March 20, 2020
As you know, the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is literally changing daily and sometimes hourly. As we mentioned in our note last week, we are in regular contact with state and community officials regarding the situation. We wanted to keep you and your family up to date.
In a virtual meeting of our Board of Director-Elders today it was determined that CCoF would comply with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Arizona Department of Health recommendations. Currently these recommendations ask that we not assemble in groups larger than 10 for the next several weeks to help slow down and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19. So that means we will not host weekend services, Rooted groups, Life Groups, student ministry services, or any other previously scheduled CCoF activity until at least May 15, 2020 unless the CDC changes it's recommendations.
We will however continue to Help One Another Follow Jesus. Instead of powerful in person worship experiences we will help one another through powerful digital experiences and interactions. Each weekend we will release a digital church service on YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms. We will also release each week content for our children and students geared for them to stay engaged with Jesus and following Him!
We are asking each Rooted and Life Group to continue to meet via a digital platform like Zoom or Facetime Groups, because we value life-changing relationships and I am confident those can happen online during this season. In the days to come we will provide your Rooted or Life Group facilitator access and information to what they will need to keep your group going. We also will be increasing our online content through things such as devotionals, prayer times, and question/answer sessions with our pastoral staff. Maybe now is the time to join a new Rooted group- because all of a sudden you have some extra time on your hands. Let us know and we'll put that together-online!
Jesus said that the new commandment for his people was to Love One Another, just as he has loved us (John 13:34). The most loving thing we can do in this season is to help the most vulnerable in our population by practicing both acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion, but also by practicing social distancing. We will soon be sharing opportunities for those of us who are healthy, available, and willing to help those in our church and community who have needs. In the meantime, can I ask you to check in on your neighbors and co-workers to see if they need supplies you may have? To have a friendly conversation with those who are nearby may just brighten their day as they are also struggling with what to do next in this stressful situation. We have always, as a church, been about self-less living and this season may be our best opportunity to do so yet!
If you want to stay the most up-to-date on things CCoF, download our CCoF App in the Apple app store or Google Play app store. It is also the place that you can help financially if you are in a position to do so. We know that many of our church family are experiencing financial impact by the steps taken to decrease the spread of COVID-19. This is surely the time to look to our spiritual ancestors and their example of caring for those in need-you can read all about them in Acts chapters 2-4.
Please keep an eye on our YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, as well as ccof.church for all the latest info and content.
If you have a need that we may be able to help with or prayer request please send those to email@example.com and someone on our team will be in touch very quickly. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if I can help you or your family with anything at all. Until it is reasonable to do so our office will be closed. Someone will continue to answer your calls during our normal business hours and all of our email and social media accounts will be monitored as well.
Please continue to pray for the situation. Pray for those affected by the coronavirus. Pray for first responders and medical professionals who put themselves at risk when they provide care for all of us. And let's ask God for his strength and peace as we deal with this unprecedented situation.
We will continue to keep you updated regularly.
All of God's Best