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Updates

Beginning Sunday, May 31, we will gather again inside the Nappanee Missionary Church building. The current plan, the Lord willing, is to run through June 28 with the guidelines and procedures outlined in this document. Services will take place in the Worship Center at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM and Connection at 9:30 and 11:00 AM. Please note that some of these times are slightly different than our “normal” times.

We recognize that opinions vary on what guidelines should be in place. Amidst diversity of ideas, please exhibit a spirit of Christ like patience and humility as we share the recommendations that we believe are wise. These are days for the Body of Christ to unite. We have one enemy. It’s the evil one that has come to kill, steal, and destroy. We wage war against that enemy. We unite with all who fight that common opponent.

We will continue to use our livestream platforms (NMC App, nmc.church, Facebook, YouTube) for all of our services. We invite those who consider themselves to be in a higher risk category (because of age or underlying health issues) to participate through these platforms. In keeping with CDC guidelines, older adults, 65 years and older, are asked to use extreme caution since they are at a higher risk for severe illness.

Values

Guidelines for Doing Life Together (Even Though We Are All Different)

As we continue to face changes and challenges from the Coronavirus, it is likely that the times of deepest testing for us as a church Body still lie ahead. How do we move forward in peace, love, and respect with such a broad spectrum of passionately held opinions on what is right? How can we maintain our witness as loving, mature believers, united by our faith in Christ, while still holding our opinions?

It is important, in the face of potentially damaging conflict, that we revisit Biblical expectations of godly thought and actions. How do we, as mature followers of Jesus, handle differences?

  1. There is a clear understanding that God’s ways are not our ways and no person is able to grasp all the factors in any given situation. Our knowledge is limited and often flawed. (Isaiah 55:8-9, I Corinthians 8:1-3) 
  2. It takes all of us with our differing views, diverse opinions and unique gifting to make up the Body of Christ. While standing uncompromisingly to the authority of Scripture, we need the views of other believers to get any sense of the complete picture. (I Corinthians 12:12-26) 
  3. We recognize our tendency to look past our own shortcomings. (Luke 6:41-42) 
  4. We commit ourselves to examining our own lives rather than looking at others. (II Corinthians 13:5) 
  5. We appreciate the power of words. (Proverbs 15:1-2, James 3:6) 
  6. We control the use of our tongues. (James 1:26) 
  7. When we do speak, we do so graciously. (Ecclesiastes 10:12, Colossians 4:6) 
  8. Whatever we do is done in deep humility for the betterment of others. (Philippians 2:3-8) 
  9. The overarching motivation for all our thoughts, words and actions is love, (I Corinthians 13) 
  10. …even toward those who mistreat us. (Matthew 5:44) 
  11. Compelled by love, we are willing to sacrifice our liberties for the sake of others. (I Corinthians 8, 10:24, Philippians 2:4) 

The is a time of testing for the church. The enemy is poised and ready to pounce. The world is watching. We have the opportunity to demonstrate the selfless love of Christ. May God provide the humility and wisdom to show his glory in each of us.

Procedures

  • If you are not feeling well or are uncomfortable coming into the building, please opt to join us via livestream.
  • Nursery, KidMin, and Student Ministries are all closed. As your family worships together, please feel free to bring activities to the worship service for your children.
  • Restrooms and high-touch areas will be cleaned before and after each service.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • We will practice physical distancing of 6 feet in all areas of the building (family units may sit together).
  • All exterior doors will be propped open (weather permitting) and marked as “enter” or “exit.”
  • You will be systematically seated to maximize space (similar to a wedding).
  • Once the Worship Center reaches capacity, we will begin offering seats in overflow areas.
  • Services will be limited to 50-55 minutes long.
  • Offering plates will not be passed. Boxes will be available in Worship Center and Connection.
  • There will be no bulletin. Please access sermon notes via the NMC App or website.
  • You will be dismissed in an orderly fashion so as to adhere to physical distancing.
  • There will be NO food or drink available.
  • Water fountains will be turned off.
  • For the time being, please allow non-contact greetings like waving and head nods to take the place of shaking hands, fist bumps, hugging, etc.
  • The CDC recommends everyone wear a facemask, but this is not a requirement. We will get through this together. Remember to love each other well!

