UPDATE – MAY 21, 2020
As we plan and pray about moving forward with in-person worship and ministry, we’re relying on God’s guidance to put in place accommodations for everyone’s health and safety. While unsure of the timeframe, regular updates will be shared via our Northminster News weekly email, and the latest information posted here on this page.
Pastor Andy Ross offers a message of hope and an update on how Northminster Presbyterian Church remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NORTHMINSTER’S RE-OPENING STRATEGY – MAY 2020
Many of you may have questions about how long Northminster will continue to gather and worship exclusively online, as well as when we will be back to “normal” in the days ahead. While there are still many unknowns that remain, our Ruling Elders, along with our Pastors and church staff, are working on the details of a staged process for moving our church forward in these uncertain times. Check back here for updates.
UPDATE – APRIL 20, 2020
Pastor Andy Ross offers a message of hope and an update on how Northminster Presbyterian Church remains a resource for its church family and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dear brothers & sisters in Christ, family and friends of Northminster,
In these challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic, the words of Psalm 46 are in my head and heart.
“God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. … The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. … Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46 selections.
God is with us! And we are with you, joining our hearts with you as we pray fervently for protection, healing and God’s peace in our anxious community and world.
At Northminster Church, we are working hard and with careful hygienic diligence, to care for you and think of how we can be and offer the gospel to folks in this challenging time. We are following health guidelines and advisements and will be evaluating our activities and ministries as the days roll along. We will communicate with you via email, our website, social media, or phone. If you have any questions, please call us at 520-327-7121.
Here’s the current lay of the keep-it-sanitary landscape:
Worship Services Online Only
We continue to offer worship services online only with services streaming with live chat at 8:00, 9:30am and 11:00am. Join us at npctucson.org/watchlive, facebook.com/npctucson/live or youtube.com/npctucson. The recording of those services are also available all week at npctucson.org/ondemand. You can download the YouVersion Bible app to view digital versions of our worship materials on Sunday mornings, and links to bulletins and sermon notes will also be posted in our live streams.
Tune into our Lift High the Cross radio broadcast Sunday evenings at 6:00pm on KGMS 940am for a replay of that morning’s service.
Regularly scheduled activities and programs at our campus are suspended for the time being and we are working on ways to gather and meet virtually; see below for current online resources and groups.
Loving Our Community
We’re here for you offering Christ’s compassion and grace, in any way we possibly can!
Caridad Meal Ministry – A grab and go meal is served up with a smile every Monday night, 5:30-6:30pm, Prayer Garden Entrance.
Deacons Pantry – Drive-thru grocery assistance is available weekly, Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00am, South Parking Lot.
If you are in need of other resources, this article lists where to find free food, emergency assistance and grocery resources in Tucson.
How Can We Help You?
Our Church Office is open Monday thru Thursday, 9:00am-4:00pm, if you need to drop off or pick up an item, need help or have a prayer request. Call or email, 520-327-7121 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have available to you a pastoral care line, (520) 261-9370, which you can text or call for pastoral care and support, prayer requests or if you just need someone to talk to.
Northminster Christian School
The School Advisory Leadership Team (SALT) has decided that Northminster Christian School will remain closed through the end of the school year, May 19th. Our Kindergarten class will continue their online learning and/or through paper packets for the remainder of the school year.
Keep in Touch and Stay Connected!
Here at Northminster, we are making every effort to maintain the connections and relationships that are the church by leveraging a variety of digital tools so that our congregation can continue to participate in worship and as many other ministry activities as possible.
This is a critical time for us to live and function as the church! So please check our website, read our emails and follow us on social media for updates.
“Northminster Online” Facebook Group
As a way for us to stay connected during the week and in community as a church family, we’ve created a private Facebook group, “Northminster Online.” Join in at facebook.com/groups/npctucson. Here we can share and do life together while we’re unable to meet in person.
You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel at youtube.com/npctucson – after you click the “Subscribe” button, click the bell icon to receive notifications when new content is added.
Online Classes and Groups
Thanks to internet connections and video technology, our church family has been able to connect, pray, and study Scripture while honoring the guidelines to stop the spread of this global disease. Even though we are not under the same physical roof, God never fails to hear the prayers of his people. Jesus is still transforming lives in this time of uncertainty.
NPCKids is online! Join our Facebook family group for encouragement, connections and community and loads of fun games and activities at facebook.com/groups/npckids.
Student ministry for grades 6-12 is online! Our leaders have cool online meetups and activities planned weekly. Join the conversation: https://campsite.bio/npcstudents
Online Adult Class Options
Participate from your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer using video technology. Instruction provided. For a complete list of classes visit npctucson.org/live
How You Can Help
Please pray for our congregation, our community and our world—for God’s healing health and abounding peace. Pray for the many in the medical field who are bravely providing relief and seeking research. Pray for our governmental leaders and for wisdom in guiding us. Pray for the many who are out and about in our community, driving trucks with supplies, working at grocery stores to keep us fed, and so many more.
Continue to Give and Provide Offerings
We have been approved!
We were recently approved for a Payroll Protection Program grant! This will give us tremendous support for our staffing and utilities for the next two months, while we work to get through this difficult season. We’ve also made significant reductions in routine expenses to help manage our ministries through this year.
Your regular offerings, special gifts and donations are appreciated and remain important to us! Here are some ways to give:
Online – visit https://npctucson.org/give; here you can give a one-time gift or set up a recurring payment.
Text – text npctucson to 73256 and follow the link to complete your transaction.
By personal check – send mail to the church (2450 E. Ft. Lowell Road, Tucson, AZ 85719).
If you need help with online or text giving, please email email@example.com.
As I started, let me again repeat: God is with us! And we are with you, joining our hearts with you as we pray fervently for protection, healing and God’s peace in our anxious community and world. We love you and are praying for you. Let us know how else we can help. And be encouraged that this is a special opportunity to care for those around you, your neighbors, your loved ones and our church family and broader community. Now is the time we can really shine our light of encouragement and pass the peace of Christ—that passes understanding—to one another. And so …
God be with you! Go and live and serve,
In Christ’s peace,
Andrew Ross, Pastor