covid-19 updates

A MESSAGE TO OUR HOPE TRI-CITIES FAMILY

Pastor Angel & Laura's Weekly Update
Friday, June 19, 2020

Hey HOPE!

We have some more updates for you! Have you noticed that for the last two weeks we’ve been gathering IN PERSON?! We are gathering outside on the west lawn at HOPE Tri-Cities. Bring your lawn chair. We are maintaining social distancing, providing hand sanitizer, and viewing our livestream worship together on a large flat screen—and we get to hear each other! Hearing each other in corporate worship is one thing we’ve missed so much! So come join us at 10AM. We are not providing children’s ministry just yet, so kids will be seated with you, but we have activity bags for every kid! Also, Pastor Angel is preaching LIVE out on the lawn! Can’t wait to see you here at HOPE!

Additionally, as Benton and Frankin Counties move closer to the next phase in opening up, we want to invite you to open your home to host watch parties or a barbecue, and create community for others. We’re calling it Homes of HOPE. If you would like to be a Home of HOPE or find a Home of HOPE, please take this quick survey at https://hopetricities.breezechms.com/form/824ef2. This will give us vital information to connect people together. We even have a FREE gift that we’ll send you just for taking the time to fill it out!

We love you! Hope to see you this Sunday!

Pastor Angel and Laura
Our HOPE family,

Psalm 112:6-9 says, “Their circumstances will never shake them and others will never forget their example. They will not live in fear or dread of what may come, for their hearts are firm, ever secure in their faith. Steady and strong, they will not be afraid, but will calmly face their every foe until they all go down in defeat. Never stingy and always generous to those in need, their lives of influence and honor will never be forgotten, for they were full of good deeds.”

In this season of grappling with COVID-19, social distancing, and changing how we connect as the body of Christ, this passage is our plan and how we will operate.

For the remainder of March, in accordance with the State of Washington and the United States Centers for Disease Control, we will suspend all groups and gatherings meeting here on campus at HOPE. This includes Celebrate Recovery, on-campus small groups, and Rooted. We are operating with wisdom and making this decision to care for the vulnerable members of our body. However, we will still connect as the body of Christ, just not in the same room.

We will provide an online live-stream Sunday service at 10AM and at 5PM on Facebook Live, YouTube, and this website that will include worship, sermon, any information or instructions, and the ability to interact and engage with each other online. Our youth and children’s ministries teams are currently designing plans to keep our families, youth and kids connected as well. Additionally, we are creating ways for small groups to connect online through video and phone conferencing.

This is an important moment for the church to rise up in faith and to unleash hope where we live. You have an opportunity to serve our community with your talents and gifts. We all have an opportunity to reach out to those around us in our neighborhood and our community with the love of Jesus. Please take a moment and go to http://www.htc.church/serve to let us know how you can be a part of the team.

Thank you for your faithful generosity during this time. Your giving to HOPE Tri-Cities and to other non-profits is vital. Please stay faithful in your giving because the needs do not go away. You can continue to give online at http://www.htc.church/give or mail your check to 700 Comstock Street, Richland, WA 99352.

Finally, please know that we are praying for you. We are here for you. If you have needs, comments, questions, please reach out. We love you and are so thankful that we are called to serve and care for the HOPE Tri-Cities family.

Much love,
Pastor Angel, Laura, and the HOPE Tri-Cities team

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