COVID-19 Update 4/6/20

 
Easter videos are due to Robbie tomorrow!
 
See a complete update regarding Holy Week services, prayer calls, and Life Groups here.


Guidance for Home Worship 4.5.20

Click here for a complete guide to this week’s at-home worship.


Guidance for Home Worship 3.29.20

Click here for a complete guide to this week’s at-home worship.


COVID-19 Update 3/24/20

We don’t want anyone’s needs to slip through the cracks during this time when we are apart! See here for today’s update, including ways we are aiming to make sure everyone in the church family is receiving the care they need during this trying time.


Bonus Content from March 22nd

Following up on the sermon from 3.22.2020, we have three opportunities:
 
1) We have moved our Family Prayer Calls for this week. For this week, they will be held at 6:30pm CDT. Also, we are switching our provider to Zoom in hopes of encountering fewer technical difficulties.
 
To join a call, click here or call in using your phone (312 626 6799) just before 6:30pm. Then provide the following:
 
Meeting ID: 731 908 868
Password: 207375
 
2) Thanks to Alex Rodriguez for making us this card that was referenced in the sermon. Print it out and drop it at your neighbors’ homes, or paste the content onto the Nextdoor app or other social media by which you connect with your neighbors.
 
3) Please continue to let the elders know if you are sick or otherwise need assistance! Email elders@northsub.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 


COVID-19 Update 3/21/20

 
See Guidance for Sunday Worship here.


COVID-19 Update 3/17/20

Church Family,
 
Let’s fight loneliness! Please don’t underestimate the adverse effects of isolation if we don’t find ways to interact with one another. Remember Romans 12:5 – “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Those words are no less true in quarantine.
 
Along those lines, many of you have asked about whether the church has a way for people to connect while apart. Consequently, we have compiled a summary of several ways to videoconference (thanks to Alex Rodriguez for compiling the following list!).
 

Option #1: Facetime via Iphones/Ipads

Use if you have less than 30 people and if everyone you’re connecting with has an Apple device.

  1. Open the FaceTime app.
  2. Tap the + button (it’s in the upper-right corner on an iPhone/iPad).
  3. Enter the name or number of a person you want to add to the call.
  4. Enter up to 30 additional contacts.
  5. Tap Video or Audio to place your FaceTime call.

 

Option #2: Google Hangouts

Use if you have less than 10 people and if everyone you’re connecting with has a Google account.

  1. Once you have logged in to your Google account using a Mac or PC, you will need to visit the Google Calendar site.
  2. In Google Calendar, you will have to click on ‘Create’ to add a new event to the calendar.
The ‘Create’ option is located on the left-hand side of the screen.
  1. Enter all the required details of the event, which include the name of the meeting, the

date and time of the meeting, etc.

  1. Select the ‘Add a location or conferencing’ feature and then click ‘Add conferencing’ to

enable Google Hangouts.

  1. You will see the ‘Add guests’ field where you will be required to input the email

addresses or contact names of those individuals that you wish to invite to your Hangout meeting.

  1. After filling all the required fields, click on ‘Save’ to schedule the Google Hangout to

meet. This will send out invites to all your attendees.

  1. Click the link to open Google Hangouts a few minutes before the scheduled time.

 

Option #3: Zoom

Use if neither of the above options apply. NOTE: directions below apply ONLY to meetings of 100 or fewer people for 40 minutes or less. If your meeting will exceed 40 minutes, please contact the church office for access to the church’s paid Zoom account (you will need to reserve time with Dawn on our Zoom calendar).

  1. If you don’t have an account, go to https://zoom.us/ and create a free account.
  2. Download Zoom to your computer and/or phone and complete installation.
  3. Open Zoom and select “Sign in.”
  4. Setting Up a Zoom Meeting
      • Click either the Start without video or Start with a video button, depending on your needs.
      • Click the Invite button at the bottom of the meeting window.
      • You can share the invitation in a few different ways:
          • Click the Copy URL button, then paste the URL into an email message to the participants you wish to invite.
          • Click the Copy invitation button, then paste the message into an email to the participants you wish to invite.
          • Click one of the email service buttons. Your chosen email service will appear with a preformatted invitation.
  5. Joining a Zoom Meeting 
    • Open your event confirmation email.
    • Click the Zoom meeting link.
    • You will be prompted to open the application automatically.
    1.  

If you aren’t tech-savvy, and the above seems overwhelming, that’s okay! Call the church office, and we will connect you with someone who can help you navigate these waters. It’s worth it to learn now – these social distance measures could be with us for a long time!

Other Updates:

1)         Following government and public health recommendations, we are now cancelling all meetings at the church until further notice. Adat Hatikvah has done the same.

2)         The office staff is now working exclusively from home. Calls are being forwarded from the church phones; if you get a voicemail, we will call you back as soon as possible.

