This Week’s Worship Service (May 31, 2020)
Today, Nate Herbst will be speaking about “Time to Get Back in the Game” (Heb. 12:1-3, NIV). Our songs will be Open Up The Heavens by Meredith Andrews, Stuart Garrard, James McDonald, and Andi Rozier, Facing A Task Unfinished by Ed Cash, Fionan DeBarra, and Keith Getty, Your Great Name by Michael Neale and Krissy Nordhoff.
If you experience technical issues on any of our platforms while watching the Sunday stream, the best thing to do is hit the refresh button at the top of your web browser window. If the issue persists, you can switch to one of our alternative streaming platforms. All of our streaming links are available on the front page of hoffmantownchurch.org.
Our pastors and leaders have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it has continued to develop. They’ve been praying and planning for how we will move forward now that churches have been allowed to start meeting in person again. They have also appreciated your prayers during this time! As of now, we are planning on relaunching our on-site worship service on Sunday, June 7, at 9:30am. We’ll have to hold off on providing childcare for a while longer, but we’ll be taking steps to make our services more child-friendly, such as shortening the service length, and providing sanitized activity bags for kids to enjoy. Sunday School classes will continue to meet online until further notice.
We understand that many of you may not feel comfortable or may have concerns about returning, and we want you to know that there is absolutely no pressure for you to attend on-site until you feel ready. We would encourage you to be discerning based on your circumstances, especially if you’re in higher-risk categories. If you currently have any symptoms or have been around anyone with coronavirus recently, we ask that you please stay home and watch online until you are free from symptoms or exposure to COVID-19.
We will continue to stream our service live on Hoffmantown.Online, Facebook, and YouTube, and we’d love to see you on any of those platforms. For those that decide to join us, we are looking forward to seeing you again! We are still finalizing some details, and we will have more information next week regarding the precautions that we’ll be taking that Sunday, including social distancing, sanitation, and the use of face masks. Please continue to be in prayer and keep an eye on the website and social media for more information soon.
The United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). One provision of the act was the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It was designed for small business, churches and nonprofits that were negatively impacted by COVID-19. Its purpose was to provide both forgivable and low-cost loans to offset the economic impact of the pandemic. After prayerful discussion by our Church leadership that included examination of the Biblical, legal, moral and ethical issues that might be involved, it was decided that we should apply. On May 8 Hoffmantown Church received $289,402 in the second round of the PPP program. Survey data has shown that a majority of Christian organizations and churches have been supportive of accepting funds through the PPP. It is the full intent of leadership to take advantage of the grant aspect of the PPP and not convert any of the money to long-term debt for the church. Nevertheless, there will be an opportunity for the church membership to vote on and affirm the church accepting the PPP funds during the church budget vote coming in June.
ADULT FAMILY MINISTRIES
Oil Change Clinic
Adult Family Ministries is offering an Oil Change Clinic at Dearholt Auto, 6401 Signal NE, 87113. NE on Saturday, June 13, from 8am–1pm. This event is open to single parents, widows, widowers, and spouses of deployed military personnel and is FREE- a blessing for you, as well as for those serving you. Attendees need to sign a general release of liability. Pre-registration is required for the oil change in order to assure we have the correct oil and filters available. Space is limited; please reserve your spot in advance. Wednesday, June 10 will be the last day to register. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-8633.
Tired of Isolation? Want to be a blessing to others?
The Women’s Council is looking for volunteers to serve as hostesses during the Men’s Ministry’s Oil Change Clinic on June 13 from 8am to 1pm. Time slots are flexible according to your availability. Volunteers will fellowship with those who are waiting to have their oil changed. Physical distancing policies will be observed to ensure the safety of all participants. Contact email@example.com or 858-8633.
Our Daily Bread for June, July, August 2020 is now available at the church. Come to the doors in front of the Receptionist Desk and the receptionist will release the door lock for your admittance. The books are just inside that door on top of a tithe box.
