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Update From the Elders - 5.28.2020
We still do not have a specific date in which we will be able to begin having worshipful services at the building. Please continue to use the Netherwood YouTube channel for services, Wednesday night messages, and the Children’s interaction videos that are posted weekly. Keep in mind that the church never closes. We are the church and as long as we are worshiping, studying, praising God, and trying to reach those hurting and/or lost, the church is not closed.
If you are looking for in-depth bible studies, a good source continues to be Bob Chambers’ web site (TheTruthTransforms.com). Bob is currently running a series on Blessings From Godly Sorrow. Each of the 10 sessions run from 20 to 40 minutes.
We are continuing to follow the latest directives from the COVID Safe Practices document issued by the state with guidance from the local health authorities. In addition, we met with the congregation’s health and wellness ministry team and began working on a plan to prepare our facility to meet the needs of all our members from a safety perspective.
(You can find the state-issued document here: COVID-Safe Practices. Requirements for Houses of Worship begin on page 28.)
The state still has the following restrictions on places of worship:
- We can only have 25% capacity in our worship assembly
- There can be NO CONGREGATIONAL SINGING during a worship service
- Social distancing is to be practiced, and face coverings or masks are to be worn
We are aware that there are some other congregations that have begun meeting. Each congregation is different, and each group of elders is responsible for the care of their flock. At Netherwood, the elders are in continued prayer on watching after our flock. Please continue to pray for us, for Netherwood, and for our nation as we face these trying times.
Early next week, we will be sending out a short survey. We are seeking your thoughts on when you would feel comfortable with returning to assemblies at Netherwood. This will all be based on the state easing and/or eliminating restrictions on public assemblies. Each family will have personal decisions to make and we welcome your thoughts.
We are God’s children and as such, regardless of where we are, we will praise Him, worship Him, and study His word.
May God continue to bless you and Netherwood Park Church of Christ.
- We can only have 25% capacity in our worship assembly
Update From The Elders - COVID-19: 5.15.2020
Dear Netherwood Park Family,
As elders of this congregation, we wanted to give you an update based on the governor’s announcements this week. We will not be restarting worship services at the building until we can prayerfully address a number of concerns.
On Wednesday, the governor stated that meetings at houses of worship would be limited to 10% of capacity. Today’s announcement increased this to 25% of capacity. This would allow for 125 individuals at one time in the building. The governor also stated that masks/face coverings are mandatory for any individual unless they are involved in public speaking.
Your church leadership will continue to watch out, not only to follow expert and governmental guidance on ensuring our flock’s safety (especially for our most vulnerable members), but also to seek to create the most worshipful atmosphere possible in our new reality.
At the beginning, things will not look like they did before the onset of COVID and the ongoing restrictions. Below are only a handful of the questions we are considering:
- How many services would be necessary? How do we properly sanitize the building between these services?
- How does social distancing work and can a truly worshipful atmosphere (especially the song service) be maintained if our members are spread throughout the meeting place?
- How do we monitor the government requirement to wear face coverings?
- How do we conduct the communion service?
- How do we protect the health of our most vulnerable members?
With certainty, our initial gatherings will be affected by restrictions on physical interactions, the unavailability of Bible Classes and nursery services, and the broader effect of Social Distancing guidelines.
This coming week we will be working on an initial plan that answers these questions and addresses the timing of restarting our worship services. We will try to communicate something soon.
We love and appreciate you all,
Statement From The Elders - COVID-19: 3.31.2020
With the recent guidance from Federal and State authorities it has become obvious that the COVID-19 restrictions are going to be with us longer than we had hoped. Therefore, for the health and safety of our members and our community and out of concern for our hospitals and health care professionals, all Netherwood activities and events requiring us to physically meet are canceled until further notice.
We will continue to utilize our YouTube channel for worship-related activities and we will rely heavily on News and Notes to communicate with you.
Finally, our ministries and obligations continue, so your contribution is as important now as always. We encourage you to give online through our secure giving site or to write your check each week and hold it until we meet together again.
Please know you can call any of us with any needs or concerns, or just to stay connected.
I am at rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will never be shaken.
Office Closed for Now - 3.23.2020
With the latest guidance from the state, the church office will be closed until further notice - but that doesn't mean we won't be working!
We will be continuing to do everything we can to take care of our church members' needs, stay in touch, send out prayer requests and announcements and provide YouTube content on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.
Since no one will be answering the church phones, we ask that you communicate with us via email or cell phone.
We are here for you!
So that our church family can stay up to date on the information provided at the national, state and local level concerning the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic please check out the websites below.
