There is an old Jewish proverb that goes –
Man plans, God laughs.
So, last March, when we were planning for everything to be pretty much the same as it has always been, we suddenly ended up in a savagely new situation… nothing seemed familiar, everything was jarringly new and “certain” was a word we learned not to use.
As we put what we pray is the worst of the pandemic behind us, the time to look forward (at least a bit!) has come again. Here at New Hanover that means 3 things:
1. If everything stays on a hopeful path, we will begin worshiping in person again starting May 23, 2021. Our session will be making a final decision on this soon after consultation with our COVID-19 committee, but we believe we will be getting together in modified in-person services starting on Pentecost Sunday, May 23. We hope you’ll mark that date in red on your calendar and join us for a joyful – and socially distanced – celebration and return to our sanctuary.
2. Our sanctuary and narthex (the lobby area) is being refreshed with new paint and lighting, along with a few other appointments. Although not a huge change, it has been a long time since we have done any redecoration and these improvements will give our beloved church an update while still remaining the same building we know and love.
3. We are embarking on a new journey of discovery and planning. As housing springs up all around us, we are determined to be ready to welcome our coming new neighbors to their new neighborhood church.
We now know better than to tell God what we will do next – I hope we all do. But, if you are looking to be involved with a congregation that is humbly seeking to follow God wherever God may lead us, you have found your new church home. Come and worship with us at New Hanover Presbyterian Church on May 23.