Covid-19 Updates

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Your pastors

Rob and Glen

Dear Southport Family,

Over the last couple of weeks, our prayer has been that your “love may abound more and more with the knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Phil 1:9-10).

I wanted to send a quick update on our continued Covid-19 response as a church.  Before I talk about the dual Executive Orders issued today, let me mention our invitation to prayer.

TELL ME ABOUT THE NOON PRAYER

We’d like to invite you to join us on Zoom on Tuesday and Thursdays at Noon for a time of guided prayer.  Pastor Rob and Pastor Glen will lead us through an ancient way of prayerfully reflecting on a passage of Scripture while Aaron Kemp provides some reflective background instrumental music.  This will be a time of guided personal prayer; no one will be asked to pray out loud, so there is no fear of being put on the spot.  Join us by yourself, with your family, or whoever might be nearby.

We will plan to start right at Noon, so feel free to start logging in 5 minutes early.  The prayer time will take approximately 20 minutes.  There are two links below.  Simply copy the appropriate link and paste them in your web browser.  You may be asked to download the Zoom App, please do that.  There is one link for the Tuesday prayer meetings and another link for Thursdays.  These links will work each week on their respective days.

Tuesday Link: https://zoom.us/j/398152882

Thursday Link: https://zoom.us/j/292456600

HOW DOES THE GOVERNOR’S and MAYOR EXECUTIVE ORDER EFFECT US?

While we are still digesting the Executive Orders released today, our best understanding is that churches are considered an essential Business and Operations (Governors order section 14.e and Mayor’s Order section 2c).  Because of this, our governmental leaders have taken a very gentle touch to our daily rhythms.  In essence, it appears that we have permission to continue to operate for the spiritual support and care for folks in our community.

So, what does this mean:

  • Both Welcome Place and Food Service Ministries will remain open and operational. Both of these groups continue to serve an essential function in our community.  We have increased our Covid-19 response and are currently taking the temperatures of staff upon arrival and throughout the day.  Many of our WP families serve in law enforcement and the medical fields and our Food Ministry provides meals for multiple Adult Day Care centers.  We consider it an honor to do this and we want to carry it well.
  • Our business office will remain open under LIMITED HOURS. Marilyn and Shelly will be working from home and will be available during normal business hours.  If you have a question for them, email is the easiest way to reach them, though you could certainly call the church and navigate through the phone prompts to them.
  • All other staff are strongly encouraged to work from home and only come to the church when absolutely necessary.

WHAT ABOUT OFFERINGS?

We’d like to invite you to continue to give faithfully online (https://pushpay.com/g/southportpc?src=hpp) or by mail so that the ministry of Southport Pres can thrive all the more in the midst of these difficult days.  Sadly, you will no longer be able to drop a check off at the church.  Thanks for your understanding in this.

WHAT ABOUT WORSHIP?

As we’ve already mentioned, our goal is to hold the sacred tightly and everything else loosely. By God’s design, the church thrives on gathering together to rehearse the Gospel and remind one another of the goodness of our God, to love one another, and to be spurred on to love our neighbors.  We are thankfully that we are able to continue to design, lead, and post worship as designed.

As you can imagine, this situation and the regulations are very fluid and we will be monitoring and adjusting our behavior accordingly.

Sincerely,

Pastors Rob and Glen

Dear Southport Pres family,

My hope for you was that this morning’s worship service(s) was rich and life giving.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the team pulling this off.  Beyond the worship leaders and band, there is a committed group of staff and volunteers serving sacrificially.  It’s a joy to partner with folks like this in the Gospel ministry.  Their investment drives me to serve Jesus all the more.

A COUPLE OF REMINDERS
Offerings:  Even though we are not in the same room, our ministries are continuing, our staff is still working, and our local and global partners are who rely on our support are still serving.  We’d like to invite you to continue to give faithfully online (https://pushpay.com/g/southportpc?src=hpp) or by mail so that the ministry of Southport Pres can thrive all the more in the midst of these difficult days.  If you give online, you have the ability to become a recurring giver.

Congregational Care:  It occurs to us that this season can be especially difficult for those who are vulnerable.  If you are in need, let us know.  Whether you are ill or alone, we’d like to love you through this.

AN INVITATION
Noon Prayers:  As I mentioned this morning during worship, we’d like to invite you to a Tuesday and Thursday time of (virtual) gathered and directed prayer.  Glen and I will be leading this time and will use Zoom to do this.  Once we have the links established, we will be sending those out.  If Zoom is new to you, we will be sending simple instructions along with the links to insure you are able to join us.