National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/
NM State Information: http://www.newmexico.gov/
City of Albuquerque Information: https://www.cabq.gov/
The Ponderosa Christian Camp was recently featured in a KOAT-TV video, in which Craig Mathews appears. The Ponderosa Christian Camp was the first client of a forestry company, All Around Forestry, started by two former prison inmates. To play the video go to KOAT's web page at: https://www.koat.com/article/former-inmates-start-forestry-company-after-learning-skills-in-prison/30971542
This online ministry takes you to another website, "to make, foster and grow disciples of Christ". The website presently has a series of ten podcasts created by Bob Chambers entitled, "The Message and Mission of Jesus Christ". There are also study outlines (24 lessons) suitable for use in evangelism, and four YouTube videos that you will find thought provoking!
The hope and prayer is that this website will serve as a resource for three groups of people:
1) Those who might be interested in hearing the Gospel of Jesus and learning more about how to obtain salvation (including a podcast devoted to the subject of baptism).
2) Those who might like a refresher course in the foundations of our faith.
3) Those who might like to prepare themselves to teach the Gospel to others.
Click anywhere on the slide above to visit the website, view the podcast titles and listen to the messages of interest. Study outlines (24 lessons) are also available and suitable for evangelism. We encourage you to also view the thought provoking YouTube videos (see list below). If you have any questions about the information presented, please feel free to contact Bob Chambers through his website contact page (by clicking Contact on the dashboard) or calling the church office at 505-256-7389.
There are coin cans in the Fellowship Hall for the New Mexico Children’s Home in Portales. Pick one up, fill it up and bring it back to the office to help this good work!
Decision: The trip is cancelled
Deposits: See Below
New Ways to Interact: See Below
What's Going On
It should not come as a surprise, given how things are going, but we are unable to make our mission trip to Houston a reality this year.
Caroline and I have been in communication, keeping each other informed on how things look in our particular state and how much of a chance we have at making the trip work. As of Monday, Caroline and I (with the guidance from our elderships) decided to go ahead and cancel the trip for several reasons.
- New Mexico is not likely to open up anytime soon. This means difficulty and impracticality in fundraising and meeting to plan out our VBS role.
- Social distancing would still exist, and this is impossible to do when you cram in 30-40 people in 1-2 vehicles, not to mention crossing state lines and staying in hotels and in Impact’s building.
- Houston is projected to open up around mid-June to early July. This means our week of VBS would be highly unlikely, even if we kept hope until the last second.
- Houston would also need to implement social distancing at VBS, meaning that the building could only support 50 people (40 kids and 10 staff). This would mean whittling down our team drastically, if not entirely.
- The name of the game is cautiousness. While Houston’s program provides meals to the marginalized, and is considered more essential, our role is considered a non-essential activity. We’re still regrettably far away from opening up these kinds of non-essential activity.
We had hoped the trip would still be able to work out, even a week ago, but it just isn’t the time to be able to make this kind of mission trip. In making the decision final, I reached out to the eldership for insight and was given a great deal of advice. Hopefully, we are doing a lot to help Houston by deciding to cancel our trip.
What About Deposits?
I have a list of everyone who has made the $75 deposit for the trip. At this point, we have two options:
- Roll the $75 deposit forward to next year's trip
- Work on getting refunds
This isn't the most financially stable of times. If you would like to have your deposit back, we can work on refunds. I am not entirely certain how quickly this could be done, but we should be able to at least get the ball rolling. However, it is much easier to roll the deposit forward to next year. If trip expenses hold to what they have been in the past, the deposit should still be $75. If this is the case, I can simply mark you off as having paid your deposit for next year.
Let me know what you would like to do and we will try to make it work.
Houston Still Needs HelpThere are still things we can do to help out Impact, even though we cannot go.
First, Houston is anticipating a green-light to hold VBS for July and August. It will be scaled down dramatically, probably only hosting 40 kids and 10 interns. But, since they are able to feed kids, they are considered useful in a time of financial difficulty for many working families. Most of Impact's money comes from fundraising, which they have not been able to do, and youth group fees, which they won't be getting.
Caroline has asked if there would be anyone willing to buy this year's Impact t-shirt at $20. That's a slightly higher price than normal, but it would be helping out the program significantly. If you are interested, let me know and I can place an order for us.
In addition, as our economy and state kick back into gear, we may be able to have our own fundraiser (socially distanced, of course) to benefit Impact. I'm open to ideas on what this could be, but I've already got a few ideas in the works. The aim, again, would be to help Impact with the cost of VBS so they are able to care for those hit hard.
