Special Announcement

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UPDATE โ€“ 15 JULY 2020

Greetings HCFC Family!  Grace and peace to you, from God the Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The COVID-19 pandemic crisis continues to impact the worship and ministry services of our church.  Many geographic regions within the country began reopening several weeks ago.  Based on the rising number of positive cases in those regions and the steady increase in the affected rate, it appears that as a nation, we are far from successfully tackling this pandemic and bringing the effect of the coronavirus under some level of manageable control.  

As a church body, we must continue to be careful and diligent in providing high quality worship services, while at the same time ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, the safety and well-being of our members and the community we serve.  We will continue to have our Sunday worship services online each Sunday at 9:30am, as well as our Wednesday Word of Encouragement each Wednesday at 12 noon (re-broadcast at 7pm), and Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm.  

While we are committed to not reopen our church building for services until we can all attend safely, we are making preparations for the reopening with the development of the HCFC Reopening Plan.  In order to ensure that Hope Christian Fellowship Church (HCFC) prioritizes the health and safety of our members and visitors as we reopen our church building, it is essential that we have workgroups of key leaders develop reopening plans that align with the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control.  That guidance can be accessed through the following link: 
 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/index.html

The Executive Leadership Ministry Fellowship (ELMF) serves as the oversight committee for the reopening plan.  Pastor Keith Harris, Executive Pastor, is responsible for the development of the consolidated HCFC Reopening Plan that will incorporate the information provided by each work group.  There are four workgroups:  Safety and Wellness Work Group, Christian Education Work Group, Worship Services and Ordinance Administration Work Group and Communications Work Group.  These four work groups are charged with developing specific plans to guide our church as we reopen our building.  Workgroup chairpersons have been encouraged to solicit and leverage feedback from members who may have extensive knowledge that is useful for their subplan.  We are striving to develop a finalized HCFC Reopening Plan by the first part of August 2020. 

Again, we remain grateful of the Lordโ€™s provisions to minister under these extreme circumstances.  We would like to thank you for continuing to support what has become a miraculous global experience. Your heartfelt desire to tithe and give cheerfully has allowed us to continue to operate effectively as Godโ€™s Church and serve our members and community as needs arise.  To God be the glory!


May the grace, love and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, continues to be with you as this global pandemic continues to impact us all.  We solicit your continued prayers for one another and for the health and safety of our community at-large.  We love you and we long to see you soon.  


In His Service,
Pastors Ronnie Henry and Keith Harris



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 UPDATE โ€“ 13 MAY 2020
Good Evening HCFC Family!  We pray that this note finds all well with you and your families.  Today, as the COVID-19 crisis 14-day benchmarks for the State of โ€œMaryland have been met, Governor Larry Hogan has lifted the Stay at Home Order, effective 5PM, Friday, May 15th.  At that time, Stage One of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan goes into effect.  In addition to lifting the Stay-at-Home order, Stage One also allows most retail businesses and all religious institutions to reopen at 50% capacity, provided that social distancing and masking guidelines continue to be executed and followed.  

While we know that some churches will choose to reopen their doors, as your pastors our chief aim is to make sure that we are all safe.  Our leaders are looking at data and logistics for what it would take for us to re-enter and engage in physical corporate worship.  The process for re-entry is a long and arduous task.  The data and information that weโ€™re receiving does not indicate that we need to resume services in our sanctuary, in any capacity, at this time.  Simply stated, we will not rush into our return.  Instead, we will continue to ensure that our congregation is cared for and that we are safe.  When we approach the moment that we believe it is safe to return, we will share our detailed plan for re-entry.   

We will continue to have our Sunday worship services online each Sunday at 9:30am, as well as our Wednesday Word of Encouragement each Wednesday at 12 noon (re-broadcast at 7pm), and Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm.  We remain grateful of the Lordโ€™s provisions to minister under these extreme circumstances.  We would like to thank you for continuing to support what has become a miraculous global experience.  It is still our obligation to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  Our services continue to be viewed weekly nationally and in several OCONUS (Outside of Continental United States) countries (across at least three continents).  From a financial perspective, thanks to your heartfelt desire to tithe and give cheerfully, we are well-positioned to continue to operate effectively as Godโ€™s Church and serve our members and community as needs arise.  To God be the glory!

May the God of peace continue to be with you as this global pandemic continues to impact us all.  We solicit your continued prayers for one another and for the health and safety of our community at-large.  We love you and we long to see you soon.  

In His Service,
Pastors Ronnie Henry and Keith Harris



HCFC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan

UPDATE โ€“ 30 MARCH 2020

Good Evening HCFC Family! As we stated several weeks ago, desiring to place ourselves in the safest locations possible during a global pandemic may require daily shifts in our approach and guidance.  As the COVID-19 crisis escalates in the National Capital Region, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a Stay at Home Order, effective 8PM, March 30.  To see the full press release select this linkhttps://governor.maryland.gov/2020/03/30/as-covid-19-crisis-escalates-in-capital-region-governor-hogan-issues-stay-at-home-order-effective-tonight/.  The order states that no Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.

