Our Reopening Plan for Worship Services in our Building
We as an eldership know that there is a strong desire to begin worshiping in the building again. There is also a strong desire to do all we can to prevent a spike in transmission of the disease. We would like to address both in announcing the plan to begin worshiping in the church building again, beginning on June 21, 2020.
Here are the specifics we need you to know:
- We will be offering two services on Sunday June 21, 2020 one at 9:00 AM and the other at 10:30 AM.
- Both services will be no more than one hour in length.
- The auditorium and foyer will be used for these worship services. A camera will be set up to show what is in the auditorium for those seated in the foyer on the big screen on the east wall of the foyer.
Preregistration is Required:
- We are limited to no more than 45 people in each service. This includes the number of the people serving in the praise team and the service itself. We therefore need all members to pre-register for the service they want to attend. Once 45 people are signed up for a service, that service will be closed.
- Please preregister by Emailing the church at email@example.com or calling the building at (620) 342-1144. Let us know which service you would like to attend and how many will be in your group.
- If you have been sick or feeling poorly or have been around anyone who has been, please stay home during this time especially if you have had any signs of fever in the 48 hours prior to the service.
- We will not be able to provide childcare or nursery services at these services. Children are welcomed to attend and sit with their families.
- We will not have drinks available. Feel free to bring your own.
- The chairs will be preset into groups for families and allow for social distancing. Please do not move the chairs. Allow one of the ushers to do so if needed.
- The elements of communion will be self-contained and pre-packaged to avoid passing anything to each other.
- We will put the bulletin on the chairs and children’s lessons will be given to the families as they enter.
- We encourage everyone attending wear a mask.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the entry to the church building.
- Contributions and prayer requests can be placed in the boxes in the auditorium or the one placed at the exit of the building. Contributions can also be made on-line at nlccoe.com.
- We ask that all those attending the 9:00 AM service wear masks. We encourage our older members and those with multiple health issues to attend this service.
- We encourage masks to be worn at the 10:30 AM service but are not requiring it.
- At both services, please practice good social distancing practices. It will be hard but please avoid shaking hands or hugging in the building at both services.
- We ask that those attending arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the service.
- We encourage you to visit afterward in the parking lot area so that the building can be reset.
- As you enter the building, an usher will show you to a seating area with the correct number of seats for your family/group.
- After the service, we will ask that those seated in the foyer be allowed to leave first and then each side of the auditorium will be dismissed. This will allow people to exit without a large. congested group at each door. An usher will assist with this process.
- We fully understand that there are situations that will make people not want to be in gatherings of any size regardless of the precautions that are taken. This is a matter of conscience and we want to honor that. To accommodate these our brothers and sisters we will be making every effort to continue our Facebook Live feed of the service.
- The service will be posted on our website if the live feed is not available.
Please remember that the primary purpose for our gathering together as a family of believers is to worship God through the name of Jesus. We look forward to joining together as one this Sunday!
Yours very sincerely,
May 9, 2020
A letter from Sherman~
Consider with me, what would please God more than anything else we could do? Some things would rise to the top of our list like cream on raw milk, brighter than the sun that breaks the black of night. A short list would always include worship, prayer and scripture reading. Depending on who you are music would need to be added to the list. After the fall of man (Genesis chapter 3 ) man has looked for ways to please a Holy God.
Instead of asking ourselves or others for answers let us go right to the source and see what our God has to say about what pleases Him. There are two passages of scripture which speak about this but before you read, begin by asking God to open your heart to understand how you can please God. Ask how you can make his Word a part of your life.
The first passage in Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT)
36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Let me ask a few questions.
1. Do you love the Lord your God more than anything else in this life? If your answer is “yes” then how do you show it?
Jesus says that to love God first and our neighbor second is so important that understanding and doing it is equal to all the Old Testament law and prophets. While we finish considering that big thought. Let us move on to the second thing:
2. God wants us to do to truly please Him.
Hebrews 11:6 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
I have never seen God, yet I believe that He is and that He is and He will reward me when I seek Him. If it helps let me share how I seek Him.
1. I believe he reveals Himself in scripture, so I read and study…I read and obey
2. I pray often every day as a friend talks to a friend.
3. I worship Him.
4. I love to see Him in what He has created
Consider when we love Him and obey Him…when we seek Him by faith, we will find our hope becomes steadfast and sure.
