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 firstname.lastname@example.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!