayer list and commit to praying regularly for one another.

I certainly encourage everyone to consider those they know who may not have family members close by. Reach out often and offer your support.

If you have any suggestions about ways we can better serve our Congregation, please feel free to contact us.

Keep the faith everyone!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Martin Woody

Lead Pastor