COVID Update (12/3/20)
Dear Church Family,
It is clearly an understatement to say that these are difficult times in which we live. As a church we are trying to adapt to every curveball that comes out way. We are attempting to provide as much community and fellowship as possible. We want to respect people’s freedom while also acting responsibly to care for our neighbor. We have all become risk managers, assessing what risks we are willing to take for the perceived gain. I want to encourage us to not look at policies and protocols in response to COVID-19 with judgment, recognizing that this is not a black and white matter.
I have been encouraged by our congregation’s desire to stay on mission, stay connected, to obey those in authority, and to put aside personal preference for the sake of others. With this same spirit, Council has decided to follow the city’s ordinance which allows us to continue our current policy of wearing masks into and out of the service yet remove masks when seated socially distanced. However, for the holiday season, due to heightened travel and holiday activities, Council has decided to go beyond the city ordinance and require masks throughout the entire service.
We will be asking everyone in the Worship Center to keep their masks on during church services until Council reviews this again on January 21. For those who cannot wear a mask that long or would prefer not to, the Fellowship Hall and Hearth Room will be available with a livestreamed video of the service. You will be allowed to remove your masks while seated and socially distanced from those outside your immediate household while in those rooms.
Council’s hope is that this temporary policy will also allow some of those who haven’t been attending to join us. I want to reiterate, however, that if you are an at-risk individual please do not feel pressured to attend the service. We miss you but understand the need to stay home at this time. We look forward to the day when we can all be together in-person again.
The service can be viewed on the website www.hillsboromb.com or on our church Facebook page. DVD and CD recordings are also available upon request to be mailed or delivered to you upon request. Please contact the church office, a pastor or a deacon to make this request if you are not already on the list. If you do watch the service on-line, I want to encourage you to tune-in at the same time as the service is live, to post a comment that you’re watching, and to sing with us. There is power in community, and it adds meaning knowing that you are worshipping along with everyone else even when not physically present.
Several in our church family have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and all of us are experiencing life differently because of this pandemic. Let’s continue to pray for each other, care for each other and use this time as an opportunity to study and grow. Our hurting world needs the hope we have in Jesus as much as it ever has. Let’s enter this Christmas season with confidence and share that hope generously!
God bless and let’s get through this together in unity,
COVID Update (11/10/20)
Dear Church Family,
Due to the significant rise of cases in our community, out of respect for other people’s health and wellbeing, we are suspending until further notice all church activities other than the Sunday morning worship service and Kids Connection. We do not make these decisions lightly, nor do we operate out of fear. We want to do our part as a congregation to serve the community by not contributing to the spread of the virus.
We encourage only those to come on Sunday mornings who are feeling completely healthy and are not in an at-risk group. Please join us on-line and let us know that you are watching. This Sunday is Youth Sunday with Grant and the youth bringing the message and music, so please show your support and be blessed by what God lays on their hearts. We are in this together. If you have any need, please make the office or a member of the pastoral team aware.
Please use this time to strengthen others in the family with texts, phone calls, cards, food, or whatever God leads you to do. Everyone could use a little encouragement these days.
Pastor Jeremy and HMBC Leadership
COVID Update (3/17/20)
Dear Church Family and Guests,
Needless to say, these are difficult times, and making decisions does not come easy. Church Council met to discuss the newly released State and County public health guidelines as they relate to public gathering. Council, in consultation with staff, reached a consensus opinion to guide our protocols to continue meeting for corporate worship.
Marion County guidelines will be followed as they are specific to our geographical area and take into consideration the State Executive Order as well as COVID-19 health risks within the county. We believe that we have been practicing safe protocols by wearing masks into and out of the service and social distancing while seated for the service. We will continue to do that.
Following county recommendation, we now also request, but will not require, all attendees 5 years old and above to wear masks while you are in the building.
We will continue to provide the Hearth Room as a venue to watch the service in a mask-required environment as well as streaming the service to your homes on our website as well as Facebook Live.
This decision will allow us to continue to provide worship through music at the end of the service and for the pastor to preach without a mask. Just as we wrestled with varying perspectives on the correct approach, we expect there will be a variety of opinions within the congregation. We will also make needed adjustments as the County makes adjustments in the future.
We look forward to continue worshipping together Sunday mornings at 10:40 whether in-person or at home.