Staying Connected with HBC

Dear Church Family,

I hope each of you is well. I have missed visiting with you these past two weeks. Truly, these days are showing us the significance of gathered worship, fellowship, and the presence of our Christian brothers and sisters. We so easily assumed church would be there when we wanted to go. However, some good is being worked out as we experience the blessing of family worship at home and are forced to invest in the things that really matter, Jesus and our neighbors.

This past Sunday we had our first online worship service, which was a new and different experience. For those who were unable to participate, we have included a DVD of all the content related to the Sunday School lessons and the worship hour. We intend to send weekly DVD’s to those who cannot join us online.

In an effort to facilitate staying connected with HBC, we have increased our social media presence, with the addition of our own YouTube channel, as well as other platforms I will mention at a later date.  One benefit has been the broadening of the audience we are able to reach. In the near future our new web site will go live. It will fit well with the changes this crisis has brought in how we use all the technology God has provided. I encourage you to intentionally connect with one another often. Our common faith in Jesus Christ and our togetherness will be the strength that sustains us, and possibly even enables us to thrive in this season.

Financially, we are in better shape than many churches, but monetary support has taken a dip. I hope this trend reverses. Though this may be an expected consequence, it is not a good one. Our faithfulness or lack thereof, in giving tithes and offerings will directly impact the future of HBC, long after COVID-19 is a thing of the past. There is a self-addressed stamped envelope with this letter. It is there to remind you that our church needs us to give in faith, and to provide each one with the opportunity to give as the Lord directs and provides.

We are able to resume DLife group meetings through an online meeting provider. Rebecca Ray will be contacting DLife group leaders this week with details on how to proceed. Group leaders will make contact with individual members to get started. I believe the continuation of our DLife groups will be crucial for us as a church. Online groups may not be ideal, but they are perfect for this time and help meet our needs for discipleship and Christian friendship. I encourage you to invite others to join your groups during this time!

I leave with you Jesus’ word to his disciples as the time of his crucifixion drew near;

Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32–33)

Be encouraged, do not despair, our Savior has won the victory, and we are privileged to walk it out before a watching world.

Love and Grace,

Bro. Keith

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