May 8, 2020 Update:
With some local rules changing from Shelter In Place to Safer At Home, here is an update on Elevate Hope Centennial and our current reality under COVID-19 regulations.
I know that we all long to meet together in worship and fellowship again in person. We need to make that decision based on what is honoring to each other, our community, those in authority over us, and honoring to God.
The move to Safer at Home doesn’t change much for how we will go about conducting weekly worship. Cherry Creek Public Schools has closed itself to all outside renters through May and June. We agree that is a wise move.
So, worshiping via Facebook and Zoom will continue to be our normal in the coming months through June. After that, we will await the government and school district’s advice as well as whatever wisdom dictates. Just because we CAN meet together in July, August or whenever, we will need to assess if that is wise.
In the meantime, we will continue to pioneer ways to connect more. We are exploring having a Zoom service once per month, looking into some more Connect Group ideas, and things like that.
If you haven’t given us your email, make sure to do that at elevatehopechurch.org/Contact so that you can stay up to speed on everything Elevate Hope. Make sure to like our Facebook page as well since that will automatically let you know when there is a new post.
In the meantime, stay connected with one another! Reach out if you need encouragement or resources. Our Wednesday morning prayer time from 8am to 8:30am is a great time to see other members of the Elevate Hope community face to face and pray together. I would highly encourage you to join that! An email with details on that is sent out each week.
You are loved and prayed for regularly. We can’t wait to begin doing some things in person again. For now, continue to worship together at 10am on Facebook, and stay healthy!
Our God is present and in control. He is doing more than we could ever ask or imagine through this. His attributes of love and mercy remain unchanged, and Jesus is still our good and gracious shepherd.
Let us know anything you need.
March 26, 2020 Update
All Denver Metro Area Counties have issued a Shelter in Place law in effect starting today at 8am. You can read the full Order here.
Elevate Hope Centennial encourages us all to respect and obey the Shelter in Place order as a witness to our faith in God by obeying our God-given authorities.
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. –1 Peter 2:13-17
Elevate Hope has cancelled all public worship as well as all small groups and gatherings. However Section 5.f.24 of the order, as well as a direct message from the Governor’s office the morning of March 26th, still allows us to continue to have our sermon and worship recorded at a venue each week. If that changes, the pastor of Elevate Hope will record sermons from his home and they will still be available on our normal venues of Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and our website: elevatehopechurch.org.
Please stay in touch with FaceBook, YouTube, Instagram and elevatehopechurch.org for resources, sermons and updates from Elevate Hope Centennial.
As always if you have any needs or need prayer, please contact us using our Contact Page on elevatehopechurch.org.
You are loved and in our prayers. Stay well!
March 19, 2020 Update:
Good morning, Elevate Hope Centennial! A quick update to the situation with closures caused by COVID-19. Governor Polis just announced a ban on all gatherings of 10 or more at least until April 19th. This includes churches and schools.
Obviously, this makes what was a temporary reality, still a temporary reality, but a much longer reality.
We will continue on with creative ways to connect as well as implement a system of care that is workable in the midst of not physically gathering as Elevate Hope.
We will update more of those ideas soon, wanted to get an update out to you all on our new longer term reality.
Our sermon and weekly worship will continue to be up on Sunday mornings along with other resources on our website and our Facebook page. We will still worship together in this new reality!
In the meantime, God is working. I know that stories of provision, care and outreach are being reported from churches all over the country. I know there is still a longing to meet together, and virtual meeting can’t ever replace in-person fellowship. But this is what God has for us at this time. Let’s abide in Jesus and pray a ton, and be ready and willing to help anyone when needs arise.
When Elevate Hope does get to open its doors, it will be interesting to see all that God has done in and through our community of people who aren’t perfect and don’t pretend to be bringing the real and lasting hope of Jesus to Centennial and beyond.
If anyone is ill or is losing heart or needs to talk or pray, or needs help, let us know through our Contact Page at elevatehopechurch.org, someone will be happy to talk with you or pray with you, or get you the help you need. Hopefully you are getting some rest. Keep sharing any ideas or avenues where Elevate Hope can be a blessing during this time.
I will update more soon. You are all deeply loved!
March 16, 2020 Update:
Hello, Elevate Hope Centennial! (I love that name during a crisis like this!) I hope you had a wonderful Sunday.
Let’s continue in prayer and to lean in to any needs around us.
The situation continues to change rapidly even this morning with talks of some variation of groups over 50 not being able to meet for awhile.
