The Church is Still the Church

by Mar 19, 2020

The Church is Still the Church

by Mar 19, 2020

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Harbor fam,

Just like you and your ohana, our church ohana is figuring out new ways of doing what we know God’s called us to do. Even if we’re physically separated, Jesus said in Matthew 16 that he’s building his church and the gates of hell (or a microscopic virus) will not prevail against it.

Here are some ways we as the church can stay connected to each other, growing toward Jesus, and moving forward in ministry.

SUNDAY LIVESTREAM
We’ll be broadcasting again at 10am this Sunday. If you had streaming issues last Sunday, the quality will be much better this week. Go to youtube.com/harborhawaii at 10am to watch as a family. Here are a few encouragements:

  • Singing in your living room might feel awkward. Let me encourage you to push past the awkwardness, and keep singing to our God. He is worthy!
  • Paying attention to a talking head on a screen can be tough. Try taking notes to stay engaged with the sermon.
  • Keeping kids and youth engaged is extra tough, so print out these guides for them to complete while they watch the livestream: Keiki Sermon Guide | Youth Sermon Guide
  • After the service, take your keiki through the Gospel Project curriculum here so they can keep moving ahead with what they’ve been learning at church.

HARBOR APP
This connection point is more important than ever, so check it regularly. You’ll find:

  • Daily Boost encouragements from the Psalms
  • Prayer Request Form (we’re getting lots these days! Keep it up!)
  • Sunday Livestream (you can Airplay or Google Cast it to your TV)

Download on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store if you don’t have it!

ZOOM COMMUNITY GROUPS
Now that social distancing is in place, we’re giving each community group a way to continue meeting through an online video-conference tool called Zoom. Your community group leader will be in touch soon about it (if you’re technically minded, you could offer to coordinate it so he has one less thing on his plate during this hectic time!) Three groups have already met on Zoom, and said it was a fantastic time together.

JOIN THE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM
We want to care for the kupuna and at-risk folks in our church well, so we’re recruiting low-risk people to join our new Rapid Response Team. This team will be on-call (as available) to go pick up food, supplies, medications, etc. for folks who can’t get them due to coronavirus worries. Sign up here to join the team.

INDIVIDUAL OUTREACH
This is the time for us all to check in with our unchurched and unbelieving friends. Just shoot them a quick phone call or text to say, “Hey, I was thinking about you today. Everything OK for you and your family?” That will go a long way to extend the love of Jesus.

I know you’re working overtime right now to care for your family and others. Be encouraged. God will use it! “My dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor 15:58).

Much love,
Matt