Pastor Mark’s Musings

Dear New Hope Family,

     We are eight months into our “pandemic lifestyle”, wow, how time flies!  That my friends is hardly the case.  This has, and is, a rough journey and it will continue to be a struggle for some time to come.

     As Christians, we are no strangers to struggle and yet this one is a bit different, it hits at the health of those whom we love.  Yet, at the same time the church must move forward at the best of its ability-being cautious, safe, understanding, and as Wesley reminds us to “do no harm”.  Over the past several weeks, the staff, some select individuals, the Church Council and the worship committee, along with myself, feel that it is time to re-start “In-Person” worship in the Fellowship Center.  Our first Sunday of “in-person” worship will be Sunday, November 29th at 11:00am.  On-line worship will continue just as it has for anyone who does not wish to join us in person, is compromised, feels sick, or has been exposed to someone with COVID.

     Starting on the 29th the following measures will be in place: reservations will be required if you plan to attend (more about that later in the letter), temperatures will be checked at the door, masks must be worn, social distancing seating will be set-up, there will be no congregational singing or bulletins; but we will be together, those who feel safe to return.

     The capacity in our Fellowship Center, per CDC and NC State guidelines is 100 people.  We will set our reservation cap at 80 people to allow for visitors.

     We have set up a dedicated reservation line # 336-462-8621 to be used ONLY for worship reservations.  When you call this number, you will leave your name and how many in your family will be attending.  We will set chairs accordingly and ushers will seat you in your assigned seats upon arrival on Sunday morning.

     We will only have worship in December.  We will evaluate in late December the possibility of starting Sunday School and Youth beginning sometime in January.

      Please, please, be patient with us as we navigate this process!  It did not happen overnight, and it will not be flawless overnight.  Remember, God is always moving in our midst, let us be observant as we move forward.

In the Name of Jesus Christ,

Pastor Mark

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