CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

MAY 19, 2020


ELDER UPDATE


Here’s a question we know many in our church family are asking:

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO MEET WITH MY SMALL GROUP?


"...not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 
 

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts...”  Acts 2:46​



  • Christians are called to honor those in government.

The current restrictions are universal and not discriminatory specifically against churches.


​“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” Romans 13:1–2​
 

​“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, t​o speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”  Titus 3:1–2​  



  • Christians are called to have a good witness in our community.


We love Traverse City and desire to make a helpful, healthy, God-honoring impact on our community.


“We urge you, brothers ... to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.”             1Thessalonians 4:10–12
 

“​Do all things without grumbling or disputing, ​that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” Philippians 2:14–15​

​“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. ... For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people”  1 Peter 2:12,15 

Because we are guided by these biblical principles (Love and Care, Worship, Honor and Witness) we believe the next step will be to ask our small groups to begin meeting in person beginning in June. 


WHEN WILL WE REOPEN WORSHIP SERVICES AT THE CHURCH BUILDING?

Following the same principles of love and care, honor, and witness, our plan is flexible as information is changing almost weekly. We realize some may not be comfortable meeting, if you are not comfortable meeting in person please stay connected with your group. This is a great time to continue to grow in your faith. We recognize that there are many differing views on reopening plans and we are trusting God’s word to continually guide us in our decisions. And we ask for your prayer.


What should happen next?

-Please pray for godly wisdom for your church leaders.

-Pray for your witness. Be a bold example of Christ’s love and care.

-Stay connected through online services. Continue to grow in your faith.

-Connect in person with your group beginning in June. 


You are LOVED!

Doug Long, Ben Vermilyea, Doug Bell, and Dr. Nate Sailor D.O.

Harvest Traverse City Elders



MAY 11, 2020


Please take a few minutes to complete this SHORT SURVEY about reopening Harvest Traverse City.

These 9 questions will help our church leadership as we consider what's best for our church family in the coming weeks.



Thank you! You are loved!


MARCH 24


LATEST CHURCH UPDATE





MARCH 17


STAY CONNECTED:


As a small group, do a YouVersion Bible Study (on mobile app)

  • A Journey From Worry to Confident Hope: Praying Through the Lord's Prayer - by N.T. Wright
  • How To Stop Worrying - by YouVersion
  • Making Time To Rest - by YouVersion
  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry - by John Mark Comer
  • 5 Days to Freedom From Angry Parenting - by Triggers


Download The Chosen app, to watch this amazing series about the life of Jesus.


MARCH 16


SMALL GROUPS


We are trying to maintain consistency with all that our elected officials are asking us to do. As you are well aware, there are daily changes right now. The latest information includes a recommendation to avoid social gatherings of more than 10. Many of our groups are averaging right around this number, some slightly above and some below.   If you are concerned that you might exceed this number, you have the option to cancel your group, or you can plan to do 2 hours of mutual ministry. When people arrive, the men and the ladies split up for the full 2 hour time. After this week, we have a planned 2 week break from our small groups.



MARCH 13

Harvest family, our elders have decided to provide alternate worship opportunities for you instead of worshiping together like normal. We are asking that you worship online from home with your family and make meeting with your small group an increased priority. We’ve made this decision not out of fear or worry and certainly not wanting to feed any anxiety or panic.  We have a great God and we follow his word!


Philippians 4:6–7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."


We don’t make this decision lightly. We’ve chosen to worship at home because of the government’s request to not meet in groups over 100 in order to help contain the spread of Coronavirus. Our plan is to resume services in April. Given the quick changes in information we will frequently be reassessing and updating our church family as needed. What we do know is that Coronavirus is affecting entire regions of the world and we want to take steps to help stop its spread. We love Traverse City and want to serve our community.


In a world that’s anxious we have the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus. We have a fantastic gospel opportunity. So what can we do? Lead your family in worship at home this Sunday. Sermon videos will be posted on our website. As you gather with your family consider doing the following:


  • Play or sing your favorite worship songs together. Let your children participate!

  • Open God’s word and listen to the sermon together. Take good notes and discuss them.

  • Give online (www.harvesttraversecity.org/give) or mail a check to Harvest Bible Chapel as part of your worship.

  • Pray for those who are affected with Coronavirus and pray for it to decline quickly.

  • Pray for ways to encourage others who are anxious and upset with all the changes in our world.

  • Look for ways to serve those who are anxious, uncertain, and those most vulnerable. Seek to bring comfort and use God’s word to bring peace.


Don’t miss meeting with your small group this week. If you are new or not yet connected to a small group, please follow www.harvesttraversecity.org/ministries/small-groups so we can get you connected as quickly as possible. We are a church OF small groups! We already have a great way of staying connected as a church family! 


Please follow the CDC’s recommendations: 


  • wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer;

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;

  • avoid handshakes;

  • avoid contact with sick people; and

  • stay home when you are sick.


Our offices will maintain normal business hours and if we can serve you in any way we would love to do so. Harvest, we were made for times like these! 


Hebrews 6:19a “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul…”


You Are Loved!


Pastor Doug