Second, Caroline has some creative ideas for how we could still be a part of VBS itself. So far, she has considered hosting Zoom classes/games for rotations so the little buddies can see their big buddies again this year. It's still in the rough stages of brainstorming, but the point is that we may still get to have some involvement from a distance that would bless the lives of many.
Third, at some point, we will be sending an encouragement package to Impact. We are going to print out pictures from last year (maybe just pictures of our team?) and write encouragement notes on the back from us to be passed out at Impact to the kids. Caroline said that the kids are already starting to miss their buddies terribly as she broke the news that June's VBS is canceled and that youth groups won't be able to come.
Missing out on our Houston trip is a huge bummer, but God's work and presence are not stopped by a virus. We are still a part of what God is doing, just in a more creative way. Thank you to everyone who has put in time and effort into past trips and this year's trip. I hope that you'll all be able to participate in whatever we are able to do for Impact in the coming months.
Update on Youth Ministry Activities
What's Going On
We are still figuring out how to go about keeping our faith community strong and active during this time of stay-at-home lock down, though a new normal has started to solidify. As the nation looks to try to reopen as soon as possible, it is still a very uncertain timeline. As far as I understand, the relaxation of restrictions on group size will go much slower than it came. The aim of our ministry is to incorporate the lift in restrictions as they come and as they are recommended. At this time, I am unable to plan any activities far in the future, but we'll take it a day at a time.
A big thank you to everyone who has put in the effort to stay connected and do what it takes to keep ourselves spiritually healthy.
Below, you'll find some information on what we are already doing and some speculation on what might happen in the future.
Zoom Classes | Sunday, 11:00am
Every Sunday, we host a Zoom meeting aimed at keeping us engaged in God's Word, connecting with each other socially, and having a prayer list of our concerns. We begin at 11:00am and typically go to 12:00pm (because we/I get hungry). We are continuing our curriculum on "Core Beliefs," a quarter designed to dig into our most central beliefs as Christians and Church of Christ. We get to see why we believe what we believe and come face to face with why it is so important. Because the format is different from actual class, we aren't able to cover what we normally would in a Sunday, which is totally fine, there's no rush anyway.
Zoom Hangouts | Monday, 4:00pm and Thursday, 4:00pm
On Mondays and Thursdays, both at 4:00pm, we hangout on Zoom, playing various games for fun. The aim of these activities is simply to have fun and get to see other faces. Keeping us social is harder in this time and I for one am getting tired of staying at home.
One-on-One | Canceled
For the first few weeks, Masha and I were continuing to invite people over to our home for dinner as a means of connecting with everyone. We had wanted to make it through the whole youth group, inviting one or two at a time. However, once we realized that the virus was closer to our circle of influence than we had anticipated, we decided to stop doing it, just in case it might lead to more infections. So, we got to invite some, but not all.
We've been trying to call a few people every day or so to check in and see how everyone is doing. We realize most people are doing fine, which is good. We call because we want you to know we have been thinking of you and offer up prayers on your behalf to stay safe and well. Every once in a while, someone has something to share and we want to make sure we can support in any way we can.
Church Camps | TBD
There is still no official word on Ponderosa. A few people have asked about it, hoping no one has canceled it yet. Those who are in charge of various sessions, that I have talked to, have still been planning for camp. According to plans to reopen the country, summer camps for teens would be in the first few waves of things to get the greenlight. Depending on how the government and the governor plans to reopen society, we have a decent shot at having camp this year. Again, we will have to wait and see.
Houston Trip | TBD
My conversations with Caroline and Harrison have resulted in trying to make a decision on the trip by the end of April. Texas has canceled school for the rest of the school year, which we still have yet to see what effect that will have on summer programs. On our end, we need proper time to raise funds and, more importantly, plan out our responsibilities/classes. We may not be cleared to travel to another state by that time either. On Houston's end, they have the same questions as well as how schools will want to address education during the summer. Caroline needs to send out letters explaining a decision by May 1st so that families can make plans accordingly.
ACU Camps | TBD
The ACU website still says they are planning on having camp as if the virus hasn't happened. I suspect that their website has not updated to reflect the COVID-19 issue. I've sent them an email asking if they have any plans and am waiting for a response. I'll let you know what I learn as soon as possible.
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At Netherwood Park we’re convinced that God wants to be closer to you, and we’d like to be a doorway to help you be closer to God. ...
We hope you enjoy your visit to our website, and more importantly, that you visit Netherwood Park church of Christ in person and experience ...
Our Ministries include things for Youth, Education, a Ladies Bible Class, Seniors and much more. ...