UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2020

Listen to our latest podcast to get an update on all the ministry that is happening at Hope Church. This is a season unlike one we've seen in our lifetime, but our mission remains the same. We still are called to be the Church and to make disciples! 

UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020

In times like this we long for the holy city, the new Jerusalem, where every tear will be wiped away, death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore for the former things have passed away (Rev. 21:2, 4)! These are more than words on a page, but a promise we can count on! Consequently, we face disease and loss with an unwavering confidence that our God reigns and that regardless of any temporary suffering, there remains for the people of God an eternal and perfect peace!

If this cultural moment teaches us anything, it teaches us that all that God has said, all that the prophets foretold, all that Jesus accomplished, and all that the New Testament describes and explains, is not a fairytale. Our world is broken. Our hope is in Jesus Christ. God’s Word is true. His ways are unsearchable. His Son is our victory. His Church is our family. His mission is our resolve. Take heart church and let the words of Paul ring louder in our lives like never before!

“Therefore, my beloved brothers (and sisters), be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (I Cor. 15. 58).

As you know, the recent pandemic is creating a global disruption. Truly, there are varying degrees of reactions and an avalanche of information to wade through. As elders, we have been monitoring the situation closely over the past 72 hours. We have been praying and contemplating the best way forward. Our goal is to honor Christ, walk by faith, lead with wisdom, and guide with compassion. Below is our current plan. Please know that these plans could change as we navigate these next few weeks.

First, we respond in faith in every situation. In other words, the object of our faith, namely Jesus Christ and His work, allows us to steady on with our emotions in check. To put it another way, we don’t panic or add fuel to an already anxious society. We don’t perpetuate unfounded information or speculation on social media or in conversations with friends and neighbors. We also shouldn’t use the current situation as an opportunity to cast judgment on others or advance any political agendas.

Second, give improved and careful attention to your own well-being and hygiene. Here is an article to guide you. 

Third, practice wise social interactions! It is not an act of strength to ignore these cues and brazenly dismiss appropriate changes to our behavior to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 or any potential illness. A way to love our neighbor and each other is to simply be reasonable. Here is an article to help us think practically.

Fourth, find ways to love your neighbor and share the gospel. In times like these, the church marshals on with care and clarity pointing people to Jesus Christ! Be aware that those 60 years and older are more at risk with COVID-19. Be aware that the disruption of schools will affect children in our area (especially those with single parents who will still go to work); and be conscientious of our health care providers (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and respective staffs on the front lines). Be watchful and ready to serve others.

Hope Church Ministry Plan
Anderson School Corporation has canceled all access to groups for the next three weeks and they will reassess accordingly. Keep in mind this is a fluid situation. In light of this, here is our initial plan:

1. The Sunday morning preaching will be on Facebook Live for the next two weeks (reassessing options for Sunday, March 29th). Our goal is to continue the ministry of the Word and take advantage of our social media platform. We realize this is not ideal and would prefer to gather, but this is a temporary and necessary decision in light of the current situation.
  • We will go live on Sunday, March 15th and Sunday, March 22nd @ 10:30 AM.

  • If you don’t have Facebook, we will record the sermon/video and add it to our website www.hopeanderson.org on Sunday afternoons for your convenience. We intend to have these uploaded no later than 3 PM on each respective Sunday.

  • We will also add a weekly worship playlist on our website for you to use as a family.

We strongly suggest that you treat this opportunity with intentional focus.
  • Turn off media devices and focus
  • Open your Bibles and follow along taking notes
  • Sing together as a family 
  • Discuss the sermon and pray together

2. If you haven’t already, download our app to stay connected. Search Hope Church Anderson on either Apple or Android. It is a free download.

3. We will make our children’s curriculum available over the next couple of weeks as a tool for your discipleship. Check your inbox periodically for details.

4. For Small Groups and Student Ministries, we are canceling all official meetings for the week of March 15th. We will reassess for the week of March 22nd. We encourage you to explore other ways to meet via phone or video calls to continue ministering to, encouraging, and praying for one another in the weeks ahead.

5. Please consider maintaining your giving during this temporary disruption. Ministry continues and our shared giving enables us to move forward on a solid foundation. Here are the two ways you can give: 
  • Give online or use the “give” tab on our app.
  • Mail your check (payable to Hope Church) to Jeff Kishpaugh @ 5765 Hobbs Drive, Anderson, IN 46013

6. If you are in need, please reach out to your elders. Especially, if you are over 60 and don’t feel comfortable obtaining any necessary items that you may need, please call on us and we will do our best to help.

Your elders are thankful for you and believe God will be glorified in this season!

For His Glory Alone!

Jamie Woodyard | Lead Pastor
Ryan Dick | Worship Pastor
Frank Kovaleski | Elder Chairman
Kyle Strong | Lay Elder