As much of our congregational tempo has been reduced, God’s invitation to approach him remains resolute.  Don’t miss the moment to renew and refresh your love for Him.

Your Pastor,

rob

Dear Southport Pres family,

I wanted to send a quick update as our ministry is adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic.  This is intended to touch on the most immediate changes.

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH WORSHIP?
Out of an abundance of caution for the members of our church and community, all Southport Pres worship gatherings will be moved online until further notice.

We will be emailing and posting on all our social media platforms a link to each service.  These will likely be published Saturday evening (watch for this) and again Sunday morning.  The traditional service will come ‘online’ at 9:25 and our contemporary service at 10:55. We will sing together, pray together, and hear what God’s Word says about freedom from fear, peace over anxiety, joy amidst sickness, and life that conquers death together.

Please help us spread the word and feel free to invite others to join us, as well.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

Because the covid-19 situation has been so very fluid, it has been difficult to navigate ministry rhythms and design ministry events that will be both spiritual rich and sustainable.

Let me give you a quick update of what is happening.

Welcome Place:  Welcome Place child care program remains open as we serve many who are in the medical, law enforcement and other essential services.  Our adult to child ratio is low and our sterilization plan is high.  Added to this, we will begin taking the temperatures of our staff as they arrive in the building in hopes of limited any additional exposure to co-workers and families.

Guided Prayer time:  We’re planning on hosting a guided prayer through scripture at noon on Tuesday and Thursday.  We will likely use Zoom do to this and will send a link to you on email and our social media platforms early next week.  When we send the links to this prayer time, we will also send simple instructions for those unfamiliar with Zoom.  If we can help you with this, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Additional Invitation:  While our leaders are exploring additional ministry opportunities, it strikes me that the Lord is extending to all of us an invitation to return to what spiritual directors have known all along.  What we are are, in inmost depths, is the most basic issue.  Ray Stedman has said it this way: “God’s 1st concern is not what you do, it’s who you are.  Being always precedes doing, for whatever we do will be according to what we are.”

As much of our congregational tempo has been reduced, God’s invitation to approach him remains resolute.  Don’t miss the moment to renew and refresh your love for Him.

We know this season can be especially difficult for many.  If you are in need, let us know.  Whether you are ill or alone, let us know.  We’d like to love you through this.

Your Pastor,

rob

Hello Southport Pres family,

Let me begin by letting you know how rich it was for me to worship with you yesterday.  While we were not in the same room together, I found myself struck with the presence of God and the fellowship of the community of believers.  Both paid and volunteer leaders invested vast amounts of time to insure you were able to worship Jesus…and worship Jesus we did.  Our worship services received almost 1,000 views.

So, a few questions that may be on your mind:

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH WORSHIP?

Out of an abundance of caution for the members of our church and community, all Southport Pres worship gatherings will be moved online until further notice.

Our goal is to hold the sacred tightly and everything else loosely. As much as we are thankful for technology that allows for this, by God’s design, the church thrives on gathering together to rehearse the Gospel and remind one another of the goodness of our God.  The biblical picture of a church prioritizes being together in person.  This is why Christians around the world gather together every single Sunday at the risk of their lives even though they will be persecuted, potentially imprisoned, and possibly even killed for doing so.  These brothers and sisters in Christ have much to teach us about the value of living as a church family.

HOW DO WE GATHER?

Given this particular season, our strong encouragement is for you to listen well to the direction of the CDC and our governmental leaders.  We are encouraging groups across our church to consider alternate means for staying as biblically and closely connected to one another as possible.

WILL ALL EVENTS AT SOUTHPORT PRES BE CANCELED?

We aren’t exactly sure. At this point, we are still processing Gov. Holcomb’s remarks and how they may impact our ministry rhythms.  We can tell you that our youth and children’s ministry gatherings have already been postponed and we will not be gathering for our Lent worship.  We are working hard to keep the Welcome Place child care program open as they serve many who are in vulnerable positions and serve in the medical, law enforcement and other essential services.  Our adult to child ratio is low and our sterilization plan is high.

HOW LONG WILL THIS CONTINUE?

We sure do wish we knew the answer to this.  It sure would make our planning and decision making much easier.  In the meantime, we are working hard to stay present in our current ministry context.  We continue to plan and prepare for future ministry events knowing that we may need to postpone or cancel them.

