Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

  • Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 17th, 2020


Hello Cedar Grove,


It’s day one of our “shelter in place” directive, and as a church, we want to walk through this unprecedented season together with you! 


In less than a week, the job descriptions for the Cedar Grove staff have changed.  We have shifted from centralized ministry on the church property, to learning how to reach out to where you are through technology. This is a steep learning curve for us but we are working hard to get up to speed so that we can help one another through this difficult time. Over the next few weeks, we will be trying some new things in order to encourage you, care for you, and equip you with new ways to share the love of Jesus with those in your sphere of influence.


With that, here is our plan for ministry over these next few weeks, summarized in three words: Prayer, Care, Share.


1. PRAYER

Fears and uncertainty could easily overtake many right now. We can't think of a better time than now to join with others in prayer. As individuals, pairs, or small groups we can pray for our church, our nation, and the world. This will be key in providing comfort, healing, and stability amongst us. We will be providing prayer opportunities and support as we move forward. As a start, we would ask that each of you find a prayer partner or two from Cedar Grove (someone outside of your household), that you can call at least once a week, share requests, and pray together over the phone. Don't forget to pray with thanksgiving. (Php. 4:6-7) Express your gratitude to God for who He is and what He’s done.


Additionally, we have a prayer team that will pray for your specific needs. If you have a request that you would like to submit, please email Kathryn Johnson. You can find the link at the bottom of the home page of our website.


2. CARE

Secondly, we want to make sure each of you receives the care that you need during this time. If you are in need of someone to pick up groceries for you, take you to a doctor’s appointment, or provide a listening ear, we have people on hand who would love to serve you. Simply fill out this need request form, or email Kelly Curtis. If you would like to join the team of those who are able to provide care to others, Kelly would love to know that as well.


Also, let’s keep a collective eye out for those beyond our church who may need help. We would love to serve our community in whatever way we can.


3. SHARE

This goal is two-fold. First, we want to keep in close communication with you by providing information, devotionals, encouragement, and our Sunday messages. Secondly, we will be doing our best to facilitate online engagement with you, so we can feel connected as a church. The primary way we will be doing these two things is through email and Facebook. If you are not already on Facebook, we urge you to set up an account right now (facebook.com) and then like/follow the Cedar Grove Community Church Facebook page. If you need help with this process, please respond to this email, and we will find someone to help walk you through it. You can also follow us on Instagram.


Additionally, we are encouraging you to share the content that we will be providing to reach your “digital neighbor” for Jesus. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity for the gospel to spread around the world in ways never seen before! Reviewing us on Facebook and Google, sharing our posts, and sharing the link to our website (cedargrove.org) and sermons will give us a greater reach and you an opportunity to spread the hope of Jesus to so many who are searching. 


We can't thank you enough for your encouraging words, diligent prayers, and faithful stewardship during this time. We are going to get through this TOGETHER. We love each and every one of you and we are excited to see what God is going to do in and through each one of us as we link arms together in faith. 


Here to serve you,

The CGCC staff

  • Saturday, March 14th, 2020


Hello, Cedar Grove!


We are certainly living in unusual days as confirmed cases of the Coronavirus around the world and in the United States continue to rise.  Most of us have never lived through something quite like this. In light of all that is transpiring, we want to share how the Coronavirus is impacting us as a church family.


Out of love and care for our community, we have decided to move our Sunday services exclusively online, until it is safe to reconnect.  We believe this to be the wisest course of action to protect those in our body who may be more vulnerable to the virus, and to help slow the spread in our area.


None of us knows how long this period will last, but regardless of how long we are apart, we will continue being the church, providing weekly ministry in a variety of creative ways— praying, teaching, serving, caring, and loving others.  And we can look forward to a wonderful reunion when we are able to meet all together again!


In the meantime we are grateful that we live in an era of human history when we can use modern technology to continue to connect, learn, and grow.


Here’s the plan:


>> We will continue to update this page as to how the Coronavirus is impacting ministry at the church.  We will also send out important information via email.


