H2O Church During This Season
Our life groups and small group communities are continuing to connect virtually in this season, and we’d love for you to join us if you’re not in one yet. Please fill out this form and we’ll help you find a group!
The Creator of the universe hears us and desires to connect with us. What an enormous gift that because of Jesus, we have unlimited access to the help and care of our Father (Hebrews 4:14-16). Prayer is also the most effective thing we’ll ever do because it calls upon the faithfulness of the only One with limitless power, grace, and love. It helps us to demonstrate the reality that apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5) as we choose to walk in faith in our God.
As a church, we want to cry out to the Lord both together and on behalf of one another. And especially in this season, we are reminded of our complete dependence on our Father. So we thought we’d take the extra time and space we’ve been given, and use it to pray and trust in faith that God listens and responds to our requests.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. -James 5:16
How can we pray for you?
Join us in prayer
We have a fresh opportunity to see the body of Christ at work in the midst of this season. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” -John 15:12-13
If you are in need of help, there are two options for how you can request it:
- Fill this out so that your needs are communicated publicly for others to respond to
- Or you can fill this out and our leadership will try and connect you individually with someone who can help
- Look for requests made publicly in this document and follow the directions at the top
- If there isn’t a current need for you to fill from the public document in #1, please fill this out so that our leadership can connect you with any requests made privately.
- Give to H2O under “General giving” and mark “Crisis help” in the memo field. These funds will be distributed to H2O members in need of help based on the discretion of H2O leadership. Any remaining funds will go to H2O’s general Poor & Needy fund.
- Give money directly to one of our partner organizations who are regularly serving the city of Columbus.
Wednesday | March 18, 2020
Hello H2O Church!
As many of you have probably heard, our state and national leaders continue to update us on the Coronavirus and have given additional direction on how we can help slow the spread of the virus and protect the most at-risk individuals among us. In light of the newest information, we wanted to let you know our plan for the next few weeks.
Sunday Services –
We will be hosting our Sunday Sermons online for the next 3 weeks (through April 5th). More info on how to access the service will be coming later this week. During this time, we will not be having an in-person Sunday Service. We will reassess the situation as we approach Easter. Our hope is to return to normal services as soon as it is safe and wise to do so.
Campus Teams / Small Groups / City Life Groups –
We will also not be having in-person campus teams, small groups or city life groups (through April 5th). However, in the meantime we encourage everyone to find creative ways to stay connected with each other and to continue to engage with our Sunday morning teaching series. We’ll help group leaders think through creative ways to help us do that (group video chats, pairing you up with one or two others to connect and pray, sending out small group content so everyone can engage with the material on their own, etc…) All that to say, stay tuned to your group leaders about your groups’ plan for the next few weeks.
Other Events –
We will not be having any other in-person events during that time as well.
- Prayer & Worship Night on 3/26 (cancelled)
- Sisters Banquet on 3/21 (cancelled)
- Baptism Service 4/5 (postponed)
We will be working to find creative alternatives wherever we can so stay tuned for any updates!
While these changes are disrupting our normal activities and keeping us from meeting up (at least in groups and in-person) they by no means need to keep us from stepping up to be Jesus’ hands and feet to one another and our neighbors in need. In a world that’s hurting and scared, let’s cling to the hope we have in Jesus and walk in courage and peace. It may be that Jesus’ light shines brightest in dark times. But take heart:
John 1:5 (ESV) – “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Be on the lookout for another email this week with more info about our online service as well as some practical ideas for how we can be a light to one another and the world around us.
As we mentioned previously, your well-being is of great importance to us, and as things continue to change, we will monitor the updates & guidance of local and state government and act accordingly. If you have any concerns or questions about the actions we are taking, or the status of any specific events, please feel free to contact Dave Orweller (firstname.lastname@example.org), Abby Lewis (email@example.com), or Vivake Baranwal (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would love to serve you in any way we can. Please join with us in prayer that God would be glorified through our love for one another and continued trust in His power and goodness.
The Leadership Team of H2O Church
Thursday | March 12, 2020
Hello H2O Church!
