Digital Ministry Updates
May 1, 2020
April 23, 2020
We have much to be thankful for and much to work on during these difficult times. Here are some ways you can continue to participate in the life of the church and grow in your relationship with Jesus:
Seeing your Faces! Let’s face it, we all miss seeing one another on Sundays. So, we want to see how you’ve adapted to Sunday mornings so far. This Sunday during church we’re asking all of you who are able to send a picture or two that best represents what that looks like in your home. Be normal, be fun, be creative, be yourself! And who knows, it may end up on an upcoming live-stream service. You can send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Prayer Meeting – This week we had some incredible times of prayer online. Our next Online Prayer Meeting will be Tuesday @ 6:30pm. Sign up HERE to get the Zoom Invite!
Invite, “Like” and “Share” – You can continue to help expand the online ministry of Old North by “liking” the Youtube Channel and Facebook Page, Sharing the Live-Stream in real time on Sunday morning and personally inviting your friends or family to watch with you from a distance. We will be Live-Streaming again this Sunday at 9:15am.
Tune in – Next Tuesday (4/28) Pastor Nick will be interviewed on Moody Radio (WCRF 103.3FM) with Brian and Janelle in the Mornings. You can listen on the Radio or online HERE.
Coffee and Conversations – Tuesday at 10am we will have our weekly Coffee & Conversations on Facebook Live.
Sign up – Our Late Spring online study in Colossians lead by Pastor Dan and Pastor Marty begins on May 6 via Zoom. You can sign up HERE!
Covid-19 Interview – Check out the interview below with one of our elders who has Covid-19.
Longing for our Reunification,
Pastor Nick and Pastor Reggie
April 17, 2020
Sometimes when we are moving through a unique season on a day-by-day basis, it is helpful to take a step back and look at what God has been teaching us and then look ahead to what is coming up.
There has been an intentional logic to our Sunday Live-Stream messages that have been designed to encourage you during this season. Here is a brief summary:
3/15 – Psalm 62 – The Ballast for Life – What do I do in Difficult Times? Here we see the exhortation to wait on the Lord and trust in the Lord in the midst of difficulty. He is our Rock and Salvation and Power is His.
3/22 – Psalm 91 – Where do we Go? Where do we go when times are uncertain? When you are seeking safety from the pestilence, shelter in the Shadow of the Almighty.
3/29 – Ephesians 4:1-6 – Walking in the Midst of Pandemic – There is a particular way in which we are to walk during this time, especially as it relates to others. Displaying personal graces toward others displays God’s grace to us.
4/5 – 2 Cor 5:1-10 – Courage in Difficult Times – Courage comes when we have confidence in the future.
4/12 – Ephesians 3:14-21 – An Easter Prayer – God gives deep inner strength to us according to the riches of his glory and the power of the resurrection and Christ’s immeasurable Love for us provides us with lasting security. We pray that you will experience these things all the more.
All of the messages are available on our website: oldnorthchurch.org
COMING UP: Some great ways for you to stay connected
Looking for opportunity to pray with others? – Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm a number of our pastors will be hosting prayer meetings on Zoom. It should be an uplifting time together! You can sign up HERE.
Coffee and Conversation – Tuesday, April 21 at 10am on Facebook Live. Join me and Dan Osborn for our next installment!
Women’s Bible Study – Study the book of Ruth with other ladies on Thursdays at 7pm. Email Sara Davis to join at email@example.com.
New Adult Bible Study – Captivated by Christ interactive study in Colossians, Wednesdays at 4:30pm, beginning May 6. Sign-ups and description will come out next week.
Online Giving – You can continue to participate in giving by either sending your gifts to the church in the mail or giving online. You can make an online gift HERE.
Do you have a specific need? Please let us know how we can help! You can do so by filling out this short form HERE.
There are lots of opportunities for you to stay connected. We are hearing some great stories of how people are reaching out to each other during this time. Keep it up! Your care and concern for each other are wonderful expressions of what it means to be in the family of God together!
