Dear Hudson family,
Life together is never dull, especially in this season of national and world life. I want to keep you abreast of the changing situation as it impacts us locally. As you know, the CDC has recommended that groups larger than ten not meet. We want to honor that recommendation as we care for each other and the larger community with the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
This will change the way that we worship together. We will not meet together as a body March 22, March 29 and April 5. Next week we will reevaluate and notify you of our game plan for Holy Week and Easter. We will make the service available online beginning at 10:30am this Sunday. CLICK HERE FOR WORSHIP This will lead you to our church Facebook page, but you do not have to have a Facebook account to view the service. It will also be recorded and available after the fact on our website if you are unable to login at that specific time. We want to worship together as much as possible given this change, so we have attached the full bulletin for this Sunday including the hymns and praise songs if you are inclined to sing with your worship team. Just a reminder, our current series, ‘I Am’ Changes Everything, focuses on Jesus’ ‘I Am’ sayings. This week we are digging into John 14:1-14, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.” VIEW BULLETIN HERE
All other face to face meetings of the church proper are cancelled or will be held online. If you need help setting up a Facebook group for a Bible Study or other meeting, we can provide help with that.
There will not be an offering in the service beyond that of our prayers and praise. However, you can still support the congregation with your tithes and offerings by mailing a check to our Post Office Box (P.O. Box 2222, Hudson, Ohio, 44236). Another option is to set up direct bill pay between your bank and the church. Please contact your bank branch to help walk you through the steps.
The Deacons have divided up the congregation and will be contacting each family on a regular basis to check in with and care for each as appropriate. In addition, you may be aware of needs in your circles of influence. If there are ways that we as a body can bless the larger community during this difficult time let your Deacons know! Also, if you have time and would like to volunteer to help deliver food, medicine or simply speak with or pray with someone who might be struggling, your time would be a gift of grace. Contact the Church office with those needs and necessary contact information email@example.com (330-650-1626).
Session will meet this Saturday to further pray about and consider these things. Among our items of work will be a decision on a drop-dead date for going forward with VBS. We will publish this as soon as a decision has been made.
It is important for us to remember that there were many episodes of plague in the ancient world during the time of the early church. The sacrificial response of Christians in those times as they cared for the sick, dying and dead became a catalyst for the explosive growth of the church. The ancient world asked, ‘Who are these people?’ Believers were ready with their response, ‘We are Christ’s’!
We have AA groups who will continue to meet in our building at their leader’s discretion for the time being. We will clean these areas after each use. It is important for this portion of the greater community to continue to meet. The battle against addiction never ends. They will practice social distancing as they provide support for one another in this fight.
Know that Cathy and I are praying for you during this time! Please pray for us as we together navigate the sea change that COVID 19 has brought into all of our lives!
May you truly know the joy of your salvation as we journey in faith together, following the Lord who gives us life!
Rev. Bill Rasch