April 29th Update
Hello C4 Family and Friends,
I am excited to reach out today and announce that we have set May 10th as our first official day to resume our Sunday morning gatherings.
May 10th coincides with health guidelines for the CDC and corresponds with Governor Abbot’s decision to begin reopening the State this weekend. Many establishments such as restaurants and libraries will be open this Friday with 25% capacity. While we considered reopening this Sunday, we felt it wise to postpone this for one more week to ensure we were taking as many precautions as possible for your safety. On a fun note, May 10th is also Mother’s Day and what better day to return to church services.
Regarding safety, we will be doing a soft opening with only the main services at 9:30 and 11:00 without children’s programming or other activities for a few more weeks. We will have fun coloring sheets for the kids to help keep them busy. In helping with spreading everyone out, we will have seating in the auditorium and also in the foyer and outside portico where people can watch the service through a monitor.
In this coming back celebration, there are four things I want to ask of you.
1. To help with space I am looking for some volunteers who normally come to our 11:00 service to commit to attending the first service for a month to 6 weeks. If you are one of those, would you please reply to this email or connect with me at: email@example.com?
2. Bring your own masks and hand sanitizers. While we will have these items available for people, it would be a great help to those without if you could bring your own.
3. Bring a canned food item or other gift for Cypress Assistance Ministry. We know many people will be in need over the next few months and we want to begin preparing now. You can find other needed items for CAM at: https://www.cypressassistance.org/services/food-pantry#Pantry-Needs
4. Consider Step Up in this season of Stepping Out! As we move out of this quarantine season, prayerfully consider how you can step up to the plate and volunteer for the future. There are so many ways that we can all push the ball further down the field when we all jump in and serve together.
For this Sunday, we will again have the service online at 11:00 through our website, FBLive, and YouTube. You can also continue to worship through giving either by online means or by mailing a check or bringing it by the building.
Yes, we are all excited for a time when we can come back together. Some may choose to hold off a few more weeks and that is fine. We will make our best attempt to continue some form of service through Facebook Live.
But for now, know that you are doing a great job C4. Yes, we’ve seen some tough times and will experience some more. But God is big and HE will get us through it.
So stay tuned for more details.
Be Strong C4
Dear C4 Family and Friends,
I know there is a great amount of uncertainty and fear in the hearts of many in this season and that is why I wanted to reach out to you today with an update and to bring a little bit of encouragement.
The immediate information you need to know is that we will be postponing our regular Sunday morning gathering due to the recent Federal, State, and Local health service directives. We will however be sharing an online worship experience through our website and other mediums at 11:00am Sunday morning. Those who view the sermon via FB will be able to leave comments and ask questions during the viewing and we do encourage you to do.
In addition, we want you to know that while we are not gathering as a whole, we will have the building open on Sunday morning from 9 to 12:00 with some of our elders and volunteers for those who would like to stop by briefly for communion and prayer.
I also want to encourage you today. Though moving through new waters, we will come through this. We know that God still sits on the throne. One verse that has come to my mind many times over the past few weeks is from 2 Timothy 4:5 where the apostle Paul exhorted the young evangelist Timothy, “to keep his head in all situations.”
While we are witnessing a lot of chaos and fear in the world around us, we can be calm and here are two pointers that can help.
This present situation is not a surprise to God and in fact He still sits on the throne. In this season I am reminded of Psalm 46:10-11 where God encourages us to “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Earlier today I shared a “No Fear” verse on the Facebook page and will continue doing so for the next 30 days. I’d encourage you to share them and set them to memory in your own hearts.
2. Reach out!
a. To us: If you are ever in a position of need yourself, whether that be something physical or spiritual, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This could be something as simple as a quick trip to the store or maybe you just need someone to talk with.
b. To others: Today, ask yourself who in your neighborhood or life might be in need themselves. What can you do to help them?
I am very proud of our C4 family and in particularly I want to give a shout out to Teresa Smith who serves as our pastoral care team leader and has already begun to create systematic ways to make sure we are all being connected with.
Between now and Sunday, please stay tuned and share this with others. I’ll be back with another update on Friday at noon right before we move into the weekend.
In collusion, here are two quick and practical helps.
1. Take some time away from the media. It is easy to fall into depression and hopelessness when we are constantly watching and listening to the news media and not spending enough time in His word.
2. Sometime today just go outside to your backyard or front porch and get some fresh air. It will be a good reminder of God’s creation and of how much He loves you.
Yes, we are indeed in uncharted territory. However, in one sense this is nothing new for Christianity as the children of God, going all the way back to the history in the book of ACTS, have faced fear faith and fortitude and loved the world around them. I firmly believe we can do the same today. So know that Jesus is real and that He loves you and so does your church family.
Be strong and I’ll be back on Friday.