April 8, 2020
Change is one of the inevitabilities of this life. This axiom is so well illustrated in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic.As our world is changing, please take a few minutes and think through the opportunities you have in this change by watching the video below.
April 7, 2020
The times are difficult for many among us and your Old North Family wants to continue in striving to care for each other in tangible ways. We have been in contact with many of you over the phone and so thankful to hear of the Lord’s ongoing provision. So many of you have stepped up to help others out and have thus been displaying love to one another in incredible ways.
With that ongoing desire in mind, if you have a specific need, please let us know as we will try to help in the ways that we can. You can do so by filling out this form: https://oldnorthchurch.breezechms.com/form/c5ffc3
Likewise, we have a team of people praying for you throughout the week. If you have a specific prayer request, you can submit it here. https://oldnorthchurch.breezechms.com/form/cdcc06
We are thankful that the Lord has given us each other in times like these!
April 2, 2020
Dear Old North,
The time marches on and the stay at home order is taking its toll on many of us. I hope you are continuing to find ways to diversify your activities, take advantage of the time afforded to you and trust the Lord for health today and provisions tomorrow. We continue striving to encourage you in this time. Here is a brief video update for you:
Let’s keep sharing the Live-Stream. The Old North Sunday live streams have grown over our two weeks doing them. This past weekend approximately 700 devices accessed the stream in real time. Thousands have viewed the services and engaged with them after the fact. During a period when people are asking many questions, let’s continue to point them to the Lord.
We need your help for Easter! As you know, Easter Sunday is our most celebrated Sunday of the year. This year will not have the same fanfare as years past, but we still desire to make it special. We would love it if you would send us a 3-6 second videoclip of you and your family giving us an Easter greeting (“He is Risen!” or “Happy Easter!” or something of the like). We will compile a video montage to work into our Easter Service. Please email your short clip to RHalcomb@Oldnorthchurch.org no later than Tuesday afternoon (4/7).
Good Friday Service, 7pm. – Please join us for our Good Friday Live Stream at 7pm on April, 10th. We look forward to that solemn and meaningful time together.
Giving update & Text-to-Give – We’re thankful to report that Text-to-Give is now live and active. This provides another opportunity to worship the Lord through giving, invest in gospel work, and express ongoing generosity as a church family. Simply text any amount to 330-845-5756. If you already have an account through our online giving system, your gift will automatically be linked to your account. If not, you’ll be prompted to create an account. If you have difficulties setting up your online giving amount, American Church is happy to help. Please call them at (800) 348-2886.
Now is the time for Christians to shine as light in the darkness. May we continue to strive to this end together.
March 25, 2020
Dear Church Family,
I hope you are well. We are now just a few days into our “stay at home” order. For me, it feels as if it’s been a few weeks. I imagine that the introverts among us might be feeling differently.
As we move through this undetermined amount of time of isolation, I want to remind you of a very real need and a few important activities. As “stay at home” progresses many will have the need for social contact or interaction. Some of us will seek it out, but others might not have the wherewithal to do so, even though they need the interaction just as much. This is where you can help. A simple phone call, text message, email or facetime can go a long way during this time and is a wonderful way to express love for your family and neighbors.
Who should you reach out to? Anyone! Everyone! Especially those who are alone.
The Pastors and the Elders of the church continue to seek to provide a number of ways for you to interact with good content and with each other throughout the week. Here are some examples:
· This Sunday we will Live Stream our service again at 9:15am. Thanks for your patience as we continue to learn the technology and work out the bugs. This is a great opportunity to invite friends or neighbors to watch virtually with you. You can watch it the church Website, Youtube or Facebook.
· Facebook has many downsides, but during times like this can be very helpful. Make sure to follow Old North’s Facebook account for interactive Live Streams and other news.
· Growth Groups are up and running on the Zoom platform. It’s not too late for you to become a part of one! Email Dan Osborn at Dosborn@OldNorthChurch.org if you are interested!
· The Church Blog is active with a new entry. Check it out HERE.