>> You can still expect a message from me and we hope to post it to a designated page easily accessible on our website, by 9:00 am on Sunday.  Feel free to share this link with others who you may think will be encouraged by the message, and as is safe to do so, plan a ‘watch party’ with your family, friends, or life group. Additionally, on the same web page, we hope to offer devotional experiences, Life Group tools, and kids ministry resources to you.


>> We want to do our best to stay connected.  Our Facebook and Instagram pages will be a great way to do so.  Consider following those accounts if you aren’t already.  (Facebook @ cedar grove community church // Instagram @  cedargrove_cc)


>> Giving is an expression of our worship to God, putting Him first, and trusting Him with what He provides. As you know, our church depends on our faithful giving each week. We still have operating expenses and are working hard behind the scenes to do ministry in creative ways. Will you continue to partner with us, as God leads in this area? It is easy to give online, or you can mail or deliver a check in person to the church. I think it would speak volumes if we were able to get through this difficult time together without having to make drastic changes.


>> Lastly, we want to do whatever we can to love and serve one another and others in the days ahead.  Be on the lookout for the unique opportunities God brings you to bless, comfort, and encourage others.  If you need help accessing the sermon or our website, please contact us at office@cedargrove.org, or call 925.447.2351 and we will have someone assist you.


While these changes will be an adjustment for each of us, in no way do we believe it will hold back our church or the global Church—quite the contrary.  Jesus said the gates of hell won’t prevail against His church, so what makes us think a virus has the power to do so?  While we are suspending our physical gatherings we are not suspending our mission.  His movement will continue to advance.


As a follower of Jesus, I want you to know that you are a part of something truly special.  Historically, Christians have largely shined through difficult times.  God’s family has flourished in the face of adversity, and often, these events are the very things that awaken people to their need for a Savior.  It’s not that any of us would ever wish hardship on another, however, God undoubtedly uses these sorts of things to draw many people to Himself.  It would not surprise me if He uses this difficult time to do the same.


I don’t presume to know exactly where all of this headed — none of us do.  To be sure, these are uncertain days, but only to us.  We can continue to trust in the God who is good, even in the midst of all of the not-good.


I want you to know that I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you and us as a church family.  I also want you to be assured that Cedar Grove’s leadership will continue to keep a close eye on things and will share any updates pertinent to our church as they arise.  In the meantime, I cannot thank you enough for your kindness, patience, prayers, and continued support.  We’re in this together.


Our anchor is Jesus.

Our confidence is Jesus.

Our hope is Jesus.

Our future is Jesus.


Absolutely nothing that happens in this world will ever change that.


All for Jesus!


Joel

  • Thursday, March 12th, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 10th, 2020

 

Hello Cedar Grove,
 
We care about you and your family and we are working daily on our preparedness/response plan for Cedar Grove during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are closely tracking news both locally and globally. Our staff is monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Alameda County’s Public Health Department. We have also consulted with local healthcare providers.
 
As of this morning we are planning on holding our Sunday morning services at 9:00am and 10:45am. We are taking precautionary measures to create an environment where we can gather to worship. Based on all our information, here are the precautions we are taking to mitigate the spread of illness during this season:

 

>> Our Greeters will still welcome everyone as usual; they will give you a wave and a smile instead of a handshake.

 

>> We are providing hand sanitizer throughout our building. You will find hand sanitizing stations throughout our lobby and at our Kids Ministry check in areas.

 

>> In our Kids Ministry areas, we will continue to wipe down check-in surfaces between services with disinfectant.

 

>> We will not pass offering baskets during the service, but our Give and Connect boxes are available on the way out of the Worship Center. We recommend that you give your tithe and offering online by clicking here.

 

We ask that you stay home if you are sick. We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the coronavirus and other illnesses by reading through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
 
Please make informed decisions related to your family and circumstances, and take extra caution if you are in one of the high-risk demographics.

 

We will provide necessary updates to you via email and by posting them on our website. Our plans and protocols will change and adjust quickly based on the updates we receive.

 

Please join us in praying for those around the world and in our community who are affected by this virus. Pray for the healthcare providers, caregivers, medical teams and researchers as they work tirelessly to minimize the impact of this virus.
 
Prayerfully,
 
Luwanna Dice
Executive Director

 

 

 

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