Sunday, May 31, 2020, 6 p.m.
I just felt as your pastor I needed to speak up about what’s currently happening in our nation. You see, it was only 2 months ago that we were horrified as we watched a video of Ahmaud Arbery shot to death while he was out jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. And then this week, we watched the video of the senseless killing of George Floyd, by an officer of the law who put a knee on his throat for over 8 minutes and choked the life out of him. And yet please don’t misunderstand, the overwhelming majority of police officers in this country are good men and women who risk their lives every single day to protect and serve you and me. And for that I am so very grateful. But I’m talking about the few who are driven by their anger and hatred. And yet the problem is much bigger than a few bad cops, it’s a problem that still infects the heart of many Americans. It’s called racism, bigotry or injustice, and if there’s any doubt, I want to be clear that it is sin and it breaks the heart of God. And I believe it should break the heart of every Christian.
Church it’s NOT okay. As a believer, we have an obligation to speak up and bring an end to this type of injustice.
Proverbs 31 says "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed." Guys, racism is ugly, it divides, it isolates and ostracizes people. I can remember several years ago Billy Graham appeared on Prime-Time Live and was asked by Diane Sawyer, "If you could wave your hand and make one problem in this world go away, what would it be?" Without even pausing for a breath he replied, "Racial division and strife". Listen church we have a responsibility to care about one another, even those that are different than us or those who might disagree with us. God has given us the ministry, or should I say the responsibility, of reconciliation. And our silence on this matter is a missed opportunity to help bring about that reconciliation.
One black pastor was asked why he talked so much about race issues in his sermons. He said "Well if white pastors would talk about it more black pastors wouldn't have to talk about it so much". I think he’s right. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Listen racism is not about the color of our skin, it’s about hatred and sin, and it is a direct affront to the Gospel message. The Bible mandates, in other words it requires, that we love one another regardless of our differences. Jesus actually modeled it when he walked the earth and he expects us to follow His example. You can’t say that you love God and then hate another believer.
So church, each one of us must decide if we’re going to be racists or reconcilers. If we’re going to be bigots or bridge builders. If we’re going to obey the Lord and love our neighbors. Jesus says in John 13, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." Paul said in Romans 12, "weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Listen church, this is a serious problem. And to be honest, I don’t feel qualified to speak on this topic because I’ve never experienced the pain of prejudice, the hurt of racism, or the sting of being treated as if I were somehow less of a person. So next week as you know, I’m starting a new series called One Another. And while this series will focus on all the ways we can love one another, I thought it might also be good to interview a couple of friends on some steps we can all take as Christians to pursue racial unity. Dr. King also said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
So while I don’t have all of the answers, I know I can do more, I know we can do more, I know together we MUST do more.
Thanks for listening, I love ya.
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 5 p.m.
I hope you all are doing well! Hasn’t the weather been incredible this week! Hopefully you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy some long-awaited sunshine!
Join Indianapolis Colts Coach Frank Reich this WEEKEND!
I am so excited for this weekend. I will be interviewing Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Frank Reich at his home here in Indianapolis. Frank has an incredible story! He has been a quarterback in the NFL, he’s been a college president, a pastor and is now the head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts! But more than that he is a family man and loves God! Seriously you do not want to miss this interview. So be sure and Invite your friends, your family, your coworkers, and every Colts fan you know. And like always, you can join in on our website or on Facebook!
I want to respond to some questions that you might have about our president’s remarks a few days ago. First of all, I love it when the president of the United States says houses of worship are essential and that they should be open because they are foundational to our society. I couldn’t agree more!
Yet his comments really don’t affect our timeline at all. You see what the president actually said was that churches should reopen according to the CDC’s regulations and timelines. What does that mean? That means no children’s ministry, everyone must wear a mask, we have to sanitize the room after each service at all of our campuses, signs must be posted at all of our doors, no one over 65 with medical issues and no one with pre-existing conditions is allowed, and every other row should be left open with everyone seated six feet apart, so that leaves us with about 25% capacity.
We already do 27 services a weekend so in order to accommodate our folks we would need to do over 100 services each weekend! Guys, that’s just not realistic, and what we are hearing from churches in Texas that have already regathered is that it’s just not been a good experience. Everyone sitting with masks on, everyone is apart, no one hugging, everyone hesitant to sing – it just doesn’t feel like church. I love that we live in a country that still has leaders that say churches are essential, but how we open and when we open is something we are taking very seriously.
