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Coronavirus Updates

Adjusting To The Coronavirus

In an effort to implement the "social distancing" mandate of our government and thereby slow down the spread of the Coronavirus, we have decided to temporarily cancel or postpone some of our regularly scheduled events. Towards that end, we have cancelled most of our events that occur during the week in order to minimize the exposure of our congregants and staff to the virus. On this page we will try to list those events as soon as we know they are cancelled.

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, our worship service this Sunday will be a "streaming-only", stay-at-home service.  We will be streaming from the Sanctuary with a minimal worship team and everyone else is asked to stay home!  We will have a single service that will start at 10:00 AM and will be streamed via our Youtube channel. I look forward to worshiping with you-- even if it is online.   But we will worship our Lord nonetheless!

Online Events:

Sunday Morning Service.  We will continue our stream-only service this coming Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Join us by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/puRfWpm2LfU.

Adult Sunday School - Next week, Pastor Kirby will be conducting a streaming version of our study of James at 6:30 pm Sunday evenings. Join us by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/uCgst1Yk9r8.

Tuesday Night Bible Study - Pastor Kirby is conducting a streamed study of Mark using "Christianity Explored" on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm. Join us by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/1Rh4zwyhf1I.

Wednesday Night Bible Study - Pastor Kirby is also continuting our study of Acts with a streaming version on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. Join us by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/1lpP4XQUBZE.


Join us for all our "streaming-only," stay-at-home services and Bible Studies streamed via our Youtube channel @NHCCFTL Sermons. 

Tithes and Offerings:

Tithes and Offerings - We have completed the setup of our online giving portal, which can be reached by selecting the "Give" menu item above. You will find instructions on how to make your donation on that page.  You may also continue to mail in your offerings to the church office if you prefer. Our address is 6400 NW 31 Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Alternatively, you may set up the church as a “bill” in your bank account portal, and the bank will mail the church a check. That works well.

Why we are adjusting Sunday Morning Worship to "stream-only" worship.

Of the greatest importance however is the decision to temporarily cancel our Sunday morning worship services. So I would like to post this record of our rationale. We held our worship services Sunday morning March 15, 2020 because at that time the restrictions for public gatherings had just been reduced from 1000 to 500. Since we normally have between 60 - 75 worshipers per service, we felt we were well within the national guidelines. By the time we finished the second service, however, the number had been dropped to 250 and subsequently to 50. The President advised the same evening that gatherings should be kept to 10 or less. So if we want to comply with the government's plan of "social distancing", we are mandated not to meet on Sunday.

As Christians, we are called to be obedient to the authority we have been placed under, because all authority comes from God, (Rom. 13:1). However, that does not hold true if that authority demands us to go against God's will . Because God has told us in His Word that we should not forsake our assemblies (Heb. 10:23-25), some may think that we should press on and meet anyway. But I do not think that discontinuing worship services temporarily because of a worldwide pandemic falls into the spirit of what the writer of Hebrews was forbidding. He was warning against allowing ourselves to slip away from corporate worship out of indolence or apathy. I think this falls more into the category of having a son or an ox that falls into a ditch on the Sabbath (Luke 14:5). Furthermore, in this particular instance, where full compliance is necessary for the process of "social distancing" to work, as Christians we should set the example of willful obedience.

But the primary reason I am comfortable with temporarily cancelling our worship services is because we are not really cancelling them at all! We are merely re-vamping them into "streaming-only" services. That means a very few of us will be gathering in the Sanctuary to conduct service and "stream" the service across the Internet to our YouTube channel. There, you can watch and participate in the service from the safety of your own home. It is the next-best-thing to being here! Instructions on how to access these sermons follows.

So thank you for your understanding as we adjust to the Coronavirus crisis and please remain in prayer for God's mercy-- that He will not bring the devastation that we as a sinful people deserve, but will in His gracious loving kindness bring an end to this horrible virus.

Instructions on accessing services via YouTube.

There are two ways for you to find the services on YouTube.

1) The easiest way is to access the sermon via the church's website.

• Access the Sermon List Page.

Using your web browser (from computer, tablet or phone): Go to the following location: http://www.nhccftl.org/. Then choose the "Resources" menu item at the top of the page. When the submenu pops up, select "Sermons". This will take you to a list of the current sermons in 2020. Alternatively, you can just click the following link: http://www.nhccftl.org/pages/ipages/sermonList/stdpg.php

• Choose the current sermon.

The sermons are listed in reverse order, so the one scheduled for Sunday should sort at the top of the list (you can check the date). Simply click the link which will navigate you to the page for that sermon.

• Access the YouTube stream.

From there, you can access the YouTube stream for that sermon. You will notice on the right hand side of the page, in the sidebar below the sermon series graphic, several links to the various streams. Usually, these are links to both the Traditional and Contemporary services, or a single link to the evening service. For this special stream-only service we will only stream once-- at 8:45 on Sunday morning. But the second link will work because it will point to the same service. You can watch the service any time during the day.

2) If you have a smart tv that allows you to access YouTube directly. Find the little magnifying glass icon that leads to their search engine and type in "nhccftl sermons". This should take you to our sermon channel. Then just find the stream you want to watch and you can view the entire service from there. You can also use this method to access us via the YouTube website at http://www.youtube.com. Once you have found us, whether by TV, computer, phone or tablet-- I would encourage you to subscribe to the channel so you will always be notified of our upcoming streams.

If you have any further questions, or have trouble getting on Youtube, don't hesitate to call the church office.