Dear H2O Family,
Given the continued rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the increased measures our state, university, and city are taking to stop it, there are more changes happening at H2O. Here is what you need to know:
--The 11:20 service on campus at the Lindner Center has already been cancelled for the remainder of the semester
--The usual 9:30 City service at the Corryville Recreation Center has now also been cancelled. They are not allowing groups to rent out the space for the time being. We will be in communication with you about when this service can resume.
--This Sunday (3/15) we will be meeting outdoors at 647 Probasco Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220 at 10:30 a.m. We will meet in the backyard, so please don’t knock on the front door or attempt to enter the house. Just come around to the backyard (it should be obvious where everyone is, and the backyard is easy to see from an alley that comes off of Probasco Street). This is going to be a prayer and worship service, which we feel is extremely important for our community and for our entire world at this time. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the service:
- It will be cold, probably around 36 degrees, so please dress warmly. We will have a fire going, but everyone won’t be able to crowd around it at once.
- There will be no chairs, so if you want to sit at any point you might want to bring a blanket or tarp.
- Please practice appropriate social distancing, which means staying about 6 feet apart from others. We should have room to spread out decently on the lawn. This also means keeping physical contact to a minimum. We don't want to be crazy about this, but we do want to do our part in helping stem the spread of the coronavirus as best as we reasonably can so that we serve our neighbors well. This involves making sacrifices we don’t like, but it is necessary for the good of others even if you aren’t concerned about it.
- Use the bathroom before you come because access will be limited, and they are running out of toilet paper :)
--For future Sundays we expect to meet in small groups spread out over various locations, but we will get you the details about this later. There is also a high likelihood that we will have a hub where the preaching is streamed from and then this can be sent out and watched at the small group locations or in your own home if you can’t make it out to your small group. Just know that as of right now we expect to still have some kind of worship gathering on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for the duration of the semester.
--None of the campus life groups are meeting this Thursday (3/19)
--In light of the recent decision to completely shut down the UC residence halls, campus life groups will now meet off-campus in various homes. We will get the locations for each group sent out to you as soon as they are solidified, but remember that campus life groups won’t resume until 3/26 regardless.
--As of right now everything will continue to operate as normal for the Tuesday City life group. Reach out to Rob Furia (firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-382-1006) if you have any questions.
--The Thursday City life group will be meeting virtually at their regular time. If you have questions about this, reach out to Luke Hocker (email@example.com, 740-703-9930) or Anna Hocker (firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-227-0703).
The Well and Deeper Waters
--These were already not going to meet again on Sunday nights until 3/29. We plan to have the last session, but the situation with coronavirus is changing so rapidly that we don’t want to send out specific details about something that is still over two weeks away. When the date is closer and the situation is clearer, we will send details about this. We encourage the Well mentor relationships to continue for the next couple weeks via Facetime or phone calls if face to face meeting is not possible.
We love you all and we are praying for you! If you have any questions or have specific prayer requests feel free to reach out to Grant Rohlfer (email@example.com, 513-503-6115) or Cassi Rohlfer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-349-3883).
H2O Cincinnati Elders and Staff Team