Loving God. Loving people. Making this world a better place!
The physical and spiritual health of our people and our community are of paramount importance to us! The Leadership Board and staff of our church prayerfully consider the information we receive from the scientific community, government leadership, and our local public health experts. This information, coupled with recommendations from the UMC Episcopal Leadership (Bishop's) Office, is all considered and evaluated regularly to make sure we are responding quickly and effectively.
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Response Announcement:
UPDATE: SEPT. 2, 2021
As you have probably heard, Montgomery Co. has experienced an increase in active COVID cases...
- Just over 1% of Montgomery Co. population are active COVID-19 cases. (approx. 209k population)
- The Tennessee Health Department reported that today, Sep. 2nd, "1 out of every 84 Tennesseans are currently infected with the Coronavirus."
- Also, on Wednesday, "Tennessee led all U.S. states and territories in new coronavirus cases, adjusted to account for population."
- And, just over 10% of the students in CMCSS are currently quarantining for exposure and 2.3% are actively positive for coronavirus. (approx. 37k students in CMCSS)
We know that this news is concerning and we all feel exhausted from the roller coaster of 2020 and, now, 2021. I also want to offer you some encouragement! We have wonderful first responders, medical professionals, hospital systems, school system, and a vaccine that is reducing hospitalization and death drastically. Though this is difficult, it is not the end and there is much about life to enjoy and be excited for, even in times like these!
Contact your loved ones, just because. Get the support you need if you are sick or are having difficulty dealing with what you are going through. Get outside and enjoy this beautiful day. And spend time with God in Scripture reading and prayer! We are going to get through this together!!
Part of getting through this also means making adjustments that do what is best for our people, church, community and world. Here is how we are asking you to respond in this time of need...
First, if you or your dependents are 12 years old or older and have not been vaccinated, please talk with your medical professional about your questions. You can find vaccine sites here and if you need help navigating the online registry then contact our office and we will walk you through the process.
Second, everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a mask to church as we weather this current surge. This includes worship, Sunday school, and all other small and large group gatherings. This is not a "requirement" and we will not be policing you. We are asking you to consider that if you were unknowingly infected then you would be more likely to spread the virus to others without a mask on. And, as a reminder, all children under the age of 12 are unvaccinated and cannot yet receive the vaccine.
Third, when organizing your groups or events please choose the safest spaces and durations available to you. Larger rooms that allow reasonable distancing are best. And, shorter time frames are best. If you elect to have your whole group or portion of your group meet virtually and need assistance then we can walk you through the process.
We want to state explicitly that we are not canceling any programming or events at this time. We are asking you to help us be able to continue to do so by using layering protections like masks, distancing, and wise planning.
Grace & Peace will prove stronger,
- Pastor Stephen & the Leadership Board
- Mont. Co. COVID Dashboard: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=3b598050571c4a4a9632184e6cd1c7a3
- WSMV reporting on Tenn. Dept. of Health: https://www.wsmv.com/news/tdh-1-in-every-84-tennesseans-currently-has-covid-19/article_a2e2b398-0a36-11ec-a7e3-13f1598f4e54.amp.html
- The Leaf Chronicle reporting on CDC: https://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/health/2021/09/02/covid-19-tennessee-top-worst-list/5690776001/?fbclid=IwAR2n4aHxVlfWQXwgSTlYL49ItdBLWJd1982Dtm3sSYkbUYy7brJOvSUnqCA
- CMCSS COVID-19 Dashboard: https://www.cmcss.net/cmcss-covid-19-dashboard/
Connecting with Each Other
One of the most difficult aspects of our current pandemic has been the isolation and disconnection from familiar relationships, places, and comforts. It is VITALLY important that we stay connected to each other in new and creative ways.
To start, connect with the church through social media. If you don't already have an account with Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube then create one and use the links below to "like", "follow", and "subscribe" to the church so you can keep up to date with the latest information and opportunities.
Next, check on the people you know. Call them, text them, and drive by their homes. Our church Care Team is taking care of our homebound, sick, and those in crisis. We need your help continuing to reach out to everyone in our congregation.
We also have a weekly "Hilldale Happenings" email that keeps our church informed of what is going on. Subscribe to that in this quick form below...
We are a people of prayer and God's house is a house of prayer.
Pray for the sick, for healthcare workers, for businesses in trouble, for those who are lonely, for out-of-school kids (and parents), for our government leaders, for those living in fear, for each other, and for our church.
Start each day with a time of prayer, asking God to heal our land and make God's presence felt among us!
Offer Hope & Foster Community:
Our vision for this next temporary period is to find new and creative ways to offer the hope of Jesus Christ and foster community with our people. Our community needs you to be doing this too!
What does offering hope & fostering community look like?
- Taking a video study together as a class
- Log onto our Amplify Curriculum Library here: hilldaleumc.org/amplify
- Having Sunday School by Conference Call or Video Chat, if not in-person, at 9:45 am
- Writing cards to the homebound or other members
- We are working on missional opportunities for you too, stay tuned!
You have to call, text, message, meme, gif, email, FaceTime, Marco Polo, snap, DM, drive by & shout "I love you!", video conference, and throw rocks at windows with boomboxes on your shoulders like you were 16, in love, and your parents forbid you from being together!
Make time in your calendar and energy to stay in contact with each other and bring other people into those connections! Check out our BE the Church page for ways you can help during this time of need. We will update it as we have new ministry opportunities available.
How will we support not meeting for worship financially? We need you to GIVE
We are living the mission of the church even though some of us are still apart.
We are supported through your gifts and ask you to continue to support the mission of our church even though we are not in the Sanctuary on Sunday passing the offering plates. Frankly, we need you to continue giving.
- You can give online by clicking here.
- You can mail in a check.
- You can fill out an ACH Form to automate giving (click here for the ACH Form).
Don't let your attendance stand in the way of your financial faithfulness. Call the office if you have more questions or would like help with the process.