Dear Hope Church Family,

We continue to monitor developments related to the Coronavirus and want to give you an update.  Things are developing rapidly and we want to err on the side of caution.

 

Currently, local officials are not recommending the cancellation of public events or church gatherings in the Dubuque area. Hope Church will remain open and we will continue to have weekend services and midweek programming. In the event that health officials do recommend closure or we determine it is in the best interest of our church family to close, we will inform everyone through our website (www.ehope.org/corona-update), emails, texts, and social media.

 

During this time, here’s how we are committed to practicing caution at our campuses: 
  1. We will sanitize highly touched surfaces before every service such as doors, handles, tables and check-in stations.

  2. Our staff and volunteers will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick. In addition, our café volunteers will wear gloves when they serve coffee or handle food.

  3. Offering baskets will be relocated to the back of the worship space so you don’t need to pass them down the row. Remember, you can also give online.

  4. For the time being, we will discontinue Communion.

 

During this time, we are asking you to help stop the spread of the virus in the following ways:
  1. Stay at home when you or a family member are sick.

  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  3. Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.

  4. Forgo shaking hands at church for a wave or a friendly smile.

  5. If you or someone in your home tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for you, and take necessary precautions here at Hope.

 

Hope Church Online:

If you are sick or need to stay home during this time, you’re welcome to participate in our online service. We’ve got an open spot for you during our 10am service on our website. 

 

Online Giving:

The ministry of Hope Church in people’s lives happens because of the generosity of those who are a part of the Hope Church family.  Even though the rhythms of life may change during this season, we encourage all of us to continue to be faithful in our giving.  If you would like to utilize online giving options, go to www.ehope.org and click on “Give”.

 

Questions or concerns?

If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please email communications@ehope.org with any questions or comments.

 

While we cannot control the virus, the spread, or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make our campuses as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that.

 

Dave Clarke

Executive Pastor

3.12.20

3.14.20

Due to the Coronavirus threat to possibly vulnerable attendees, our SHINE program has been canceled for the rest of the year. SHINE will resume in the Fall of 2020.

3.15.20

Late yesterday on Saturday, March 14th, an additional case of Coronavirus was confirmed in Iowa & we have now moved to a stage where community transmission has been confirmed in our state.  Currently, there are no known cases in Dubuque.  Community transmission seems to be a threshold where transmission from person to person within a community occurs rather cases being limited to people who traveled outside the community and brought the virus back.

 

The Iowa Department of Public Health is now recommending that gatherings over 250 should not be held.  Based on this guidance and our desire to help limit the spread of the virus, we will hold services today, but cancel services for next weekend, March 21/22.

 

However, starting this afternoon after worship services through at least next Sunday, March 22nd, all on-campus activities will be cancelled.  This includes any children’s activities, youth activities, on-campus Life Groups and Bible studies, Celebrate Recovery, SHINE, etc.

 

We will be adding more online church services next weekend and we’ll publish those times by the middle of this coming week.  We will also continue to post sermon guides for Life Groups who want to continue to meet in homes.

 

For clarification, in-home Life Groups can decide for themselves whether they want to continue to meet during this time (off campus).  Please take into account the risk of those who are most vulnerable to the virus (those over age 60 or those with young children, people with other health concerns, or people with compromised immune systems).

 

As of right now, we will continue to have normal office hours Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM this coming week.

 

As we continue to monitor things this coming week, we will communicate any additional measures and cancelations as proactively as possible.

 

Good sources of timely information regarding the virus in our state and community are the Iowa Department of Public Health (www.idph.iowa.gov) and the City of Dubuque website (https://www.cityofdubuque.org/1649/SeasonalCurrent-Disease-Outbreak-Informa).

3.18.20

CHURCH ONLINE IS EXPANDING!
  • Regular church services online at 5 PM Saturdays & 10 AM Sundays.

  • Addition of Hope Kids & Bridge 45 Online starting at 4:30 PM Saturdays & 9:30 AM Sundays before the worship services.

  • Middle School & High School students online starting at 6:15 PM Saturdays & 11:15 AM Sundays.

  • The Church Online platform has been updated.  You can still access it directly from our home page, but if you have it bookmarked, you’ll need to change your link to hopechurchdbq.online.church.

 

FACEBOOK GROUPS ARE HERE!
  • Go to www.facebook.com/hopechurchdbq/groups and join our new Facebook Groups – we’ll have postings & time to interact with Pastor Matt, Pastor Mark, our Elementary & Early Family Directors & our Youth Pastor every Wednesday starting March 25th.  Check it out!

 

HOW TO CONTACT US
  • The office will continue to be staffed Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM.  Give us a call at 563-556-7724 or email office@ehope.org.   We’re here to help.

  • Through the Church Online platform, there is a place to submit prayer requests – please take advantage of that.  Our staff Leadership Team will continue to meet virtually every week & we will continue to pray over all of those requests.

 

PLAN NOW TO JOIN US FOR EASTER ONLINE!
  • While we have had to cancel our Easter services at the Grand River Center, we’re still planning some very special services to celebrate the resurrection on Sunday, April 12th at 9 AM & 11 AM.  Join us through Church Online as a whole family!

 

DON’T FORGET TO GIVE
  • Many of you have faithfully contributed to the ministry of Hope Church through the offering every week.  Like many people in our economy right now, we expect church income to be reduced.  While we have an emergency fund to help us weather the storm, 50% of giving comes from the weekend offerings.  We would definitely appreciate any amount you are able to give to support Hope’s ministry.

  • Click Here to set up recurring online giving – it will really help us as we grapple with uneven cash flow during this time.

 

WHAT’S BEEN CANCELLED?
  • Everything on-campus through April 12th including children & youth programs, on-campus groups & bible studies, Celebrate Recovery, SHINE & MOPS.

  • The Roshek Youth Group Skate Night (refunds will be processed for anyone who already paid).

  • Spring Quarter GroupLink & Life Group Leader Training

  • Living Last Supper

  • Easter at the Grand River Center

  • Baptisms & Baptism classes (we’ll have classes in June/July & baptisms at Flora Park in July, Lord willing)

 

WHAT’S BEEN POSTPONED?
  • Hope Wednesdays & Roshek Youth Group were scheduled to start April 1st.  We have suspended registration & will revisit the possibility of having something in late April & May depending on the status of the Coronavirus.  Stay tuned for more info.  Refunds will be processed for anyone who already paid.

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