Thank you for your continued financial support during this time.
It is vital to the ongoing ministries of Heartland.
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As concerns continue to increase surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are committed to doing whatever we can to provide a safe environment for you and your family. Some of the latest guidelines for keeping your family safe can be found at this link.
To that end, our staff has been constantly assessing current public health news and policy updates issued by the CDC and other appropriate agencies, and applying their recommendations to our current situation.
While God has not given us a spirit of fear, he has called us to love each other and to love our world, and to contribute to the welfare of our community. Exercising caution is not merely wise, but is a tangible way of expressing love toward others.
In light of the recommendations of our governing officials, Heartland Church is making the following decisions and recommendations:
1. Weekend Worship services
This Sunday, March 29, we will NOT meet for our worship services in person, on the Heartland campus. Instead, we will be streaming our service Sunday at 9:00am & 2:00pm and Monday at 7:00pm. You will be able to join us on Facebook, at heartchurch.live, or on the Heartland Church Center app (from your app store). The service will also be archived for on demand playback at heartchurch.org starting Tuesday.
We encourage you to worship at home, together with your family and friends, with your HeartGroup, and even consider inviting a neighbor to join you. (Please strive to keep these in line with current CDC guidelines.) In a time of uncertainty and fear, we can be a light of Gospel hope.
Moving our services entirely online was a VERY difficult decision for us, but we have been guided by two principles: (1) honoring our governing officials, who have urged extreme caution, and (2) loving our neighbors, many of whom, like the elderly or those with prior medical conditions, are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
We are extremely thankful for technology that allows us to host our services online and to stay connected as a church community during this time.
We will continue to assess the situation throughout the days ahead and will communicate a decision regarding our March 29 worship services as soon as possible next week.
2. HeartGroups and Other On/Off-Campus Events
Any regularly scheduled Heartland event between today and Saturday, April 11 will not be meeting as scheduled. These events include the following: AWANA, MidWeek (Middle School), The Gathering (High School), Heartland MOMS, Divorce Care, Financial Peace University, etc. This schedule takes into account the previously scheduled down week for Spring Break.
Any specially scheduled Heartland event in March or April will not be meeting as scheduled. These events include the following: The Compassion Experience, Children’s Golf Tournament, MOMS Tea, Marriage Date Night, Student Ministry BBQ, etc. All of these events are currently pending rescheduling and we will communicate these plans as situations allow. If you have already purchased tickets/reservations, they will be honored at the rescheduled event date (please retain your tickets/receipts).
HeartGroups (home groups) will continue to meet at the discretion of each group. Our HeartGroups are a great way for us to continue to be the church to one another and to the community during this time. Leaders should consider what is best for their families and members (in line with CDC guidelines) and coordinate directly with Pastor Mitch on any necessary guidance. We would also be glad to assist you with using virtual methods for meeting, such as the Zoom or Facebook Video Chat platforms.
The church office will be not open at its physical location, but is up and running and available by phone (863.299.7797) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is both to keep in line with and cooperate with CDC recommendations, but also to cut costs to the church during this time. There is a locked drop box outside the office door for your convenience in leaving a message or dropping off your giving. Also, please remember that you are able to easily give online at heartchurch.org/give.
3. Prayer And Communication
We are actively discussing the best ways to love both our community and our people during this time.
We recognize that this is a dynamic and fluid situation with constant new information and updates. If we have to communicate any last-minute decisions or changes, we will provide updates on social media, via email and text messaging, and here on this webpage.
While we do not know what will happen as this situation changes, we do know that we can, and must, pray. As we look to the days and weeks ahead, would you join us in prayer?
Ask God, in his mercy, to stem the tide of this growing pandemic, not only in our communities, but in cities around the world (Isaiah 59:1–2).
Pray that those who are called to address this crisis (particularly medical professionals and those in positions of authority) would be equipped to handle new cases with wisdom and compassion (Romans 13:1–4).
Pray that local churches would lead the way in exhibiting a spirit of trust in God and love for others (Matthew 22:37–39).
Pray for our overseas missionaries, that they would act as God’s ambassadors, continuing to offer the hope of the gospel (Mark 16:15).
As believers, let’s be faithful in this moment to be the hands and feet of Christ caring for the sick and pointing people to ultimate hope in Him.