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,