Plans to Reopen NHBC

We welcome you to join us to worship in person or online. We currently have two in-person worship services each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00, limited to the capacity required by social distancing guidelines. Both our services are available by live stream on our Video page, Facebook, and YouTube. Our small groups and other ministries continue online – for information on how you can connect with one of these groups, call the church office at 833-4111. If you would like to worship with us in person, view the video below for the procedures we are using to keep you and your family safe:

We realize there is a wide range of opinions concerning how to open churches, and we greatly appreciate your prayers as we seek to determine the best way for National Heights to move forward. We also recognize that health department regulations may change, and NHBC will need to abide by those changes. As our team continues its work, we will be providing further information about the guidelines that everyone will need to follow so we can meet together as safely and as soon as possible. Thank you for your prayers as we continue to seek God’s wisdom for His people.

NHBC is committed to continuing our ministry to the community and to our church during this time when we are limited in opportunities we can meet together. Here are some ways you can be a part of what NHBC is doing over these next few weeks:

Worship Service Video – If you are in a high-risk group, or you’re not comfortable being in crowds just yet, you can still worship the Savior with us. You can watch a video of our Sunday morning worship service on our Video PageFacebook, and YouTube.

Midweek Prayer – Each week, NHBC pauses to pray for needs around the world, around North America, and in our church community. We won’t be able to gather together for a time, but we will still be praying!

Midweek Bible Study – Does your week need a lift? Try God’s word! While we are unable to meet together for our midweek Bible study service, we will be providing new Bible studies for you and your family, live streaming on our Facebook page starting at 6:30 PM every Wednesday.

Weekly Life Groups – Life Groups are where we do life! Normally, our groups meet on Sunday mornings, but during this season when we cannot meet together, several of our groups have developed ways to continue their community online. If you are interested in taking part in one of these groups, call the church office at 417-833-4111.

Youth Ministry Video Devotions – Brian Miller is developing video devotions designed for the students in your family. You can view them on our Youth Ministry Page.

Stepping Out Ministries – NHBC is continuing as many of our Stepping Out Ministries as health directives will allow. You can find out more on the Stepping Out Ministries page HERE.

Tithes and Offerings – Our tithes and offerings are an important part of worship. NHBC offers online donation HERE and you can also mail your gifts to NHBC, 3050 N. National, Springfield, MO, 65803. Your gifts help us continue the ministry at National Heights. Thank you for your faithfulness!

We are continuing to develop more ways to worship and serve together during these days when we cannot physically meet together. Check back on this page for options designed for you and your family.

Reasons for the NHBC COVID-19 Response

We’ve all heard the newscasts have been filled with reports about the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This may have surprised us, but it was no surprise to God. Sometimes events remind us of how we are completely dependent upon His love and care. 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)


We can be cautious, sympathetic, empathetic, and concerned, but we do not need to be afraid. Remember:

God is a God of power. He has authority over all things, even a virus. We can live in confidence even in a world of troubling news and events. Nothing can change the fact that our God reigns.
We serve a God of love, and we are a people of love. If ever there was a time to share the love and hope that we have in Christ, this is it. Everyone you know is looking for hope in this, and you know where the hope is. Watch for opportunities to share that love in creative and tangible ways.
We have a sound mind, so don’t lose yours. Pray for medical scientists and officials as they develop strategies and treatments for those affected by the virus. Pray for the individuals and families who have been affected. Pray for our missionaries who are facing tremendous challenges to continue their ministries. Pray for your friends and neighbors who are frightened by the constant barrage of negative news. In a world gone crazy with fear, we can be voices of reason, peace, and hope, reminding our neighbors that our God loves them and reigns supreme.

The leadership at National Heights has been carefully planning our response to the coronavirus situation. The Greene County Health Department has issued a request for churches and other large gatherings to suspend activities for a period of time in order to “flatten the curve” of the virus spread. To comply with this request, after Sunday morning, March 15, National Heights will suspend all activities until health officials indicate that it is safe to resume. I’m asking all of our Sunday School classes, small groups, Wednesday night activities, and other activities to suspend all meetings for this time. This means we will have no Sunday morning or evening, Wednesday, or weekday activities until health officials indicate that it is safe to do so.

This does not mean that we will suspend our ministry. NHBC is committed to ministering to our church family and community. We are rapidly developing plans for how we can worship and minister together even during a time when we cannot physically meet together.

Although we will not gather for public services at 8:30, 11:00 and 6:00 on Sundays, we will be streaming the service at 11:00 on Sunday morning. We are working as quickly as possible to make this happen. We hope to have our first stream ready by next Sunday (March 22). Our website will have information about how you can connect to these streams as soon as we are able to make them available.
I am encouraging all of our Life Groups, Sunday School classes, small groups, and other ministries to explore creative ways you can “meet” even when we cannot physically be together. These could include meeting by conference call, Skype, text, and more.
This will impact all of our ministries, including Sunday morning and evening, Wednesday evening, and weekday. We will continue to explore ways that all of our ministries can grow and thrive even during this time of challenge. Your ministry leaders will contact you with plans about how each ministry will proceed.
I have asked our deacons to be proactive about contacting their deacon families, especially during this time, so that if you have any ministry needs, we can readily meet them. If you have a need, please feel free to contact the church office or your family deacon.
As always, you can give your tithes and offerings online or by mail. If you would like to use our online giving portal, follow this link:

www.nationalheights.org/donate/

We want to be good stewards and helpful citizens in helping to “flatten the curve” of the spread of COVID-19. Though some might see it as an “overreaction,” we see it as an act of love especially to those who are most at risk. We will continue to communicate plans for our ministry in the days ahead; you will find up to date information on our website and Facebook page. I am confident that the people of National Heights will respond with love and grace to a community that is greatly concerned. We have an opportunity to shine the love of Christ in a dark time for our city and world. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through you!

Grace and Peace.

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (NIV84)


How You Can Help

The CDC gives simple recommendations to keep you and your family safe:

• If you or your children begin to show symptoms of the virus (fever, coughing, or shortness of breath) or are feeling unwell, please stay home.

• Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue. Avoid sneezing or coughing into your hands. Avoid unnecessarily touching your face.

• Wash your hands often, using warm soapy water for 20 seconds (try singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice while washing).

When we are able to meet again, we will strive to keep frequently touched surfaces cleaned and disinfected, and provide hand sanitizer at strategic locations throughout the building. You can help by disinfecting items you bring from home that others might touch, such as diaper bags, toys, blankets, etc. Consider replacing handshakes with an “elbow bump” or a verbal “How are you today?” Simple precautions you normally take during flu and cold season will go a long way.

As always, if you are unable to attend, you can give your tithes and offerings through our online giving portal at:

www.nationalheights.org/donate 

We will continue to monitor the recommendations of community and health officials and do everything we can to keep our church family and community safe and well. Thank you for your faithfulness to God’s ministry at NHBC and your prayers as we continue to seek to reach our world with the gospel. Keep sharing the love of Christ with a world desperately in need of His grace.

Psalm 91:5–7

5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. (NIV84)