The next drive-in church service is on Labor Day weekend. 


a safe way to have

church together...

These are truly historical times. The COVID-19, “Coronavirus” has impacted us all. Like many other companies and industries have fought to serve their people, New Chapel has wrestled with finding best practices to both reach and serve our people, as well as reaching out to our community altogether. 


We’ve hit on an idea that we’re really excited about. It’s an opportunity for us to gather, reach out to others, and to be together – while staying safe. 

New Chapel is hosting an 11:30am city-wide

“Drive-In Church” Service.  

 

What does "Drive-In Church" look like?

You’ll drive into the church parking lot (20-30 minutes early) and tune your in-car FM radio dial to 87.9. We’ll help you find the perfect spot. At 11:30am, we’ll engage in live praise and worship, and hear an encouraging message straight out of the Bible. Service will be 60 minutes. 


Take part! Whether you join us in your car or from your home, we’re looking forward to celebrating Jesus with you at church. Invite friends and family to worship, hear some encouragement, and pray for our community.


And when we get excited, you can honk your “amen!” 

We can’t wait to see you and the whole family this Sunday at 11:30am!

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There’s some important things about our “Drive-In Church” Services you need to know:


  • You'll want to clean your windows.

    In order for this gathering to remain safe for everyone, it’s important that you remain in your vehicle the entire time.

  • There's no washroom available at the church.

    Before you leave your house, be sure to use the restroom. The building will not be open for use. If you decide to bring your pet along (how fun?!), remember, you still have to stay in your vehicle. Tell "Fido" to hold it until you're home! 

  • We're still "social distancing" at church.

    When you arrive, a church leader will direct you to a parking space (at least 6 feet away from other vehicles). Once parked, you’ll tune in to 87.9 FM to hear service, and prep your car for service (Yes, finally you will control the volume of the worship service).

  • We've got your kids in mind.

    If you have kids, you might consider bringing a device and headphones so that during the message they can view the pre-recorded children’s teaching.

  • Play it safe.

    Lastly, if you’re exhibiting any sickness/respiratory symptoms, have had exposure to COVID-19, or are at a high health risk yourself, we ask that you play it safe by joining us online. We’ll stream church for those who cannot make it out

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MESSAGE NOTES

Sizzlin’ Summer.

Week 4: "Inside Out Change"

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Download a copy of the notes here.


Philippians 2:13  “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”


> ______________ Law. 

 

> ______________ Law. 

 

> ______________ Law. 

 

Hebrews 7:27  “Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day… for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.”

 

1. Accept that ____________ can’t change you.

 

Romans 3:20  “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”


Titus 2:11-12  “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlledupright and godly lives in this present age…”

 

2. Apply _______  ___________to your life.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

 

✓  Christianity is not about ______________ God’s love, it’s about ______________ God’s love.

 

3. Allow _______________ to change you.

 

Matthew 11:28-30  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

 

 

BTW:            

> NEXT WEEK: “DRIVE-IN TO FREEDOM” EVENT: July 5th

> 9 & 11 service times begin on July 12th  

 

give securely.


faq's about "drive-in church"

>> What if I cannot come? 

No biggie. We will stream church on our Facebook page.

  



>> Are there still two services times?

During this season, our "drive-in church" will have one 11:30a service. There are two in-person services earlier in the morning. 8:30am, and 10am, respectively. 




>>Is this a safe thing to do?

Certainly! Our in-person and “Drive-In Church” services exceed Michigan, and CDC recommendations and orders. We’re far safer than going grocery shopping, making a SHIPT order, or using the fast-food drive-thru window. 


Worldwide deaths: Jan. 1, 2020 to April 10, 2020 (circ. 12:40p)
100,260 deaths from coronavirus (1,076 in Michigan, of that: 10 in Kent County)
133,866 deaths from seasonal flu
270,003 deaths by malaria
295,181 deaths by suicide
371,583 deaths by traffic fatalities
462,745 deaths by HIV/AIDS
688,475 deaths by alcohol
1,376,087 deaths by smoking
2,260,785 deaths by cancer
3,078,687 deaths by hunger (16,00 deaths by noon alone)
11,701,301 deaths by abortion
See: worldometers.info


Kent County Statistics May 14, 2020 (circ.1:00p)

2446 Infections; Sadly, 47 have died.


Consider: It's 3 times more likely to die in a traffic fatality than COVID-19; by the end of the year, it will be many (many!) and multiple times more likely to die in a traffic accident than by COVID-19: YET, there's no call for roads to be shut down in Michigan. 


