When you invest financially in CPC, you are empowering us to invite others to know the love of Jesus and to serve our community near and far. Every other month, we send an email to our giving partners highlighting a few of the tangible ways their financial generosity has made an impact on the ministry of CPC. Below is a snapshot of how your dollars can fuel the ministry of our church.
Worshiping from Home
Our online-only worship services are designed for your experience at home—in your living rooms, at your kitchen tables, or wherever you might be worshiping. We invested in new camera systems to allow more close-range, intimate video shots to help connection happen, despite the separation of the screen. Around 80-100 work hours now go into our weekend worship experience—hours spent filming, setting-up, editing, and creating content—and we’re getting creative in our use of the many beautiful spaces within CPC’s building. We are thankful for your gifts, which support our staff’s hard work and have allowed us to invest in new technology, so we can go beyond just replicating our Sanctuary worship experience, and instead create a new, more engaging online experience. We are excited to reach new people during this season, and we are learning valuable lessons for making worship accessible, higher quality, and engaging for those who—for health or other limitations—will not be able to join us physically even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Creating Community Online
The church is a people, not a place, and we are incredibly thankful for your financial generosity which has made times of authentic community and learning possible in this season of physical distancing. Through our increased financial investment in Zoom and around 150 staff work hours, we were able to get many small groups, classes, Sunday Communities, and our Mom’s Morning program operating online within about a week! We wanted to make it as easy as possible for all generations to meet online, so we made personal connections with leaders to support them and provide the tools they needed—including meeting links and instructions for using Zoom—to get their groups up-and-running effectively online. From our high school students to our senior adults in our MORE Sunday Community (pictured), we’ve been so excited to help CPC stay connected and growing in their relationships with Jesus and with each other.
Guiding the Next Generation
Your financial generosity to our ministry fund supports the work of our staff and volunteers, empowering them to create meaningful experiences for the next generation. Here are a couple of examples from the 2019-20 program year.
Every Wednesday night CPC ninth-graders learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus. In February, these students spent three weeks on the story of the Prodigal Son, learning how there is more than one way to be “lost” and how our Father God recklessly pursues us. We ended this series with a unique art installation in the Sanctuary designed to help our teenagers reflect on this story and God’s love for them.
This year, kids in kindergarten-fifth grade traveled “Around the World with Jesus” to grow in their understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and learn about other cultures. Kids received travel journal workbooks and bags to help them engage with and remember what they learned.
Sharing Jesus Stories
Throughout the year, we publish issues of CPC Life to share the stories of what Jesus is doing in the lives of our community. Your generosity to our ministry fund empowers us to create and distribute this monthly(ish) publication. We were excited to hand out a special stories issue to the nearly 4,500 people who attend Christmas Eve services here at CPC, sharing Jesus’ transforming work in the lives of Hannah, Jane, Seth, and Wazir.
Extending the Invitation of Jesus
In February CPC hosted more than 150 women of all ages for a weekend of worship, Bible study, and growth. We opened our space to the women of CPC, extended an invitation outside of our community, and allowed all women to attend at no cost, removing a barrier to participation in this amazing weekend centered on Jesus and our call to disciple others. This would not have been possible without your financial gifts.
Coming Alongside Our Local & Global Community
Here’s how your gifts to our Easter Offering (totaling $73,000!) are being used to invest in ministries near and far:
Urban Homeworks: $28,000 has been donated locally to Urban Homeworks to support one month of rent in four of their properties. Between navigating furloughs, childcare, and essential work that exposes them to illness, we know this gift will be a blessing during this crisis.
Pars Theological Centre: To support ministries globally, we have sent $5,000 to Pars Theological Center as they counsel and care for Christian leaders in Iran in the wake of the virus.
Twin Cities One Fund: A contribution of $20,000 has been made to the Twin Cities One Fund, which exists to support African-American church leaders and ministries as they respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and the trauma around the killing of George Floyd.
Young Life: Remaining funds will be used to purchase weekly meals for families and students served by Young Life Minneapolis (again, to families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and trauma around the killing of George Floyd).