March 23, 2020
The CBC office will be closed starting Monday, March 23, 2020. Mail will be picked up so that contributions can be deposited. The office staff will be working from home and may be contacted by email or cell phone. Please login to the CBC Online Directory for staff contact information or email email@example.com if you do not have access to the directory.
The drop-off for food donation which was requested earlier will not be available.
March 20, 2020
Beginning Sunday, March 22, 2020, and if the Lord is willing, continuing until regular meetings are resumed, CBC will post a recorded video to our YouTube channel by 10:00 AM each Sunday morning. The elders encourage ALL CBCers to go to the link below at or after 10:00 AM each Sunday and watch the video.
Please bear in mind that this approach is new territory for us just as it is for you. We ask you to forbear with us through any imperfections in the technical aspects of the presentation. We will certainly be making adjustments after we get through this first “online” Sunday morning.
May we be united in prayer and in heart, mind and spirit as we do our best to worship “together” under the present circumstances. Whatever you think of this arrangement, please apply Ephesians 4:1-16 and 1 Corinthians 13 (all) so that love and unity may prevail in all things in the flock of God.
March 13, 2020
To the CBC family:
We know that most of you have been following the progress of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as have the elders of Community Bible Chapel. This email is to outline our early-stage thinking and first plans in response to the virus. We fully acknowledge that this is a fluid situation, and our planning is developing rapidly as we learn more. We intend to communicate regularly with the body regarding this difficult situation.
It is of first importance that we do not react in fear because our God is in control of this virus, its extent, and its impacts on the church and the world.
Rather than be fearful of the unknown, we encourage you to remember that the Lord’s plan is unfolding perfectly according to His will. Meditate on Psalm 23 and Romans 8 and be confident in your God.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NASB
We held a special meeting of the elders on Thursday morning, March 12, to discuss how best to care for the body as well as our community during a time of uncertainty as to best practices for containing the virus.
We know that we have many elderly in our body who are at heightened risk for serious harm or death should they contract the virus, which is highly contagious. We also have a number of members who are immuno-suppressed or have lung or respiratory health issues, placing them at heightened risk.
As we observe the early response of other institutions such as schools, businesses with large events, and government institutions, we believe we can best serve our local community and the body by temporarily suspending church-sponsored meetings. We are planning to stop meeting for these activities for the next three Sundays (including Sunday, March 15) and will be in regular communication with the body during this time. Any further extension of this cancellation period and the eventual resumption of services will be communicated in advance to the body.
To be specific, this includes:
- Our Sunday-morning meetings
- Church-sponsored youth events and meetings, whether at CBC or at other sites
- Wednesday morning or evening events at the church
- Ministry Group meetings
- ISI Home Group
- Other church-affiliated events
This does not necessarily include other non-CBC sponsored events or social interactions such as dinners, visits, weddings, showers, etc. Please use your best judgment on those decisions. The elders would, however, recommend you keep up to date on guidelines from our federal, state and local authorities regarding such activities. We know that consciences will differ on many things, and we are limiting our requests here to the things over which we as elders have responsibility.
We will be making efforts to use technology such as live-streaming or recording teaching and potentially other things that buttress the body.
It is important that we communicate with one another regularly, and especially with those most vulnerable or least connected to the life of the body. Our love for one another will be evident as we minister in challenging circumstances.
Our God is faithful. He loves His church so much that He bought it at the price of His own Son’s life. He is able to make us stand, and let us all rely on Him as we do.
The elders specifically request that you pray for us as we make difficult decisions with limited information in areas where opinions will certainly differ. We trust that the Lord will provide the wisdom needed to honor Him best in any situation if we look to Him through the Word and prayer.
May the Lord’s name be praised.
The elders of Community Bible Chapel