The drive-by pickup of Holy Communion elements that we announced via email in our previous Coronavirus Response Plan (and during our most recent online Sunday service) has been cancelled to adhere to the Governorโ€™s Executive Order. 
 
At HCFC, when we gather to celebrate the Lordโ€™s Supper, our communion elements are symbolic representations of Jesusโ€™ broken body and shed blood.  Prior to partaking, we ask Godโ€™s blessing upon those elements, such that through faith in the fullness of what they represent, we will be strengthened.  As we celebrate and partake, there is the grace of forgiveness of sins as we remember the blood of Jesus. There is the grace of healing when we remember His broken body. There is the grace of knowing that God has chosen to covenant with us to provide all our needs, both spiritual and physical (2 Pet. 1:3, Phil. 4:19).

There is the grace of all the blessings given through the divine exchange on the cross. And there is the grace of being part of a Body, no longer walking alone but a member of the royal priesthood, the holy nation, the Church of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 2:9).  

On Wednesday evening, April 1, we will have our Virtual Holy Communion Service via our church website at 7PM as planned.  We are asking each baptized believer in Jesus Christ who desires to participate, to utilize symbolic substitutions (crackers or bread to represent Jesusโ€™ broken body; juice to represent Jesusโ€™ shed blood ) for your Holy Communion elements. During the service, we will ask Godโ€™s blessing upon the elements we each bring to His table, and then celebrate and dine together. 
  
We will continue to have our Sunday worship services online each Sunday at 9:30am.  We have the capability to continue to minister without having to physically be at our HCFC facility.

We remain grateful of the Lordโ€™s provisions to minister under these extreme circumstances.  We solicit your continued prayers for one another and for the health and safety of our community at-large.

In His Service,

Pastors Ronnie Henry and Keith Harris, and the HCFC Leadership Ministry Fellowship

HCFC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan

UPDATE โ€“ 28 MARCH 2020

As of tonight, March 28, 2020, the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States has topped 113,000 cases.  As we continue to monitor developments of this global pandemic, we will state again that the health and safety of our members and community will remain a high priority as we watch and pray earnestly, together.

On this past Friday, Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan said: โ€œOver the last three days, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maryland has more than doubled.  Cases in the National Capital Region have more than quadrupled over the last week alone. There is no timetable and no model that can tell us exactly how long this will last or how bad this is going to get.โ€

Due to the continued seriousness of the situation, our physical church edifice will remain closed until further notice.  We will continue to refrain from any public or group ministry gatherings.  However, Godโ€™s Church is alive and well and continuing to minister to one another and to those in need. We are excited to share live again this coming Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 9:30am.  We will stream our services via our website until we re-open.  If you missed the worship and fellowship experience the last two Sundays, all you need to do to view the service is go to our website (www.hcfcmd.org) and go to "๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: ๐–๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ž" on the menu bar.  Also, as a reminder, you still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by giving your tithes and offerings.  To give, simply stay on our website and go to "๐†๐ข๐ฏ๐ž" on the menu bar.  Members may also mail their tithes and offerings to the church. 

As we approach dates for our Holy Communion Service, Palm Sunday and Resurrection (Easter) Sunday, plans are under development to continue to minister via our website stream as led by the Holy Spirit.  In fact, on this Wednesday, April 1st at 7pm, we plan to have our Holy Communion Service virtually, just as we do on Sundays.  We are inviting our members to drive-by and receive our symbolic communion elements on Tuesday, March 31st, during one of two time periods: 10am โ€“ 11:30am, or 5:30pm โ€“ 7pm.  We will guide and direct you into our parking lot and you may receive your elements without exiting your car and while maintaining at least six feet of social distancing with anyone.  Then, during our Holy Communion service on Wednesday, we will dine together as we do each month. 
 
As situations and circumstances seek to present anxious days upon us, know that HCFC is committed to representing the family of Christ that holds one another up in the midst of it all.  Our Church body strives to be a safe haven for all people, and that includes times that are filled with stress, anxiety and sickness.  We live together in the assurance of Godโ€™s grace among us.  Itโ€™s the same grace that was with our ancestors for hundreds of years, all the way back to the original Church. Our ancestors found that comforting grace as they sang hymns and worshipped while not knowing what tomorrow would bring.  Let us do the same as we continue to worship, fellowship, pray, and study as one Body in Christ, even virtually.  Let us together stand on the promises of our God, who promised He would never leave us or forsake us. 
 
Your Servants, His Vessels,
Pastors Ronnie Henry and Keith Harris, and the HCFC Leadership Ministry Fellowship

 

HCFC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan 

Date: March 18, 2020

As of today, March 18, 2020, the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, nationally and locally is continuing to grow.  Leadership at HCFC has continued to monitor developments of this outbreak in all geographic locations.  As weโ€™ve stated previously, the health and safety of our members and community will remain a high priority as we receive data and process next steps.  

Since our last update, there have been several developments on the local, state and national levels.  Frederick County Marylandโ€™s first case was announced on March 16, 2020. The woman who tested positive for COVID-19 is a Frederick County resident in her 30s, who did not travel abroad but had contact with people who recently traveled to Italy.  She has very mild symptoms and is recovering at home.