In a time when we cannot see others, we need to see God clearly. Consider that the best time is the time we spend loving and seeking God. You can know this pleases Him
Can’t wait to see you all soon.
Sherman Sack, Minister
“On-line Churching” May 9, 2020
It is true that our getting together to worship and encourage one another is not happening face-to-face during the Corona virus pandemic. But that does not mean we cannot “meet” as a church.
We are preparing a weekly worship service that is posted every Sunday morning. There are several people involved in making this happen each week and I want to thank them for taking time they put in to make this on-line worship service happen.
We have had twelve broadcasts so far. Seven have been preaching, singing, prayer and a communion meditation. The other five have been the Children’s Sermon with Rena Traw.
So far, our videos have been viewed over 800 times. In the past five weeks we have averaged about 55 views (Number of times people clicked to view the video) each week on about 38 different “viewers”. We know that many of those “viewers” may have more than one person watching the broadcast together.
It is encouraging to note that about 15% of our audience seems to be outside the United States. We do not know where they are, but we are sure that the messages preached here at New Life Christian Church of Emporia, Kansas are being seen my people who never have or could come to our building!
There are three basic ways to get to the worship and children’s sermon we post. They are posted on the church website (nlccoe.com). Then click on the “Current Sermons” link at the very top of the page or click on the “Media and resources” tab and the sermons are all posted. You can also see the past broadcasts you may have missed or replay the ones you particularly enjoyed.
If you use Facebook, you can also go to the church’s Facebook page on Sundays and posted there as well.
The videos are also posted on my YouTube channel. Search YouTube for me or “New Life Christian Church of Emporia”. This page also hosts most of the “Moments of Hope” videos I have been producing since this pandemic began.
We also have at least 7 or 8 online group Bible studies going on each week. If you would like to join one of them, please send me a note and I will try to help you out.
It is our sincere desire that the videos are helpful to you and your spiritual walk. I hope you will do two things for us: First of all pray for us. This ministry potentially reaches many people and we want it to lift up Jesus and speak the word of God into people’s lives. Secondly, Join us on in worship on-line every week.
Love y’all! May God richly bless you!
3/24/2020 New Life Christian Church Service Update
We hope that the Lord is blessing you and your family in every way during this difficult time.
The elders have met, virtually, and decided with the ever-increasing restrictions being put in place to stop the spread of this pandemic, that we will cancel all face to face meetings and services for the church until further notice.
We cannot know how long these social distancing and gathering restrictions will be in place. But since loving our neighbor is one of the greatest commandments, we feel this is a needed step currently.
We still want to provide for the spiritual needs of our congregation and community.
We will be offering Bible study gatherings over the internet via Zoom. The program uses your computer’s camera and microphone to allow you to join a meeting and participate in it while not actually being face to face. We can set some of them for early morning or late evening or when ever works with the group’s schedule. With many businesses using Zoom as well, we may find easier use outside the 8:00 to 5:00 time-frame.
If you would like to be a part of one of or lead one of these groups, please email David Hurlocker (firstname.lastname@example.org). He will organize these sessions and try to get them started as soon as possible.
Thanks to the work of Melissa Mayer and Melissa Herring, the on-line giving section of our website is now working!! Thank you!! Thank You!
You can now contribute by clicking on the “Give Here” tab. On that page, when you press the “Donate” you will be given the option to contribute using your PayPal account or with a debit or credit card. Simply fill in the information as requested and your contribution will be processed.
Thank you for your patience on this matter. And thank you to those who worked so hard to resolve the issues.
Thank you for everyone who joined us for last Sunday’s worship video. For this week we will be adding a communion meditation and prayers to the video.
We have purchased a combination cup and wafer for use in the Lord’s supper. They will be available daily on the Hurlocker’s porch, 1402 West Street. You don’t have to come in the house or knock. Just take what you need.
They will be in bags of four. Please come by and pick up enough cups for your family for at least two weeks. This will allow you and your family to celebrate the Lord’s Supper with our “Scattered Gathering” on Sunday.
We thank you for your patience through this temporary transition. We have decided that regardless of how long this isolation continues, the first time we are able to meet face to face we will be celebrating Resurrection Sunday! New Life!
We love yall! Hang in there. We are all in this together (but at least 6 feet away from each other.)
Yours in Christ,
David, Larry and Bob