If you need grocery, prescription or communion delivered to your home or need other assistance, volunteers are ready to help.
We are closely monitoring national and local guidelines on meeting together and will provide guidance as we get closer to that possibility.
Remain calm and rest easy, even in times that encourage fear. Ultimately, our responses to destruction, viruses and any other adversity are first with prayer and faith in Jesus (Matthew 6:33–34). Then, we respond with love and hope in His name. – the elders
We hope this message finds you well and that you are navigating the current circumstances as healthily as possible… physically, emotionally and spiritually. Know that we are praying for all of you and asking for God’s peace and guidance through the multiple ways you are being affected.
Over the last two months it has been a blessing to have the technology to reach most of you with our worship, blog posts and class engagements. The work of our ministers and staff to create and deliver this has been outstanding and we hear daily how much this is appreciated. Though technology is wonderful, we know that it cannot replace being together face-to-face and we grieve this loss with you. With the current guidance by our state and local officials, resuming onsite gatherings has become a possibility. Though we do not have a target date for returning at this point, we want you to know that your elders and ministers are engaging in prayer, looking to God for guidance as we consider an effective and safe return. We are also listening to each of you. To assist in that process, we will be conducting a survey in the next week or so to collect your thoughts. More will be shared about that in the coming days and we covet your prayers as we walk through these discussions and the planning process.
The work of our church continues through the support of missionaries and ministries, sharing lessons with friends and families, reaching out to our community and helping those in need. Your continued assistance, both financially and with your volunteer efforts, allows us to do this and we express our deepest gratitude.
We love each of you and leave you with this passage from Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
All scheduled events at the building between March 23 and April 5 are cancelled.
Through the narrative of the Bible, followers of God had plans and sometimes seemed to be in control of their circumstances, only to have the unexpected happen. Job had it all, then had nothing. Saul was heading to Damascus and his itinerary changed quickly, then forever. In more events throughout scripture, unexpected and out-of-control events happened. However, God was glorified!
Before we ever heard of Coronavirus we all had plans. Now, many of those plans are on hold, altered or canceled. Churches, including Hendersonville, are making changes. As your elders and ministers, we understand the frustration and anxiety caused by current events. We are adjusting many things within our daily operations, not in fear, but in showing love to our neighbor and those most vulnerable. Regardless of individual thoughts on what to do, we know this: God is in control, He is on His throne, He is glorified and He is with us.
So here is our charge to you though we may not be able to have our usual gatherings. Be mindful of where you can show the compassion of Jesus through these circumstances. Find opportunities to insert God and His love into the conversation and into your actions. Show the world we are different and invite them into this journey to be more like Christ.
We continue to pray for you and all of those affected by the tornados and this virus. – the elders and ministers
After counsel from the medical community and other church leaders, the elders prayerfully decided the following:
An update to our response to the coronavirus outbreak:
Continue reading for more updates. If you have questions, we are always available to talk.
Just as with the recent tornados, we wanted to address the growing issues surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
First, we are in prayer about this and encourage you to pray, as well. Specifically, we are praying for those impacted by this virus both because of infection but also because of loss of work and other ramifications of closures and cancellations. We are also praying for a swift end to the outbreak and for a calm response from our community and world.
We are personally following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for preventing the spread of coronavirus in communities.
We wash our hands often and for at least 20 seconds, we keep high-touch surfaces in our homes disinfected and speak with our families about sensible practices to help prevent the spread of this and any other virus. Our facility at Hendersonville is also cleaned regularly and thoroughly and we encourage you to wash your hands often while joining in various assemblies.
Finally, while we pray for the situation to resolve, we are staying updated on the situation as much as possible to appropriately make any changes necessary to our current response should this worsen