As I write this email to you, I am reminded of the comforting words of
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
I pray that you are doing well and that you can use this time to connect with friends and family (in new and innovative ways) despite the social distancing that we are all practicing. Closing the church and not having a service last week was not an easy thing to do, however we did not do this out of fear, we did this because we are called to be good stewards of everything the Lord gives us and that includes his people. We want to take care of our families and our vulnerable people to the best of our abilities and because of that we decided not to gather as a congregation.
Although we cannot gather as a church community on Sundays the church continues to do its work and all of the staff are working from home. With this said we still have to continue paying the staff and our bills, this will only be possible with your continued support. Thank you for that.
There are many ways in which you can continue giving your tithes and offerings:Using e-transfers. We are setup for auto deposit, so you do not need a password. This is perhaps the best and most convenient way for those who have online banking.There is also the possibility for signing up for PAR (Pre-authorized Remittance)You can drop your envelope off at the office if you want to get out and get a little fresh air. We will check at the office every day.You can mail your offering to the church. Mail to Central Presbyterian Church, 7 Queen’s square, Cambridge, ON. N1S 1H4.Thank you very much for your continued support.
Information regarding ministries:
All ministries have stopped however we continue planning for the future.The Family Easter Breakfast will not take place as planned but we are looking at doing something similar at a later date.The welcome lunch for new members is postponed until a later date, we will keep you updated on that.Kerri Beda will continue to email the Orange Curriculum to our families so they can continue watching the videos and do the activities at home.The management team of the Session consults weekly to monitor any changes. We will keep you informed and updated.Communication:Please check the website daily for updates and news regarding the church. (www.centrachurchcambridge.ca) Just check that you are not on the website advertising businesses, that site is not our official site and will not have any updates.We will check emails and voice messages at the office daily.There will be weekly Podcast posted to the website.I am working from home so feel free to email me or call me at home for any pastoral needs or questions. (email@example.com, 519-620-4415).Central Cares:
The Central Cares team is ready to help with any needs. If you are in need of help or if you know of anyone in need of help, please contact the office or myself and we will get the team involved. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-623-1080)
We have many volunteers who have indicated that they can help with buying groceries or helping with other errands. If you need help in that regard, please contact the office.
If you have any prayer requests or needs please send them to email@example.com. This is a very important ministry and the prayer group continues to function from their homes.
We will be live streaming the worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 (starting March 22nd). You can watch the service live on your computer, tablet or smart device. Please go to the website to follow the livestream. (It will only be the minister, the praise team and the technical people in the sanctuary).
I greet you with the words from the writer of Hebrews:
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)