NORTH CINCY NEWS UPDATE, MARCH 18, 2020
North Cincy Friends & Family,
As we all continue to adjust to the ever-changing developments around us, I wanted to give you an update on our plans for moving forward with our various ministries. Like all of you, our staff and Session have been constantly adjusting to the rapid developments associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. While we long for the time when we will be able to return to life and ministry as normal, we are also thankful for the opportunities the Lord has given us for ministry in our modern age, and for the way He is undoubtedly inviting each of us to grown in our dependence on Him and likeness to Him.
Worship on Sunday Mornings
In light of the continued restrictions of the CDC, as well the recommendations of our Governor and President, we will continue with our approach of resourcing you to worship on Sundays as families or groups of friends. Each Sunday morning you will find a House Worship Facilitator’s Guide on our church website (www.northcincy.org). Building upon our efforts last week, this guide will include specific recommended songs and resources for singing them, such as the lyrics, a chord chart for those able to lead from a guitar or keyboard, as well as a recording you can play for those who would rather simply listen or sing along. I will also provide video recording of my sermon each week along with our discussion guide resources.
This week we will return to our series, “Rooted: Knowing Your Role in the Kingdom of God,” as we study Jesus’ teaching on the keys of the kingdom and the foundation of the church from Matthew 16:13-23.
For families with young children, Savannah is also putting together age-appropriate resources for you as well. As we state in our worship program each week, just as the experience of eating dinner as a family changes when we have young children so does the experience of worship. However, while it is different it is certainly no less meaningful. Let me encourage those who are navigating “house worship” with young children to fight discouragement, and to feel the freedom to tailor the experience to those in your household. If there are ways we can assist you or better resource you in this season, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Savannah directly (email@example.com).
Mid-Week Small Groups & Bible Studies
Given that the current season is projected to last for a period of weeks rather than days, we have also sought to identify solutions for being able to continue to “meet together” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Beginning as early as next week, we hope to resume our various Bible Studies and small groups by equipping them to meet using Zoom (www.zoom.com). Zoom is a very user-friendly video conferencing solution that makes it simple to connect with groups of people. This will be completely free for you to use, and we believe is the best solution for our Men’s & Women’s Bible Studies, Connect Groups, Alongside Groups, and Discipleship Groups to continue to meet during this time. Michael has personally used Zoom to facilitate discipleship training and various meetings for the last three years and is confident that this will be a good solution for our church as well. We are currently working to equip our leaders and will be following up with you to provide some simple training videos to help you get started. Expect to receive an email from us later this week with more details.
As I am fond of saying, our desire is that everyone would be in a small group of some kind. If you are not already in a small group and are interesting in joining one please see our church website for more details on our existing opportunities, or contact pastor Matt May for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Congregational Meeting for March 29 is Postponed
Due to our inability to currently meet together in person, we are postponing the congregational meeting scheduled for March 29, at which we were slated to vote on changing the name of the church from North Cincinnati Community Church to North Cincinnati Presbyterian Church. We will identify a new date once we are able to do so.
“Ask the Pastor” Q & A Discussion Forums – Beginning next Wednesday, March 25
We also be restarting the Q&A Forums that we originally planned to host on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM. These will start next Wednesday night, March 25, from 7-8 PM and will be facilitated as a Webinar using Zoom. As a participant you will be able to submit questions (anonymously if you chose) for Michael and a panel of the other elders to address each week. These forums will be recorded and made available to those who cannot join us “live.” As part of the webinar format, you will not visible or video recorded.
Giving & Generosity –
Several of you have asked us how you can continue to give during this season. There are two options for you to continue to support the work of the Lord at North Cincinnati. The first option is to mail checks to the church (6170 Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason, OH 45040). The second is for you to give online using our church website (click here). If you need any assistance with the process of giving online please email our Bookkeeper, Annette Linton, who would be happy to assist you (email@example.com).
Practical Help, Prayer or Physical Assistance –
Please know that we are here to help during this season. If you are in need of practical help (getting groceries or other items), prayer for specific needs, or financial assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our pastors, elders, or deacons (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our elders are in the process of personally reaching out to those in their flocks, beginning with those most directly impacted.
Lastly, I want to express a personal “thank you” to all of you who have expressed prayers or words of encouragement to myself, our staff and leaders over the last week. I am so encouraged by the way the Lord is work in your lives and families. It is a joy to serve you as your pastor, and I am thankful for each one of you. Thank you for your continued prayers and patience with us as we adapt and learn.
With you and for you,