Being the Church During COVID-19
In the midst of this crisis, this page will serve as a resource so we can stay connected as a congregation and continue to be the church—digitally and through our actions toward others. Check back here for the latest updates!
We can find hope and confidence as we look to Jesus in this time of uncertainty. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
PRAYER. One of the most powerful way we can support one another during this time is through prayer. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text to 952.800.9563 to tell us your prayer needs. Please specify if you would like to receive follow-up and/or if you want your request to be anonymous. All text requests are anonymous unless you choose to include your name.
COUNSELING. If you are feeling overwhelmed and are having difficulty coping, our pastors can offer referrals for professional help or resources to find assistance and support. Contact Melissa Schaser.
CONNECTING WITH SENIORS. We are especially aware of the vulnerability of our senior population at CPC and are assembling a team to connect and pray with them, and to ensure they have access to food and supplies. Join this group to be paired with 2-3 senior adults who you will call to check in on each week (note: we are calling, not visiting).
Kids and Students: If you would like to write a card, send a drawing, or both, please email Tammy Mitchell and she will give you a name and address.
LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES. Local food banks and food insecurity organizations are anticipating more demand and fewer volunteers in this crisis. However, we do stress how important it is to stay home if you are sick or may have been exposed to someone who is sick and to follow strict hygiene precautions as you serve others.
ONLINE PRAYER GATHERINGS start March 30! Join us Mondays at 8:00PM and/or Wednesdays at 12:00PM to come before God with our prayers, supplications, and praises. We’ll be using Zoom for these meetings (links below). The same link will be used every week. You can find Zoom instructions here.
SMALL GROUPS are more important than ever during this season. Many of our existing groups are moving their meetings online we also have some new online groups starting soon.
SUNDAY COMMUNITIES are going online! Sunday Community leaders will be reaching out to their groups with details. If you’re not currently in a Sunday Community, we would encourage you to learn more and be in touch with a leader to join them online.
GET SOCIAL! (from a distance). A great way to connect with CPC is to follow us on social media. Receive encouragement and updates, hear from our pastors and staff, and see how we are continuing to be the church each day! Use #cpcedina so we can see what you’re up to and how you’re being the church wherever you are right now! Instagram (@cpcedina) • Facebook (@cpconline)
GIVE TO CPC. Your support is essential for the ongoing work of this church–which is continuing in new ways during this crisis. Your gifts support staff, enable online worship, and empower ongoing kids, student, adult, missions, and care ministries. Give to our Ministry Fund.
BARNABAS FUND. The Barnabas Fund is used to support CPCers who are facing financial hardship due to job loss, health crisis, or other unforeseen events. Money is used to assist in specific felt needs, such as mortgage/rent, food, and utility payments to support those in difficult and changing circumstances. Give to our Barnabas Fund.
CRISIS RELIEF FUND. If you would like to empower CPC to assist various ministries and mission partners when there is urgent need, give to our Crisis Relief Fund. Already, CPC was able to respond quickly and make a donation of $11,000 to Whittier Wildflowers Preschool, one of our local mission partners. Whittier Wildflowers serves families of all income levels, with nearly 80% of their families paying reduced fees based on income. Like many institutions, WW is closed at this time and not charging families. This donation will ensure that their teachers will continue to receive some pay while school is not in session and will bless their families with grocery store gift cards. We’re continuing to prayerfully assess how we can use this fund in the upcoming days and weeks to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.