Sunday Morning Schedule

7:40 Worship Center doors open
8:00 Service in Worship Center
8:55 Dismissal and Cleaning
9:10 Worship Center and Connection doors open
9:30 Service in Worship Center & Connection
10:25 Dismissal and Cleaning
10:40 Worship Center and Connection doors open
11:00 Service in Worship Center & Connection

Please do not arrive more than 20 minutes prior to services and exit promptly to allow us time to clean and disinfect all areas.

Map

Green Doors (A, D, E, F, G, H, J) - Open, please follow signs for entry & exit.
Red Doors (B, C, K) - Closed

Worship Center - Live worship and speaker at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM.
Connection Gym - Live worship and video of speaker at 9:30 and 11:00 AM.
Courtyard Commons - Overflow seating with live video from Worship Center.
Aux Gym - Overflow seating with live video from Worship Center.
Fieldhouse - Overflow seating with live video from Worship Center.
Nursing Mothers’ Rooms will be open and available for all services.
All Restrooms will be open and available for all services.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it true that there are only Worship Services in the Worship Center and Connection Gym and nothing else?

Yes. There will be no nursery, KidMin, or Student Ministries programming. Those areas are closed. As the family worships together, please feel free to bring activities to the worship service for your children.

Are some people forbidden to attend the service?

No, that’s not true. If you are not feeling well or uncomfortable coming into the building, please consider joining  us via our livestream at nmc.church/livestream.

Are service times the same?

There are some adjustments. The times will be 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM in the Worship Center, and Connection services will start at 9:30 & 11:00 AM.

What’s going to be different on May 31?

  • All exterior doors will be propped open (weather permitting) and marked as “enter” and “exit.”
  • You will be systematically seated to maximize space and allow appropriate physical distancing. You will be ushered in much like attending a wedding. Families will be allowed to sit together. We will attempt to practice physical distancing (6 feet) in all areas of the building.
  • There will no bulletin and sermon notes handed out. All information can be accessed via the NMC app or nmc.church.
  • Offering plates will not be passed. Boxes for giving will be available at the rear of Worship Center and Connection.
  • Once the worship area reaches capacity, we will begin to offer seating in overflow areas.

Is it true that there’s no coffee?

Unfortunately, yes. There will be no food or drink. (But you can bring your own!) The water fountains will be turned off.

I love to touch people. Will Sunday be hard for me?

Yes, you will have to put your normal responses on hold. For the time being, please allow non-contact greetings like waving and head nods to take the place of shaking hands, fist bumps, hugging, etc.

It sounds like this is fear-based? Doesn’t that contradict Scripture?

The guidelines that we’ve established are not based on fear. They are based on wisdom. We have sought the counsel of the NMC Church Board and leaders. We have diligently researched best practices. We received counsel from wise medical advisors. They are in complete unity on this plan to reenter the building. The cautions that we are taking are based on wisdom.

Many people are telling me lots of different things about our reentering the building. Where can I get the facts?

NMC.church, and this page specifically, is the home for accurate information.

So what’s the big deal?

It’s our mission of Making Fully Committed Disciples!

Will my Small Church be meeting this Sunday?

Small Churches have been asked to determine what will work best for their group. Some will proceed to reenter sooner than others. Finding rooms with adequate space for appropriate  physical distancing is a challenge. This may mean your Small Church may temporarily be meeting at a different location or even a different time. Some are choosing to restart at a much later date. Small Church leaders have been asked to communicate directly to their groups as to when and how meetings will happen.

What if I’m in a high risk category?

Those in a high risk category are encouraged to use wisdom and discernment regarding their participation in the service. We always recommend erring on the side of caution.

How will parking be handled?

You are free to park on your own. However, in order to minimize congestion, we request that you not enter the building more than 20 minutes before the start of the service.

Is it true that I don’t have to worry about a long-winded preacher?

Now that’s 100% true. The services will be 50-55 minutes in length, allowing restrooms and all high-touch areas to be cleaned after each service. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.

Am I required to wear a mask or face covering?

The CDC recommends wearing a face mask, but this is not a requirement. Masks will be available for those wishing to wear one.

Will I be the only one wearing a mask?

In desiring to honor each attendee, NMC employees will be wearing face coverings when seating guests and in closer proximity to attendees.

I like to hang around and visit after the services.  Is that a problem?

