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March 18, 2020,
Hello Hepburn MB family,
“The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say to her or him: What are you going through?” (Simone Weil)
I shared this quote with you this past Sunday. Perhaps it can be a guide for how we journey these challenging days together as a church family, as people who are coming to know and to love Jesus.
First, an update on our Sunday gatherings and other programs: we are canceling all in-person gatherings and programs until March 31. This includes our mid-week youth programs. We will communicate with you in regards to April between now and the end of the month.
The blessing of communication technology in the 21st century is that we are able to connect in countless other ways than meeting together in the same physical space. We plan to continue to post sermons and organize other online ways of gathering together–so stay tuned!
We would also like to invite you to make use of the technology at your fingertips to connect with the people around you. If each of us, for example, gave a phone call to the people who live immediately north, south, east and west of us, we would connect with most of the people in our Hepburn area. It’s a chance to simply ask them “what are you going through?”
As well, we as a church would like to compile a list of volunteers who would be willing to help out others in our community who (for a variety of reasons) may not be able to get out. If you are healthy, mobile and would be willing to pick up groceries or medications for someone, shovel a driveway, etc., please reply to this email here at the church. Then, as we hear of needs in our community we have people to call on.
Finally, if you have any needs that we as your church family can help out with, please call the church office 306-947-2085 (we’ll be checking messages often) or respond to this email.
You can expect to hear from us regularly in the days and weeks ahead. May the peace of Christ be present and real to you and your families.
Rod (on behalf of Hepburn MB Leadership Council and Staff Team)
March 13, 2020
Dear Hepburn MB Church Family,
We have been watching the rapidly changing situation in our world, nation and province in regards to the COVID-19 virus. On the evening of March 13 Leadership Council and staff members met to discuss the new directives released by the Government of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (see links below). In light of the current information, the decision we have made is to not gather tomorrow for our regular Sunday gathering. This means that our Vision Sunday and AGM will be postponed until further notice. We believe this to be the best way we can show love and care for our members and the community.
We want you to know that this is not a decision made in fear or anxiety. Our desire is to lead our congregation with wisdom and out of the hope we have in Jesus. And it’s because of Jesus that we want to be good neighbours. Right now we believe that means heeding the advice of our medical and government officials as well as our CCMBC leaders who are urging us to refrain from large group gatherings. While we could choose to ignore these recommendations, we want to make sure our witness is above reproach as we seek God in community, show love for one another, and care for the most vulnerable among us.
As this decision affects our AGM, Leadership Council has decided for the time being we will continue to operate on a status quo budget. We will be actively working with teams and leaders this week to sort out other AGM details and will communicate with you further on this.
The beautiful part of being in the body of Christ is that we are not defined by our weekly gatherings. Our desire “to love God and show that love to all people” is meant to infuse our whole life, not just our Sunday mornings. Even now, Jesus continues to be present among us. Let’s look for him everywhere we go. Let’s continue to be a living community who brings life to our Hepburn community.
As we take a break from gathering corporately, on our website you can find all of our recent sermons so now might be a great time to catch up on any you might have missed. We will also be sending out resources to parents and caregivers in the days to come.
As this situation is constantly evolving, we will continue to communicate with you on what this will mean for all our various programs and corporate gatherings. If you are in need of assistance or would like to discuss this further please reach out to a Leadership council member or staff person. We invite you to pray with us for wisdom for our leaders, health care providers and our world. May you feel the peace of God amidst the uncertainty of our world today.
Leadership Council & Staff
Please refer to this site for the most reliable health information in our province: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches:
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Hepburn MB Sermons:
First Look & 2:52 Kids Resources: