Dear Nebo Family & Friends,
We have received many questions, especially in the past week, as to when Nebo will be resuming in-person worship. We wanted to address some of those questions as well as share our plan for going forward.
First, know that we miss all of you and miss gathering together in person on Sundays as well as in JOY groups, youth groups and other ministries. We as leaders have spent much time praying, preparing and developing a clear plan for resuming worship together in a way that is the least restrictive as well as considering the health and safety of our entire church family.
It is important that we remember that Nebo has NEVER been closed. Our church is not defined by our building but by the people God has called to serve. We have been unable to meet together in our building, but we have continued to be the church in our community. We as a church family have continued to care for each other as members of the body of Christ as well as reaching out to others in the community through offering rides, donating food, working at the produce giveaway, connecting with neighbors and inviting friends and neighbors to join us online for worship and prayer times.
We have seen more than ever that worship just doesn’t happen when we gather together on a Sunday morning but that every aspect of our lives is worship — it’s how we proclaim through our lives each day that we serve a living God who is present wherever we are. We worship through song, but we also worship through praying together. We worship together in our facility but we also worship through loving our neighbors as ourselves.
As we plan how to best reopen our building and resume meeting together, we want to be properly prepared to do it in a safe and timely manner. We have been making the necessary changes in our buildings as well as figuring out the logistics for making it happen in a way that does not put any of the members or friends of Nebo at unnecessary risk, especially those who are most vulnerable.
We have been blessed to be able to have technology that has enabled us to stay in contact with a majority of our Nebo family. When we do resume meeting in person, we will continue to livestream the Sunday services online to enable those who may not feel comfortable returning right away due to health or other concerns.
The small groups at Nebo are called JOY groups and that acronym perfectly sums up how we are proceeding as a church at this time — Jesus first, others next, yourself last. When we do gather together again, it will be to glorify Jesus, put the needs of others before our own, and be willing to put some of our own desires aside to better serve others.
With all that being said, as leaders we are planning to be able to resume worship together at Nebo by the end of June. We know that may seem like a long time for some, and believe me, we are as eager to return as you are. But as we have prayed, prepared and developed the plan to move forward, this timeline seems to be the most prudent and should allow us to reopen with the least amount of restrictions possible. By late June we will have set up our streaming abilities, our county should be in the “green” phase by then, and we should have all of the necessary safety measures in place in our facilities as well as have the time to train our volunteers and staff time to be best able to serve our church family.
We realize that this timeline may seem “too long” to some or “too soon” for others. As we have prayed and worked through this, Ephesians 4:3 has been a guiding verse: “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” We pray that each one in our Nebo family will join us in that prayer.
In the meantime, we will continue to be the church and as our Facebook page says, we are “always open.” We will continue worshiping online and sharing Jesus with our families, neighbors and coworkers as we live out our mission statement: “Know Jesus, Grow in Jesus, Show Jesus.” Please continue to pray for our leaders and staff as we prepare to open well and open soon.