CPC AND COVID-19: Our Ministry, Our Latest Decisions

Check this page for updates to this information as the weeks progress.

Friends and Members,

Below is a category-by-category update on our responses to COVID-19 and our plans as things progress.
 
Please remember that your church staff, the Deacons and Session will respond to your needs as best we can under current circumstances, and we hope you will keep in touch with us.
 
While we can offer spiritual guidance and companionship and help to restore calm to a chaotic situation, we will not try to be an ongoing source of official medical and emergency pronouncements. We believe you will be best served on these issues if you consult the Center for Disease Control website for official information (cdc.gov), and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website for information, rather than relying on hearsay and informal blogs. 
 
We are bound together by a gracious God who transcends all the difficulties that nature’s untamed moments throw at us. Do not be afraid, but do not be foolhardy. Presbyterians believe in a good God of providence who nonetheless asks us to use our best collective wisdom to respond with grace and courage in times of crisis.
 
Dr. Duane Hix, Bridge Interim, on behalf of the CPC Staff
 

We have canceled or postponed all activities at the church campus for the duration of the NC state stay-at-home order, currently designated through April 30. This includes Scouts, committee meetings, and all groups like Circles, Sunday School and support groups, whether specific church organizations or outside organizations. The office will be used by staff members on an as needed basis. Precautionary sanitation procedures like disinfecting door handles, keypads and common areas will help keep our staff safe. 

The Pastoral Care team will continue to send out lists of Joys and Concerns so you can know who might need an extra prayer or a phone call of support. The Deacon moderators will be asking the Deacons to double their contacts with members on their “beloved” lists. We are especially concerned about home-bound members tended by healthcare workers, as some agencies are hesitant to send out their workers, so staff will explicitly contact these people. If you are in that category, or know someone who is, please call the church office, or send an email to office@carypresbyterian.org.

For Sunday, April 5, worship will be streamed to the internet on Sunday morning at 10:00 on the Cary Presbyterian Facebook Page at this link(You do not need a Facebook account to access this link.) This  slightly shorter service will include most of the familiar elements. On Friday prior to Sunday, we will send out a bulletin that will allow you to participate in parts of the service, including words to hymns and prayers. The link to this worship site will be in the bulletin and in the weekly e-link. The service will also be recorded and available online at the church website. (Remember, previous church services are also available for access on Soundcloud via the CPC website at this link.)

Unfortunately, the choir’s cantata will be cancelled for April 5 and rescheduled for next year.

It goes without saying this Holy Week will be different. Whether you’ve experienced a Maundy Thursday service or not we invite you to join in one this year. We will miss being together, but we can still gather around our tables at home and share in the knowledge that around the corner, or down the street, brothers and sisters gather to break bread and remember.  We invite you to download, utilize, and reflect on the service included here holding in mind that every table can be a table of remembering, a table of grace, a table where we feast with our Lord and all the saints who have gone before. (Lord’s Prayer Coloring Page link here.)

 
Your relationship to God extends beyond worship, so we will also offer the following over the next few weeks:  
  • Mindfulness Meditation resources provided by Jason Troiano. Jason shares here the link to his own Facebook page. He will share posts for guided meditations and livestream mindfulness events from the best teachers in the U.S. as they reach out to the public during these challenging times.

    https://www.facebook.com/jason.troiano.522

  • A continuation of the Lenten Bible study through the CPC Facebook Page (no Facebook account is needed for access), Wednesday nights at 6:30.
  • Activities for children sent out to families by Children’s Ministry Coordinator Jen Pierce. (Parents, remember also that the church library has lots of videos and books for your family – and yourself!)
  • Until normal Sunday services resume, E-Link (containing the weekly bulletin) will be emailed to our mailing list on Friday mornings. 

We recognize that CPC members are generous and conscientious members of our communities. If you want to extend the mission of CPC beyond our doors, please consider contributions of food or money to Cary’s own Dorcas Ministries, the Food Bank of North Carolina, or the Summer Food Service Program in which we participate. 

You may offer volunteer hours or funds to this at this SignUpGenius Emergency Meals link (a note about this went out by e-mail last Sunday to you). 

The Courage, Strength, and Hope (Al-Anon) meeting scheduled for Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Library, will take place on ZOOM during the NC stay-at-home period. People can access the meeting every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. by visiting the Al-Anon district website – http://www.alanonalateen6nc.org and clicking on ” CANCELLATIONS”.  This will bring you to all the district meetings that have ZOOM availability.

We also remind you that expenses at CPC continue even though the offering plate cannot be passed at worship, so please send your pledges and contributions to the church until we meet again in person. Here is the link to our online giving option –
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