PHASE  3:  We've Missed You!








We opened the sanctuary for our Sunday morning worship services back during Phase 1. The guidelines for Phase 3 are very similar to Phase 2. We will continue livestreaming the message on Facebook, at 11:00 for those of you who are not able to return at this time. Our Sunday evening Bible Studies resumed back on June 14th at 6pm. Reopening the doors of the church is exciting, but we need to continue to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. 

 

We will operate at a 50% capacity, and maintain physical distancing requirements. We’ll also continue waving instead of shaking hands. We’ve rearranged the seats in the sanctuary so that each row is six feet apart, and families must sit together on the same row. We sanitize the sanctuary according to CDC guidelines with EPA-approved cleaners.
Water fountains will not be available for use.

 

Our Children’s and Youth Ministries will join us in the sanctuary on Sunday morning's, and they can join their Sunday School lessons virtually while remaining safely by your side in the sanctuary. Just bring a smart phone, tablet or laptop along with ear phones and our children's ministry leader will get you set up prior to church starting.

 

We encourage you to wear a mask. We also encourage those who have a compromised immune system to stay home and continue to join us digitally on Sunday morning's at 11:00 by clicking here. We love you, and we can’t wait to see you when you are ready.

PHASE  1:  Reopening the Church

An Update from Pastor Bill 5/14/2020

We've reopened the sanctuary for our Sunday morning worship services. We will continue livestreaming the message on Facebook, at 10:45 for those of you who are not able to return at this time. Reopening the doors of the church is exciting, but we need to continue to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. 

 

We will operate at a 50% capacity, and maintain social distancing requirements. We’ll also continue waving instead of shaking hands. We’ve rearranged the seats in the sanctuary so that each row is six feet apart, and families must sit together on the same row. We’ve sanitized the sanctuary according to CDC guidelines with EPA-approved cleaners. Water fountains will not be available for use.

 

Our Children’s and Youth Ministries will join us in the sanctuary, but we are working on a plan to share their weekly bible lessons digitally. We will keep you posted as this develops.

 

We encourage you to wear a mask. We also encourage those who have a compromised immune system to stay home and continue to join us digitally. We love you, and we can’t wait to see you when you are ready.

An Update from Pastor Bill (3/25/2020)

Family,

 

I’m praying that all of you are finding ways to navigate through this difficult time. I know that many of you are spending more time in prayer and reading the Word of God. And that’s great! This letter is to provide you with the latest information concerning church services at Ray of Hope.

 

Yesterday, Governor Northam issued Executive Order Number Fifty-Three (2020). Simply stated, it prohibits public and private meetings of groups larger than ten people through April 23. Failure to comply is a class 1 misdemeanor.

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

 

Executive Order Number Fifty-Three does not mention church gatherings specifically. However, on March 23, Governor Northam said, "Faith is very important to individuals, especially during these times. But we're asking churches to practice the same social distancing," Northam also said, "I have talked to a lot of pastors across the Commonwealth, a lot of faith leaders, who are really being creative and innovative is how they're communicating with their church members." Governor Northam also mentioned an upcoming meeting with church leaders to discuss social distancing.

https://www.wtvr.com/news/local-news/will-virginia-churches-be-able-to-hold-services-in-the-wake-of-covid-19

 

We’re choosing to believe that God is going to open things back up no later than Palm, or Easter Sunday. We believe that God makes the impossible a reality. Therefore, we are continuing to make decisions one week at a time, with much prayer and fasting. This coming Sunday we will only be streaming our service on Facebook live. However, here are some other things we’re considering:

 

  • Drive-in church on April 5th (weather permitting). We’ll be streaming too, but I strongly encourage you to attend by car or truck!   
  • We’ll also be connecting more through Facebook live for devotions and to receive prayer requests.   

 

Please remember to pay your tithes online at http://rayofhopeharrisonburg.com/donate. You can also send your tithes by mail to:

 

Ray of Hope

1450 Reservoir Street

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 

 

Praying that you are all staying healthy!
Pastor Bill Marion

 

An Update from Pastor Bill (3/18/2020)

Family,

 

Considering President Trump’s guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, as well as measures taken by Governor Northam, I’m cancelling Wednesday and this coming Sunday service's as well. We will be livestreaming this Sunday. Details pertaining to the livestream will be provided soon. After this coming Sunday, any future cancellations will be made on a week by week basis.

 

Make no mistake, this was not an easy decision. After speaking with Bishop Mathena this past Monday night, consulting with Ray of Hope’s Church Advisory Council, speaking with some of our church leaders, and speaking with other pastors in our district, it became clear that it’s the right thing to do at this time. I also participated in a video conference with eight other pastors, and six of the eight pastors in our district who are making similar plans, and the other two pastors are still deciding.

 

While personal opinions concerning the Covid-19 virus vary, it’s important that we adhere to our President, and Governor’s current mandate to reduce public gatherings to fewer than ten, and for the elderly to remain at home. 

 

Romans 13

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there  is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of  God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon  themselves.

 

We are actively monitoring information regarding the Coronavirus as it relates to the health and well-being of our members and community, and continuing close communication with local health and government authorities. We are also in constant communication with other local IPHC pastors.

 

Having church online is uncharted territory for Ray of Hope. But we can do it! We are planning to bring Ray of Hope’s Sunday morning worship service to you online. Be watching your emails, our website and our social media sites for more information.

 

As we recalibrate and prepare to meet crisis needs all over our city, please consider giving generously online at: http://rayofhopeharrisonburg.com/donate

 

But let us not forget the truth found in the Word of God:

We know God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind.

 (1 Timothy 1:7)


This is the time for the church to show what we’re all about — sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and demonstrating the love of Christ. So, think of ways to encourage, pray for, and serve people online. Pray for our world, nation, city, and church. And, point people to the God who loves them and is in control through it all.  Let’s be the church through this challenging time, come out stronger than we were before, and bring hope to people around us.


Check back regularly on our website as we come up with new ideas and opportunities to make a difference in this season.

We will walk in faith, not fear.


Pastor Bill Marion

 

A Note From Our Pastor (3/12/20):

Family,


By this point, it goes without saying that the Coronavirus (COVID-19), now characterized as a pandemic, is beginning to

affect our lives. Universities are telling students not to return to campus after spring break, air travel is being restricted,

and even the NBA is suspending its season. The stock market is taking an enormous hit, along with small businesses.

There’s enough in the news right now to scare us all. But let us not forget the truth found in the Word of God.


We know God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind.

 (1 Timothy 1:7)


We’re monitoring the situation with sound minds. All our services and activities will continue as scheduled,

with some practical adjustments to prevent the spread of the virus.

Here are some practical things you can do.


Pray! This is pivotal!

 

Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing or sneezing. 

 

Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. 

 

We will pray for protection and for healing of those who have COVID-19. 

 

We will walk in faith, not fear. 

 

Perfect love casts out fear, so let’s focus on love. As the world around us experiences anxiety and uncertainty,

let’s show them the peace only Jesus can bring. Be the light and salt of the world,

having confidence in our redeemer, Jesus Christ.


Pastor Bill Marion