Consider: There were 11,701,301 abortions in the world (from January 1-April 10). Nearly 1 in 5 pregnancies, excluding miscarriages, in Michigan end in abortion according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (chasing New York). There are an average of 27,000 abortions in Michigan annually. Gov. Whitmer has designated abortions as an "essential service" to be offered. 


Consider: Spiritual and Mental health are a "necessity to sustain life." 

To make an ascertainment that spiritual and mental health are not necessary while abortions are an "essential service" in Michigan would be savage.


For those reasons:

We’re encouraging CDC guidelines (6 feet distance; contact guidelines). 

We’re acknowledging "executive order" requests and celebrating 1st amendment liberties. 

We’re discouraging physical contact.  

We hosting both in-person and "Drive-In Church" services to accommodate everyone.

We’re doing our part in the community to ensure spiritual and mental health needs are attended to (in a safer method than using a drive-thru/delivery-service for take-out food). 

We’re encouraging attenders to bring non-perishable goods for the “Hand2Hand” food bank which designate them as volunteers under Executive Orders.

And, we’re insisting that those exhibiting any sickness/respiratory symptoms, have had exposure to COVID-19, or are at a high health risk themselves, join us for an online video of our church service.

While we maintain that you are responsible for your own health, we've exceeded standards from our counterparts, and are certainly safer than shopping or getting gas. 




>> "Is it legally okay to meet? Churches weren’t specifically mentioned as “essential” in the Governor’s executive orders…" 


Yes! Very much so. It's safe, legal, and important for the church to gather for seven key reasons:


1. Governor Whitmer has clarified intent in previous executive orders in Executive Order 2020-70:

  • "Consistent with prior guidance, neither a place of religious worship nor its owner is subject to penalty under section 20 of this order for allowing religious worship at such place," the executive order said. "No individual is subject to penalty under section 20 of this order for engaging in or traveling to engage in religious worship at a place of religious worship, or for violating section 15(a) of this order."

Churches are, and have been throughout the, "Stay Home, Stay Safe" season, able to meet under Michigan, and Federal Law. Because of the healthy separation of church and state, one wouldn’t expect churches to be deemed as “essential” – or not – by government. The healthy part of “separation of church and state” prevent politicians from making such ascertainments. To say whether we’re essential or not would – in itself – be a theological statement (which we don’t want the government making). That's why we're not in the "essential" list, yet specifically listed as immune to penalty. It's an "off-handed nod" to our First Amendment rights. 


2. It’s a legal standard (see RLUIPA) that any limitations put on churches have to mirror similar limitations placed on our secular counterparts. Our spiritual condition – not to mention our mental health – is of paramount importance to “sustain life.” 

Consider also that, while any governor is free to sign an Executive Order, these orders are not law until passed through state legislature and they cannot violate federal law (in our case, specifically the first amendment). Our secular counterparts (like Meijer, Target, Walmart, and the like) have hundreds of people gathered in the store, and lines of people outside. In many instances, we exceed their cleanliness standards. It would be an illegal law (of which mere Executive Orders are not), to put restrictions on churches that are not on our secular counterparts. 


3. The Federal Government has affirmed that clergy (like our pastoral team) ARE essential workers, which, according to the Tenth Amendment, supersedes local designations. Read the Department of Homeland Security CISA.gov site detailing the designation here.


4. We're gathering together to gather food supplies for "Hand2Hand" which make those attending in-person or coming to "Drive-In Church" designated as a volunteer under #7A11 of Executive order No. 2020-21 (and it's descendant orders). 


5. The legal right to gather - whether by "Drive-In Church" or in person - cannot be suspended by any judges, or governors order. 

The First Amendment to the Constitution, which articulates one of our key unalienable rights, says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


First Amendment rights are affirmed in the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and 42 U.S.C. § 1983.


Any Executive Order, or even state legislated "law" that would attempt to inhibit the "free exercise" of religion, or our "right" to "assemble" would be an illegal order, or an illegal law. Though our gathering is not a "protest;" protests, and/ or civil disobedience are protected by the First Amendment in the same way Dr. Martin Luthor King Jr. used it with his "non-violent resistance." If gatherings were indeed deemed by a governmental official as, "illegal" in Michigan, one who would gather would not - indeed - be in protest, nor civil disobedience by merit that such a designation of "illegal gatherings" would be an illegal law. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."