3)         We are working on a plan to increase the usage of our social media accounts in order to help the church family stay connected with one another. If you aren’t already connected with us, please follow the following:

            Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NorthSub/

            Twitter – https://twitter.com/northsubchurch

            Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/northsubchurch/

4)         Sunday’s Town Hall Meeting included some important updates in the life of our church, and specifically our church staff. Many of you have watched that Town Hall Meeting by now. You can also read the statements from the elders here, and view Laurence’s PowerPoint slides here. Thank you for continuing to pray for each of our staff members and their families.

5)         We are continuing to hold prayer meetings at noon every day this week (M-F). To join the prayer meeting:

–           Call the dial-in number, 425-436-6337, a few minutes before the scheduled time.

–           When prompted, enter the access code 490727 followed by pound or hash (#).

The teleconference will be in “Q&A” mode which means that all callers are muted to prevent noise disturbances and allow only one caller to be speaking at one time. If you want to share a request, press *6 followed by 1. The facilitator will selectively unmute participants one at a time for them to pray. Once unmuted, please state your name and pray, keeping to a maximum of 90 seconds to allow other callers time to participate.

Conference call etiquette:

–           Call in a few minutes early so that everyone will be on the line at the planned starting time.

–           If you are having problems connecting during the call, call 847-945-4630 and we will try to resolve the problem.

–           Keep background noise and interruptions such as pets, children and household appliances to a minimum when you do speak.

 
Thank you! We will keep these regular (every 1-2 days) updates coming until we settle into a “new normal.” Until then, we have much to which we must adapt!

 



COVID-19 Update 3/16/20

Church Family,
 
Thank you so much for your participation in yesterday’s sermon and Town Hall meeting (if you missed joining us live, use those links to get caught up!). We were overwhelmed by the level of participation and engagement we were able to experience though miles apart.
 
The CDC’s recommendation yesterday means it’s likely that we will be holding Sunday worship services online for at least the next eight weeks. This is not what any of us envisioned for this spring – or for Pastor Craig’s last few weeks on staff! But we are determined to seek God’s face regarding how He may want to use this to do a new thing in our midst. As such, any and all possibilities are on the table regarding how we might leverage technology to create connection. We believe there are untapped “Well,” “Word,” and “World” opportunities that this lockdown will force us to discover through innovation.
 
Would you innovate with us? Let’s dream up ways we can reach our neighbors, serve our communities, minister to the anxious, and build community while in quarantine.
 
This is a season of unique challenge and unique opportunity. Thank you for leaning in to your church family instead of pulling away!

 

Updates:
 
1) Following government and public health recommendations, we are now discouraging all meetings of any size until further notice. This includes Life Groups.

 

2) The office staff will only be in briefly on Monday to set up what they need to work from home this week. We are working on forwarding the office phones to our cell phones. If you get the office voicemail, please listen to the voicemail instructions regarding how to contact church staff.
 
3) We are suspending our “No Spectators” sermon series indefinitely, as it doesn’t really lend itself to what we can accomplish in the online format. Expect future livestreamed sermons to follow yesterday’s interactive pattern.
 
4) The sendoff party for Pastor Craig and Marsha has been postponed indefinitely, probably until the summer. We want to send them off well, with hugs and kisses.
 
5) As announced in the sermon, we will be holding prayer meetings at noon every day this week (M-F). To join the prayer meeting:
 

–           Call the dial-in number, 425-436-6337, a few minutes before the scheduled time.

–           When prompted, enter the access code 490727 followed by pound or hash (#).
 
The teleconference will be in “Q&A” mode which means that all callers are muted to prevent noise disturbances and allow only one caller to be speaking at one time. If you want to share a request, press *6. The facilitator will selectively unmute participants one at a time for them to pray. Once unmuted, please state your name and pray, keeping to a maximum of 90 seconds to allow other callers time to participate. If you want to pray again, please press *6 to be re-added and follow the voice instructions.
 

Conference call etiquette:

– Call in a few minutes early so that everyone will be on the line at the planned starting time.

– If you are having problems connecting during the call, call 847-945-4630 and we will try to resolve the problem.

– Keep background noise and interruptions such as pets, children and household appliances to a minimum when you do speak.
 
6) Listen here for the song of the week (credit to Lisa Anderson).


COVID-19 Update 3/14/20

Dear Church Family,

 
By now, you’ve heard from everybody from your financial advisor to your alma mater to your internet provider about how they are all responding to COVID-19. We are living in a moment of profound uncertainty – and as a result, one of rare opportunity. For many Americans, our frantic pace is involuntarily grinding to a halt. For Christians in particular, the genuineness of our faith is being tested. For our neighbors, questions are coming to mind that they might not otherwise consider.
 
The elders at North Sub have been reading, praying, and monitoring the news. On Friday, we came to agreement about a course of action that we believe to be most wise for this weekend. As government recommendations continue to evolve, we expect to modify our actions to reflect the fluidity of the situation. Please visit northsub.com/COVID-19 to make sure you have access to the latest updates to our response plan.
 
