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Updates During COVID-19
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." -Isaiah 43:1-3
health updates

"We are all in the boat together – at a safe distance with each our own oar and homemade mask in place. Jesus is at the bow, as always. We are still headed for the Promised Land, though we are having to make navigational adjustments to stay on course. Our love of God and love of neighbor, felt and practiced, will keep us strong, even as we face winds that threaten to tear us apart. God has prepared a future for us, and we are headed there." - Rev. Shirley

Over-arching Principles:

  • Slow the spread
  • Safeguard the health of one another
  • Keep doing ministry but do it safely


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Taking care of yourself and helping others during this time

Check in on those who may feel isolated or lonely. If you live alone and become sick and need groceries or medications, please contact a clergyperson. Look out for those who may feel depressed or anxious and offer help as you are able. Please contact clergy if you or someone you know needs support and visit VIP Care for mental health resources.

These are strange times indeed and many of you have asked, how can we help? What can we do? There is a group in Realm, our online community, called "Missions and Outreach Network." Join this group to receive realtime updates for opportunities to serve our neighbors. Click here to log in to Realm  and then click "Find Groups" under Groups. Or, you can contact a clergyperson for help.


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Practical Effects:
  • Public in-person worship is suspended until further notice.
  • Facilities maintenance staff are keeping campus cleaned and we are asking folks to stay out of buildings.
  • Online worship opportunities will be provided by Christ Church ministers.
  • Children’s Sunday School and Children’s Chapel are suspended until futher notice.
  • In-person Sunday morning Adult Formation is suspended and Rev. Richard is sharing online resources in Realm.
  • In-person youth groups and small group ministries are suspended. Adam is providing resources and meetups on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Events that involve sharing food are suspended. Groups are encouraged to call their members to stay in touch or meet online.
  • Ministry teams are encouraged to meet online instead of in person. A variety of media are available, for example Zoom, Gotomeeting, Webex. If a team does decide to meet in person, they must follow current CDC-recommended guidance.
  • Choir rehearsals are suspended until in-person worship resumes.
  • Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop in-person gatherings are suspended.

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Holy, Gracious, Loving God; Our times are in your hands, and these times have brought us to a strange moment. We read the news. We hear the stories. We know of people who have either tested positive for the Coronavirus or have been in a room with people 5 who have tested positive. And we wonder. We know that there is fear out there, and we ask you to help us to turn this fear, our fear, into an opportunity for your love. We pray for all who have been affected by this illness, for those who are afraid, for all healthcare workers, for our hospital system, for all leaders who are making decisions that affect their people. Guide us all, because we haven't done this before and we are figuring out how to do it as we are doing it. Lead us, bless us, fill us with your peace and with your presence, so that our faith may always exceed our fear, and that we may be a part of the healing work that you are doing. And we pray it all in Jesus' name. Amen

Last Published: April 29, 2020 3:38 PM
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