During this strange time when we have had to close down the church building, I have been reminded of the words of the old song:
I am the church, you are the church,
We are the church together,
All who follow Jesus, all around the world,
Yes, we’re the church together.
The building may be closed, but the work of the church continues. Let’s uphold one another in prayer that we may be united as a congregation together. Remember: “Yes, we’re the church together.”
Some of you have asked for scriptures that you might read or encouraging verses to give to others. To that end, I have prepared a scripture schedule which includes passages that have been favorites in comforting and encouraging me through the years.
Here’s a suggestion to bring us together: Read the passage and offer a prayer at 7:00. It can be either 7:00 AM or 7:00 PM (or both!). In that way, you will know that you are joining your hearts and voices in prayer with others in the congregation at the same time. The selections (Scriptures) cover the next six weeks, beginning on Easter Sunday. May God’s grace be with you all.
Worship Services – Although the Covid19 virus has caused us to cancel in-person worship through at least May 31, we worship each Sunday online. You can participate in the service on our Facebook page and YouTube channel by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. There are also regular Zoom meetings for Sunday school classes, youth, and children. Contact Samantha, Cheryl or Terry to get connected with these Zoom meetings.
Help continue to support HBPres financially – No worship services means we can’t pass an offering plate. Income is vital because we still need to pay utilities, ministries, and staff. Until electronic payments to HBPres are in place, here are some offering options:
- Send your check to us by mail. The post office holds our mail until a staff member picks it up.
- Sign up for an EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) so your offering happens automatically (EFT Form) Contact Cheryl Granger with any questions.
- Stop by our Drive-Thru Offering – Thursdays from 12:00-2:00 PM. During these hours the office will be staffed and you can drop off your offering into the temporary mailbox installed outside our office door, where they will then be processed immediately.
- *NEW* Online Giving or Give using our App: Click here to go to the Donate page
- Thank you for your continued support!
Harvey Browne is operating remotely– Our building is currently locked and only accessible to essential personnel. Phones will not be answered by a person, but please leave a message and we will call you back at our earliest convenience. We will be picking up our mail a few times per week. Most importantly, if you have questions for the office, please e-mail Cheryl Granger (email@example.com) or Samantha Lund (firstname.lastname@example.org). Bill is also available if you have questions: 502-415-5469
We want to keep you informed! If you do not currently get our e-mails or text messages and would like to be added to our distribution list, please let us know by e-mailing Sam or Cheryl.
Continue to support St. MAM: St. Matthews Area Ministries needs our help more than ever in these days, so that they can be of help to others. You can send your contribution to St. MAM, 201 Biltmore Road, Louisville KY 40207, or call St. MAM at 502-893-0205. Click on this link to see St. MAM at work:
How do I watch a sermon or devotion? To view a video, Click on the YouTube channel link at the end of this post. We’ll also be doing specialized adult devotions and children’s messages by video, so check back often to ensure you see it all!
Do you need assistance? HBPres recognizes that we have members who are over 60 or who may need assistance retrieving prescriptions, groceries, or other necessary items but may not be able to do so. Please reach out to our office if you need an extra pair of hands because we have volunteers available to assist with these tasks. Let’s support one another and assist each other when we need it – call the office for further details.
Presbyterian Women- We have created a HBPres Presbyterian Women page to help circles stay informed. Click here to visit.
Mission Behind Bars – Offer comfort to others: Write an encouraging note to the women behind bars. During this difficult time of increased isolation, the residents have not been able to receive visitors or outside support. A kind note will go a long way to remind some of God’s most vulnerable that they are not alone. Please do not address the notes to any specific individual so they may be distributed evenly to participants. Feel free to make multiples! Please mail completed notes to Rev. Caitlain Simpson, Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, P.O. Box 22034, Louisville, KY 40252. Questions may go to Joanne Heumann at: email@example.com or called at: 502-895-1162
Meeting Together while Apart – The Mariners and the Parenting Group are continuing to meet on a consistent basis using Zoom despite the closure of Harvey Browne. We would like to thank these groups and encourage others to follow in their example to continue meeting despite having to be apart. Please reach out to the leaders of these groups if you need pointers. Dave Doehnert (Mariners) and Veda Pendleton (Parenting Group)
Thank you for remaining a connected family during these challenging days.
Bill Williamson, Transitional Pastor
Bill’s Contact information:
Office phone: 502-896-1791
YouTube channel: HBPres channel
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