HOPE's Response to COVID-19

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All HOPE-related, in-person events are cancelled or postponed until  further notice


Please remember these two things as we journey through this difficult time together:

The church is not the building, the church is the people.

Although we cannot gather together, in-person, as a community, we must still seek to fulfill our primary reason for being: relationship.  Even at physical distance we can maintain our relationships of loving God, loving neighbor and loving self. We will, however, have to be more intentional about instigating those relationships and those interactions. Our Community Life team is developing ways for us to remain intentionally connected and those will be communicated in the coming days. In the meantime, though, reach out to those who you would normally greet - even if it is just an email or text, check-in with your literal neighbors, make time and space in your daily lives for prayer and meditation, and be attentive to your needs without feeling selfish or guilty. 


Make REAL the Kin_dom of God.

This era of anxiety, stress, and emotional isolation is an essential time to keep living into the vision of God's reign of peace, joy, love, justice, and hope. Lower on this page are two opportunities for this under the "How you can help" section, but we encourage you to find other ways, too! Love others and yourself. Care for your neighbors and yourself. Find joy. Share resources. Seek justice. Share peace. 



If you would like more information on why social distancing is a necessary response to this pandemic please refer to this article from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: What is Social Distancing



Below you will find information about HOPE's Response

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Community E-gatherings

Updated 11/22/20



NOTE: All HOPE Zoom gatherings are password protected.

 If you need the password please contact Pastor Lucas.

Sunday November 29 will be our Jesus Has Left the Building and We're Following Him event, so we will not be gathering in our typical formats. Please read our newsletter here for more information.


SUNDAY MORNING - December 6

Adult Quest (9a-10a)

Click to attend the Adult Quest Zoom Gathering

To join via phone, call: (312) 626-6799, enter meeting ID: 657 750 010, press # to skip the participant ID prompt, and then enter the meeting password. Contact Pastor Lucas if you need the password.


We will be continuing our topic: Incarnation  
Click here to access the curriculum and videos
and scroll to session #17.



Worship (10:10a)

Click to attend the Worship Zoom Watch Party

To join via phone, call: (312) 626-6799, enter meeting ID: 828 704 987 press # to skip the participant ID prompt, and then enter the meeting password. Contact Pastor Lucas if you need the password.

You can also watch the video anytime after the service on our Youtube Channel or on our Facebook page



Coffee Hour

Click to attend the Zoom Coffee Hour Fellowship Time

To join via phone, call: (312) 626-6799, enter meeting ID: 771 693 401,  press # to skip the participant ID prompt, and then enter the meeting password. Contact Pastor Lucas if you need the password.




Rainbow Faith on 2nd and 4th Sundays each month (1pm)

Second Sunday: Click to attend this MeetUp Group for LGBTQ+ Christians

Fourth Sunday: Click to attend this MeetUp Group for LGBTQ+ Christians

More info about the group visit: www.meetup.com/Rainbow-Faith-LGBTQ-Christians/

Contact Pastor Lucas if you need the password.





HOPE Hang Out - Weekday Zoom Gathering, Every Wednesday @ 7:30pm

Click on the link below at the designated time to be connected to Zoom fellowship. Each gathering will have a HOPE facilitator present, so you're guaranteed to make a connection and not feel alone.

Click to attend the HOPE Hang Out


To join via phone, call: (312) 626-6799, enter meeting ID: 848 8296 6416,  press # to skip the participant ID prompt, and then enter the meeting password. Contact Pastor Lucas if you need the password.


How you can help

In addition to remaining in electronic or phone contact with one another and caring for each other that way, there are two additional ways we might support each other during this time. 


Please contact the leaders in these two areas if you need help or are willing to help.


Opportunity #1: Wage justice - Contact Erin C.

Some of our HOPErs work in industries/jobs that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have experienced or will experience decreased compensation due to lost hours/wages without paid leave. We as a faith family are collecting funds that can be distributed to fellow HOPErs to help with essential expenses such as housing, utilities, groceries, medication, etc.


Opportunity #2: Essential errands - Contact Mary K.

There are those among us who are a part of the very high risk population who must self-isolate during this pandemic. We as a faith family are available to each other to run essential errands (such as groceries, medication, etc) if necessary.


Updated Office Hours

For the time being there will be no office hours available. Staff will only be accessing the church on an as-needed basis. 


Gail is available as able by email and Pastor Lucas is available by cellphone or email.