So, here is a reminder of some of our latest regathering plans. We are considering June our transition month. Staff will start to come back to the offices this month and Life Groups are encouraged to meet in homes or for an outdoor cookout. In July we are actually planning for an outdoor event at each of our campuses. I don’t have all the details yet, but I will let you know as soon as we work it all out. Then on Sunday, July 26, we are planning a soft launch service for all of our volunteers. This service is to help get us ready for our first weekend back in August.
COVID-19 Response Survey
In order to prepare for all of this, we need your help. Will you fill out the short 10 question survey linked to this email? It won’t take you long and your feedback is so important to us.
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Also, as we prepare for our regathering plans, it would be amiss if I didn’t tell you how much I appreciate your generosity during this pandemic. Seriously your financial gifts are why ministry has continued at Northview. So, thank you!
Guys thanks for being the coolest congregation in the country; you are amazing, I love you, and I love being your pastor. I’ll see you this weekend.
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 6 p.m.
When I think about the church, I think about a community of people who wants to live like Jesus did, putting others first and loving their neighbors.
Here are some of the ways you, as the church, have made an impact on your local community:
- 225,000 N95 masks have been provided to healthcare professionals across Indiana.
- Food drop-offs have provided countless items for 11 different food pantries, which serve 14,945 people.
- $11,000 has been used for formula, diapers and baby supplies.
- $26,500 has gone to aid single moms who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus.
- 100 families have been provided Walmart and Chick-fil-A gift cards.
- 40 tablets were provided to elementary students in Indianapolis so that they could continue their education at home.
I could go on about the impact, you, as the church have made. I continue to be moved by the Dollar Club. We feel strongly about the work that God is doing and certainly don’t want to get in His way! So, we are going to do another Dollar Club collection this weekend. You can get a jump start on donating at northviewchurch.us/dollarclub.
This weekend I’ll be sharing a message about how it is never too late to make things right. The following weekend, I’ll be interviewing Indianapolis Colts Coach Frank Reich in his home. I’m so thankful to be able to continue worshiping with you each weekend!
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 5 p.m.
I hope you guys are doing well! I know for some of you it’s been a really difficult season. I’m so sorry that it’s been hard, and I want you to know that I’ve been praying for you.
Without a doubt this is a unique period in history, and I think one of the biggest tests we’ll ever face when it comes to trusting God. It has reminded me just how little control we really have over the things in our life and how important it is that we daily trust Him. So, please don’t worry. Worry is always your first clue that you are not trusting God with that specific area of your life. 1 Peter 5 says, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."
So, let me give you a few updates!
As I mentioned last week, I’m really anxious to gather back together as a church. Don’t get me wrong, going digital has been great! I don’t like not gathering together, not being able to lay a hand on someone’s shoulder and pray for them. I certainly don’t like preaching to an empty auditorium, and yet at the same time we want to be wise about all of this.
We don’t want to put anyone at risk, and with the social distancing requirements we would not be able to have any childcare or children’s programming if began meeting today. Everyone would have to wear a mask, and we would have to sanitize between each service at all of our campuses.
So, we’ve decided to remain online with our services for the next several weeks. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the CDC and state and local officials. But, for now, if schools start the first of August, then we would gather at our campuses at the beginning of August. We might even have a couple of "soft gatherings" in July for our volunteers.
Now, this could all change, but this what we are thinking right now. I will keep you updated as we go along.
Life Groups Update
As we move forward, I want to give you some guidance about Life Groups. Since Life Groups are smaller gatherings, if your group is comfortable with it, we would recommend you consider meeting in homes starting in June. Of course when you do gather, we would suggest that you practice social distancing as appropriate. Wash your hands when you arrive and when you leave, don’t shake hands or hug any necks, and if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, then we would recommend you do so. And, of course follow any other guidelines that may be recommended by the CDC and health professionals.
New Job Board Available
We are very much aware that some of you have found yourself without work. While on the other hand there may be some of you that own or manage a business, and you are looking for employees. So, for this season, we decided to create a job board so employees can post jobs, and then those of you seeking employment can find open positions. It’s easy to use. Just go to northviewchurch.us/jobboard and post your open positions or apply to an open position. We know things are really difficult for a lot of people right now, and we wanted to do what we could to bring the two together.
