March 17th, 2020
Per the recommendations from the Waukesha County Office of the County Executive, Paul Farrow, and the updated guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for mass gatherings, Shepherd of the Hills has decided to suspend on-campus Sunday morning and Tuesday evening worship services until further notice. Eggstravaganza on April 5 has also been cancelled.
At this point, while we are encouraging our groups to not meet physically, we strongly encourage all our groups to stay connected virtually through the use of technology. Now is the time to be diligent in reaching out to one another with mutual encouragement. Our staff is working to help provide options.
We invite you to join us virtually this Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 9:30am for our next live stream worship service found on our website under Worship - Live Stream.
Additionally, we are planning to provide further resources for our youth, families, small groups and Bible studies to stay connected and continue growing in their faith.
Let’s use this current opportunity to spend even more time in God’s Word and be creative in finding ways to continue loving our neighbors as God has called us to do.
First of all, let us remember that as Christians we are committed to placing our hope in Christ alone:
While we do exercise appropriate precautions, we don't live in fear. We place our hope in God’s power for our health and protection.
We ask that you remain prayerful and committed. It would be easy to give into fear and fade out of our responsibilities to be the church. We ask that each of you remain faithfully engaged in attendance, giving and service to Jesus our King. Remember, God knows the number of hairs on your head; He is never surprised; He loves His children in all parts of this world. Pray for those impacted directly by this virus and be wise – not fearful.
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you." Psalm 91:1-7 NLT
This is an announcement regarding church worship services and programming for Sunday, March 15th, 2020.
We want to be responsible citizens and we do not want to unknowingly spread sickness. We also don’t want to put any of our people in harm’s way. After much discussion and prayer, along with current public health recommendations, we would like to communicate the following details.
We will be offering a live streaming video option for worship this Sunday at 9:30 am. Click the hyperlink or find the stream on our website under Worship, Live Stream.
Also, for March 15th, we have cancelled all youth programming, including Kidz Konnection and Confirmation classes. Additionally, there will NOT be child care offered in the nursery. At this time, however, we are offering worship services at the usual times.
We are strongly encouraging any individuals that are higher risk, or families who have members that are higher risk, to stay home this Sunday and worship via our live streaming service. Please be informed about who is considered to be higher risk by visiting the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Additionally, please stay home if you or your family members have any type of symptoms of coughing, sneezing, fever, nausea, achiness, or any flu-like symptoms. Educate yourself on the COVID-19 symptoms at the CDC website.
Anyone who is considering coming to a church service this Sunday or Tuesday is asked to practice the recommendations given by the CDC.
Anyone who does not feel comfortable worshiping at the church this weekend is invited to worship with us using the live streaming video option.
Please join us in praying for our nation and the world, that this outbreak would be dealt with quickly and thoroughly. Whether you join us in person or remotely for worship this weekend, may you be encouraged by the Word of God, as we worship Him - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.