Covid Update from Pastor Jason

Covid-19 Update from Pastor Jason

March 18, 2020

To Tower Hill Church friends and family,

First and foremost, thank you.

Thank you for the kind words and support you’ve shown, both to me and the church staff, as we all navigate this new way of life.  And, thank you for showing up—virtually that is! We had an amazing turn out for our first online worship service, with over 285 households watching live and over 2,200 total views.  Thank you for showing up for my daily 10:10 devotional as well – we are off and running and doing everything we can to keep connected with Jesus and one another.

For the short term, life at Tower Hill will continue in this new rhythm. In compliance with state and local government mandates related to COVID-19, our campus will remain closed until further notice. Unfortunately, there is simply no accurate timetable to when we will be able to gather again (but that’s going to be a heck of a celebration).

So, if you are a volunteer, we are asking that you do not come to the building during this time. Only staff and a handful of volunteers who are crucial in making the virtual service run are allowed in the building. We need to keep our building as clean and germ free as possible so we may continue to run the virtual service. Thank you for your understanding. 

But, here is what we ARE doing to keep the Tower Hill community together:    

  1. We will continue to host a worship service, followed by Sunday school, LIVE online this Sunday at 10:30am via Facebook. You can join us at facebook.com/towerhillchurch. We have heard that many of you without facebook were still able to join us live. If you weren’t, or if you missed it, don’t worry – you can watch the service on demand on our website – towerhillchurch.org – shortly after the live service concludes. You can view last Sunday’s worship there now. 
  2. I will continue hosting a live daily devotional at 10:10am each morning on Facebook. This gives us a time to stay connected and tune into God’s voice. You may join us live on facebook or watch the video later on demand from our website.
  3. Our NEXTGEN team is here for you too. They will continue posting content and helpful guides on the facebook NEXTGEN group to help you and your family through this different time of homeschool!  Be on the lookout for emails with some resources as well. 
  4. Small Groups – leaders will be contacting you soon on ways for your group to keep in touch. Look out for an email from them over the next week.  
  5. Help@towerhillchurch.com is our hotline if you need help. What do we mean by that? Well, for example, if you are unable to get groceries or a prescription because you are ill, or have a pre-existing condition, or are at an age you should not be in public and you need some help with that – let us know. We have some folks that are ready to help out with those errands. We want to keep you safe. 

And again – If someone asks why your church chose to respond to this health crisis by closing its doors, here’s our response:

  1. We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
  2. We are not being fearful. We are being responsible
  3. This is what love requires of us in this season.

Thank you for your patience and working with us through this season together. 

Pastor Jason Tucker

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March 13, 2020

To Tower Hill Church friends and family,

In consideration of the public health concerns related to COVID-19, we will not be hosting services this Sunday at the Tower Hill campus. The building will be closed, and all church activities canceled, for the week of March 15-20.

We will host a worship service, followed by Sunday school, LIVE online this Sunday at 10:30am via our Facebook page. If you do not have Facebook, we hope to post a video of the service on our website by Sunday afternoon.

Check out this video to hear much more and how we plan to engage with you and your family during this season.

If someone asks why your church chose to respond to this health crisis by closing its doors, here’s our response:

  1. We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
  2. We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.
  3. This is what love requires of us in this season.

Thank you for your patience. We will do our best to keep you informed and connected. For now, we are taking it day-by-day and week-by-week.

Pastor Jason

March 11, 2020

Dear Tower Hill community,

If you were with us this past Sunday, you know that we encouraged worshipers to greet one another with elbow bumps or words instead of hugs and handshakes. But, that was the world of 72-hours ago.  By now you’re hearing from businesses, schools, and of course, the 24-hour news cycle about quarantines, cancellations, and precautions in our area.

And it can be pretty unnerving.  We start asking questions like: do I have an underlying condition that makes me vulnerable?  Will my age effect my immune system response? Is it safe to go out of my house?

It’s hard sometimes to separate the truth from the hysteria (after all, news media outlets are competing with each other for your viewing time).  But, we do agree that it’s a time to be cautious, particularly for the sake of our most vulnerable worshipers.  In that effort, we want to inform you of the steps Tower Hill has taken (and will take) in order to protect our community as best we can.

But, in the background, I definitely feel we need to remember Jesus’ words: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

So, armed with our faith, we have put the following sensible protocols in place:

  1. We have implemented a management plan to take precautions and plan for contingencies as the coronavirus situation evolves. Our number 1 goal is the safety and well-being of our church community.
  1. We are actively monitoring notices from the CDC, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the Monmouth County Health Department (as is Tower Hill School).
  1. We are following best cleaning practices. For the last 2 weeks, our custodial staff have been extra diligent in cleaning (and we’ve added more custodial hours). All hard surfaces (e.g. counters, doorknobs, railings) in common areas are cleaned daily, and special attention is being paid to Sunday school rooms, sanctuary, and narthex (lobby) areas following worship services.
  1. We have placed containers of disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer in all group spaces.

While most Tower Hill activities remain unaffected at this time, there are a few changes/cancellation decisions we made this week:

  1. We have decided to cancel the March 13 Young at Heart luncheon/program. This decision comes from the CDC’s guidance that our older adults should avoid large crowds as much as possible during this time (this is supported by federal, state, and local health authorities as well).
  1. We have decided to postpone the March 22 pancake breakfast. We will have it when a more suitable time emerges.
  1. We will not be having communion on Palm Sunday (we usually don’t), but will have it available on Maundy Thursday and will use pre-packaged communion kits for maximum safety.

Basically, we ask our Tower Hill community to use personal hygiene guidelines provided by the CDC:

Frequent hand-washing with soap for 20 seconds, using sanitizer when possible, and covering your mouth/nose when sneezing or coughing – then throwing the tissue in the trash.  Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Bottom line: If you are sick, or have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus, or if you’ve traveled to a high-risk area (or have been exposed to someone who has), please stay home.

Remember, you can view or listen to our sermons online here: www.towerhillchurch.org/sermons.

Also, you can still give and contribute to Tower Hill here:

www.pushpay.com/towerhillchurch.  And, if you have giving envelopes, they are already addressed for you. You just need a stamp and to put them in your mailbox.

We want you to know that to date, we have not received any communication from the Department of Health that Tower Hill Church is directly affected in any way. All scheduled activities and services, except those noted above, are still continuing as usual.

We will continue to monitor our protocols in connection with recommendations from the CDC, state and local health authorities, and will update as needed.

Let’s keep living our lives!  And maybe take a break from the news cycle for a few minutes.

May God Bless you and your family,

Pastor Jason Tucker

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