This morning, one of my daughters shared Psalm 4 with me and I thought I’d pass it along.  It is a Psalm of David written in one of the most heartbreaking moments of his life.  He’s hiding in a cave because his son is out to take his throne, yet in his grief and discontent he knows peace and even talks about joy.  Why?  Because neither his contentment nor his joy nor his peace is found in circumstance, but in the God who rules them.  If David’s security is in God alone, then it only follows, logically, that he had as much security in that cave as he did in the palace…as we do in our homes, in the stores, on the road.  What will it be for you today?

Your Pastor,

Rob Hock

Southport Pres Worship goes Online
Dear Southport Pres family,

I wanted to send a quick update as our ministry is adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic.  This is intended to touch on the most immediate changes.

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH WORSHIP?
Out of an abundance of caution for the members of our church and community, all Southport Pres worship gatherings will be moved online until further notice.

We will be emailing and posting on all our social media platforms a link to each service (watch for this).  The traditional service will come ‘online’ at 9:25 and our contemporary service at 10:55. We will sing together, pray together, and hear what God’s Word says about freedom from fear, peace over anxiety, joy amidst sickness, and life that conquers death together.

Please help us spread the word and feel free to invite others to join us, as well.

WHY ARE WE WORSHIPPING ONLINE?
Our goal is to hold the sacred tightly and everything else loosely. By God’s design, the church thrives on gathering together to rehearse the Gospel and remind one another of the goodness of our God, to love one another, and to be spurred on to love our neighbors.

The reasons we normally gather in person are the same reasons we are choosing not to gather in person right now. Because the Bible calls us to care for one another and love one another (and all our neighbors) as ourselves, we believe the best way we can do that in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is by not gathering in person.

We know this will be different, but we might encourage you to be creative.  If you are comfortable, you might meet with a small group of friends or extended family for worship to capture the communal tone of our worship gathering.  Alone or in a group, we will see you at our normal worship time.

WILL ALL EVENTS AT SOUTHPORT PRES CANCELED?
No. At this point, only our largest gatherings will be unable to gather.  Many other community groups, support groups,prayer groups are planning to meet.  They have already and will continue to adjust their ministry rhythm to insure we eliminate as much exposure as possible.

Some of our groups may decide to cancel their meetings. If they do, they will let their group members know.  If you have any questions about whether your group is meeting, contact the group leader.  If you don’t know who that is, feel free to call the office (317-534-2900).

It occurs to us that this season can be especially difficult for those who are vulnerable.  If you are in need, let us know.  Ifyou are ill or alone…let us know.  We’d like to love you through this.

A friend of mine last week invited me to join her in praying Psalm 91 for our church families, our nation, and the world.  Might I invite you to do the same.

Your pastor,

rob

Dear Southport Pres family,

We trust that this note finds you healthy and living in the full confidence that the Lord offers you.

As the last days seemed to sped up and the ‘temperature’ seems to be increasing, know that our prayer for you over the last days and hours has been that your “love may abound more and more with the knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Phil 1:9-10). Our heart is for us, as God’s people, to respond knowledgeably and blamelessly to our local authorities, the CDC, and our Lord.

We also are praying for peace, remembering Paul’s words to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

As a church, we believe in the providence of God, the power of gathered ministry, even in the danger the exists today. In essence, we are working to faithfully navigate between presumption and paralysis in a way that brings glory to God and allows us to love one another well. As we wait to hear from President Trump, we wanted to take a moment and share with you how Southport Pres has updated our responding to this situation by answering the next three most common questions.

Is Southport Pres gathering for public worship?
No. Given the counsel of our health officials and the direction of Gov. Holcomb, we think it would be unwise to gather together for corporate worship. Our heart is to protect people and promote peace in our community,

What will happen on Sunday morning?
We believe in the power of ‘the gathering’ and see it as a gift from our God. When we gather, not only do we attempt to make great the name of Jesus, we are also rehearsing the Gospel with one another. In corporate worship we are reminded that our world is broken and dark and of the great hope that we can have because of the work of Jesus Christ to break the power over death. We speak of the goodness and favor of our God and celebrate the hope and assurance we can have in Him and Him alone.

Because of this, we are working diligently in an attempt to replicate our morning gathering…even as we are unable to gather in the same geographical spot. We will be sending an update once these details have been completed. We understand that this will bring a change to worship and are working hard to hold tight to what is sacred and hold everything else loosely.

What will happen next Sunday?
Quite simply, we don’t know. At this point, we are working hard to be nimble and responsive as each new circumstance and request materializes. As soon as we know, we will communicate that out to you.

