NC Epidemiologist Advises Churches to be Patient

It is important for church leaders to consider local trends in incidences of COVID-19, severity of the illness, and what is known about transmission as they make decisions about resuming face-to-face activities, Dr. Werner Ernst-Bischoff said in a webinar on January 13.

Dr. Bischoff, an epidemiologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health, presented an update to a group of church clergy and lay leaders about COVID-19, status of the vaccination effort, and how to best protect their congregations.

Individual church members can help facilitate “regathering” by being vaccinated when they have an opportunity, Dr. Bischoff said. He said people should address their specific medical situations with their own physicians, but that he was not aware of anything that would be a contraindication for vaccination. People should also continue to follow requirements for physical distancing, wash their hands frequently, and wear masks whenever they are with others who are not part of their households. Fol-lowing accepted safety precautions and waiting to regather until it can be done safely is how churches can reopen their facilities more quickly and stay open.

Health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, and people 65 or older are in the groups currently eligible for vaccination in North Carolina.
The webinar is available at

The Church Council decided that the HVBC campus closure will continue for February and March, with the provision that in case of an unexpected improvement in the pandemic metrics and vaccination numbers, the Regathering Workgroup could revisit this decision.

Souper Bowl of Caring

What: Annual Mission endeavor for HVBC to TACKLE hunger in Durham.
When: Today thru Sunday, February 14, 2021
How: Participants may contribute any of the goods listed below by placing them in the purple plastic tub next to the church office door,
Financial gifts online or checks to HVBC can be mailed to the church. Please designate checks to “Souper Bowl of Caring” on the comment line.
All contributions, Money and Food will be donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC in Durham. See for more information. Items most needed are:
canned fruits and vegetables
canned meat
canned beans and soup
whole grain pasta and rice
peanut butter

Other items that can be donated are:

hygiene items paper products
paper products diapers
adult hygiene items wipes
Pedialyte infant cereal
fruit cups granola bars
applesauce cups mac ‘n cheese cups
crackers Juice boxes
household cleaning products
nutritional shakes and drinks

Please contact HVBC Mission Team members for more information: Leigh Bigger, Amy Herring, Barbara Rowley, Julie Stoops (chair).

Christmas Mission Projects – Update

Angel Tree

Approximately 90 gifts were taken to the family of our Angel Tree ministry along with twenty gift cards! At least one of the children didn’t want to spoil the beautiful wrapping on her gifts. Smiles were noted in abundance.
Thanks for making this mission project a success!

Mission Offering

Thanks to your generosity, we collected $2400 for the CBF Global Mission Offering and $962.50 for the SBC Lottie Moon Offering. Thank you for your support!

Mission Offering

Our goal for Global Missions Offering this Christmas season is $4,000. You may support missions and missionaries around the world by giving to the CBF Global Missions Offering or the SBC Lottie Moon Offering.

Please mark your offering envelope accordingly by indicating where you would like your missions offering to be sent or write it in the memo section of your check. You may also donate online by simply writing CBF Global Missions Offering or SBC Lottie Moon Offering on the memo line.

Advent Devotionals

Be on the lookout for Advent Devotionals that will be emailed to members starting Sunday, November 29. For those of you that do not have email, a booklet will be mailed to you.

We took member devotionals that had already been written between 2013 & 2017 for HVBC Advent booklets. We hope you will find these daily devotionals inspirational during the Advent season.

Bible Study – Tuesdays

Plans have begun to start the next bible study by Dr. David Jeremiah starting Tuesday, January 19, at 10:00 am via Zoom.

This is a 12 week study. If you want to study THE GOD YOU MAY NOT KNOW, please let me or Robin know as soon as possible so books and study guides can be ordered.

Linda Ward

Memorial Tree Planting

On Sunday, November 15 at 2:30 pm, the family of Bill Bigger will be planting a Ginkgo tree near the Hope House in his memory. There will be a short dedication and time of prayer. You are welcome to attend – please wear a mask and social distance. Unfortunately, no hugging can happen, but we’ll give air-hugs! We’ll be outside, of course.

Toy Drive

Share your Christmas and make a child smile this year by donating to the
Yates Toy Store.

Unwrapped toys can be dropped off by our church office. Place them in the labeled covered box by the outside office door between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday –Friday. Someone will bring them inside after 12:00 pm. We will be receiving toys between November 16-20 & November 23-25.
Remember to leave the price tag on items so that they can be easily priced.

dolls and accessories
dish sets
coloring books
board games
trucks and cars
action figures
balls and bats

squeeze toys
picture books

CD player
clock radio
back pack
ball and glove

If you prefer to make a financial donation, make you check payable to Yates Baptist Association.

Please contact Julie, Leigh, or Barbara R. if you have questions.

Welcome Ride 2020

Welcome Ride 2020 is the inaugural fundraiser to jumpstart the Welcome House
Community Network—CBF of North Carolina’s new missions program to extend Christian
hospitality in the form of temporary housing and community outreach to vulnerable people
in every NC city and town.

Dr. Larry Hovis, CBFNC Executive Coordinator, is getting ready to embark on Welcome Ride 2020. He will cycle from the mountains to Raleigh on October 9-12 to raise awareness and funds for new Christian hospitality sites like Hope House. $3,000 of the $10,000 goal has already been donated.

On Sunday afternoon, October 11, Dr. Hovis plans a rest stop at HVBC and will record a short video that will include Hope House. If you are interested in welcoming Larry to Hope House, please contact the church office. The meeting will be outside, socially distant, and everyone will be wearing masks. The exact meeting time will be determined as we get closer to October 11.

Here’s how you can support Welcome Ride. Go to the CBFNC website and click on Welcome Ride You will then see a link where you can donate using a credit card. You can also make out a check to CBFNC and note Welcome Ride 2020 in the comment line on the lower left portion of your checks.

Checks may be mailed to the HVBC office and will be presented to Dr. Hovis during his
stop or you can mail them to CBFNC, 2640 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Thank you for all your prayers and support of this ministry.

World Communion Sunday

The first Sunday in October, October 4 this year, is World Communion Sunday. This has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, in a storefront, or in your home, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. During a “normal” year, we would celebrate in our sanctuary mindful that we are interconnected with Christians around the world. Even though we could not see them, we knew that we were bound together by our common commitment to Jesus as Lord. And this year, we will follow our tradition and practice. We will celebrate the Supper in the safety and privacy of our own homes. As you prepare for our Sunday service on YouTube, select some bread and have a cup to drink at the appropriate time during our service.