In our Republic (means "law rules"), our Federal Rights, as clearly articulated in the Bill of Rights supersede state laws, and executive orders that might attempt to defy them. The Bill of Rights clearly assigns these rights directly to citizens of the country (stepping over states, and local municipalities and governments) which, indeed, prohibits intervention. Any portion of an Executive Order that defies these civil rights would render such order as a non-enforceable, "advised encouragement" from the governor.  If indeed the 1945 Emergency Powers Act in Michigan delegates these supreme authorities to the governor, the law is indeed illegal as it violates Federal law in the Separation of Powers Clause. The Governors recent orders made under the 1945 Emergency Powers Act defy modern and applicable law (the 1945 Emergency Powers Act only applies to “safety” emergencies, not “health” related, or epidemic emergencies.  The 1976 Emergency Management Act does pertain to “health” issues and epidemics [by name]) and claim absolute, unchecked power to govern by executive edict. 


Rights come from God. The U.S. Constitution limits the power of government, not people. Nothing in the U.S. Constitution authorizes a state governor to suspend constitutional representative governance by declaring new emergencies every 28 days into perpetuity (rendering a governors authority absolute from election, until leave).  Any enforcement of such Executive Order against our rights would provoke a prompt Federal complaint from the ministry. Any such EO's violate the Guarantee Clause of Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution because they deprive all Michigan citizens of our balanced form of government. The current EO's violate MCL 10.31 et. seq. and MCL 30.401 et. seq. and deprive Christians of their rights under Michigan’s Constitution of 1963 under Article I, § 4, Freedom of Worship and Religious Belief; and, Article I, §§ 3 and 5, Freedom of Speech and Assembly.


New Chapel maintains that while we endeavor to adhereto CDC guidelines, these guidelines are not law - nor can they be treated as law (or enforceable) without an amendment to the constitution abolishing the First Amendment - which this church, and her pastor, would actively oppose. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that no State can “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” U.S. Const. Am. XIV. The Michigan Due Process Clause also protects Plaintiffs’ rights (Michigan Const. 1963, Art I, § 17).


We're thankful that the governor clarified her orders. On the State of Michigan website (michigan.gov), the governors office clarified the conjecture in the executive orders. 


Specifically, the state website says: 

  • Q: Does Executive Order 2020-42 prohibit persons from engaging in ... activities that are protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution? 
  • A: No. Persons may engage in expressive activities protected by the First Amendment within the State of Michigan...

6. The Federal Government has recently stepped in and protected churches. The Attorney General has affirmed churches rights. Read about that here.


7. The (now national) phenomena of "drive-in church" is all over Michigan. Read all about it on MLIVE & The New York Times



BTW: Our Christian faith shows that regular gathering is essential: 

1. Our Christian faith shows regular gatherings are essential. God says in the book of Hebrews that Christians should not be, “forsaking the assembling of ourselves together… but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching…” (Hebrews 10:25). Jesus died to build something – His church! The church isn’t people; "church" happens when God’s people gather. 

 

2. Jesus makes it clear: Spiritual needs are essential needs. Jesus said that, “It stands written, man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God…” (Matthew 4:4). Government doesn't have to acknowledge church gatherings as essential to make them so: our laws supersede theirs. If McDonalds can serve food, we can serve Jesus' "spiritual bread." Which leads to number four...


The (now national) phenomena of "drive-in church" is all over Michigan. Read all about it on MLIVE & The New York Times


>For these reasons: 

We’re encouraging CDC guidelines (6 feet distance; contact guidelines). 

We’re acknowledging "executive order" requests and celebrating 1st amendment liberties. 

We’re not gathering with in-person physical contact.  

We hosting this church service as an outdoor activity. 

We’re encouraging those coming to stay in their cars. 

We’re doing our part in the community to ensure spiritual and mental health needs are attended to (in a safer method than using a drive-thru/delivery-service for take-out food). 

We’re encouraging attenders to bring non-perishable goods for the “Hand2Hand” food bank which designate them as volunteers under Executive Order No. 2020-42. 

Those outside their cars will be in groups of 5 and under (while 6 feet apart, and preferably residing family members) consistent with CDC guidelines.

And, we’re insisting that those exhibiting any sickness/respiratory symptoms, have had exposure to COVID-19, or are at a high health risk themselves, join us for an online video of our church service.




>> Don't you need a radio license? 

Nope. New Chapel purchased an FM Radio Transmitter that complies with the FCC Part 15 rules for radio usage. You'll struggle to hear the radio signal before and after leaving the parking lot.




>> I heard Pastor Joe did a radio interview. How can I hear that? 

You can listen to the interview with Justin Barclay from WOOD here: 



Justin Barclay also asked Pastor Joe to pray for the National Day of Prayer.




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