As we continue to respond to this unprecedented event and navigate together through these uncharted waters, we wanted to reach out and clarify what will and won’t be happening over the next few weeks.
Jerrod Lowry, our Presbytery Stated Clerk, has recommended all worship gatherings and meetings be canceled or postponed at least through April 1st. This recommendation is in line with the information we have received from local, state and federal government sources.
With that in mind, here are steps Highland will be taking:
Our Sunday worship services on March 22nd & 29th are canceled.
Our staff and worship leadership is already working on alternative, virtual plans for these Sundays and those plans will be communicated clearly as soon as possible.
Our Lenten Lunches and services scheduled for March 19th, 26th, and April 2ndare canceled.
We are working on the ability to share with you some daily devotions and reflection based on the practice of daily prayer and the daily lectionary.More on that to follow.
Church Committee & Business Meetings
All face to face committee meetings, including our scheduled session meeting on March 24tth, are cancelled.
Committee chairs, in consultation with the staff, will determine whether to attempt to conduct committee business via email or if video conferences/conference calls are necessary.
Our clerk, Janice Council, and I will consult and determine what business can be done via email & set-up video conference or other alternative for the rest.
Highland Fitness Center
Due to an abundance of caution the recreation committee has decided thatthe Highland Fitness Center will be closed until at least April 1st as well.
Highland Learning Center
The Highland Learning Center is currently operating under a normal schedule, with enhanced cleaning and safety precautions and procedures.
This is, of course, a very fluid situation and as such the HLC board, myself and Jette Hamby (HLC Director) are constantly monitoring the information and recommendations we receive.
Other Building Usage
All ‘hosted’ events (HPC space usage by outside groups) is also cancelled until at least April 1st.(This is in accordance with the recommendation from the Presbytery)
We will continue to host our Food Pantry on Thursdays
We are working on an alternate procedure to limit access to the building and contact between individuals.
The church staff is being encouraged to work from home when at all possible and to limit contact when working at the church building.
Continue to pay our hourly employees as normal – (i.e. pay them based on their ‘regular’ work schedule) – even if we end up scaling back actual work and/or on-site hours.
Most (if not all) hospitals and care facilities have already implemented restrictions on visitation.These guidelines should be followed by church pastors and staff as well as session and other church members.
With this in mind much of our normal pastoral care – in person – will be temporarily postponed.
However, we expect to continue to offer ‘emergency pastoral care’, i.e. critical illness, death, etc. as needed.
While we will not be meeting face to face and worshiping together, almost all of the church’s expenses will remain stable over the course of this crisis. We appreciate your faithful stewardship.
With that in mind, we want to remind everyone that there are several ways that you are able to share your tithes and offerings:
Online Giving – simply follow this link (insert link) and follow those steps to set up either a recurring or one-time gift. hpchurch.org/giving
Text Giving – simply text ‘HPC’ to 73256
Check by Mail – 111 Highland Ave. Fayetteville, NC 28305. Make your check payable to ‘HPC’