So, let me share just another way of how the church has stepped in to help. For the last several weeks, volunteers at our Anderson Campus have come together to make and deliver lunches for the Christian Center, which is an organization that provides meals for the vulnerable in Anderson. Because of COVID-19 they have lost many of their volunteers who help serve lunch and dinner to about 300 people each day.
So, I just wanted to say thank you. It’s because of your generosity this type of ministry continues to happen at all of our campuses. If you would like to help us with all that God is doing just go to northviewchurch.us/give. During this pandemic it would really be appreciated.
Guys, I really do miss you. Seriously, one of the greatest honors of my life is to be your pastor. If we can support you in any way, please just reply to this email.
I love you guys!
Monday, May 4, 2020, 6 p.m.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard Governor Holcomb’s announcement to slowly reopen the state; part of that announcement came with recommendations for churches. It recommends that places of worship continue remote activities if possible.
So, please know we are in no rush to open our buildings for physical gatherings.
You know that is really hard for me. I never want to close our doors, yet at the same time, I think there are some guiding principles of which we need to mindful.
When will we meet in person again?
- I’m so glad we have been able to hold church online the past eight weeks. We’ve seen 681 people invite Christ into their life, 400 people have joined Life Groups and over $72,000 has been given to the Dollar Club! The people may have left the building, but church has most certainly not stopped!
- I really do miss seeing you guys, but God is up to something during this season. I don’t want to do anything to get in the way of what the Holy Spirit is doing!
We operate best without social distancing requirements.
We don’t want to gather until we can offer a good experience for everyone.
We want to continue strong relationships with the city.
I believe the community is watching how Northview will respond, and I don’t want to do anything to hurt our goodwill with the leaders of the different cities where our campuses are located. And I do not want to put any of our people at risk with this virus.
Stay engaged with the services online!
I think America 2.0 is going to look very different than what we have ever experienced, and I think church 2.0 is going to look a little different as well. As we work to navigate our way through all of this, I will give you updates on our plans. For the month of May, we will continue to meet online. In the next few weeks I will give an update on our plans for June.
I love you guys, and I am honored to be your pastor. Stay safe!
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 6 p.m.
How are you guys this week? I’ve been so encouraged to hear stories coming in from when you make the most out of our current realities; we don’t have to look very far to find opportunities for good.
Let me share two stories about people making a difference – both from students!
We have one Northview student who teaches cookie baking classes. Since she hasn’t been able to do that, she sold cookie making kits. With the money she raised doing that, she purchased enough food to pack her entire trunk; she donated the food at the Northview food drop-off last week!
Another student knows the impact relationship can make – he suggested that the student leadership team call all of the students who have come to a service over the past year. The team at his campus called over 330 students! A simple call or text can go a long way.
Hope for Indy
As we think about making a difference in our community, I’m excited to share about a new initiative called Hope for Indy. I’ll share more about this during the weekend service but Hope for Indy is a digital awareness campaign to bring hope and encouragement to people throughout Central Indiana. If you have a story about someone making a difference, will you share it with #hopeforindy? We’d love to spread the good news.
And as always, thanks for your continued generosity. Ministry is happening because of all of you! If you have not signed up for online giving, you can do so right now by going to northviewchurch.us/give. When you give, you are making a difference!
Remember that social distancing doesn’t mean spiritual distancing. If there was ever a time we needed to hear the truth of God’s word, it is now! Every week we have had people text in and tell us they prayed with me to invite Christ into their life! Is that cool or what! That’s why I would encourage you to invite all your friends and family to join in, even if they live in other states!
I will see you this weekend online as we wrap up the series on the Holy Spirit!
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
As I was working from my home office this week, I realized it’s been six weeks of working from home. Some days I think, “Wow, this isn’t bad. I can do this.” But other days it’s been hard. I feel like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. Every day is just a repeat of the day before.
I’ve found myself praying the serenity prayer, an old prayer that people have been reciting for decades.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
We may not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future…and that’s God.
An opportunity for your kids to engage
Northview Kids has put together an awesome online experience for your whole family! This will take place live tomorrow night, April 24, at 7 p.m. You’ll play interactive games, learn about determination and even have a chance to win pizza for your whole family! Join in at northviewchurch.us/watchonline.
