Neighborhood News and Notes
Verse of the Day
"I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread." Psalm 37:25
Based on this verse, the writer of Psalm 37 is a senior citizen. He has lived a long life and has seen many things. The longer we live, the more things we will see and experience. But the Psalmist says a remarkable thing in this verse. In all his years he has NEVER seen two things:
- The righteous abandoned
- The children of the righteous begging for bread
Who qualifies as the "righteous"? One common theme I see throughout the Bible is this: "The righteous live by faith". If this is applied to Psalm 37:25, then the Psalmist is saying he has never seen a person who trusts in the Lord abandoned (left behind, forsaken, left alone) and he has never seen the children of a person who trusts in the Lord begging for bread.
These days we are currently experiencing may be difficult, but this verse encourages me. If our trust is in the Lord, He will never leave us. He is with us now. If our trust is in the Lord, our needs and our family's needs will be met. Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
You are not alone!
Enjoy this song, "I Am Not Alone" from Kari Jobe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfveawSAHJA
Mecklenburg County has put into effect its "Stay at Home" Proclamation beginning today (March 26) and continuing until April 16. For more information about what this proclamation means, click here https://neighborhoodchurchnc.org/covid.
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Worship Service This Sunday! -- Though we are not going to be able to meet at Hopewell High School this Sunday, we can still worship together! We will post on our church website a video of this week's sermon along with a couple of songs. The service will start promptly at 10:30am on Sunday, so join us on the church website at https://neighborhoodchurchnc.org/live! I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday!
Recent Ministry Activity -- Here are several things that we have been doing as a church during the Coronavirus pandemic to minister to people and to reach out to people in our community
- Worship Services Online -- We know the 10:30am hour last Sunday was watched on 75 devices. At the end of the service, we invited people to respond. We had one individual not connected to our church who watched the service and sent an email asking for prayer. We followed up with this individual.
- Groceries -- We have donated food and gift cards from grocery stores to two families in need. These are families of two students at Hopewell High School.
- Children's Sunday School -- Dawn held an online Sunday School class for the children this week. She had 100% participation from the children at our church. They spent about 40 minutes online with each other.
- Distributed Flyers -- This week, we distributed 565 flyers in the neighborhoods around Hopewell High School (Latta Springs, Tanners Creek, Biltmore Park, Barkley/Abbington). The heading on these flyers reads, "Need Help?" We placed them in newspaper boxes. The flyers invited people to worship online with us on Sundays, offered to help with errands, and offered to help with other things as needed. We gave our church information including contact information.
- Provided Online Giving Option -- The Online giving option is now fully functioning. You can now give online or send contributions by mail to: Neighborhood Church 12625 Kemerton Lane Huntersville, NC 28078
- Helping Each Other -- Phone calls to one another, checking on each other's well-being, delivering meals, assisting with needs -- If you need assistance of any kind, please reach out! Call or text 704-264-9265.
A Great Time to Love Our Neighbors -- During this time of "social distancing," think of ways you can help your neighbors. Without putting your health or theirs in jeopardy, what are some things you can do to show the love of Christ to your neighbors during this time? Run an errand? Share a book, toys, games, etc. for families whose kids are now "stuck" at home all day?
Checkout our Church Facebook Page -- If you are on Facebook, visit our church page (Neighborhood Church NC). It is a place where you can leave comments of encouragement or ask questions. Take a look at the page and make comments about anything on your mind as a way to stay connected with each other during these days.
If you need help with anything, please let us know! We have plenty of people willing to help. You can email us at Lhorton513@gmail.com or contact us by calling or texting 704-264-9265.