A Path Forward
on May 29th, 2020
As we continue to process the relaunching of our "Live Sunday Morning Services", we want to provide for you a “Path Forward” based on the 4 phases that Governor Inslee has implemented. Certainly, these are subject to change as different counties are opened up based on lower numbers of Covid-19 cases.PHASE 1HCC @Home on SundaysSmall groups - ZOOMPHASE 2HCC @Home on SundaysSmall groups - ZOOMReturn ...
When Will HCC Live Services Begin Again?
on May 21st, 2020
This past week I attended a ZOOM meeting with our Foursquare Denominational leaders. The purpose of the meeting was to answer this question: “When should churches plan to have live Sunday services again?’" From that meeting, I walked away with a framework to assist HCC in planning for the future as our area begins to move through Washington's Phased Approach implemented to “Re-open the State.” Thi...
From Our HCC Survey
on May 15th, 2020
This past week we sent out a survey to over 600 HCC families. Thank you for your responses and the thoughtful insights you provided. Several of you requested a reading list, so our staff picked out some of their favorite books/music to share with you. Enjoy!Kramer PayneRuthless Elimination Of Hurry by John Mark ComerNew Morning Mercies by Paul David TrippLife of the Beloved by Henri NouwenRick Enl...
Same Storm, Different Boats
on May 7th, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has occasioned a reoccurring illustration in editorials, from the Pope to the local newspaper, namely: "We are going through the same storm, yet on different boats.” It’s an excellent way to be reminded that we’re all in this together. Yet, we need to pay attention to the fact that not all boats are the same. Many people find themselves in fragile situations. Some boats can ...
When I Am Afraid...(fill in the blank)
on April 30th, 2020
…I watch more television…I over-consume …I work harderEvery morning I open my Bible.com App and read the verse of the day. Today's verse, from Psalm 56:3 said, "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."Fear does strange things in our lives. It shows itself when we feel vulnerable. When that uneasy feeling shows up, we want to eliminate and erase it by distracting ourselves, hoping it will go away....
The 6 Acres Owned by HCC at Gig Harbor North
on April 23rd, 2020
As you read this week’s blog, we don’t want to lose sight of the fact that some people in our community are presently facing economic uncertainty. Our desire with this property update is to keep everyone informed about HCC’s future and to let you know of the progress we are making. In the ongoing pursuit of HCC's future, the Leadership Council has been exploring development options for the Gig Har...
How To Have A Positive Attitude
on April 16th, 2020
I had the opportunity to serve a local church in Tacoma as the Youth Minister for ten years. The senior leader at this church was a great Pastor by the name of Fulton W. Buntain. His example laid the foundation for many of the leadership ideas I have today. He had an uncanny ability to take a complex concept and reduce it to a sentence or a quote that was easily remembered. One of my favorites, ...
What is Certain?
on April 10th, 2020
Benjamin Franklin once said, “there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes.”I would differ with him on that. I believe in this day of uncertainty that there are more than two sure things. The key to stability is to focus on what is unchangeable. This week I encourage you to focus on four things that will never change.God’s love for you is unchanging - “For the mountains may move, a...
Never Underestimate the Power of Prayer
on April 2nd, 2020
Each week our pastoral staff and prayer team pray for all the requests that come in during the week. You can find these requests on the HCC APP under "Join the prayer team."When we pray, we are doing what 1 Peters 5:7 instructs us to do in anxious times. "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."Not just some of your anxieties, but all of them. Anything that causes you to worry or be...
When You're Anxious
on March 26th, 2020
It seems we are living in an era where uncertainty rules the day. The effect of uncertainty is being seen in global political responses, financial market upheaval, and health-care and social disruption. Even online Sunday morning services are creating a new normal that can contribute to the feelings of instability.When everything in life feels vulnerable and out of control, it can quickly become ...
on March 18th, 2020
These coming days and weeks continue to be unpredictable. More and more of us are vulnerable and uncertain. People range from being inconvenienced to being crippled with fear. Wherever you find yourself on that spectrum, know that we are praying for you. May God’s peace keep your hearts and minds in him in the middle of this storm.Harbor Christian Center remains committed to you even while we cann...
Starting This Sunday - HCC @ Home
on March 12th, 2020
As we face these uncertain times due to the COV-19 Corona Virus, our desire is to respond carefully and cautiously, with concern and calmness. To minimize exposure to the virus, many of you are working from home. A host of major sporting events around the world are taking place without spectators, and large conventions and conferences are being postponed. Being mindful of all these things, the lea...