Coronavirus Update #3

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Hello church!

We wanted to bring you the latest information and decisions related to COVID-19 and how it is affecting our weekly schedule.

Care and Compassion

One of the unique things about the church in times like this is that we have a motivation and a power to serve others sacrificially. We are continuing to pray to God for protection and for guidance as we lead the church. We see care and compassion for those around us as our primary concern and have included some practical ideas below on how we can serve our neighbors in this post. We are thankful to God for the incredible gifts we have in the technology available and how God has, in many ways, already had many logistics in place for us as a church to be able to move smoothly in the direction of an online platform. 

Gatherings Shifted Online Until Further Notice

Out of concern for the safety of everyone under our care and in alignment with the guidelines from our officials and from the YMCA of Central Florida, One Hope is suspending our Sunday morning Worship Gatherings at the Blanchard Park YMCA until further notice.

We remain committed to an approach of faith over fear and hope to be able to gather together with all of you in person sooner rather than later. However, we recognize the uncertainty of the situation we find ourselves in and we are continuing efforts to bring you the best options to connect digitally during this time.

When we have date for our regular Sunday Gatherings to resume, we will communicate via our website and social channels.

Livestreaming Every Sunday at 10am

We are really excited about how the first ever livestream went this past weekend and we are already hard at work to make the experience even better for this coming Sunday and weeks ahead. Join us on Facebook, subscribe to our channel on YouTube, or watch and engage at wehaveonehope.com/live. We’ve also put together an FAQ based on feedback from the first stream available here.

Options for Groups

We are also recommending that Groups shift to online meetings at this time out of care for anyone who may be at higher risk for the virus. There are a variety of ways to do this but Google Meet is our preferred platform as it’s free, can host up to 100 people without time limits, and has apps on all mobile devices + Google Chrome.  There are others as well, such as Zoom or Facebook Messenger but we have found that Meet is most easily accessible.

Suggestions to Serve

Use the extra time you may have to reach out to someone else in your group, on a team, or just on the Facebook Group. Also check out ways you can serve those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 around you. There are great apps like Nextdoor, and Facebook Groups for neighborhoods that can be a way to learn about needs in your neighborhood and how we can serve them as the Church.

Encouragement

We want to continually remind you not to lose heart. This is an unprecedented moment in history but one over which God remains completely sovereign- He is working in spite of the chaos around us.  God is still reigning and ruling in this time and is perhaps providing One Hope for unique opportunities in this time. Let us pray for healing and protection but also for these opportunities to love our neighbors for a time such as this.

Our benediction from this past Sunday was Psalm 29:10-11. Be reminded of this truth today:

“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!”

We are praying for you and are here as you need us.

The Pastors and Elders of One Hope Church
Justin, Mike, Walt, Scott, Kary, and John


Recommended Resources:

Read: Responding to Pandemics: 4 Lessons from Church History

Read:Neighbor Love in the Era of COVID-19

Read: Love in an Economic Crisis

Watch: David Platt on Peace in a Pandemic