COVID-19

First, we want to acknowledge the fact that we all miss gathering for worship at our church facilities and share in the disappointment of having to cancel or reschedule so many Spring and Summer events including weddings, the mission trip, VBS and more. We know this has been a very difficult time for so many in our CCO family in terms of health, finances, and in some cases, the loss of loved ones and friends. We continue to stand with you in prayer.

We understand that there is a wide range of opinion about the science and the politics of this pandemic and its effect on churches and businesses. At the same time, we believe that our role as leadership is to make the wisest decisions we can on behalf of our church family during these unprecedented times.

Our primary goals for the next three months are two-fold. First, to minister to our congregation in the most effective ways possible considering all the factors involved, and second, to continue to reach-out to our surrounding communities recognizing the spiritual hunger that we are seeing everywhere.

Therefore, our summer plan is as follows:

  • Continue our weekly online worship service format. By boosting our services on Facebook the gospel and its life-changing message are reaching more people than ever before!
  • Hold three summer outdoor services:  Father’s Day (June 21), Sunday (August 2) and Kick-Off Sunday (September 13).
  • Open the Church facility for groups of 10 people or less. Please schedule your meeting with our Office Administrator, Darcy Boyes. Guidelines will be provided.
  • Open the Church Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM – Noon.
  • Continue hosting a monthly Congregational Zoom Call. Connect with fellow church members, share in devotional messages and prayer, and be encouraged by inspiring testimonies.
  • Continue providing a Wednesday Video Update and Friday Email Update.
  • Encourage “Home Gatherings” where our people serve as hosts and invite others to join them in their home to watch our worship services together, enjoy fellowship, and reach out to friends or neighbors. These small gatherings can also be scheduled at our facility.
  • Beginning Sunday, August 9 at 10 AM, we will resume worship in our Worship Center.  We will continue to monitor the health guidelines leading up to that date and prepare as necessary.

While some churches are planning to hold on-site worship services beginning in June, we feel led to take the longer view:

  • The Covid-19 infection rate in Minnesota continues to climb and has not reached the peak yet. We are not fearful but desire to be responsible as a church family. Our utmost concern is for the safety and well-being of people, both physically and spiritually.
  • The ability to hold worship on-site comes with many limitations: restrictions on numbers of people, wearing masks, total cleaning of the facility before and after service, restrictions on singing, inability to stand around and fellowship in the lobby, etc. We feel the initiatives outlined above are more effective in reaching and ministering to people than the limited benefit of meeting under the current restrictions.
  • While we all have a sincere longing to be back together again, we are counting on and trusting in the understanding of our congregation and our mutual commitment to continue to grow spiritually and reach-out to others in Jesus’ name during this time.

We understand that there are likely to be many different opinions on how we should proceed. We will continue to monitor the situation and are open to amending this plan along the way. We ask for your patience, prayers and support as we continue this journey together that we might maintain unity in the body and come through this stronger than ever as a congregation.

 

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