We want to inform you that per the recommendation from the CDC, our President, and Gov. Burgum we will be cancelling all activities set to take place in our church building. Now, I said it that way on purpose because our “church” is not a building. While things will look much different for hopefully a short time, the elders and I are working diligently to maintain as much normalcy as possible for the family during this time.
22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
The single most powerful thing that a follower of Jesus can do right now is speak with him about this. Don't forget that, while we can do lots of little things to help where we can, our God literally spoke everything into existence. He is LORD of all and holds all power. While Jesus walked on this planet he commanded demons and sickness and they held NO power whatsoever. All things are in his hands and he has power over all things.
With that in mind, pray for one another. Pray for our city and state and nation. Pray for the leaders and public servants that are working non-stop to make this go away. Pray for the Church in America to experience an awakening because of this. Pray for our local Hillside family and the other churches in Dickinson to be salt and light during a time when this world is filled with fear and anxiety.
Please know that as always your elders are standing by and waiting to hear from you so we'll know how to pray. So, please send all of your concerns and prayer requests to the number below.
By now you've put together that you won't have that plate pass in front of you on Sunday mornings, at least for the time being. No worries. While we're working hard to cut costs during this time there's no shortage of work to be done. So we still covet your generosity and giving. There are still 3 ways to give even though you're not in the building!
- Text "give" to 701-203-9558 and follow the steps.
- Click right HERE and follow the steps.
- Mail your gift to our physical address (at the bottom of this page).
This is where we truly learn if "family" is a word we use or if it's who we are. Family takes care of one another. Family loves one another by action and word. Here are a few things you can do to love your brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the COVID-19 situation.
- Pray for one another by name. Make a list and pray for the names on that list every day. This is a major way that you can help even if you're at higher risk and need to stay in your home.
- Call 3-5 people from the family every day to check on them and ask how they're doing, if they need anything, and pray with them.
- Let those who are healthy and less at risk use hygiene, get out, and serve those within our family who are at greater risk and stuck at home. Run their errands. Buy their supper. Love and care for them as if they were your own mother or grandmother.
We'll come out of this thing 100x stronger if we band together and commit to love one another during it!
We talk all the time about what it looks like to be missional in Dickinson. We spend time thinking and brainstorming what we can do to make Jesus stand out to the blind. Well, God himself has answered that question for the time being. Here are some valid ideas as to how we can reach out to our community during this time of need.
- Prayer walks in your neighborhood. Just go for a walk around your block and pray for each household. If they happen to be outside, tell them you're praying for them and ask them how you can do that more specifically.
- If you're healthy and able, make it known that you're there to help. Tell everyone on your block to give you a call or text you if they need anything at all. Lot's of people don't know God like you. They're afraid. Be a light for them.
- If you're not as healthy or at higher risk during this thing then pray, pray, pray! There's nothing more weighty than the prayers of a godly saint. Pray for your neighborhood. Pray for your brothers and sisters out working in those neighborhoods. And pray that God will reach the lost through them.