COVID Response – Update 17 Apr

As the COVID situation changes daily, Ned Community Church is still here for you, sharing the Good News for our little corner of the world, in word and in deed!

Online Worship

Holy Week was a great time to start our online worship! Thank you, to the many people who watched Easter, Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, and Palm Sunday services! Well over 400 people joined in, from all over the country!

We are continuing online worship for the foreseeable future. As always, you can watch any service by going directly to the church’s video channel (www.youtube.com/hansenwendlandt), or through our website (www.nederlandcpc.org), or connecting via social media (www.facebook.com/nederlandcpc). Videos will premiere ‘live’ every Sunday at 10 am, and will remain available forever.

You can set up reminders by subscribing to our YouTube channel, liking our Facebook page, or if you want an email each Sunday morning at 9 am, with simply the link for that particular day’s service, please let me know.

This is a great time to include your friends and family in the life of our faith community. Ask them to watch a particular service with you on Sunday morning. Talk with them afterwards about your faith. Invite them to like our Facebook page or follow our YouTube channel. This crisis is actually opening windows for new people to hear an approachable, positive message of God’s love!

Mission & Money

I am happy to report that NCPC has won a nice grant that will allow us to employ our COVID Community Advocate for two more months! Presbyterian Disaster Assistance thinks that Claudia Schauffler’s team of volunteers is a great project. Her work helps vulnerable folks stay safe at home, by organizing delivery of groceries or medications. Jim Reis is able to deliver firewood from the church Wood Bank. People in need are being referred to other service organizations. And we are able to extend help for some basic financial needs, through the Deacons Fund. (This grant also doubles our Deacons Fund for 2020, and includes more financing for public health outreach to the homeless community in the summer.) If you or a neighbor needs help, or if you want to volunteer, please reach out to Claudia at (nedadvocate@gmail.com, 303-258-3387).

Also, thanks go out to Marylou Harrison, for wrestling her way through the CARES PPP grant program! We do not yet have final word, but we do feel confident that our congregation will receive support. And the Presbyterian denomination has been supportive, by forgiving three months of payments for health care and pension dues.

Most of all, THANK YOU for your continued financial support of the church during this difficult time! Online giving is stronger than ever, and our Treasurer tells us that checks mailed to the church have allowed us to leave our investments alone! This is an answer to our leadership’s prayers, and the best way we can maintain a vibrant church for a long time!

Prayers and Fellowship

There are so many things to pray for these days, both individuals in need and gratitude for our blessings! The Deacons keep a list of those prayer requests, and send it out to a circle of folks who do the praying. If you want to be part of that circle, let me know.

And starting in May, we’re going to arrange for our Fellowship groups to return! Details to come, but through Zoom we hope to return with Book Club, Soul Sisters and Men’s Group, and maybe to start some other opportunities for Bible Study, Movie Party, or other interest groups.

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