STUDENT & FAMILY MINISTRIES
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
As kids explore a world of concrete and cranes, rivets and rebar, bulldozers and backhoes, they will learn to build their faith on Jesus as they uncover the truth that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion. Hoffmantown Kids VBS is a free event, July 27-31 from 9am-12:15pm for children entering kindergarten-entering 8th grade. Registration is now available at: www.hoffmantownchurch.org/vbs/. We are still seeking volunteers, if you are interested in serving, please contact Sarah Goodrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VBS Supplies Needed
We are in need of supplies for Vacation Bible School. We are still planning on doing VBS July 27-31, so we need to continue with the preparations. Since we are not able to set up a donation board for you all to see this year, we have made a digital one. Please see this link: www.hoffmantownchurch.org/vbs/donate/ for more information. You are more than welcome to have supplies ship to the church directly if you order online. Please contact Sarah in Kids Ministry at email@example.com with any questions.
All Aboard Kids Express!
Our school year will be filled with thrilling learning experiences and there are sure to be growing opportunities around each bend! It’s not too late to register, but we have limited space still available. Please drop off your registration packet at the front Receptionist Desk of Hoffmantown Church Monday-Thursday from 8am-4pm. For more information, contact Darlene Dickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-8602.
Student Home Groups
High school students and Mid-school students will be meeting every 1st and 3rd Sunday. They will be meeting this Sunday via Zoom. Please join us. For information in joining us, please email us at Students@hoffmantown.org.
Upcoming Mission Trip with Joni and Friends – Cancelled
Due to the continuing situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Joni and Friends Camp has been cancelled for July 21-25. Thank you for your interest. If new dates are available, the Mission Ministry will make those known to the congregation.
Elders: Tom Caudill & Ben Wyne Pastors: Tim Hale & John Rupley
Deacons: Chase Johnson & Allan Rider Operations: Sam Mouck
At Large Members: Jeni Civerolo, Robert Ewing, Steve Gnerich, Gwen Hughes, Kirby Jefferson and Patricia Rogers
Life Resource Center
Direct to Home Service
Many of us have some extra time on our hands right now. Let’s use this unexpected gift of time wisely! The Life Resource Center can have most any book and many study resources shipped directly to your home. Give us a call at 858-8668 or email us at LRC@Hoffmantown.org.
Due to the current circumstances with COVID-19, our office hours will now be Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4pm and Friday 8:30am – 1:30pm until further notice.
Upcoming Elections: How should I vote?
Brothers and Sisters,
We are in a most interesting time in the life of our Nation. We have been “fighting a war” against COVID19 for months. We are just about to resume “in-person” worship services at Hoffmantown Church on June 7th. In the midst of all this, we will have the GREAT PRIVILEGE to vote in a primary election on June 2d. (For those of you hoping to vote early, this opportunity ends this Saturday, May 30!)
I am often asked if we, as a church, can make recommendations about voting. In short, no, we cannot. As a 501c3 organization—a state chartered non-profit entity—we cannot make direct recommendations about voting for any candidate. However, we can provide access to voting guides, which can offer some insight into the values of the candidates. Please remember, this is generally information which candidates have publicly shared, as well as voting records of those candidates who have held public offices.
The most comprehensive voter information site I have found so far in this election cycle is one called Biblical Voter. This site provides access to a number of voter guides put together by Christian organizations I personally trust. Nationally, WallBuilders and the Family Research Council are connected with the iVOTER website. In New Mexico, the New Mexico Family Policy Alliance researches state and local candidates. The Family Policy Alliance provides much well researched information about the candidates’ stance on abortion and Right to Life issues.
I encourage everyone to vote in all our elections. When you vote, please make the term “vote your values” mean that you have prayed about the issues, and the candidates and that you have researched as much as possible. The First Amendment to our Constitution prohibits the government from prohibiting the practice of religion. It does NOT say anything about separation of church and state. (This term came from a letter President Jefferson wrote to a church in response to a specific question. It was not a precedent-setting document, nor an executive order.) I hope and pray these guides can help you in your decisions.
Voting Information Sites
Biblical Voter: https://www.biblicalvoter.com/
Family Research Council: https://frc.org/voterguides
New Mexico Family Policy Alliance: https://familypolicyalliance.com/state-elections/newmexico/
In His Grip
Pastor Tim Hale