Sundays 10:00 AM
what to expect
SUNDAY ONLINE WORSHIP
One 10am Worship Service on Sunday
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Dear Community Presbyterian Church,
In the words of the Apostle Paul, "I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because of your faithfulness..." (Romans 1:8). I write this letter as your pastor and on behalf of our Elders who love and care for this church with deep hearts. We have been consistently in prayer for God's protection of all of us, and for Spirit to give us wisdom to guide us as leaders of the church in this moment in time. We will do all we can to fulfill our mission as a church "to grow in Christ and love one another," with creativity and imagination and love in this season.
The Session met online last night and made plans that will be in place through at least April 10 and potentially longer depending on state-wide restrictions on gatherings, and public health guidance and recommendations.These are hard decisions to make and we do so trusting they are the best decisions based on the information we have and to protect the health and well-being of our church community and our neighbors in Redmond and beyond. More importantly, we make these decisions trusting God to be faithful to us all and to the church in coming weeks, months and years.
Worship: We will have online worship only, Sunday at 10 am, now through April 10 and possibly longer. Please join us at on our livestream page or on Facebook (you don't have to sign up). We will sing and pray together and hear God's word for us, all in our separate homes. For those who joined us last Sunday in our first online worship, it was an encouraging and uplifting experience.
Gatherings: All other in-person meetings and gatherings are suspended until restrictions are lifted state-wide on the church property. Elders, Deacons, and other essential committees will meet online, at their normal times if possible. We are encouraging ministry leaders to stay in touch with group members and consider online meetings for the groups for whom that is a good fit. We deeply desire relationships and discipleship to continue even though we are apart.
Building: "The Church is not the building," but we are very accustomed to gathering there and coming and going freely. As of Friday, 3/20, we will consider the building closed. However, the office staff (Andrew, Ryan, and Tammy) will work out plans to provide access to visitors who call ahead and make an appointment. The office staff will be working from home as much as is reasonable. A staff person will be providing office communications (phone, email, and Facebook messages) during abbreviated hours, Monday to Thursday, 10-12, 1-3.If you need access to the church property or personnel please call or email the church ahead of time to make an appointment.
Community: The Elders and the Deacons will take a primary role in maintaining contact with our entire membership and constituency via regular phone calls. Don't be surprised when they call to simply check in and ask how you are. At the same time, we are encouraging all in the church to call friends and acquaintances to maintain relationships. It is good for you and them! If you have a health concern, please call the office for prayer. If you have a practical need, let us know and someone more mobile may be able to assist.
In the meantime, join us in prayer on a daily basis. Nurture your own spiritual practices to deepen your trust in God now and always. If you would like guidance on this, call a friend or me as pastor. If you are getting out of the house, check on your neighbors and help them stay connected and taken care of in appropriate ways.
Please continue to give to the church as you are able. We are encouraging online giving, where you can set up weekly or monthly donations. Or you can mail a check to our PO Box 1689. You can keep up to date by checking our Facebook page, this website, and our calendar.
Know this: Our God is faithful and will get us all through this. We can only live one day at a time. Take care of yourself and do all that you can to stay healthy. Stay connected socially and spiritually even while practicing physical distance. Your pastor and your elders and deacons love you and care about how you are doing. We will call soon. And don't be afraid to reach out when you need help.
God is with us, always!
In Christ, the Good Shepherd,
Rev. Andrew Hoeksema