Update on Re-opening

May 13th, 2020 Dear HBC, To address the challenges and needs regarding the re-opening of the church building, an HBC COVID-19 Re-Opening Task Force was established. It contains the following members: Marty Montgomery, Chair of Deacons Clay Whitenack, Chair of Trustees Barry Steele, Chair of Finance/Budget Don Guay, Chair of Personnel Mark Young, Associate Pastor Kim Edwards, Children’s Minister Jonathan Johnston, Youth Pastor Bo Harris, Worship Pastor Dr. Jill Ransdell, Clinical Pathologist John Trisler, Former County Judge-Executive Dr. Paul Gibson, Senior Pastor This Task Force has met on Tuesday nights for the last two weeks to address the questions of when and how HBC should re-open for in-present worship. After prayer and conversation, it was agreed upon that Sunday, June 14th would be the best date for HBC to re-open for in- person worship. The Task Force determined June 14th to be the best possible date as long as the following criteria are met: 1.) There is no spike in COVID-19 cases in Mercer County between now and June 14th. 2.) All persons who plan on attending in-person worship will agree to abide by the guidelines for houses of worship established by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. These guidelines include wearing face masks and maintaining six feet of social distancing throughout the entire time a person is on the campus of HBC. 3.) The Task Force asks that all those who plan on attending in-person worship on June 14th familiarize themselves with the guidelines for houses of worship. They will be posted on HBC’s social media pages and the church’s webpage. Finally, Ephesians 4 tells Christ-followers to be humble, gentle, patient, and to bear with one another in love. We, the Task Force, know that we all want to be together again for in-person worship and that a June 14th date is not ideal that desire. However, the Task Force asks that we all practice humility, gentleness, patience, and love with each other as we move towards June 14th for the unity and safety of HBC. The HBC COVID-19 Re-Opening Task Force

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HBC, Romans 13:4 (NIV) says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” This announcement starts with Scripture because we believe that everything we do at HBC should be built upon and guided by Scripture. If we are truly going to submit to our governing authorities, we must humbly listen to what Governor Beshear asked of Kentucky congregations this morning when he requested that churches consider canceling services for the remainder of the week. With Romans 13 in mind and after multiple conversations with HBC staff and other church officers, the decision has been made to cancel all Wednesday night activities, Sunday Morning Discipleship classes (Sunday School), and Sunday Morning Worship. Again, all activities for the rest of the week at HBC, including all Sunday morning activities are canceled. We also want you to know that another factor in this decision was an abundance of caution for those in our congregation who are either elderly or have underlying health conditions. We simply deemed it an unnecessary risk to expose this population to any chance of contracting COVID-19. Now, we want you to know that we are taking proactive measures to continue to be a Biblical church in the midst of this cancellation. What does that look like? First, HBC will be having virtual worship on Sunday through FB Live and local television. There will be a very small group of staff present on Sunday to ensure this virtual worship takes place. So, grab a cup of coffee and have the family gather around the computer, smart screen, or television with you and worship together as a family. Secondly, the HBC office will remain open at this time. Therefore, if you are elderly or diagnosed with a pre-existing condition and would like someone from the staff to run an errand for you, please reach out by calling 859-605-9104. We would gladly help you. Finally, while social distancing continues to be encouraged and practiced, we encourage everyone to use the phone, social media, and any other appropriate means to check on one another. We may not be coming together as a church for corporate worship, but that does not mean we stop being the church by loving our neighbor. Please know that the decision to cancel all services and activities is only for this week. If other cancellations need to take place, additional announcements will be made. Please be praying for our government leaders, doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and any other persons who might be on the frontlines fighting COVID-19. Grace & peace, Dr. Paul

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