May 1 Update
Changes to NBC
NBC family and friends,
We wanted to let our church family know that we will be suspending all services, gatherings, and events in our buildings into May during Ohio's "Stay at Home" order. This means there will be no worship services in our auditorium, no public Wednesday prayer meetings, no adult, youth, or children’s ministries conducted on our campus. The building will be closed, but please join our online services on Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m.
What We Are Doing
We are suspending all services, gatherings, and events in our buildings through the end of May. This will be reviewed on a regular basis in light of current information and developments. This means there will be no worship services in our auditorium, no public Wednesday prayer meetings, no adult, youth, or children’s ministries conducted on our campus. It also means we will suspend building usage for outside groups during that time. [UPDATE: This status will be extended into May. It remains unclear when it will be safe to resume services in the buildings.]
We are not closing church operations. Ministry will continue. If you need assistance, you can call or email the church.
Why We Are Doing It
Because we love God and want to glorify Him.
The Ohio Department of Health has asked faith-based and community organizations take the following actions:
- “Implement a plan to hold remote meetings for regular gatherings, including weekly services.”
- “Establish a process for temporarily postponing or canceling events, programs, and services—especially for groups at greater risk, such as older adults or people with chronic health conditions.”
- Gov. DeWine has stated that “we are in a crisis and should respond to it as such.”
The state is not trying to regulate churches; it is just making requests to aid in the endeavor to slow the spread of the virus. It is up to churches to regulate themselves. We believe that honoring this request of our authorities is a way of glorifying God (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).
Because we love our neighbors want to do them good.
- Love doesn’t prioritize one’s own interests, but the interests of others (Phil. 2:3-4). Sometimes we make decisions not to minimize our own risk but to protect others from risk. Just because we may not personally feel at risk doesn’t mean others around us aren’t at risk. Loving our neighbor means taking their needs into consideration and prioritizing them higher than our own.
- Taking this pandemic seriously is a way of saying that we want to do what we can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, and that is a way of doing good to others (Gal. 6:10).
What It Will Look Like
We are not stopping church ministry for the coming weeks. We are still God’s assembly, but we will assemble differently for a few weeks.
- Online Church Services: Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00, we will join together for new video message, with chat and live prayer. Click here to join us.
- Communications: We will send email and post social media (see links at bottom of this page). Please read them so we can stay in touch during these times.
- Prayer: As always, we encourage you to make your requests known at nbclife.info/prayer. There is also a link at web page to see the full prayer list. (It is password protected; just contact us here if you need the password.) Please continue to pray for your church family while we are not meeting on Sundays.
- Stay Connected with One Another: We will lean on the existing care network of deacons and ABFs to help keep us all connected. If you’re part of a ministry group or team, stay in touch. Small groups (including ABFs) are free to get together off-site if they decide to (we are not under quarantine). Call your ABF leaders or deacon to keep up. (If you don’t know who that is, contact the church office.)
- Giving: We still encourage generous giving to support God's work here and around the world. To give to NBC, please consider online donations or setting up a recurring online donation. If that's not for you, please feel free to use the mail or drop it off in person to the office. [Update: Due to restricted on-site office hours, we recommend giving online or through the mail.]
This is an opportunity for us to learn in a fresh way how to be the church when we can’t go to church. Let’s give extra endeavor to staying in touch with each other, praying for each other, and reaching out to people around us.
New! Join us online Sunday for a message, online chat, and more.
We will have several days that a staff member is at the church to collect mail and donated items. Otherwise, we will be working remotely from home and responding to calls and emails during the normal office hours, which are M-F, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you need to drop off a donation or your offering envelope, staff will be at the church Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can leave them in the collection box and the mailbox, and it will be collected at the end of those days.
Otherwise, the staff will be operating remotely under normal church hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can contact us at 330-467-7939 or email the church office at [email protected]. Call or email with any need or emergency, and we will be there to help you.
How We Can Help You
For More Info
The Ohio Department of Health has more resources at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
- How to Respond
- Prevent and Prepare