· We will be sending out an increased number of videos to encourage you in days ahead as well.
Here is our latest encouragement from Pastor Marty.
We love you Old North.
If you need anything don’t hesitate to reach out or call the office during our reduced hours of 8am-12pm, Monday-Friday.
Looking forward to our sweet reunion,
March 16, 2020
Dear Church Family,
As we move further down the road of the Coronavirus Pandemic we are all acutely aware that the normal rhythms of life are significantly changing. We have been working diligently to recalibrate the way we minister during this unique time. Even in the midst of difficulty, there is great opportunity! Here are some details about how we will proceed in the coming days.
Sunday Morning Live Stream @ 9:15am: We will live stream a modified Sunday service that will includes a sermon, some music with lighter instrumentation, prayers and a ministry update. You can access it via our website, Facebook or Youtube. The service will be recorded and accessible throughout the week.
Family Ministry Weekly Email: Saturday night we will send out a weekly email with resources for children and students, including sermon note pages, Gospel project lessons and videos for kids, and discussion questions for families with students.
Growth Groups: We are exploring the possibility of our Growth Groups continuing to meet virtually through an online meeting tool called Zoom. Stay tuned for more details from your growth group leader. The target start date for this is the week of March 22nd.
Middle School and High School: Our Youth Ministry Team will be sending out a weekly video for students via email to parents and our Instagram account. This will begin Tuesday, March 24th.
Online Giving: You can continue to help advance the ministry of Old North and our missionaries around the world through your giving. You can give HERE.
Church Blog: Check out the new blog section of our church website for entries that will encourage you and stimulate your thinking. Pastor Chris has made our first entry.
Care Ministry: If you have a specific need that the church can help with, please don’t hesitate to reach out by calling the church office. Conversely, if you are able to meet common needs that people have during this time, let us know!
Old North Spotify Playlist: If you are looking for encouraging Christian music to listen to, check out our playlist HERE. In the meantime: Trust the Lord and express your dependence on Him in prayer; keep looking out for others around you; exercise wisdom in your meeting with other people.
We Love You Old North!
March 13, 2020
I write to you with mixed emotions as we consider how to engage in Covid-19 Pandemic. The situation is changing so quickly. We’ve been approaching the issue with the utmost seriousness as we have meeting everyday to discuss the implications of the changing environment for our church.
The church is a gathering of people who worship the Lord by hearing from His Word, relying on Him in prayer and encouraging others in fellowship. Gathering together is at the core of who we are as Christians. But what happens when gathering together becomes unadvisable for situations out of our control?
Governor DeWine has issued a ban on gatherings of over 100 people. He was careful to neither ban nor exempt religious gatherings, but rather, he followed with a plea for all of us to help care for others in our actions by considering others before ourselves.
Essentially, he was asking us to love our neighbors in a particular way. One of the very things Christians are called by God to do.
With the desire to love our neighbors by helping in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus and in honoring the request of our governor, Old North is cancelling all of our gatherings for the coming days. We will evaluate on a week-by-week basis. It is with great sadness that we do so. We love you and love being together.
Christians, there are is also great opportunity here.
• This is a time for us to shine with great confidence and certain hope and point others to the source of that confidence and hope, the Lord Jesus.
• We have the opportunity to display love for others by checking on our neighbors and friends, especially those who are elderly, ill or those adversely effected by loss of work.
• This is time to redouble our efforts in prayer and family worship, while our corporate worship is interrupted.
Starting next week, Old North will be producing online sermons, studies, and encouraging conversations for you during the hiatus. We hope you find them useful. We also encourage you to meet in smaller groups in homes as you feel comfortable. Many of you worship God through giving. You can continue to give at the church website or at the online giving portal.
This week, we remind of you a sermon given a few years ago from Psalm 62, called “The Ballast for Life.” You can find it highlighted on our website.
Finally, I’d like to encourage you with the words of Psalm 91:1-2. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
More updates will be forthcoming,
You are Loved,