Please click HERE to read the most up-to-date NMC Policy in response to Elkhart County Health Department's move to Red Status.
Sunday morning services can be accessed by clicking the livestream button at the top right corner of this screen or on Facebook and YouTube.
Nursery-3rd Grade — 9:30 and 11:00 AM
4th and 5th Grade — 9:30 AM ONLY
Grade 6-8 in the Aux Gym
Contact TroyPhillips@nmc.church for details.
Mondays, 9:00 AM in GH224
Virtual Communion Service
Wednesday, November 25, 7:00-8:00 PM via Livestream
Men's Prayer Breakfast
Fridays, 6:00 AM on ZOOM
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SUNDAYS at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 AM in Worship Center
and 9:30, & 11:00 AM in Connection
Small Churches meeting SUNDAYS at 9:30 AM
Common Ground - C 282
Engage - YMC Lower Level
Families of Faith - C 185
Family Dynamics - C 180-181
Journey - SM 264
Living the Message - C 184
Rooted - WC 200
Upper Room - C 183
Meeting via ZOOM—Please contact your leader for Zoom info.
Guidelines for Doing Life Together (Even Though We Are All Different)
As we continue to face changes and challenges from the Coronavirus, it is likely that the times of deepest testing for us as a church Body still lie ahead. How do we move forward in peace, love, and respect with such a broad spectrum of passionately held opinions on what is right? How can we maintain our witness as loving, mature believers, united by our faith in Christ, while still holding our opinions?
It is important, in the face of potentially damaging conflict, that we revisit Biblical expectations of godly thought and actions. How do we, as mature followers of Jesus, handle differences?
1. There is a clear understanding that God's ways are not our ways and no person is able to grasp all the factors in any given situation. Our knowledge is limited and often flawed. (Isaiah 55:8-9, I Corinthians 8:1-3)
2. It takes all of us with our differing views, diverse opinions and unique gifting to make up the Body of Christ. While standing uncompromisingly to the authority of Scripture, we need the views of other believers to get any sense of the complete picture. (I Corinthians 12:12-26)
3. We recognize our tendency to look past our own shortcomings. (Luke 6:41-42)
4. We commit ourselves to examining our own lives rather than looking at others. (II Corinthians 13:5)
5. We appreciate the power of words. (Proverbs 15:1-2, James 3:6)
6. We control the use of our tongues. (James 1:26)
7. When we do speak, we do so graciously. (Ecclesiastes 10:12, Colossians 4:6)
8. Whatever we do is done in deep humility for the betterment of others. (Philippians 2:3-8)
9. The overarching motivation for all our thoughts, words and actions is love, (I Corinthians 13)
10. …even toward those who mistreat us. (Matthew 5:44)
11. Compelled by love, we are willing to sacrifice our liberties for the sake of others. (I Corinthians 8, 10:24, Philippians 2:4)
The is a time of testing for the church. The enemy is poised and ready to pounce. The world is watching. We have the opportunity to demonstrate the selfless love of Christ. May God provide the humility and wisdom to show his glory in each of us.
- If you are not feeling well or are uncomfortable coming into the building, please opt to join us via livestream.
- Restrooms and high-touch areas will be cleaned before and after each service.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
- We will practice physical distancing of 6 feet in all areas of the building (family units may sit together).
- All exterior doors will be propped open (weather permitting) and marked as "enter" or "exit."
- You will be systematically seated to maximize space (similar to a wedding).
- Once the Worship Center reaches capacity, we will begin offering seats in overflow areas.
- Services will be limited to 50-55 minutes long.
- Offering plates will not be passed. Boxes will be available in Worship Center and Connection.
- You will be dismissed in an orderly fashion so as to adhere to physical distancing.
- Water fountains will be turned off.
- For the time being, please allow non-contact greetings like waving and head nods to take the place of shaking hands, fist bumps, hugging, etc.
- The CDC and the Elkhart County Health Department requires the use of a face covering in public, indoor spaces. We will get through this together. Remember to love each other well!
ARE SOME PEOPLE FORBIDDEN TO ATTEND THE SERVICE?
No, that's not true. If you are not feeling well or uncomfortable coming into the building, please consider joining us via our livestream at nmc.church/livestream.
ARE SERVICE TIMES THE SAME?
There are some adjustments. The times will be 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM in the Worship Center, and Connection services will start at 9:30 & 11:00 AM.
IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS IS FEAR-BASED? DOESN'T THAT CONTRADICT SCRIPTURE?
The guidelines that we've established are not based on fear. They are based on wisdom. We have sought the counsel of the NMC Church Board and leaders. We have diligently researched best practices. We received counsel from wise medical advisors. They are in complete unity on this plan to reenter the building. The cautions that we are taking are based on wisdom.
MANY PEOPLE ARE TELLING ME LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS ABOUT OUR REENTERING THE BUILDING. WHERE CAN I GET THE FACTS?
NMC.church, and this page specifically, is the home for accurate information.
SO WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
It's our mission of Making Fully Committed Disciples!
WILL MY SMALL CHURCH BE MEETING THIS SUNDAY?
Small Churches have been asked to determine what will work best for their group. Some will proceed to reenter sooner than others. Finding rooms with adequate space for appropriate physical distancing is a challenge. This may mean your Small Church may temporarily be meeting at a different location or even a different time. Some are choosing to restart at a much later date. Small Church leaders have been asked to communicate directly to their groups as to when and how meetings will happen.
WHAT IF I'M IN A HIGH RISK CATEGORY?
Those in a high risk category are encouraged to use wisdom and discernment regarding their participation in the service. We always recommend erring on the side of caution.
HOW WILL PARKING BE HANDLED?
You are free to park on your own. However, in order to minimize congestion, we request that you not enter the building more than 20 minutes before the start of the service.
IS IT TRUE THAT I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A LONG-WINDED PREACHER?
Now that's 100% true. The services will be 50-55 minutes in length, allowing restrooms and all high-touch areas to be cleaned after each service. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
AM I REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING?
The CDC and the Elkhart County Health Department now require face coverings in public indoor spaces. Masks will be available at entrances.
I LIKE TO HANG AROUND AND VISIT AFTER THE SERVICES. IS THAT A PROBLEM?
It might be. At the conclusion of our services, you will be systematically dismissed. We kindly request that you not linger, so that the cleaning teams can accomplish their tasks.
SO WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE GUIDELINES?
This is great time to display Christian maturity. The Bible teaches there are times that we put aside our liberties for the sake of others (1 Corinthians 8, 10:24, Philippians 2:4). We all need to be cautious in our words, both spoken and written. We believe we can have unity in the midst of diversity.
HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO WORSHIP THIS WAY?
That's a very good question. NMC leaders are committed to monitor what is best for the body in these uncertain times. We are hopeful that this plan is only temporary and much of what we value can be restored. In the meantime, we ask for grace. This plan is not perfect. There will be mistakes. But don't forget, "love covers a multitude of sins." I Peter 4:8