In light of COVID-19, we are convinced and convicted more than ever the need to be the church beyond the walls of our physical church building. While our building may be a bit quieter as we wait out the social-distancing rules, our roles as the hands and feet of Jesus increases that much more.
A couple of unique and powerful opportunities for us to continue as a church:
Open Hands Food Pantry
We anticipate an increasing need for food in the next few weeks. It is our desire to keep the pantry open and switching over to a ‘drive-by’ solution where pantry visitors stay in their cars and we go out to meet them and bring the groceries to them. This means we need the help of more able bodies, able to carry groceries (or cart them) to and from the pantry to the front doors. If you are off work due to the virus or have extra time on your hands, this is a perfect opportunity! If you are able to help, please email pantry leader Darlene DeVries.
Pantry Hours: Mondays 5-6pm, Wednesdays 10am-12pm, Fridays 10am-12pm
WORSHIP – ONLINE
We’ll be both uploading pre-recorded content and streaming our worship services online, and not physically meeting onsite for worship beginning immediately. Sundays will be live at 11am on Facebook. Our Wednesday Lenten messages will be pre-recorded and released on Wednesdays with announcements and encouragement! As part of our regular worship, we encourage you to give online via the app or website, or to take time to mail a check. Please continue to support the ministry of our church!
If you are unable to catch the live feeds, we post all our sermons online. They can be accessed in iTunes, Buzzsprout, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartradio, and on the website. (There is also a button in the Cedar Hills App – get the app!)
We encourage you to keep worshipping with us on a regular schedule, and taking “Watch Party” pictures of your family or group as you join together to listen/watch online, submitting them in the ‘comments’ of the video feeds.
There are couple of Facebook groups we want to draw your attention to that you might like to join. We believe within these groups we can support each other, hear of needs, and respond from what we have! Toilet paper, childcare, meals delivered, etc. We are especially excited about how we can respond to needs as they arise.
Children Singing Video
The children ages 3 to 5th grade have been working for weeks on a song they planned to sing Palm Sunday. We would like to collect videos of your child singing along with the song to create a video montage. The recording and lyrics are here. When completed, send your video recording to Leah Carolan by March 29 (email, dropbox, ishare… whichever way you prefer!)
Pastor Steve has created a YouTube channel for the Journey Youth. He’ll also be touching base with the youth via texts and email.
Zoom Meetings, Marco Polo and Other Video Apps
If your small group decides to forgo physical meetings, consider setting a time once a week where you will all login together for a Zoom meeting or other video meeting app. Or begin a Marco Polo group and stay in touch via video messages with encouragement, prayer support and community.
Please call your friends. Check on your neighbors. Connect with those who live alone and let them know they are not alone. Respond to needs you hear as best you can! (Or share them with us in the Facebook groups.). We need each other.
Continue to pray. Join our prayer chain to lift up others in prayer. Pray that God would help our lights to shine brightly as we minister to those around us.
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