You were a part of something big
Because of your continued generosity, we collected more than $45,000 in this past weekend’s Dollar Club! Is that amazing or what! That is the most we have ever collected! Thank you for jumping in to help your neighbors. I also want to thank you for your continued support of Northview. Because of your generosity we are still able to be on the front lines of ministry. If you would like to help us financially, just go to northviewchurch.us/give.
I pray the Lord will give you perseverance and endurance as we take one day at a time on this journey. The Bible says in Matthew 6, "Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
I will see you this weekend! Love ya!
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6 p.m.
All around the world, people are searching for hope
What an amazing Easter weekend we just had! It certainly looked different than anything we had ever experienced. I didn’t like not being together, but there is no question that we are experiencing a season of great spiritual awakening. On Easter 388 people texted in to let us know that they prayed to accept Christ! While God didn’t cause this pandemic, I believe he is using it to open people’s hearts to spiritual things. Please pray for God to bring revival to America.
One dollar makes a HUGE impact
We normally only do the Dollar Club about four times a year, but like many of you, I want to do more to help people that are hurting right now. This weekend we will again collect one dollar from each person to go towards COVID-19 relief efforts! If you want you can get a jump start on donating a dollar, go to northviewchurch.us/dollarclub.
Looking for ways to connect? Take a break from your Netflix binge
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking for ways to connect. You know Netflix only offers so much! So, take a break from binging and check out our Starting Point class. You can register to take this class with your campus on April 26 at northviewchurch.us/connect. You’ll learn how you can participate beyond the weekend service.
Two easy ways to make a difference right now
Thank you for your continued support and generosity during this time. If you want to know how to make a difference right now – I have two easy ways that come to mind. You can continue to give online at northviewchurch.us/give. And you can also purchase food for your local community and drop it off at your campus on Monday or Thursday next week. Some of our food pantries are running low! Find all the drop off details here: northviewchurch.us/next
I’m so thankful for you! You matter, and we are for you! If we can help in any way, we would be honored to serve you.
Thanks guys! I Love ya.
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6 p.m.
A growing outbreak of faith
This pandemic is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, and yet, during this time, we’ve seen a growing number of people turning to God. According to a new Pew poll, more than 55% of our population say they have been praying for this virus to end, and 15% who seldom or never pray are looking to God for answers. Now that’s awesome!
The staff is praying for you
I know some of you are going through some really tough times right now. You may have been laid off from work or have a sick family member or some other struggle. Just know the Northview staff has been praying for you, and you can trust God to be there for you.
A different kind of Easter
This Easter will certainly be different because we won’t be meeting in buildings, but we are still the church, and we will still celebrate the resurrection of our King together! I hope you will join me for our weekend of Easter events, starting tomorrow with a Good Friday service. Easter services for adults and kids will commence on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The weekend will round out with a Northview Students Easter service Sunday night. Find details here: northviewchurch.us/easter.
Invite your friends to watch
Don’t forget to invite all your friends and family from around the country to join us online for Easter at Northview. It couldn’t be easier right now for them to catch a service from their own homes. Share this link: northviewchurch.us/easter.
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 6 p.m.
It’s certainly a unique season we find ourselves in. While I hoped it would be a sprint, it now seems to be more of a marathon. Just like all of you, I’m trying to find my new normal. I miss going in the office and seeing coworkers. I miss my drive time while listening to audio books, but I think most of all I miss seeing our congregation at the weekend services. Yet I believe that God is using this time in some incredible ways.
Happy Anniversary Kokomo Campus
This week I want to give a very special shout out to all of you who attend our Kokomo Campus. This is the Kokomo Campus two-year anniversary! Yay God! It’s so hard to believe that it has already been two years! I believe God has big plans for that community so thank you for the work you are doing.
Make sure you join your campus Facebook group. You can talk with one another, be part of live worship and be inspired by devotionals.
THANK YOU for giving!
Also, a big thank you to those of you who have continued to be so generous. Because of your generosity, we are able to continue ministry to a lot of people who are in need right now. Will you join with us through giving at www.northviewchurch.us/give?
Good Friday and Easter Service
I am really excited about is the Good Friday service! I think it will really help prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday. Learn more about our Easter service times at www.northviewchurch.us/easter.
- Good Friday Service | Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.
- Easter Service | Saturday, April 11, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 12, at 9 & 11 a.m.
