To start, we believe that God is still in control of all things --even in times of trouble, uncertainty, confusion and fear (which we will talk about this Sunday at our online church gathering). Our elders and staff remain in prayer seeking guidance during this time. We also continue to monitor government and local advisories pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to update you on where we are as a church...
The CDC recently issued recommendations to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks. President Trump added to that by recommending a 15-day avoidance of groups of 10 or more people. These warnings and recommendations have caused school closures which also impacts where we meet as a church. Information is coming in quickly and these recommendations are changing rapidly. We will keep you posted as we learn more.
In light of current information available to us, we have decided to move our March 22 service online. For now, will make decisions for upcoming gathering one week at a time. Please make plans to gather your family or a small group on Sunday, March 22 at 10:45 for the online event. It will include a time of worship and prayer and biblical teaching relevant to the current crisis we are facing. Please visit http://www.cornerstonecc.church/online for more information.
Cornerstone Kids will also provide online worship, teaching and activities for families to use at home during this time. Please visit http://www.cornerstonecc.church/online for more information or go directly to the Cornerstone Kids website at http://www.cornerstonekids.church . Our Wednesday night AWANA ministry, in partnership with Calvary Baptist Church, will follow the Taylor County School District in terms of cancellations. If school is canceled, then we will not meet for AWANA.
We want to continue to stay connected during this social distancing season. Please stay in touch with your GROUP leader or serving team lead. You can also contact us online by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a contact form online at https://cccperry.churchcenter.com/people/forms/10747 . If you are or know of someone who is in need please let us know. We are actively encouraging our GROUPS to serve the needs when possible. Please stay connected with us and others as we take this opportunity to show Christ to others by how we love one another.
STAFF AND OFFICE
The staff continues to work full-time to plan online gatherings, meet needs, facilitate and mobilize GROUPS to meet and serve needs. The staff will also serve as a hub for information on needs in our church and community. The staff will continue to communicate regularly via phone, text, email, social media and more. The staff will be doing a majority of work at home and office hours will be suspended until further notice.
Please continue to remember the importance of tithing and giving to the local church. It is a spiritual mandate in scripture but it is also a practical need in the ongoing kingdom work needed during this time. You can continue to give online at: https://www.cornerstonecc.church/give
Although we are not aware of any confirmed cases of COV-ID in our community at this time we do encourage you to continue to follow guidlelines such a remaining home if you have a compromised immune system or symptoms (especially fever) as well as common hygiene practices --remember the HIGH FIVE: HANDS (wash often); ELBOW (cough into it); FACE (don't touch); FEET (stay 3-6 feet apart); FEEL (sick? stay home). There are also additiona guidelines here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Use this time wisely. God promises us a spirit of love and power and self-discipline (sound mind) --not fear. Spend time with your family. Play games together. Read together. Have family movie nights (or days). Study the bible and pray together. Phone friends. Check in on your neighbors. These are troubling times but we are still called have bold confidence in God, to be still and quiet before God, to serve and love others, and to spread the good news of Jesus wherever we are.
The Elders and Staff at Cornerstone Church, Perry