A letter from our Pastor
March 17, 2020
Dear church family,
Our Session of Elders met on Sunday morning, 3/15, to confer with our in-house
medical professionals, consider the counsel we've received from our Presbytery and denomination, and map out a temporary plan of action for CPC regarding the
CoVid19 national crisis.
Here's what you need to know –
1. There will be no church gatherings or meetings of any kind through 3/29. That
means no Sunday worship or classes on 3/22 and 3/29, no Lenten devotional
services/dinners on 3/18 and 3/25, and no committee meetings or other scheduled activities whether at the church facility or in a member’s home.
2. Our office staff and Pastor Chris will continue to work; however, the church office will not be open to visitors during this interruption. If you need to contact the church, call or email at 825-8616, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Perhaps most importantly, be intentional about caring for each other during this hiatus. Reach out by phone or email to one another, check in, and encourage each other. If you, or someone you know, is in need, be sure to let the church office know. If all of us are purposeful in doing this, we will stay connected, and no one will slip through the cracks.
5. During this time, our church ministries will carry on through various means, and our office will continue to provide communication. For our church to continue to provide its usual level of compassion to our church and community, we encourage you to send your financial contributions through the mail, place in the mail slot of the church office door, or set up payments directly from your bank.
6. We will use the church email list and Facebook page frequently over the next two weeks, not only too keep you informed, but also to offer continuing spiritual
encouragement and to replace, as best we can, the Sunday worship/teaching and Wednesday evening Lenten devotional service. If you are on Facebook, please “like” the Facebook link at the bottom of this page to link your device to the CPC Facebook page
7.Finally, between now and 3/29, a small task force comprised of our in-house medical professionals, some Elders, our coordinating staff, and Pastor Chris will monitor the situation and present a recommended plan of action to the Session for how CPC should proceed after this two week interruption.
We value people over and above programs or events at CPC. God’s commandment to love our neighbors means that we need to watch out for one another, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. We hope to resume normal activity soon and will update you as the situation evolves. While this is a serious virus that requires thoughtful response, we believe that God does not give us a spirit of fear but of love (2 Timothy 1:7). We value the well-being of every person who belongs to this community, we wish to exercise wisdom, and we put our trust in Christ alone.
May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
Pastor Chris (for the Session)