Dear C2G Family, 8/7/2020
Unleavened bread and Passover.
During Covid-19, so many simple aspects of our lives seem to have been removed, such as moving freely, seeing smiles, hugging, and the shaking of hands. This is much like the removal of yeast in delicious bread, transforming it from a soft enjoyable aspect in our daily lives into a hard, thin, flavorless necessity called unleavened bread. It is not the most enjoyable thing to eat, and it is used as a symbol in Passover celebrations.
Similar to the enslaved Israelites of old taking steps during Passover to save their first born, we too have taken steps so that Covid-19 would pass over us and save our loved ones. Could it be that we are experiencing our own passover and experiencing our own time of eating unleavened bread?
On the night Jesus was betrayed, he celebrated the Jewish Passover with his disciples by breaking unleavened bread and passing the cup. He was experiencing his own personal Passover.
Recall Luke 22 where He was in the garden praying:
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Just as we now struggle, so did He. In His case, He chose to give up His life for us. And by doing so, Jesus profoundly understands our struggles and deeply desires to join us during this, our own Passover journey. As worries and fatigue press upon us, Jesus lovingly calls out our names, saying, “Turn to Me and I will give you comfort and rest,” (paraphrase of Matthew 11:28). So take heart during this time of Covid-19. For you are not alone! He is calling to you.
We, the Board, invite you to join us in hearing and responding to our names being called. May His peace be present for us all.
Brian Spahr – Pastor
David Fenstermacher - Pres.
Kenny Stratton – Vice President
Chris Irvin – Treasurer
Jamie Drake – Secretary
Dave Burris – At Large
Karen Fisher – At Large
Pat Butler -At Large
Online Streaming Services Continue
Based on the current Covid-19 environment, we will continue to use online streaming as our main form of worship. However, depending on the environment at the time, we will attempt a pilot reopening in September. More information will be given as we approach the end of August.
Parking Lot Services
Our parking lot service on July 25th was a success with 63 people attending in person. And the audio quality for our online worshipers was greatly improved. In addition, we were able to offer communion in the parking lot service as well. The next parking lot service is planned for August 30th (weather permitting).
Group Events at C2G
Additional groups are planned to use the C2G facilities. And we have Safety and Cleaning protocols in place, which all groups have agreed to adhere to.
C2G Music Hall Reboot
C2G Board will be meeting with C2G Music Hall August 9th to review the plans and procedures to follow as these renovations plans become more firm.
Our finances continue to hold steady. We recently received a PPP loan for $10,000 that we will retain until the government forgives it. At that point, we will prayerfully evaluate how it should be used. We are truly blessed.
Attendance continues to hold steady.