The State of Emergency applied last week by the Governor of the State of Maryland, remains in effect with additional orders.  Governor Hogan has ordered the closure of bars, restaurants and schools. Additionally, he has expanded the prohibition on gatherings to those of more than 50 people.  President Trump has further enacted restrictions indicating a prohibition on gatherings of no more than ten people.  State and local officials have stated, โ€œThis is going to be much harder, take much longer, and be much worse than almost anyone is currently understanding. And unfortunately, far too many people have chosen to continue to disregard the precautions that are being put in place."

Due to the continued seriousness of the situation, we are putting in place even greater proactive measures to mitigate against the spread of the virus throughout our congregation and community.  As such, we are requesting that there be no physical gatherings of ministries, meetings and other activities of any size until further notice. This includes the planned โ€œHCFC Spring Cleaningโ€ that was to occur this coming weekend.

On last Sunday, we were blessed to host our first exclusive โ€œonline only worship serviceโ€ at 9:30am.  Although we were not physically in the same location, we were co-located and in sync spiritually in our Cyber Sanctuary via our website.  Many members and non-members joined in to experience a unique worship experience, highlighted by Praise and Worship, virtual fellowship and the sharing of a Word from the Lord from Pastor Henry.  In fact, one young middle-school student accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior while watching our service online.  Hallelujah!  Many viewers signed into our โ€œChatrollโ€ and conversed with one another digitally in real time.  Click here to get instructions for enrolling into our Chatroll.  We are excited to share live again this coming Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 9:30am.  If you missed the experience last week, all you need to do to view the service is go to our website (www.hcfcmd.org) and go to "๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: ๐–๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ž" on the menu bar.  As a reminder, you still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by giving your tithes and offerings.  To give, simply stay on our website and go to "๐†๐ข๐ฏ๐ž" on the menu bar.  Members may also mail their tithes and offerings to the church. 

Please continue to apply safety measures on a daily basis to fight against the spread of germs.  Things are changing rapidly, but we will continue to monitor this health epidemic and ensure our due diligence keeps the health and safety of our members as our most pertinent concern.  From day-to-day, guidance and instructions are not predictable and may shift suddenly. We will continue to provide updates and recommended guidance as frequently as necessary.  In last Sundayโ€™s Sermonic Word, Pastor Henry preached from the subject, I Am Not Afraid!  The Message reminded us that if weknow Who God is, know what the Lord has done and know the power of worship, then we have no reason to be afraid.  

Divinely Covered,
Pastors Ronnie Henry and Keith Harris, and the HCFC Leadership Ministry Fellowship

 

 

HCFC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan 

Date: March 13, 2020

As a church family, we recognize that there are numerous confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, around the country, including the surrounding D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas.  Our church leadership has been closely monitoring developments of this outbreak, both locally, nationally, and globally.  The health and safety of our members and community are a high priority for us. Therefore, in consideration of this weekโ€™s declaration of a global pandemic, along with the state of emergency declared by the Governor of Maryland and health officials throughout Maryland and Frederick County, we have decided not to hold public worship services, Bible Studies, and other activities for the next few weeks.

This coming Sunday, March 15, 2020, we will host worship service online only at 9:30 AM.  It is our hope that you will be able to continue to feel a sense of fellowship as we view the worship service from our respective homes and various locations.  As you view the service, we invite you to engage with fellowship worshippers by signing in to the "Chatroll" and letting us know that you are watching.  Additionally, you can post on Facebook, Twitter, and take your own personal notes of the message.  To view the service, simply stay on our website and go to "Sermons: Watch Liveon the menu bar.

Even though weโ€™re not gathering in-person for worship, you still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by giving your tithes and offerings.  We are admonished in Malachi 3:10 to, โ€œBring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.โ€  The Bible also tells us in 2 Cor. 9:7, โ€œEvery man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.โ€  To give, simply stay on our website and go to "Give" on the menu bar.

For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety.  Scripture is clear that โ€œFor God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mindโ€ (2 Timothy 1:7).  Our prayer is that we all will sense peace in the midst of these circumstances and that we continue to demonstrate a posture demonstrating our trust in the Lord, our God, who is ultimately in control.

We encourage members to maintain updated contact information through our membership management platform.  If your contact information has changed, please go in and update your information.  If you are unsure of how to do this, please see your Diaconate point of contact.  We remind everyone of precautions we can take on a daily basis to fight against the spread of germs.

  • If you are sick, stay home and use our streaming services to join in the worship service and to give your tithes and offerings. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. As a church, we also have alcohol-based hand rub available in both bathrooms, outside of the sanctuary, and in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash and wash hands. If a tissue is not immediately available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not into the open air.
As stated, we are closely monitoring this health pandemic in collaboration with state and local health officials.  Our ongoing decisions will keep the health and safety of our members in the forefront.  As the days continue, we will continue to keep you updated and make changes as the situation develops.

In God's care,
Pastors Ronnie Henry and Keith Harris, and the HCFC Leadership Ministry Fellowship 

 


  
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