Northwest Chapel’s Response to the Coronavirus

Information updated as of May 1, 2020

As Ohio reopens, we continue to pray and plan our next steps for gathering in person. We will be in touch as soon as we have updated information for you. For now, we encourage you to worship with us online on Sundays, connect in a group, ask for help, give to our COVID Relief Fund, and stay encouraged.

 

BE the Church Update from Pastor Rob

We closed the church building on March 8. It’s been seven weeks! Even the most resilient among us may find their patience waning and their anxiety growing. I’ve talked with some of you who said, only half-jokingly, that you wish you could get the virus and get over it so you can safely engage others and the business of living. I want to encourage you that

God wants to use this time to do something important in your life.

He knows you better than you know yourself. He knows your hopes and fears. He knows your future. And God is able to work all things—even Covid19—together for good! (Romans 8:28)

Trials have a way of revealing our true values.

  • Will I trust God when I don’t get what I want?
  • Do I see the needs of others who are hurting?
  • Is my faith strong enough to handle the grief of loss?
  • Have I taken God’s blessings for granted?
  • Will I serve others when it really matters?
  • What does it take for God to have my undivided attention?
  • Do I really believe in prayer?

God wants to use this time to do something important in your life! I encourage you to think through the 30 daily devotionals provided by our Charis Alliance of churches. (Charis is Greek for grace.)

 30 Days To A More Resilient Faith

You can also use them with family or share them with a neighbor.

When we get together face-to-face, it will be wonderful to hear stories of how God is working in and through your life. It’s going to be a huge celebration of praise!

Hopefully,
Pastor Rob

 

Stay Connected

No matter the distance or sickness in this unique season, wherever you are, there’s hope in Jesus Christ. We believe God’s Word fuels us, God’s love connects us and God’s mission focuses us. We’re forging new ways to live these values and to engage Jesus and others every day for eternal impact. While the future is uncertain, we have hope in Jesus. Here are some ways to stay connected to God and to the Northwest Chapel Family:

    • Online Service: Join us Sunday mornings via the Sermons page, or on YouTube, where you can also  view current and past messages
    • Online Community: Whether you’re an adult, student or child, we have programming for you — check out our Ways to Connect during COVID page for more
    • Submit a Prayer Request here, or contact a pastor
    • Be Encouraged: Pastors and staff have created several short encouragement video devotionals
    • Ask for Help: Please contact us if you’re in need of assistance during this difficult time
    • Give: If you are able, please consider a gift to our COVID-19 benevolence fund
    • Volunteer your Time: Safely give your time in this season, by making masks for local nursing homes or buying a bag of groceries, or providing meals for those in need. Check out our Ways to Help during COVID page for opportunities to serve.
We are with you and for you. Please connect with us if you have a need or would like to talk.
 

Be The Church

In this unique season, we have the opportunity to Be the Church, as Pastor Rob has reminded us. There are several ways that you can join the Northwest Chapel family in caring for folks in the community, all practicing safe procedures to ensure the health of all. Making protective masks, preparing meals, serving on the crisis response team, and more, are all ways to share and show the love of Jesus during this difficult time. Visit this PAGE for more information and how to join in these ministry efforts.

Most of us know a few folks we can call for help. Here’s an opportunity to BE a person others can call.

  • Call a couple of your brothers or sisters in the Lord to check on them.
  • Offer a roll of toilet paper to a neighbor with young children.
  • Pray that God will open your eyes to opportunities to share the hope we have in Christ!
  • We will continue to post updates on our website (NorthwestChapel.org).