An Update from Pastor Eric Hernando
Hey Hope Chapel Family!
I have some news for you. At first I thought of it as bad news or at least slightly sad news. But as I’ve thought about it more I’ve started to get kind of excited about this news and how God can use it to advance His kingdom.
You see, based on the recommendations of the CDC and the Assemblies of God, Hope Chapel will need to suspend meeting in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings until further notice.
Now I want to be clear, the church is not and has never been a building. Our sanctuary building is not a church, we, the people of God are the church of God and so church is not cancelled. We’re not going to meet together in the sanctuary, but we are still going to be the church and have church services! We’re going to do this in multiple ways, but perhaps the most noticeable will be a live stream of our regularly scheduled worship service at 10:00 am on Sunday. So tune in to the Church’s Facebook page to engage with us live or check out of the service that will still be playable afterwards. In the coming days you’ll get more information on what this will look like and instructions on how to tune in.
I mentioned before that I am actually excited about this change of events and you might be thinking I’m out of my mind, but here’s why. There are a lot of people sitting at home with nothing to do, glued to their phone and computer screens. People are looking for something to distract them from the fear and gloom caused by this virus. Why not get their attention with the most powerful, most uplifting message of all time, the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Details of Hope Chapel’s New Temporary Church Format
1. Until further notice, there will be no church services in our sanctuary. Be on the lookout for potential plans for Easter services.
2. We will continue to hold services online, streaming them live on Facebook and posting them afterwards on YouTube. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming days on what this will look like and how to tune in.
3. You can continue to support the ministries of Hope Chapel through tithes and offerings in the following ways:
a. A check by mail to Hope Chapel, 17417 N. 63rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308
b. Zelle payments sent to the email address Admin@hopechapelglendale.com
c.New online payment platform Planning Center Giving (small fee associated with gifts by this platform): https://hopechapelglendale.
4. Small group ministries will meet or be cancelled on a case by case basis dependent upon a number of circumstances including their size. The following groups will NOT be meeting for the next two weeks and will re-evaluate at that point in time: Tuesday Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Prayer, Wednesday Men’s Bible Study, and Wednesday Youth Services.
5.Please contact your small group leader if your group is not listed above to see if you are still meeting. Small group leaders, contact myself or Pastor Aimee if you need further guidance on this.
I’m praying that while this virus brings sickness, death, fear, and chaos into our world, that God will respond by using us to the health, life, hope, and peace of God to the world around us. That when we come back and meet together physically in our sanctuary that we’ll see old faces who haven’t been to church in an age and new faces of people whom God has used us to reach during this hiatus with the Gospel of Christ.
Will you pray with me for that?
Let’s love God and love people through this storm in life.
Pastor Eric Hernando