It might be.  At the conclusion of our services, you will be systematically dismissed. We kindly request that you not linger, so that the cleaning teams can accomplish their tasks.

Will we continue to have Saturday night Drive-In Services?

No, our final Drive-In service will be this Saturday, May 23 at 5:30 and 7:00 PM, when we honor our high school  graduates. We want to put our full attention and energy into our Sunday morning services, whether you attend in person or online.

So what if I disagree with the guidelines?

This is great time to display Christian maturity. The Bible teaches there are times that we put aside our liberties for the sake of others (1 Corinthians 8, 10:24, Philippians 2:4). We all need to be cautious in our words, both spoken and written. We believe we can have unity in the midst of diversity.

How long are we going to have to worship this way?

That’s a very good question. NMC leaders are committed to monitor what is best for the body in these uncertain times. We are hopeful that this plan is only temporary and much of what we value can be restored. In the meantime, we ask for grace. This plan is not perfect. There will be mistakes. But don’t forget, “love covers a multitude of sins.”  I Peter 4:8

Stay Connected

Virtual Prayer Gathering at 7:14 PM every Wednesday in June.
ZOOM (password required: 407773)
Phone (Audio): Dial (312) 626-6799 and when prompted, enter meeting ID number 714-714-7773 followed by the pound sign. (password required: 407773)

KidMin - Sundays at 9:05 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Facebook Live
YouTube Live

Small Churches
Many of our Small Churches are hosting virtual gatherings. Please reach out to your Small Church leader for details.

Tithes & Offerings
Give here or in the NMC App
Mail checks to: Nappanee Missionary Church, PO Box 110, Nappanee, IN 46550

We are kicking off a fun, new worship experience this Saturday at 5:30 and 7:00 PM in the NMC parking lot. We want to bring people together while keeping safe, physical distancing intact. We are gonna have a blast and would love to have you join us. Check out more details at nmc.church/DriveIn

NMC is excited to announce a new partnership with Bethel University in hosting a venture that makes college affordable, practical and linked to the local church.

The huge benefits of the BU@NMC program:
Flexibility: You will have the flexibility to live at home and continue to work a part-time job.
Reduced Tuition: You can earn 30 credit hours for a full year at the cost of $10,000.
Practical Training: Through practicum credit hours, you will have 8-10 hours weekly of firsthand leadership, ministry, and workplace experience.
BU@NMC is the perfect blend of practically applying in real time what is being learned in the classroom.

If you know a current junior or senior in high school, or a recently graduated from high school, send them over to nmc.church/BUatNMC

All on-site services and activities have been cancelled through the month of April. There are a lot of ways to stay connected during this time. Head over to our Updates page to find links to the various ways you can be involved.

One of the first things that I did when the Coronavirus pandemic hit was to discover and write out values that would drive NMC during this season. This was one of the first values:

We commit to communicate clearly and often.

I am writing this note with the hope to give everyone in the greater NMC family the best information possible.

Here are some simple answers to your questions:

What's the schedule for Holy Week?

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (April 7,8, and 10)-7:14 PM
Virtual Prayer Gathering on Zoom. Log in using the following information:
Meeting number 714-714-7773
Password: 407773
For audio, call 313-626-6799 and use the meeting ID number and the pound sign.
On your PC: Click Here and Password 407773

Thursday, April 9-7:14 PM
Maundy Thursday Service on ALL Platforms (ZOOM, Facebook Live, NMC App, Livestream, YouTube Live)
We will celebrate the Lord's Supper and take communion. We encourage you to prepare beforehand by having some grape juice (or equivalent) and a bread-like item (a cracker, a roll or a piece of bread) to participate.

Saturday, April 11-6:00 PM
Sunday, April 12-8:00, 9:30, 10:45 AM
Easter Services on ALL Platforms (ZOOM, Facebook Live, NMC App, Livestream, YouTube Live)

What are our pastors and ministry teams doing during this shutdown?
Ministry goes on, but it looks very different. All of our ministry teams continue to be fully engaged. We search for and find creative ways to continue our mission of "making fully committed disciples." While our offices are closed, our ministry teams continue to meet and work virtually.

Will NMC be having a drive-in service for Easter Sunday?
We long to be together as we celebrate the Resurrection! We considered all creative options and decided it would be wisest at this time for NMC to only meet virtually. We respect that each church has a responsibility to do what they believe best meets their calling, region and constituency. Because of a variety of potential problems and out of an abundance of caution, your leadership team decided we will continue, at this time, to only meet virtually.