As for this weekend (3/14-15):

 

MEN’S CONNECTION
 
This Saturday’s Men’s Connection has been cancelled.

 

LIFE COURSES
 
This Sunday’s Life Course has been postponed indefinitely.

 

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
 
We will be holding church this Sunday (3/15). The mission we have been called to cannot be quarantined! However, following recommendations of government officials and public health experts, we are not going to gather together in a large group at the church. Instead, we are going to worship together in the following way:

 

  • At 10:00 on Sunday morning, we want to encourage you to gather for worship in a home, either with your family, with your Life Group, or with some other small group of friends or neighbors.
    • If you do choose to gather for worship in a small group, please take the following precautions:
      • Disinfect shared surfaces before and after the meeting.
      • Establish a single point of entry to the home through which everyone will pass and immediately wash their hands.
      • Anyone who is sick in any way should stay home.
      • Avoid personal touch; provide ample space between seats.
      • Do not share food or drink.
    • Robbie has provided a home worship guide for this Sunday (PDF here). We encourage you to make use of it to guide your first half hour of worship.
    • At 10:30, we will be live-streaming a sermon from Pastor Tim. We invite you to watch the sermon together with those gathered for worship.
      • The sermon will be able to be accessed via North Sub’s YouTube page. Refresh the page at 10:30 to access the live feed.
      • While we will make every effort to ensure this sermon is available to watch after Sunday morning, we encourage you to please watch live if at all possible. This is for two reasons:
        • We don’t want to miss out on truly gathering as one, despite our geographic distance.
        • This sermon will be more interactive than a normal sermon in order to cultivate a sense of oneness. Text in questions or comments during the sermon (224-300-0240), and Pastor Tim will stop along the way to interact with them.
      • We expect to close in prayer by 11:05.
Thank you for making every effort to join us in worship in homes around the North Shore. We made the decision to forego large-group worship not out of fear, but rather out of love. Our hope is that, by joining with our communities in following the directives of authorities, we will do our part in giving healthcare workers and hospitals a fighting chance to contain this virus.

 

TOWN HALL MEETING

It is unclear how long we will be kept from large-group corporate worship. With that in mind, and with the new church year just weeks away, we have chosen to hold the scheduled Town Hall Meeting on Sunday via livestream rather than postponing it.

  • The sermon livestream will close upon completion around 11:05. At that time, we will take a ten minute break, then begin a new livestream on the same page at 11:15. Refresh the page at 11:15 to find the new link.
  • This is a very important Town Hall Meeting in the life of our church. We will be providing major updates regarding the next chapter in church life. Please plan to join us for this livestream.
  • There will be two ways to participate in the dialogue at the Town Hall Meeting.
    • Text questions or comments to 224-300-0240, and they will be read aloud and responded to by the elders.
    • Call 224-300-0240 during a Q&R time, and the elders will take your call and respond live on the air.
  • While we will make every effort to ensure this Town Hall meeting is available to watch after Sunday morning, we encourage you to please participate live if at all possible. The meeting will be more fruitful the more participation we have via text and phone.

 

SMALLER GATHERINGS
 
Throughout the week and weekend, various Life Groups, prayer groups, and affinity groups meet under the umbrella of North Sub’s ministries. At this time, we are leaving it up to the discretion of each group whether they will continue meeting together. Please consider risks related to the age of group participants, and if you do meet, follow the precautions listed above.

 

STUDENTS

There will be no Life Class or Sunday school. RUSH and RALLY will be meeting virtually this weekend at two times:

  • Saturday night’s Student Town Hall is ON as scheduled, but via livestream. Students are asked to participate from home. See details in an email from Alex coming today.
  • Sunday night RUSH and RALLY are ON as scheduled, but via livestream. Students are asked to participate from home. See details in an email from Alex coming today.

 

FOOD MINISTRY
 
Due to shortages at grocery stores, we don’t expect much food this weekend. If you are involved in that ministry, expect an email from Paul Bialek to determine the way forward. If you depend on this food, please contact the church office so that we can work to arrange a way to help you.

 

GIVING
 
If you haven’t tried giving online yet, this is a great time to experiment. Click here, and then follow the directions to make a contribution. Thank you for helping us end this fiscal year on a positive note financially.

 

CONTACT
 
If you find yourself anxious, sick, or in need of prayer for any other reason, please do not hesitate to contact the church office or the elders (elders@northsub.com).

 

OFFICE HOURS
 
Office staff expects to keep normal hours on Monday. Look for further updates early in the week.

 

*****

Please join us today in praying:

  • That the sick would be made well
  • That medical professionals would have the resources and stamina to press on
  • That the virus’s spread would be contained
  • That Christians would be seen to be distinct in their fearless, loving response to this pandemic
  • That we at North Sub would find opportunities to minister the gospel to our friends and neighbors in this time of soul-searching
  • That our church family would still make meaningful connection as a community despite social distance
 
– Pastor Tim, on behalf of the elders