May 8, 2020
While the Governor has extended our “shelter in place” orders through May 18th, steps are being taken to open essential businesses wisely. 
Through this global outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19 — pastors and other congregational leaders have an important role in setting an appropriate tone for the church’s response. Leaders can demonstrate that they are taking seriously the facts of the situation and keeping the best interests of the community in mind. At the same time, they can model a response that is faithful, gracious, and wise; trusting God in all things, and extending compassion to those who are suffering, and praying for the healing of the world.

With these things in mind, North Star Church of Hibbing will begin to meet on Sunday mornings at 11:30 am OUTDOORS on our church grounds.  We will need you to bring your own camp or folding chair for seating. We have labored in prayer over this decision, and know it is the Lord’s will, and of utmost importance that we worship collectively in this season.
• With reports about the spread of the coronavirus (or COVID-19), we want you to know
that the health of our community is of utmost concern to the pastor, elders, and leaders of this congregation. We are doing all that we can to stay current with public health guidelines, follow best practices for hygiene, and exercise an abundance of caution and care in responding to this situation.

• Worshipers are always encouraged to participate, or not, according to their comfort, conscience, and condition. Other worshipers should honor these decisions and refrain from making judgment or taking offense. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines when we gather, no matter what your belief is on that subject.
• Use common sense and your best judgment in protecting your own health and the health of others. Reduce unnecessary travel, touch, and contact to avoid placing yourself or others at greater risk. If you are feeling ill or have recently experienced symptoms of an infectious disease, we ask that you stay home from public events and/or keep a safe distance from others to limit contagion. 

• If you decide to stay home from worship or other events due to illness, please find ways to stay in touch — through prayer circles, small groups, ministry teams, social media, or emails and phone calls. We don’t want to create situations where those who are ill also feel lonely, isolated or outcast. We want to pray for you and provide other forms of assistance and care as needed.

• Let us be faithful and vigilant in our prayer for those nations, communities, families and individuals most affected by this outbreak, and for the medical personnel and government officials seeking to respond. Let us resist and reject fear and suspicion based on ethnicity or nationality; this virus is affecting people of all races and ages. 

• Above all, let us remember and rejoice that “nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39).

Staying united as a church is imperative, as a house divided falls. In all this, put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, and against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:13

Don’t allow the devil come in and divide us on whether we are opening or staying closed. It is OK for us to disagree on that issue. It can unite us even stronger under Christ if we have differences on how we handle this situation and still move forward together. This will show our love for one another and maintaining the unity God created.  We all need to extend great grace through these trying times of so many unknowns.  We can turn to the ever-present God who will keep us grounded and levelheaded through this, and everyday moving forward, in these historic times.

We will make available an online only worship service, including worship and message at 6:30 Sunday evening. Access the service HERE (or you can copy and paste this link into your browser:
Regarding TITHING during these days/weeks ahead, we have three options for you to consider:
1. You can mail your tithes to our North Star Church mailing address: 2221 1st Ave E, Hibbing, MN 55746
2. You can drop off your tithes in the mail slot at the North Star Offices: 2221 1st Ave E, Hibbing, MN 55746
3. You can sign-up and give online HERE (or you can copy and paste this link into your browser:


In the days ahead, we would like to make sure we have our attendees contact information updated
(even if you haven’t had any changes to your contact information recently). Please send us your Name, Phone Number & Email to or HERE. This way, we will be able to keep you updated with anything further, regarding how COVID-19 is affecting North Star Church.

LIFE groups will continue to meet for those who choose to attend; we ask that you keep them under CDC guidelines. Contact your LIFE group leader for ongoing communication. All other ministries are temporarily suspended at this time, (i.e. youth group, knights, children’s church, etc.). We will continue to assess in the coming weeks how we will meet and function, due to the COVID-19.
Our main avenue of detailed communication will be on our website.
We will continue to update as developments with COVID-19 change.

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