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Things to Know

March 27, 2020


Well, life continues crazy these days. Welcome to “stay at home.” I heard a pastor preaching this week who said “This is hard. You know, the word “go” is 2/3 of the name “God.” So we should be going!” But we can’t. So… we will be the church right where we are – blooming where we are planted. Here is some important information:

Sunday, we continue our streamed worship services. This week, March 29, will be even more interesting, as we are following the “stay at home” order and streaming from our homes. I love it when ministry is such an adventure (for a little while). I will be taking a week off our “In the Garden” series to preach a sermon on the temptation of Christ in the wilderness in a sermon “Distance Learning.”

COVID-19 Response: We are saying that “the church has left the building,” but we are still being the church. Our staff is really hard at work learning new ways to practice distance loving. I hope you will look at all the things on this page. Here are some cool highlights of the church in action:

  • On our Gethsemane campus we have some folks who are sewing masks with material donated by a physician who works at one of our hospitals.
  • Our food drives are absolutely crucial for CCSC. Last week, we had 200 bags donated, and CCSC is giving away at least 400 bags a week. On our Ways-To-Help page there is a way for you to send Amazon wish list deliveries there.
  • We are feeding 75 young people from our reVision ministry hot meals through our Gethsemane campus.
  • We are organizing notes of encouragement to be scanned and sent to medical workers on the front lines.
  • We are making thousands of calls to older adults.
  • There are video devotionals and printed devotionals.
  • There are online classes and small groups to be a part of.

I hope you will support the church’s work in whatever way you can, through your ongoing amazing generosity and participation, however works for you.

Holy Week and Easter: We have made the difficult call that we will not worship together for these services in person, but rather they will be virtual streamed services. We won’t be able to have our Palm Sunday family picnic, but will celebrate together when it is safe. We will have streamed Maundy Thursday services at 7:00 and you can take communion together at home with your own bread and wine or juice as part of our online community. On Good Friday, we will have a streamed Good Friday service at 7:00, and one designed for children at 6:00. Easter Sunday will be streamed at our usual worship times, with Traditional Worship at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m., and Contemporary Worship at 8:45 and 11:15. We are doing everything we can to make it special. And on that Sunday, as we worship together but in our own homes, we will know that Jesus is risen. He is risen indeed.

Did you miss last Sunday’s sermon “Distance Learning”? Watch it here.

Read Tom’s Friday Prayer here.