We will be in prayer and let those decisions unfold from our community leaders around us before we develop any plans moving forward. We will still play it week by week and be the church scattered. Continue to tune into Facebook or elevatehopechurch.orgfor updates on our community and to hear from God’s Word each Sunday.
Beyond a couple more weeks, if the CDC recommendations continue to hold, we will most likely start thinking through creative ways to gather virtually. Stay tuned!
Even in externally imposed circumstances, God is in loving control. That doesn’t make it any less difficult, but hopefully that allows us to continue to do what we have done for 6 months—to bring the real and lasting hope of Jesus to our communities.
Please use the contact form of elevatehopechurch.org to let us know any physical or prayer needs you have or any needs in your community. Elevate Hope Centennial is prepared to meet real needs in our communities during this crisis. Stay healthy and continue to love well!
March 15, 2020 Update:
Our sermon is up on Facebook and will be posted here on elevatehopechurch.org and on our Facebook page as long as we are unable to meet, so you can still join in with all of Elevate Hope to hear from God’s Word together.
Please continue to be in prayer for everyone to stay healthy, for city and community leaders, and that God’s people would continue to trust in our sovereign God and love others well during this time.
Have a fantastic week and be sure to reach out via our Contact page if you need any help our prayer or you know of anyone who does in your community.
March 13, 2020 Update:
As you are most likely aware, the situation with COVID-19 Coronavirus has changed rapidly in the past 24 hours.
Most schools and churches are implementing some strategy to wisely and cautiously prevent the spread of Coronavirus by limiting large gatherings of people.
In case you don’t want to read further, the bottom line is: Elevate Hope will not be meeting in person this Sunday, March 15th. Stay tuned to Facebook and elevatehopechurch.org and continue to read below to see how we will still “meet” creatively online and how we can still be the church scattered in the next couple of weeks.
Now the details:
As of last night, Cherry Creek School district, which controls Homestead Elementary where Elevate Hope meets, decided to close their facility for at least two weeks.
Elevate Hope agrees with that decision as the good and caring thing to do in a time like this. State and local government is asking large groups not to meet. Some churches and organizations will decide to stay open and some will decide to close. Each one will decide what is best for their community context. That issue was decided for us but we do believe that for Elevate Hope, abiding by our district’s request rather than trying to force some other type of gathering shows love and care to our surrounding community and neighbors.
So we will not be gathering as a church for the next couple of Sundays. I will post a video of the sermon on Facebook and our website: elevatehopechurch.org this Sunday so we can all continue to learn from God’s Word together.
We do have a plan for if our doors are closed longer than two weeks, and will roll out that plan if that ends up being the case.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our website Events page to get updates on how we will continue to engage with one another in worship as a church, and for opportunities to serve those around us during this time.
In the meantime, here are some things to think about:
1. Continue to get good information. Good information is about as hard to come by as hand sanitizer right now… Here is some good information that is helpful: https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/.
2. Remember our name. We launched nearly 6 months ago to bring real and lasting hope to our communities and beyond. Let’s continue to respond to this crisis with prayer, hope, and by helping those who are most affected by this crisis. Continue to be the church scattered. I love being in worship with all of you, and there is no place I would rather be than gathering to celebrate the grace and love of Jesus together. But I believe that God is cancelling our Sunday gatherings to allow us to live out our mission: To bring the real and lasting hope of Jesus to our communities and beyond. That is the mission of Elevate Hope when we gather, and that is the mission of Elevate Hope when we scatter.
3. Pray for needs that you can meet to those around you. Don’t just hunker down! If you are healthy, be a resource to others in the name of Jesus. Listen. Empathize. Pray for people who need comfort. Many people will be financially affected by businesses closing, etc. Meet those needs. Love people well. Don’t preach, but listen and offer words of compassion and truth as God gives opportunity.This is an unprecedented time to love people well.
4. If you are symptomatic, take care of yourself and seek the recommended treatment immediately.
The church has faced many times such as these throughout her history. In a crisis that drives us to our knees that is exactly where we should be. God is with us, we need not fear. He will sustain us, and empower our care for one another and our neighbor. The gates of hell cannot stand against God’s church.
Remember the words of the Apostle Paul:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And remember the words of James 4:8
“…Wash your hands, you sinners…”
Sorry, that was a joke. We do need to retain our sense of humor and it’s still ok to laugh… =)
Stay tuned for more updates!