New Routines …

Friends,
During these past four months, we have been adjusting to a new normal. Social distancing and careful attention to safety precautions are becoming second nature. I automatically put on my seat belt when I get into the car and I put on my mask when I get out of the car. When I stop to get gas, I automatically reach for the disposable gloves. In some ways, I am beginning to settle into new routines. What once seemed foreign, is now becoming the new normal. I hope that you are finding new routines and patterns that provide structure to your days and weeks. It could be that you will find new patterns that you will want to keep as you move into the future, I know that I have.

And while our campus is closed, we are still discovering and experimenting with ways to continue to be church to one another. Since I do not have a crystal ball, I cannot predict when this pandemic will ease. At this point in time, we are continuing to monitor the trends within our county and state. Based on current information, the Church Council has made the decision to continue the HVBC campus closure through the month of August.

Bill Pyle

Why do I need the church?

In the Zoom Sunday School class, we have been focusing on “Living with hope in a broken world.” We have been studying the little letter called First Peter and contemplating the role of hope in our lives as Christians. This series has been timely as we face our own challenges as we come to grips with this pandemic and the ways it has disrupted our lives. The writers had no way of knowing what we would be struggling with when they wrote the lessons months or years ago. They could have predicted that we would be facing challenges, they just didn’t know the particulars.

As I was looking ahead in the Sunday School literature, we will spend August reflecting on what we receive from our participation in a local fellowship of believers. Of course, the lessons were written assuming that we would be discussing the lessons around the table and then walking to the sanctuary after the class was over. And while this pandemic has changed a lot of things, it has not changed why we need the church. As we study the lessons and reflect on the benefits of being a part of a faith community, our challenge will be to transfer and adapt these benefits to our new normal; our new ways of doing church. And while the medium and technologies are evolving, these benefits continue. If you do not have a quarterly, contact the church office or Mike Dossett.

See you in Sunday School!

Bill Pyle