FRIDAY, MARCH 20
For the foreseeable future we will continue to broadcast an online service on Sunday mornings via Facebook Live. Same location: https://www.facebook.com/newhopefairfax/ 

This coming Sunday, March 22, we'll get started at 9:00 am.

"See" you then!

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MONDAY, MARCH 16
Yesterday Pastor Wolfe broadcast a Sunday morning message via Facebook Live on the church Facebook page. That message remains available here: https://www.facebook.com/newhopefairfax/

With the federal government's recommendations concerning social distancing, it's likely that we'll be proceeding in this fashion for quite some time. Watch this space!

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FRIDAY, MARCH 13
Today Pastor Wolfe sent the following email to New Hope Members...

Dear New Hope family,

An update here on Friday morning...

The Session has concluded that the course of wisdom is for us to cancel our Sunday services indefinitely, including this coming Sunday.

We don’t take this action lightly, and we had hoped earlier in the week that we might still be able to make our move to Fairfax Korean Church and worship there for the first time on Sunday. But the situation with COVID-19 is worsening, and "social distancing” has emerged as one of the most effective measures to stem the tide. As Christ’s followers we want to be proactive about heeding such advice: it’s a way for us to serve the community, and thus bear witness to our Lord.

I want to reiterate here what I've communicated previously, which is that we want to be a family of believers who look out for one another, and care for one another’s needs—everything from a grocery run for someone who’s tested positive, to prayer over the phone. Let me know via email or phone if there’s anything your church family can do to serve you.

Of course, there’s no way to know right now just how long we’ll need to forego our church gatherings. Your Elders will continue to monitor the situation, listening to what public health experts are saying about the wisdom of resuming normal activities. We can pray for the Lord’s mercy upon our country, including his granting wisdom to leaders and citizens alike, and look forward to our first meeting for worship when it’s reasonable to hold it. When we do, those amazing acoustics in our new worship space will sound even sweeter.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

“The man who fears the LORD,” says the Psalmist, "is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD" (Psalm 112:7). The news these days hasn’t been good, and there’s a proper wariness and prudence that marks God’s people. But that’s just it: we ARE God’s people, and the God we belong to has promised never to leave us or forsake us. No virus can change that.

Yours in Christ,
Paul

Paul D. Wolfe
Senior Pastor
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