Welcome to Nankin Community Church
CURRENT UPDATES TO BE AWARE OF!
Effective March 11, 2020.
This evening the Administrative Council, in an effort to take precautionary measures, has unanimously voted to suspend all non-worship events at our church with an anticipated attendance of 50 or greater. This includes the pancake breakfast, community dinner, etc. We are also no longer allowing community groups or individuals to rent out the church, until further notice. We are following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control as well as the Ashland County Health Department.
Update from Pastor Jake Heskett
I am writing for a variety of purposes today. First because I desire to stay in close contact with each of you, to let you know that I continue to pray for you, and to offer encouragement to you. Second, because I know we are all anxious to return to life as “normal.” Our new normal will feel unfamiliar, even as we begin to gather again when restrictions are lifted. I want to inform you all on the working plan in place to be used as we consider transitioning to meeting in person again. The plan is based on the President’s 3 phase plan and our Governor’s stated intention to pattern Ohio’s reopening after the plan that the White house has put forth.
This plan follows that pattern, but know that this does not mean we will be on the same timeline as the phases the government is on. We have multiple people in our congregation who are considered high risk due to age and/or to being immunocompromised. This means we will take this slow to allow for the inclusion of all people in the safest way possible. Please see the enclosed list of phases for our proposed transition plan, and know that unfortunately I do not anticipate being the pastor who will see you through to the final phase. This plan has been talked over with Pastor Garland, who will be appointed here starting July 1. I do not anticipate us moving past outdoor worship in our remaining time together. Furthermore, this plan will be modified based on our
Bishop’s recommendation and the recommendation of the task force which she has formed to guide the East Ohio Conference through this transition.
Following are some announcements and expressions of gratitude.
Vacation Bible School: Will be postponed until Christmas Break. We will combine a 3-day Vacation Bible School with our Christmas Program. More information about this will be given to you as it is available.
Ice Cream Social: We will not be doing our Ice Cream Social this year. This has been a phenomenal fundraiser for our Nankid’s Children’s Ministry, but with the required social distancing guidelines, we are not able to safely offer the social this year. Please consider making an additional donation to the Children’s ministry if you are able.
Nankid’s Children’s Church: Reminder that there are packets for your children under the carport available every week. Also, the video lessons are uploaded weekly to the Nankid’s Facebook page based on the Teacher’s schedule.
Zoom/Phone call worship: Please remember that every week we offer call in worship. Use your phone to dial: 646-558-8656. When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 203-903-473. This will enable you to listen in to worship live. We are still improving this feature and working on increased volume. We will begin using this feature for Bible Study as well, with the option for people to join by video (on their computer or smart phone) or by phone call. More information about Bible Study will be made available when it is ready.
Annual Conference: This has been postponed until September 25th-27th. Annual Conference will still meet at Lakeside, but it will be an abbreviated session.
Summer Camp: East Ohio Conference Camps has discerned that it is best to cancel all summer camps scheduled for 2020 and hopes to return to their normal summer scheduling in 2021.
Online Giving: Don’t forget that we now have the opportunity to give electronically. If you go to www.nankinchurch.org/giving you will see a link to the electronic giving website. Please create a profile and then give accordingly.
Community Groups: Thank you so much to our community group leaders! Each of you has done a phenomenal job of reporting any prayer requests and needs and I’m so grateful for your ministry of nurture and care for our people at this time. Community group leaders, please begin asking the people in your groups if they have a mask, as masks will be strongly encouraged when in person worship returns. Please let me know of people who do not have masks and would be willing to wear one. I will make arrangements to get them a mask.
I also want to say THANK YOU to Jarrad Awwiller (and his entire family), Sharon Cianciola, Rhonda Geer, Rev. James MacDonald, Carrie Roland, Nancy Young. These people in particular continue to work hard to make sure that our church can function.
I know there are many of you doing things on behalf of the Church each day that I’m not even aware of, know that I am grateful for each of you as well.
Friends we will get through this season. God abides. God is walking with us. This is hard, but God is with us. This is the great Christian truth! From the Garden of Eden, to the Birth of Jesus, to the Resurrection, to Jesus’ eventual coming again, over and over again we see that God is with us. I’m praying that each of you feel His presence.
In Christ’s Service,