Note: we will update this page as we add more resources or our schedule changes. Latest update: 3/18/20, 3pm.
Beginning March 22, we will use Zoom conference calling to host an online worship gathering at 9am on Sundays. Our time together will include some worship, prayer, and teaching—all from the comfort of your living room couch! We know this will be unconventional and feel a bit weird, but drastic times call for drastic measures! So, please make every effort to join us online at 9am each Sunday until we can restart in-person worship services. You probably have some questions:
- What if I cannot join at 9 am on Sunday? Let’s be honest, what else are you going to do on Sunday morning? Play golf? Go out to breakfast? Work out at the gym? Nope. NDC is pretty much your only option. That said, if you do miss it, we will record our online gathering and make it available later on the NDC Messages page, the NDC Youtube channel, and by audio on our podcast later Sunday morning.
- Can I wear pajamas? Yes, this is your opportunity.
- Will everyone else see me? Yep. You can disable your video if you like, but wouldn’t it be great to see other human faces?
- Will people hear my dog barking or kids screaming in the background? Nope, we will mute everyone. There may be a few times where we provide an opportunity for you to share or participate, but most of the time your audio will be muted.
- How will we take up an offering? Most people give online now, but some of you do give in person on Sundays. Would you please consider giving online? It’s quite easy and very secure. You can donate a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift. And there is no cost if you have your gift taken directly from your checking/bank account. All the details are on this page.
- Will there be technical problems? Probably. 🙂 We will try to keep it simple and if we have any issues, we’ll figure them out on the fly. But we think doing this is worth it and we hope you’ll be patient.
- So, how do I connect? We’re using a service called Zoom. We recommend using a laptop or computer with a camera. There is a link below that you will click. If you’ve never used Zoom, it will ask you to download the software and set up an account (don’t worry, it’s free!). Installing the software on your computer or the app on your phone will provide the best experience. Don’t get intimidated; it’s fairly simple. Once you do that, you can join the video conference call easily on Sunday mornings. If it doesn’t work or you have issues just click to join from your browser. We will try to provide some tips along the way.
If you don’t have internet access, you can always join us by phone:
+1 253 215 8782 US or +1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 817 533 829
It is so important for us to stay connected as a community right now when we cannot be together physically. If you are in a D-Group, please keep meeting! Just not in-person. We want to be safe and take all precautions, so we will help D-Groups leaders figure out how to use online platforms so that you can keep connecting each week.
If you are not currently in a D-Group, we will offer a new, open, online group on Wednesday nights at 7 pm. This group will gather online once a week to connect with one another, talk about what you’re learning, and pray together during these anxious times. If you cannot join every Wednesday, that’s okay. (But, what else do you really have to do on Wednesday nights right now???) So give this a try. It’s a short-term and easy way to not feel so isolated. This group begins Wednesday, March 25 at 7 pm. We will use Zoom as well. See the suggestions above in the “Sundays” section to set up Zoom.
If you don’t have internet access you can always join us by phone:
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 934 349 578
If you’re not up for being part of a group but would like to talk to someone, we’d love to connect with you. Whether you’re a part of our community or just looking to speak to a pastor or pray with someone, just submit this form and we’ll reach out to set up a time to talk.
During this important time, the NDC Pastors and Elders will pray every morning for general needs (our community, our world, etc.) as well as any specific requests or needs you have. If you would like for us to pray for you, please share your request here. Note that prayer requests will be shared with NDC leadership.
There’s no better time to read and study the Bible so that we can gain God’s perspective on this crisis. Here are a few resources to consider:
- Discussion questions for each NDC message can help you go deeper.
- Just read through one of the gospel accounts; Mark is the shortest and a good place to start. It is still the season of Lent and this is a good time to focus on Jesus and the hope he can give.
- Download the Bible app from YouVersion and search for a devotional called “From Anxiety to Peace.”
- “Psalms to Counteract Fear and Stress” from the Navigators.
There are so many great ways you can love and serve others right now. If we hear of any specific needs in our community, we will pass those along. Here are some other ideas:
- Donate items or bring a meal to Joshua Station (JS). The Director of JS says many of their families are struggling to get the basics, and because their common areas (including their kitchen!) are closed, they are in desperate need of meals. Detailed instructions for how to help Joshua Station can be found here.
- Stay connected with your neighbors. Volunteer to be a “block coordinator” by sending out an email to those you know and offer assistance to those closest to you who may become ill or are in a high-risk category. Don’t have contact information for your neighbors? Print a small card with info about what you’re doing with your contact info and leave it on their door.
outfrom restaurants more. If you are financially able, skip the deserted grocery stores and order take-out or delivery from your favorite restaurants. Don’t forget to tip – many restaurants are collecting tips for their employees who have been laid off. You can combine helping local businesses and neighbors by considering providing a meal for an at-risk or ill neighbor from a delivery service.