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Coronavirus Updates


Coronavirus Updates

March 13, 2020

Dear Heather Hills,

I hope you're well and trusting and rejoicing in our Lord Jesus today, even in the midst of a sobering series of events as our nation responds to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. As you may know, we had determined to try to hold our services for the time being. However, on the recommendation of health professionals and in the interest of our neighbors the Pastors have decided to move our services exclusively to online streaming for an indeterminate number of weeks.

Brothers and sisters, Christians should never be motivated by fear, not when we serve the Sovereign Lord of the Universe. But there's a crucial difference between fear and prudence, and in this case love for our neighbors compels us to join our nation's extraordinary efforts to minimize contact between people in order to slow the spread of this virus and "flatten the curve" of the pandemic. We are not cancelling our services because we ourselves, as Christians, are afraid to get sick or even afraid to die. No way! “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Rather, we are cancelling because we believe it is imperative for us to be a part of our society's response to this virus that, at best, will be serious for the most vulnerable, and, at worst, could put even more people at risk by creating a severe and sudden spike in demand on our health care system. So, don't be afraid or fearful, brothers and sisters. Read God's Word, remember God's promises, help those who are needy, and trust in God. He is sovereign over all, and he loves you dearly.

Now let me give you some more information in a few categories:

LIVESTREAM OF HEATHER HILL'S WEEKLY SERMON SERIES IN JOHN As long as these circumstances persist, we will be livestreaming the sermon on Sunday at 10:00 am. We will be streaming on our church's Facebook page and hopefully on our church website as well for those who do not have Facebook. Please do not come to the church building for the services. This is important. Even if you are quite convinced that all this is "nothing to worry about" or "overblown" or "fake news," or even if you feel that conscience compels you to come, please don't come. We'll be happy to talk with you over the phone about your concerns, but please do not come.

EVERYTHING IS CANCELLED Until further notice, all Heather Hills Sunday School classes, ABF groups, Bible Studies, Children and Youth events, and other events are cancelled. No events of any kind will be happening at the church building, and no events under Heather Hill's name will be happening anywhere else, either.

FINANCIAL GIVING We need your help on this. If you are one who normally gives by check or cash, please begin to give through our online giving platform. You can access it through the church website. If you need help, please contact the office.

COMMUNICATION One of the most important things we can do is continue to communicate with one another through these next couple of weeks. Official church communication will take place by email. If you want to email the pastors, use bmccrorie@heatherhills.org, toetjen@heatherhills.org, and goertel@heatherhills.org

CARE FOR EACH OTHER

The Leadership Team will be discussing systems and mechanisms by which we can be in touch with one another and care for each other as a church. By far the best way for that to happen, however, is to remain in close contact with the members of your ABF group.

Brothers and sisters, thank you again for your help and understanding in these matters. These are not easy decisions, but we think they are the best way for us to love our neighbors in a critical time. And again, just like we've said before, don't be fearful about this. Be prudent and wise, but not afraid; there's a profound difference between the two. The fact is, this fallen world has always been a dangerous place. We as Christians know this, we have always known this, the Bible teaches us to expect this, and there is a wonderful fear-smashing confidence in knowing that our God is sovereign over it all. So let's live our lives, let's be wise and careful, and at the same time, let's rest in the hands of our sovereign Lord, who is working all things together for the good of those who love him. Please do reach out if you have questions or for any other reason.

Blessings! Pastor Brian

March 12, 2020

Update 4:30 p.m.

Governor Holcomb has released additional directives today: "Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people. This includes any event or gathering of people who are in one room or a single space at the same time, such as cafeterias, churches, stadiums, meeting and conference rooms, auditoriums and the like." At this time, this new directive will not impact our regularly scheduled services at Heather Hills. To read the entire statement, click here.

Dear Church Family,

As COVID-19, or coronavirus, continues to dominate the news and is a cause of concern and uncertainty within our community, we wanted to take a moment to address how as a church, we are planning for the weeks ahead. We know that God is sovereign, yet we also want to make every effort to pray, think, and plan practically during this unpredictable season.

At this time, we are not planning to cancel services or planned events.

If state and local health officials announce closure recommendations, or if our church leadership feel it is in the best interest of our church family to cancel services or events, we will communicate updates with you through various channels: phonetree, website, emails. We will post updates as we have them at www.heatherhills.org/cvirus.php

Our leadership team has been praying, learning, and talking, and we recommend the following steps:

  • If you or an immediate family member are sick with any communicable illness, please do not attend services or events until you are better. The CDC recommends returning at least 24 hours after a fever or signs of a fever.

  • If you are a high-risk individual or have concerns about potential exposure, please use your own judgment about attending services or events.

  • If you or someone in your home is diagnosed with COVID-19, please let a church leader know so we can support and care for you.

As always, to help prevent the spread of germs, please:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze, or cough into your elbow.

  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, and encourage everyone in your home (especially your kids!) to do the same.

  • Get in the habit of not touching your face.

  • Refrain from hugs or handshakes for the time being.

A few final points and resources:

Our facilities team also wants to assure you that we already take steps to keep our building clean. Frequently touched surfaces in the auditorium, bathrooms, and classrooms have been and will continue to be regularly cleaned and sanitized. The products we use are designed to kill both flu and corona-class viruses.

Please pray for those around the world who have been infected and affected by COVID-19, and pray that this uncertain time may be an occasion for Gospel proclamation.



Heather Hills Baptist Church
1421 N. German Church Road
Indianapolis, IN 46229