Hillside Church Updates and

Response to COVID-19


Dear friends and Hillside community,

Please know that Hillside’s leaders continue to follow the news closely, and we are incorporating the
guidance provided by various health experts in our thinking and decision-making. Our response to the coronavirus will not compromise the very nature of what it is to be a church.

Here are the principles that will guide our actions and planning in the weeks and months to come.

From your pastoral team and Board of Administration

1. We must love our neighbor.
2. We must continue serving and meeting needs as we are able.
3. Worship is an end in its own right, not simply a means or an activity.
4. God’s people are called to suffer together, and this pandemic is a rare chance for American
Christians to do just that.
5. We must seek to minimize opportunities for Covid-19 transmission, and we must be willing to close for public, in-person worship if necessary.
6. We will comply with governmental requirements and guidance.


If you need prayer or help contact us


We are suspending public worship at Hillside until we can be assured that we are not endangering our community. Soon we will be offering worship through live video. Presently, a small team of Hillside’s leaders will conduct a basic worship service that will be online here – Worship. 
(Updates on Hillside Activities follow here after these announcements.)

Watch the message from our three Free Methodist Bishops on Facebook Live  Embracing Our Opportunities – Moving ahead during COVID ( April 23, 2020)

Watch this video! Phyllis Sortor, a Free Methodist missionary in Africa, and a survivor of a vicious kidnapping there, shares her story and her hope. Redeeming Our COVID Captivity


Most recent message from Bishops: Bishop Keith: Beware of Taking Sides, What Is Our Mission?

Our Bishops are actively preparing support from the FMCUSA to strengthen our commitment to biblical racial unity. Upcoming: online videos, communications with the Diversity Task Force,  and useful resources. “We will walk together toward deeper unity, justice, and equity for every beloved child of God.”

Please watch the first live discussion

Next Sunday, June 28, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (6 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Pacific) they will be hosting a  live event hosted on the FMCUSA Facebook Page  to have an online Q&A time with our five elected African American leaders. We highly encourage our entire FMC family to take part in this critical dialog. (Be sure to “like” and “follow” the page to be notified about the event). See below.


MIDWEEK STUDY VIA ZOOM BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 AT 7 PM

Pastor Maiya will be leading a midweek study on Beyond Colorblind by Sarah Shin.    The Church and Christians can be at the forefront against racial injustice.  This study discusses racial reconciliation and looks towards experiencing and sharing Christ’s redemption as part of our ethnic identity. We encourage you to attend and invite your family and friends at and outside Hillside Church to participate.

For an overview of Beyond Colorblind, go to Intervarsity Press short video   or read the reviews here.


Hillside News and Announcements

Online Sunday Worship 10:45 am (online services only) at this time

Greetings Hillside Family! We still do not have a date set for when we will return to worship in the sanctuary. As soon as we know we will make sure the word gets out. We are working on purchasing the equipment to live stream the worship service when we do resume worshiping in the sanctuary.  Groups are ‘coming together’ using technology for these groups. If you need food, our food pantry is open Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. or Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. Sisters/women of church have met outside for a picnic lunch on the lawn.

If you wish to join any of our online Zoom gatherings, please contact our Church Administrator to get further information. We welcome your participation.

CLASS MEETING 

Our Sunday morning Class Meeting will continue to take place from 9:30-10:45 am every Sunday.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER MEETING 

Prayer is even more critical right now. Our prayer team will continue to meet for prayer Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 . If you have a specific prayer request or if you wish to join in on the team prayer time contact prayer@hillsidefree.com.

SISTERS IN CHRIST 

Our study of Jeremiah and Dr. Ray Stedman’s book Nation in Crisis will continue in September either in person or with Zoom (not yet determined). This summer we are continuing to meet for other topics or fellowship. On June 30 we will meet at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom to discuss Greatness in God’s Kingdom (Mark 9)

JULY LUNCH ON THE LAWN 

We will sit under the big shade tree in front of the church by the driveway, put down some blankets, set up our chairs around them (safely distanced) and enjoy a picnic lunch and great conversation. Next 2 lunch dates are scheduled for Tuesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 23. Bring your own lunch and chair and invite a friend! Stay as long as you are able.


Hope

What is the solution that can give us hope and calm our fears and anxieties when life throws a curveball and we go through times of trial and trouble?

The Lord is the solution. Knowing His name means understanding, declaring, proclaiming, and confessing who God is and what He does. It means discovering more and more the grandeur, the glory, and the unshakeable foundation of His character. As we know Him and trust Him more fully, search for Him more diligently, our momentary troubles will cease to cause crippling fear and anxiety. The Lord is our shelter and refuge. He has never abandoned anyone who sought Him. We see signs of God’s presence everywhere – in the beauty of creation, the encouraging words of a friend, in the ways He provides all we need. During this period of yet another pandemic, we have great opportunity to be a beacon of light and hope to those around us. There is always opportunity to show others by our actions and words what it means to trust in the Lord.


Links for encouraging messages and online COVID resources.

Daily Uplifting Messages from our Free Methodist Bishops

For Such a Time As This – video prayer from FMCUSA

Christian Counseling Educational Foundation Blog Posts