How is NMC weathering this financial storm?
Throughout our church's history, NMC has practiced Biblical stewardship. Our trust is in the Lord. Thanks so much for your faithful giving despite the inability to physically gather together. Our leaders have asked that we share the best ways for you to give.

Online: nmc.church/give or the NMC App
Snail Mail: NMC, PO Box 110, Nappanee, IN 46550

Last year, over 40% of our income went to partners and ministries outside of NMC. We love our partner ministries. We want to continue to bless them in their local, regional, and global calling.

Are we caring for at-risk people?
We are reaching out to the best of our abilities. The vast majority of our Small Churches and small groups are alive and active. Our Care Team is mobilized and working. If you have concerns, please let us know by emailing us at nmcnews@nmc.church. Our emergency phone number is 877-313-8855.

When will we be able to have services again?
Frankly, we don't know when in-person gatherings will restart. We do know this: God has a plan, and it will be accomplished! His timing is perfect. He is still in control.

More than ever, I find myself thanking God for the Body of Christ. The church building may be empty, but the church body is alive and well.

In Him,
Pastor Dave

God has a plan, and it will be accomplished! Amidst everything that is happening, my confidence remains firmly in Him.
There is GOOD NEWS in what's happening:
More people participated in our services yesterday than would have a month ago. Through various social media platforms (YouTube, Facebook Live, NMC Livestream), ministry thrived.

Small Churches and small groups connected virtually. I was amazed watching the social media interaction of these groups. Leaders are to be commended for pressing forward in spite of challenging times. I also love that our KidMin and Student Ministries continue to use social media platforms to encourage their groups.

NMC is daily providing five teams that are working with WaNee schools and Family Christian Development Center to distribute school lunches through the entire school district. The salt is getting out of the salt shaker!

Niel Diener and some of our Global Impact team friends are working with medical professionals to manufacture masks. A prototype has already been created with the correct materials to filter the air and assure protection from potential threats. The plan is beginning to take shape to bless local medical professionals with these masks. Church, everyone has a part to make kingdom impact!

NMC, thank you for finding ways to financially support the ongoing ministry. Some are doing it through online giving via our website at nmc.church/give or through the NMC App. Christy and I just made our first online gift last week. Others are putting their gifts in the mail. Thanks for your continued generosity!

Here's some INFORMATION that will be helpful to you:
The NMC Building will be closed as of 4:30 PM Monday
In every decision that the NMC leadership makes, we want to be wise and operate under the guidelines set by the Governor of Indiana. Because of the recent shelter-in-place order, the NMC facilities will be closed until further notice.

It's a fireside visit live with NMC senior leaders - Wednesday at 7:14 PM.
We will be live on Facebook, YouTube and NMC Livestream.
It's an all-church virtual gathering. I would encourage you to join us as we unite the NMC family for victory amidst our challenges.

YouTube has been added as a social media platform
In order to stay connected and enhance our spiritual communities, we are quickly learning the art of using various social media platforms. YouTube is our newest platform. You can help NMC enhance that platform by going here. Click the red subscribe button.

We will continue our virtual prayer gatherings nightly at 7:14 PM - Tonight and tomorrow (Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24), we will use the existing room on Zoom. If you have the ZOOM app, the meeting number is 783-201-290, or anyone can simply call 312-626-6799 and then enter the meeting number 783-201-290, followed by #. Wednesday, March 25, we will be a part of Fireside Visit on Facebook, YouTube and NMC Livestream. On Thursday, March 26, we will move to a larger ZOOM room, which also means that we will have a different meeting number. You will receive that information on Wednesday.

I love these gatherings. It's been a delight to have Satyendra Basumata (Little Flock Fellowship in India), Michel Khalil (Greater Middle East Initiative), along with Darin and Laura Arnott (Southwest Indian Ministries) and our friend, Sammy Tippit, join us. There's a spot for you.

KEEP ENCOURAGED in the faith! HOLD TIGHTLY to the promises of God. Be a blessing to others. Resist the urge to feel hopeless. With God's help, we will get through this.

In Him,
Pastor Dave,

"The one who called you is faithful and He will do it!"-1 Thessalonians 5:24