Updated 7:02pm Wednesday, March 25
FAITH OVER FEAR
We’re going online for services this weekend! Stay tuned for updates on how you and your ‘ohana group can be a part of worship and being the church this weekend. Classes and groups that meet at Hope Chapel are also on hold until further notice. We’re doing all of this in wisdom and to comply with the most recent federal & local guidelines.
The news around COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Always refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 information page, and local government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.
COVID-19 causes flu-like symptoms and can lead to severe respiratory infections, especially in older patients and those with chronic health conditions. There have been no deaths in Hawaii, and 9 confirmed cases reported in Maui County to date (was 11, reduced to 9).
What are we doing as a church?
- Classes and meetings that gather at Hope are postponed until further notice.
- We encourage you to experience Hope online this weekend! More guidance to come on how to worship in your home as we livestream on our website, and also on Facebook.
Updates for Individual Ministries:
Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery will NOT be meeting on campus 3/20 and 3/27. Instead, we will be having phone meetings on Fridays 6:30-8:00 pm via teleconferencing. It’s really easy to do and a great way to meet and support one another. There will be two phone meetings for women, and two meetings for the men. Join us and gain support while you stay in the comforts of your home. For phone conference numbers and access codes to meetings, or for information, call or text Mike 808-868-0863 or Susan 209-202-9170.
Hope Chapel Maui Youth: Akamai Wednesdays and our Thursday Youth Nights are postponed for the next two weeks. We will be continuing our virtual You Asked For It series, and students are still invited to text in questions for our leaders to answer. We will also be posting a verse of the day, worship song of the day and prayer request of the day and are encouraging everyone to follow along. Also, we will be answering questions from our Instagram account @hcmauiyouth daily! You can text in questions you have about God, the Bible, Faith, Christianity, or life to 323-596-7534 (all questions are received anonymously). The Youth Benefit Auction is postponed to a later date, and when it is held, will be completely online. We’re contacting everyone who purchased tickets for the event. Everyone is invited to register and participate in the silent auction for free at hcmy.givesmart.com. Stay tuned for more details on this important fundraiser for our youth!
Tweens and Children’s Ministry: AWANA and Tweens activities are postponed until further notice. For the next two weeks we will be providing you with our weekend service lessons for kids from the Picnic Room to Tweens. Watch and engage, as a family, the Bible story via the videos provided. Print out the activity, if you can, and be sure to check out the Parent Cue in order to connect what your kids learn to their everyday lives. For added fun take on the Family Fun Activity. We’ll be sending instructions on how to access all of these great materials!
‘Ohana Groups: On Tuesday night, ‘Ohana Groups Pastor Kyle Knight sent out a message to all ‘Ohana Group leaders with guidance on how we can continue to meet and be the church while distributed throughout the island. We are encouraging anyone who has traveled or is at risk to be infected to not attend ‘Ohana Groups, and giving the leaders the ability to continue ministering to one another through a range of ideas and means. If you’re an ‘Ohana Group leader and did not receive this email, first check your junk mail folder, or contact ‘Ohana Groups pastor firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can I do to support Hope?
- Please pray for one another- requests from your ‘ohana groups, or visit Hope’s online prayer wall to submit a prayer request and pray for each other.
- Please pray for the elders and leaders of Hope as we navigate the rapidly changing guidance, to care for our Hope ‘ohana.
- Be looking for ways to serve one another- within your ‘ohana groups, in your neighborhoods, and in all the circles the Lord has placed people in your life!
What can you do to promote health and wellness?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use soap and water when possible.
- If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
BE ENCOURAGED WITH SCRIPTURE
Psalm 91:5-7: You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
Psalm 91:10-11: No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
Luke 12:25-26: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 16:33: I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.