Will all events at Southport Pres be canceled?
At this point (and who knows how long that will last), we have not canceled all our events. Each ministry area will be communicating out to ministry teams and participants on an individual event basis.

What do you do?
It’s crucial that in times of crisis, the church rises up as salt and light so that others can see the hope we profess.

Our days have become frightening for many as uncertainty continues to rule the day. Those who are weak and vulnerable, have become even more so. As God’s people, we have the opportunity to live out loud what we profess together. May we be a people we practice the great commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22:37-38).

This situation is so very fluid that it is difficult to know what tomorrow will hold, though we do know who holds tomorrow. Let us trust and move forward with faithfulness.

Rest assured, we will continue to monitor this situation and will be adjusting our approach accordingly. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Your pastor,

Robert E. Hock

Dear Southport Pres family,

We trust that this note finds you healthy and living in the full confidence that the Lord offers you, even in this unique moment being shaped by the Covid-19 virus.  As a church, we believe in the providence of God, the power of gathered ministry, even in the danger the exists today.  In essence, we are working to faithfully navigate between presumption and paralysis in a way that brings glory to God and allows us to love one another well.  So, we wanted to take a moment to share with you how Southport Pres is responding to this situation by answering the three most common questions.

Is Southport Pres open to the public?

Yes.  At this time, our building is open as usual.  We place a high value on community and have multiple groups that gather through the week.  We do this as a reflection of our commitment to love one another and grow in our love for each other.  We are convinced that the Gospel must be rehearsed, and it is precisely in moments like this that we affirm that God has given us a community to remind us of the Gospel.  This is done through the church gathered.

In a moment like this, let’s affirm that one of the ways we can love each other is to stay home if we are feeling sick or running a fever.  When you make this decision, we will miss you and but we will look forward to seeing you after you’ve recovered. It might be wise to develop a plan to collect your child if he or she were to spike a fever during the day.  No doubt others in Indy have and are making such a plan.

What precautions is Southport Pres taking?

Because the coronavirus is contagious long before symptoms develop and is able to survive on surfaces, Southport Pres is taking extra cleaning precautions.  We are significantly increasing the cleaning of common area touch points (doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) and placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the building (encouraging a generous use of them).  We are working with our suppliers to ensure we have necessary supplies of these high-use, high-demand items.

We have also dramatically increased our cleaning of classrooms.  Our leaders have been provided with approved cleaning supplies and will be cleaning all common area touch points routinely through the day.  In addition, we are committed to decreasing the number of common touch points in an effort to further diminish potential exposure.

In essence, our plan is to create a more sterile environment and to work diligently to keep it that way.  As our teachers and staff are working hard to do this, we will need you help in this as well.

What about Sunday Worship?

We will be gathering to worship and diligently preparing our building for it.  In preparation, a team will clean our common areas of touch points (doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) before and after each ‘rush’ throughout the morning and cleaning the common areas of touch in our classrooms before and after each class time.  In addition, we are also adjusting our worship rhythm to limit person-to-person contact (no pens…bring your own; no passing the plate…a basket by the doors; unhooking and separating chairs for some physical distance, etc.).  In essence, we are working hard to ensure that you are able to join us for worship.

We understand that you may decide not to join us either because you are in a highly susceptible population or because you’d prefer to limit the type of crowds you elect to be in.  We want to affirm your decision in this and are working to develop a plan for you to join us in worship even from a distance.  We hope to have more clarity on this tomorrow.  In the meantime, we’d like to invite you to continue to give faithfully online (https://pushpay.com/g/southportpc?src=hpp) or by mail so that the ministry of Southport Pres thrives all the more in the midst of these difficult days.

 

How do I respond to Coronavirus?  We encourage you to take steps to protect yourself and would direct you to the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).  Although the full effects of COVID-19 are not yet fully understood, we are confident that the CDC and our medical experts are better equipped to provide clarity and direction.  I would remind you to take certain steps to protect yourself and others, including:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing your ABCs).
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face.
  • Cover your couch and sneeze.

This virus reminds us that we live in a broken world.  This is not the first, nor the last virus we have seen and, if we are not careful, it could drive us to fear and isolation.  In moments like this, we can live with hope and assurance because of the presence of a good and powerful God.  We remember our God offers us life that will one day be without sickness and death, and he promises to care for us in the meantime.  Our ultimate hope is in God regardless of the direction this virus takes.  As one pastor has shared, “reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the Gospel.”

Rest assured, we will continue to monitor this situation and will be adjusting our approach accordingly.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Your pastor,

Robert E. Hock

Senior Pastor

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