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** Church Update Tuesday March 31

Dear Hillview Family and Friends,

This evening the Alameda County Health Officer Officially extended the previous shelter-in-place order until at least Sunday May 3rd. We cannot meet in person until at least the following Sunday (May 10th). Please refer to the county COVID-19 webpage for more information. Please be aware that the restrictions of the order have been broadened. Click here for a summary of the changes.

Please go to our virtual gatherings page to find the links needed to access our various meetings.


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** Church Update for Meeting this Sunday

Dear Hillview Family and Friends,

I hope that you and your families are well at this time. It has been a busy week, but we have accomplished much. We had a great turnout at our virtual prayer meeting, and even had an opportunity to catch up with the Ellis family. I know several of you tried to access the meeting and were unable. Please let me know if I can help you get up and running with Zoom. This Sunday we are planning to have our Sunday Morning Bible Study meetings for adults at our usually 9:30 time virtually via Zoom. We hope to have separate men’s and women’s classes but are still working through some technical difficulties to get the women’s class up and running. I will let you know tomorrow if we will be able to have it. If not, the men’s class will simply be a mixed class,so please join there if the Women’s in not available.

We will also be having an abbreviated worship gathering via YouTube Live. It will start at 11:15. Any device with an internet browser should be able to access this stream. It does not require any setup, and it is a one way connection meaning I will not be able to see or hear you. We will not be having worship through song as a part of this, and I will be broadcasting from my office. You will be able to leave comments, and at the end of the sermon I will try and answer questions if anyone has any. Just type them in the comments. 

Additionally, a number of you have been asking about how to give offerings. There are several ways, but for right now the preferred way is to give online via the website. This is a new feature, and you are able to give via a card or directly from a checking account. If possible, use the checking account as the fees are minimal. You should also have an option of being able to cover the processing fees if you would like. If giving through the website is not an option, you can also mail a check to 904 H St., but be aware that I am not sure how often we will have volunteers available to count, so your check could remain uncashed during the shelter in place order.

Here is the link for giving https://hbcunioncity.churchcenter.com/giving 

Finally, there is now a page on our website that contains all the links needed to access our various virtual meetings. Please visit and bookmark this page for easy access. The link is below:

CLICK LINK HERE

Here are all the links that are currently on the website. You can click on them from here, but the website contains the most up to date links, so I encourage you to get in the habit of accessing from there as things will be changing, especially the main Sunday livestream.

Prayer Group - Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Men's Bible Study - Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Women's Bible Study - Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday Service Live Stream - Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

All meetings other than the livestream are on an application called Zoom. I am asking you, if you possible can, please access these via a computer or mobile device with a camera so we can see and hear you, and you can see and hear everyone else.


If for some reason you are unable to access an internet connected device but have access to any telephone, you can still participate in a limited manner. Simply call the below phone number and enter Meeting ID. The meeting IDs are listed after the phone number.

(669) 900-6833

Prayer Group - 378 602 608

Men’s Bible Study - 705 939 342

Women’s Bible Study - 460 298 877


Royce Ruiz

royce@hbcunioncity.com

Lead Pastor

Hillview Baptist Church


**COVID 19 Update 2 - 3/17/2020

Dear Hillview Family and Friends,


As you are most likely aware, as of 12:01 a.m. today, the Alameda County Health Officer along with the officers from five other Bay Area Counties and the city of Berkley issued a “shelter-in-place order” that applies to all residents. This order restricts any non-essential travel outside of the home and necessitates the canceling of all our gatherings until the order is lifted. As of right now, the order is scheduled to be lifted on April 7th meaning that our next gatherings would not take place until the week of Resurrection Sunday (Easter). I do not know if we will be able to meet then, but if we do we will plan to still take precautions and not have the breakfast that we had previously planned.


In this current season, I believe it is crucially important to stay connected with our church family. We will plan to continue as many ministries as possible via remote communication technology. We will meet this Wednesday via a software called “Zoom” for prayer. I realize that many normally do not participate in our prayer gathering, but at this time I believe it is especially important to pray together. I strongly encourage you to join us in this zoom meeting Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Zoom works best on a computer that has a forward facing camera but also works on smart phones and tablets. The link is below. Please plan to try and connect 10-15 minutes early to allow time for installation of necessary software.

https://zoom.us/j/378602608

For this coming Sunday, I am hoping that adult Bible Study will be able to continue through zoom. Additionally, I plan to have a livestream sermon after our Bible study time. There will also be an online giving option for those who would like to use it. More details about Sunday will be forthcoming.


Remember at this time that we are a church, promised to one another through covenant. While we might have restrictions on our movements but there are still opportunities to love and encourage one another. Remember also the words of the Apostle Paul, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ro 8:38–39. Take courage that no matter the circumstances, as a child of God, you are secure.


Royce Ruiz

royce@hbcunioncity.com

Lead Pastor

Hillview Baptist Church


**COVID 19 Update 1 - 3/13/2020

Dear Church Family and Friends,


At this time we and the world around us are facing an unprecedented response to the Coronavirus. With so much uncertainty I thought it was important to make clear our response.


I want to assure you that we are taking this situation seriously and are closely monitoring the requests and recommendations of the Alameda County Public Health Department, as well as state, national and global organizations. We want our worship gatherings to be safe and healthy for all of us. This notice will detail to you our current action plan,


First of all, we are still planning to gather for all our regularly scheduled meetings at this time. This means, for this Sunday, that we have community prayer at 9:00, Bible study for all ages at 9:30, gathered worship at 11:00, and our quarterly Members Meeting at about 12:30. We will not be having our normal after meeting meal and we will not be mobilizing our hospitality service (this means no snacks or coffee). It also means that we will continue to gather for our Wednesday prayer gatherings.


One request made by our county health officials for small gatherings (under 250) such as ours is that people be allowed to be at least 6 feet apart. For our worship gathering this Sunday we will ask that you try to sit with your family and at least 3 chairs way from one another. We would also ask that you not sit directly in front of or behind each other.


We have made efforts to secure the recommended 60% alcohol content or higher hand sanitizer for use at church and have had limited success. We will have some available but ask that if you have some for your family to use that you please bring it. If you have opportunity, please also wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds.


Also, if you are sick at all, even if it is not coronavirus, please stay home. I recognize that this may result in smaller attendance but we want to love one another and our neighbors the best we can and I believe that this is one way that we can do this.


Finally, if you are in an "at risk" group, I would ask that you prayerfully consider if it would be wise for you to stay home.


As Christians, we should have a different response to crises than the world around us. While it is important to take practical steps to protect you and your family, we know that whatever happens, we are under the sovereign care of our Lord and therefore do not need to fear. Our hope in Christ gives us confidence that the worst the world gives us will not ultimately hurt us but only serves to bring us closer to God.


Royce Ruiz

royce@hbcunioncity.com

Lead Pastor

Hillview Baptist Church