UPDATED THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH

Hi Church Family.

I wanted to reach out and give you the latest update on how we are—ONCE AGAIN– making adjustments
to how we do church.

Romans tells us that it is Biblical to abide by the orders of those that God has placed over us to govern us:
Romans 13:1 (NIV84) “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no
authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by
God.”

We also believe it to be the ethical thing to do.

We want to be a part of the solution not a part of the problem. AND We encourage you to do the same.
The healthcare professionals and first responders are staying at work for us, let’s stay at home for them.

God has called me, the elders, the staff, and other leaders in this church to look out for you and to help
protect to you—Part of “looking out for you” is encouraging you to stay home. Consequently, we have
cancelled all personal gatherings until the ban is lifted.

We as a staff are staying home, too. If we do come to the office—we will do so in a staggered way in order
to minimize personal contact. We are meeting via zoom not in the same room.

We live in an amazing age where we can do church at home—and not just some lame, sub-par, substitute
for church until we get to gather again thing. —We can still do church in an excellent way. With today’s
technology we can have an engaging, powerful, and anointed times of worship together and still be in
separate places.

God is not bound by a building. Worship is happening. Real connections are taking place. Over 700 joined
us online last week. We are anticipating more joining us this week. Make sure that you are one of those!
Join us this Sunday and invite some friends to watch too!

Let them know that we steam our service LIVE every Sunday morning at 10 AM (Mountain time). There are
three ways to join us: On our Website, Facebook, and on Vimeo:
http://hotschurch.org/sermons
https://www.facebook.com/hotschurch
https://vimeo.com/hotschurch

If you are unable to watch a service live, would like to watch one again, or want to share our service with
others, each worship service is recorded.

Remember… This is not a time to shrink back in timidity and fearfulness or be paralyzed with uncertainty.
This is not the time to retreat. This is the time for us to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person,
in every neighborhood, on every street, and in every home. Now is the appointed time. Today is the day–let
God use you in some way.

Open your heart—open your mouth and say, “Here I am, Lord. Send me. Use me. Help me make the
most of this opportunity.”

I love you.
Pastor Mike

UPDATED TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH

Dear Church Family,

I wanted to reach out and give you the latest update on how we are making adjustments to how we do church. We have prayerfully and prudently decided to abide by the recommendation of the health care professionals and not offer any gatherings that exceed 10 people. Please know that this is not a casual or uninformed decision; we see it as our responsibility to the health and safety of our congregation and our neighbors.

We pray that this phase ends soon, but for now, starting this Sunday, March 22, instead of coming to the church to worship, we ask that you join us by streaming our worship service online.

We have changed the Sunday Worship time to 10AM in order to try and accommodate both congregations–those that prefer the earlier service (@ 9:02) and those that prefer the later one (@ 10:32).

We envision our whole church gathering on their couches and worshipping together.

The worship team and I will be broadcasting LIVE every Sunday morning at 10AM on our Website, Facebook, and on Vimeo:

http://hotschurch.org/sermons

https://www.facebook.com/hotschurch

https://vimeo.com/hotschurch

If you are unable to watch a service live, would like to watch one again, or want to share our service with others, each worship service will be recorded.

We are also working on NEW ways to interact with and stay in touch with you during the week.

We are living in an unprecedented and challenging time. Please don’t take this lightly. Do your part in helping to end this epidemic. This is not the apocalypse and it’s not a time for panic–it’s not the end of the world. Don’t stop living. Don’t stop shining. Don’t stop serving—be a light for Christ. This is a great opportunity for believers to shine. The Church (BIG “C”) has always grown under persecution and whether it be a man-led or a microscopic attack, God can take something meant to harm us and turn it into something good.

Please help us get the word out about these changes. Share Jesus with anyone that you know that needs to know the reason for the hope that you have.

We will get through this together.

We love you!

Pastor Mike

UPDATE: FRIDAY MARCH 13

Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how HEART OF THE SPRINGS is responding. Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.

IS HOTS GATHERING AT OUR CAMPUS THIS SUNDAY? 

We have prayerfully and prudently decided to abide by the recommendation of the health care professionals and not offer any gatherings that exceed 10 people. Please know that this is not a casual or uninformed decision; we see it as our responsibility to the health and safety of our congregation and our neighbors.

Starting this Sunday, March 22, instead of coming to the church to worship, we ask that you join us by streaming our worship service online.

We have changed the Sunday Worship time to 10AM in order to try and accommodate both congregations–those that prefer the earlier service (@ 9:02) and those that prefer the later one (@ 10:32).

We envision our whole church gathering on their couches and worshipping together.

The worship team and I will be broadcasting LIVE every Sunday morning at 10AM on our Website, Facebook, and on Vimeo:
http://hotschurch.org/sermons
https://www.facebook.com/hotschurch
https://vimeo.com/hotschurch

IS HOTS OPEN ON WEEKDAYS? 

The church office will be open normal business hours but will be augmenting building schedules as is deemed necessary.

In light of the decisions by local school districts to extend Spring Break, we will be extending Spring Break for AWANA and Mosaic. Both programs are cancelled for the next two Wednesdays, March 18 and March 25
All other weekday gatherings of 10 or less poeple will meet as scheduled at this time.  Sunday school and meetings that are more then 10 people will be postponed until further notice. For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact the church at 719-632-1565 or your ministry leader.

SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO HOTS IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK? 

We strongly encourage anyone who is feeling sick or running a fever to stay home (and away from small or large group gatherings) and let someone in the church know that you are not feeling well. We want to care for you well in every way we can as your church family without unnecessarily exposing others to potential sickness. Particularly if you are elderly or more physically at risk in light of the coronavirus COVID-19, we encourage you to minimize social interactions during these days while still staying connected to your church family through other means. Specifically, we invite everyone who is unable to come to a physical gathering for any reason to worship online with the church family.

Live Broadcast of services via our website: http://hotschurch.org/sermons/

Live Broadcast of services via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotschurch/

 

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO HOTS? 

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
  • Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home if you are sick;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze;
  • Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS HOTS TAKING TO MAKE HOTS GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE? 

Heart of the Springs is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time.

This includes:

  • Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
  • Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
  • Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.

In all of our Kid’s areas, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to the Kid’s area. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.

During our worship gatherings, we are taking extra precautions.  We have ordered individualized Lord Supper cups and will use those the next time we offer communion.  We will continue to baptize people in fresh, sanitized water. In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)? 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the Gospel is such Good News. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.

If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. If you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Amid the spread of this virus, let’s spread the Good News that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus Christ.

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
  • Pray for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
  • Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. We want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
  • Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate and participate in worship gatherings together online if that’s an option.
  • Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online by going here: http://hotschurch.org/give-now/ or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.

While the threat of the Coronavirus is real and much about it is unknown, we also know that there is a battle for the hearts and minds of this world. Our staff is focused on maintaining a healthy physical environment so we can accomplish the vital spiritual mission of the ministry.

Let the PEACE of Christ rule you…

We love you.

Your Staff and Elders