Hoffmantown Church Family,
Philippians 4:4 reminds us to rejoice in the Lord always. Then Paul says again, “I will say it again, rejoice.” I pray this scripture is assuring to you in these unique times. At this point last week, we wrote to you confidently concerning our ability to hold public services, then through the course of last week, we wrote you again on Saturday, saying that we were going to a live stream service for this last Sunday.
After prayer and counsel with our leadership and in consideration of the guidelines concerning social distancing and gatherings, we made the decision to continue with online only services for the next two Sunday’s at www.hoffmantown.online. We will be suspending mid-week activities for the next two weeks as well.
We will continue to live stream our service on Sundays at 9:30am. Please invite friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to join us. Last Sunday, we had on average over 250 households gathered online for our worship gathering, which we estimate about 500 in attendance as families gathered around their computers, phones or casting to their television. While there is no substitute for worshipping together in person, there is no doubt that God is using this to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ.
If we decide to suspend or postpone an event beyond the two weeks, our website, www.hoffmantownchurch.org/coronavirus/ will be the best resource for all church-wide events, gatherings and all ministry updates.
Please know that our pastoral and ministry staff are here within our regular business hours. We are here to speak with you, minister to you and pray with you in whatever way possible. Please know that after hours, there is a pastor on call each week. That number is 505-828-2600, and the prompts will tell you what to do. Also, our pastoral and ministry staff are working on ways to facilitate our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies and our Wednesday night Life Groups using an online interactive program called Zoom for all our adults, students, and children. We will communicate these opportunities via our website and social media. I am so grateful for our teachers and lay ministry leaders who are working hard to stay connected with their classes.
Our President and national leaders have recommended that gathering at no more than 10 people would be best for the next two weeks. I am reminded of the Scripture of Romans 13:1, that Paul is encouraging everyone to submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. I encourage us to practice social distancing. Please know that the intent of this is not to do it out of fear. As believers in Christ, we are not to operate out of fear but out of faith and that faith is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ. We are doing this to reduce exposure to one another. Philippians 2, we are to think of others as more important than ourselves and that applies to our lives currently. With that, we still encourage you to love one another and to encourage one another. So, I encourage you to spend this time with the Lord, and to reach out to each other via phone, via text, via Facebook or any social media platform that you have. This is a great opportunity for us here at Hoffmantown to continue to be the Body of Christ. We have the hope of Christ within us, so let us continue to share Jesus Christ with our neighbors and community by offering to go get groceries, take out the trash to the curb or however the Lord leads you. Continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
We are blessed to have Dr. Claude Cone fill our pulpit for the next two weeks. This Sunday, he will be preaching on the Scripture Matthew 11:28-30. The title of his message is “The Best Times to Come to Jesus.” Since we will be live streaming for the next two weeks, there will be a pastor online responding to any questions you may have, during the service only. There is a comment box that can be utilized to indicate a decision for Christ or a prayer request.
I want to thank you for your faithfulness this weekend in giving. During this last week’s gathering to worship via live stream, you continued your worship of offering in giving. You participated in the online giving, as well as sending in your offering and some of you actually walked your offering in the door. This really speaks to the attitude of your heart, and we praise God for that. In order to give online go to www.hoffmantownchurch.org/give/. Or if you prefer to mail your offering, please send it to Hoffmantown Church 8888 Harper Dr. NE Albuquerque, NM 87111.
We will make every effort to communicate with you frequently. Please always check www.hoffmantownchurch.org/coronavirus/ which will have the most updated information.
Until we are able to gather again here in Hoffmantown Church, we look forward to gathering with you online. I will end with a great Scripture in Habakkuk 3: 17-19. In particular, verse 19 it says, “the Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” May the Lord bless you and sustain you.
Pastor Gregory Elder
On behalf of the Pastors and Elders