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A Pastoral Letter | September 17

Dear CPC Family,

As a congregation, we continue to be grateful for the opportunity to meet for public worship. We are also grateful for the technology that allows us to stream our services to those who are not able to be with us.

I’ve recently heard that some of you have not quite been sure how to receive the live stream. The stream can be watched on your computer or on your phone or tablet. There are several ways to access it:

  • On Sunday, and for several days thereafter, you can watch it on our Facebook page
  • f you have trouble remembering that location, you can go to the church’s website and follow the link to the worship page. There you will find a link to the Facebook page. Also, you can go there during the week to watch a replay of the service if you missed it on Sunday.
  • If Sunday arrives, and you can’t find the service, ask! Text me at 407-257-0995 or reach out to Sara Jane or Stephanie or anyone you know in the church! Any one of us would be happy to send you a link that will take you directly to the stream. 

I suppose I need to add a segment on technological savvy to the new members’ class!

Though streaming has tripped up some of us, we are grateful that you have figured out how to manage giving. Giving has remained healthy and steady. There is a deficit we will need to recover as the year presses on, but we are grateful for your ongoing faithful giving.

We are keeping an eye on the numbers in attendance on Sunday morning. Since it soon will be cooler outside (it will, won’t it?!), we may be able to revisit the idea of holding an outdoors alternative for Sunday, both to accommodate those who are more comfortable with being outside and to allow for overflow if inside becomes too crowded.

Obviously a number of you are not in attendance on Sunday morning. The assumption we make, unless told otherwise, is that it is caution that is keeping you away. If it is anything else, please let me or an elder know. If there is a problem, we are not going to be as easily aware unless you take the initiative to tell us. 

We are in the process of considering what level of ministry to children, youth and adults can be added back to Sunday morning in addition to worship. Much of this depends upon the availability of volunteers to staff needed ministries, and that is not as straightforward as it may sound. Our goal is to restart every ministry that was in place prior to the pandemic, but we may only be able to roll these out in a piecemeal fashion. We are aiming for a full recovery, and what we do in the meantime will not be ideal. As always, we are grateful for your patience and understanding.

As many of you know, we have tried in previous years to regularly hold what we have called, inelegantly, “Congregational Informational Meetings.” Obviously, the complications associated with gathering have tossed a wrench in those plans. However, the session has scheduled such a meeting to be held on Sunday afternoon, October 4, from 5-6 p.m. We will meet outside, around the pool (Wait! You did not know we have a pool? We do! It’s full of dirt and covered with grass, but we do have a pool. Come check it out. But no diving, please.), and will attempt to stream the meeting as well. This will be a BYOC (“bring your own chair”) affair and social distancing will apply. But I hope you will make plans to be there.
Finally, some of you may be aware or may have stumbled across the news that I have written a book that will be published by Christian Focus Publications in November. The book has received some very positive early recognition, for which I am grateful. I want you, my CPC family, to know this—not to promote the book, but—to invite you to travel this adventure together with me. I’m hesitant to be one pushing my own stuff, but I’m happy to answer any questions! 

Blessings, all.

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