Dear New Beginnings Family,
I’m sending this letter with much joy and hope for the coming months! As a nation, a community, a congregation, we have come a long way. One year ago, we were blindsided by the COVID pandemic, but we persevered. Easter still happened. 2020 still happened. And, Easter will happen again this year!
Ever since the pandemic began, we have tried our best to follow the safety guidelines issued by our governor and recommendations by the Province. We have not been perfect, but we sure have grown in our understanding of this virus and what it takes to remain safe. Thank you so much for your understanding, patience, and adaptability over this last year!
While we are not completely out of the COVID woods yet, the governor issued Executive Order 204, effective March 26, further easing restrictions. Under this order, the indoor and outdoor mass gathering limit has increased to 50 and 100, respectively. But, other safety measures are still recommended.
As we proceed further into 2021 and as the governor continues to lift restrictions a little at a time, we will continue to modify how we “do” church. Here is a snapshot of what church looks like now and in the coming months:
Everyone is welcome to attend in-person worship.
Sunday morning worship will still be streamed on our YouTube channel each week.
Wearing face coverings is required in worship, even if you have had the vaccine.
One-way traffic flow has been established (enter sanctuary doors and exit fellowship hall door)
Hand sanitizer stations are throughout the church.
Practice social distancing, making sure there is at least 6 feet between you and another family.
Organized fellowship after worship is still suspended.
Our sanctuary and any other high trafficked areas will be thoroughly cleaned each week.
Children’s programming will continue via Zoom for now.
On-site small group gatherings and fellowship opportunities will still be permitted as long as social distancing is practiced. Look for seasonal outdoor activities this summer!
This Easter, I am happy to share the sanctuary space with more of you. It has been quite the adjustment to preach into a camera. Believe it or not, your faces, your smiles, your attention is what fuels my passion for sharing God’s Word with you. When you’re ready to return, we’ll be ready. I look forward to seeing more of you in-person in the coming months. In the meantime, please remain vigilant and do your part to continue our progress towards fully reopening. I pray for you daily and wish God’s blessings upon us all.
God be with you until we meet again, (soon!)
June 2020 - NBMC Little Free Pantry
In an effort to provide the community with daily essentials and encourage “neighbors helping neighbors,” New Beginnings Moravian Church in Huntersville, opened up its Little Free Pantry a year and a half ago.
Joining more than 50 communities around the country, New Beginnings’ Little Free Pantry can be found on their campus at 211 Seagle St., in Huntersville (just east of Hwy 115, off of Ramah Church Road).
“Take what you need, give what you can” is the mantra of the Little Free Pantries. There’s no need to ask for assistance, or register to use it – those in need can just help themselves to the rotating inventory of canned goods, toiletries, diapers, wipes, etc. The Pantry is open ‘round the clock, 7 days a week, and can, at the very least, fill the gap on the weekends when the local soup kitchen and food pantry is closed.
Don’t have a need for the pantry, but want to participate? Donations are gratefully accepted by the church.
Items that are always in demand are canned soups, canned proteins & vegetables, bags of beans, paper goods, and toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, etc. Please drop your donations at the church (at the top of the ramp) …and thank you in advance.
And, while you’re there, be sure to check out our Little Free Library, located a mere 20 feet away from the LFP. Our Little Free Library will celebrate its 6th Anniversary this August. “Take a book, leave a book” if you’d like…that’s what it’s there for!
For more information, please visit our NBMC facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NBMC-Little-Free-Pantry-110108630665464
March 2020 - Volunteering with Bags of Hope and the Emergency Men's Shelter