We want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our church family and our community. To that end, we are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Elders have decided to suspend all “in person” church worship, and activities through Sunday, April 5. Worship will take place via Facebook live at 9:30 AM on Sunday, March 22, March 29 and April 5 at facebook.com/hillcrestcrc. Note that a Facebook account is not required for access.
Hillcrest Response to COVID-19 - March 13, 2020
To our Hillcrest Family,
Let us praise our Heavenly Father that our Lord is the God of day and night, of our waking and our sleeping, and of sickness and health. His mercy is everlasting, His faithfulness unfathomable, and His grace unending.
While we trust in His plan, we seek to care for our church family in all respects, particularly regarding the well-being of all our members. The Hillcrest leadership team has been meeting regularly to make informed decisions regarding the various ministries at our church. We’ve looked closely at the Governor’s order for the State of Michigan and the recommendations from the CDC. Included in these measures was a ban on gatherings of 250 or more people. We’ve also prayerfully considered the impact COVID-19 might have on various populations that are involved at Hillcrest.
In that regard, we are planning that all corporate worship and ministries will be suspended through March 22. We will be continuing to monitor the situation and keep you updated. We encourage our entire church family to join us on Facebook Live this Sunday morning at 9:30 AM when Pastor Curt will be giving a special message entitled “We Will Not Fear”, based on Psalm 46. To participate in this, click here.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the office. Hillcrest will have open office hours next week and be available face-to-face, by phone 669-6556), or by email (email@example.com). We are ready for your questions and will communicate further information to you as it becomes available.
Since these are unpredictable times, we remain vigilant about remaining informed as information changes. The Hillcrest staff and leadership are actively seeking out ways to see this as a time to further the Gospel, including ways to meet the needs of both the church family and the needs of our surrounding community.
Throughout the next several weeks, we are reminded that God is sovereign; we have no need to panic since God is in control (Phil. 4:6-7). While we know this, it is a wonderful opportunity to remind each other of this good news, and to share it with everyone around us, even if that platform is online.
Be present with your families, check on your neighbors, and dive into God’s Word. Hillcrest is here to support this community!
“Rejoice in the Lord always; I will say it again, rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all; the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:4-7
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