As many of you have probably heard, Governor DeWine gave additional direction this afternoon on the State’s response to the coronavirus. As a result of this, we will NOT be having a worship service at H2O Church this Sunday, March 15th. As we get more input and direction in the coming days, we will send out a revised plan for our future events sometime next week.
As you well know, the church is not a building or an event, but we are first and foremost a PEOPLE. So as we move forward as a congregation, continuing to face this unique situation with faith and wisdom, we encourage you to be in prayer for one another, and for our leaders as they handle this crisis. This is a beautiful opportunity for us to lead the way in love & service as we minister to our neighbors, classmates, and co-workers.
As we mentioned previously, your well-being is of great importance to us, and as things continue to change, we will monitor the updates & guidance of local and state government and act accordingly. If you have any concerns or questions about the actions we are taking, or the status of any specific events, please feel free to contact Jon Shah (email@example.com), Abby Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Vivake Baranwal (email@example.com). We would love to serve you in any way we can. Please join with us in prayer that God would be glorified through our love for one another and continued trust in His power and goodness.
The Leadership Team of H2O Church.
Wednesday | March 11, 2020
Hello H2O Church!
As you well know, this has been an eventful week here in the state of Ohio, with our first confirmed cases of the coronavirus. For many, this has sparked concern and confusion as to how best to respond. First and foremost, as followers of Christ, our desire is not to respond in fear, but approach this matter with wisdom and faith. In light of this, we wanted to let you know what changes we are making in our congregation as a result of these health concerns.
As many of you now know, the Ohio State University has suspended face to face classes for the month of March, and has also asked all student organizations to suspend non-essential events until April 20th. Out of respect for these guidelines and desire to protect student health, for the remainder of the semester we will no longer meet in Hitchcock Hall for the 11:11 worship service. In addition, for the 2 weeks that OSU has suspended face to face classes, we will not have any official campus team or small group gatherings. (After the students return we will make a determination on how to proceed with teams/small groups in the month of April)
However, this does not mean we will be suspending all activities within H2O Church. As we closely monitor the updates and guidelines from local and state government, we will continue to have our 9:15am & 11:11am worship services at the H2O Building. At the moment we believe that we can worship together safely as long as we are wise and take the recommended precautions. That being said, we do not desire anyone to feel pressure to attend, and hope to also have our services accessible online so that anyone can participate in that way.
- On March 15th there will be only 1 Sunday service at 9:15am (at the H2O Building) **the special 7pm service has been cancelled
- For the rest of March and all of April, we will tentatively meet for both Sunday morning services (9:15 & 11:11am) at the H2O Building
- The Sister’s Banquet (originally on 3/21) has been cancelled
- There WILL still be a Prayer & Worship night on March 26th at 7pm at the H2O Building. (we have a lot to pray about!)
- Details/revisions regarding April events will be sent in the next couple weeks
In our efforts to keep our church healthy, we will continue to regularly clean all of our equipment and facilities, along with keeping any staff and volunteers home whenever they show any symptoms of sickness. In addition, here are some of the guidelines we would love everyone to pursue:
- Please stay home when you are sick. This includes but is not limited to: coughing, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, fever, chest congestion, shortness of breath, etc.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Carry your own hand sanitizer so you can use it as often as you wish (We are also trying to have sanitizer available throughout the building).
- At this time, when greeting one another, we encourage you to smile or wave, but refrain from shaking hands and/or hugging.
- If you have traveled to a high-alert area (as currently identified by the CDC), please refrain from attending Sunday services during the 14-incubation period.
Your well-being is of great importance to us, and as things seem to be changing rapidly, we will continue to monitor the updates & guidance of local and state government and act accordingly. If you have any concerns or questions about the actions we are taking, or the status of any specific events, please feel free to contact Jon Shah (firstname.lastname@example.org), Abby Lewis (email@example.com), or Vivake Baranwal (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would love to serve you in any way we can. Please join with us in prayer that God would be glorified through our love for one another and continued trust in His power and goodness.
The Leadership Team of H2O Church.
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27