- Northview Students Easter Service | Sunday, April 12, at 5 p.m.
Love you guys! See you online this weekend!
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6 p.m.
The past two weekends online have had an impact that I would have never imagined. When we made the decision to go to service online only, I was bummed. But we have seen some amazing God stories come out of this time!
A woman at our Anderson Campus shared the Weekend Service on Facebook. Her neighbor, for whom she had been praying for a long time, saw the service, and accepted Christ this past weekend! Marty, who attends our Carmel Campus, created a virtual 5k and used the funds raised to donate to our ministry partner, Brookside Church! God is doing something very special and it is powerful!
One way you can make an impact is by donating to the Northview Dollar Club this weekend. When we put all our dollars together, we can make a significant difference! We have a generous donor at Northview who will match every dollar given up to $20,000! Please make sure you jump on www.northviewchurch.us/dollarclub and participate in the Dollar Club this weekend!
Again, several of you went online to set up online giving this week. You have decided to automate the important. Thank you so much! You can set up giving at www.northviewchurch.us/give.
Be encouraged! In the midst of this uncertainty, let’s choose hope over fear and calm over chaos.
Love you guys! See you online this weekend!
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5 p.m.
It’s certainly been another crazy week! Just two months ago we had never even heard of the coronavirus, social distancing or self-quarantine. But we know this didn’t take Jesus by surprise, and He has not lost sight of you!
We want to make sure community at Northview continues, so we have developed several opportunities for you to connect online.
Make sure you join your campus Facebook group. You can talk with one another, be part of live worship and be inspired by devotionals.
My Next Move
Along with ways to serve your community, you will find resources for kids, students and groups at www.northviewchurch.us/next!
We are beginning food drop off at our campuses this Monday. If you prefer, you’ll be able to order food online and have it delivered to a campus. You’ll also find recommendations for DIY projects you can do for others in the local community.
Last week I asked you if you’d set up online giving. Several of you did that, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. Would you continue to join with us as ministry moves online? You can give one time or set up recurring giving at www.northviewchurch.us/give.
See you this weekend online!
Monday, March 16, 2020, 5 p.m.
Social distancing does not mean spiritual distancing. If there was ever a time we needed to hear the truth of God’s word, it is now! Make plans to watch the service online at www.northviewchurch.us/watchonline, and invite a friend to join you!
Hello, Northview Family,
Wow – what an amazing weekend coming together as a church. We were so thankful to be able to celebrate together. As information about the coronavirus continues to surface, we are monitoring news from the CDC, World Health Organization and Indiana State Health Department. Following the recommendations of the president that no groups larger than ten should gather, we are asking that all Northview groups suspend meeting at this time.
We have asked our staff to work from home and we will continue to answer phones and emails during normal business hours. If you need anything during this time, please reach out.
We look forward to worshiping with you online again this weekend. Join us during one of our services with live chat – 5 p.m. on Saturday or 9 and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
- Steve Poe
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 4 p.m.
We are looking forward to worshiping with you this weekend! Join us at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15 at 9 and 11 a.m. The service will also be available at 1 p.m. on Sunday and every two hours after that time.
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
A message from Lead Pastor Steve Poe:
As you are aware there are a lot of things happening in our world concerning the Coronavirus. I knew you would want to know how we at Northview Church are going to respond to these concerns. After continually monitoring advice from the CDC, World Health Organization and the Indiana State Health Department, we have decided to host our Weekend Services online only for the next four weeks.
We will have Campus Pastors and Northview staff available to chat online at our 5 p.m. Saturday night services as well as our 9 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday morning. We will also broadcast our service every two hours starting at 1 p.m on Sunday.
Even though we will not be meeting together for weekend worship service, ministry is still happening. Not meeting for services will create a financial hardship for our church. Will you help us by giving online? Thank you for being so generous.
Students and Kids:
Our Northview Students Life Groups will continue to meet as normal. But, since we won’t have Northview Kids or Northview Students large group on the weekend, we have resources available for you to have spiritual conversations with your kids and your students. Recourse can be found here.
We believe that God is in control of every situation and He does not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power and love and of sound mind. We know that the Coronavirus doesn’t just impact Northview Church, it impacts our city, our nation and our world. We know that some of you may be feeling the impact from all of this, from being out of work to not being able to follow through on certain commitments. I want you to know the church is here for you. Please reach out to us – we want to help.