COVID-19 at CCOB
May 24 - June 28
COVID-19 Update May 24, 2020
“The church leadership will monitor the CDC guidelines with regard to church openings; however, the church will remain closed until procedures are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the church family and guests.”
For further explanation on this statement, please see Pastor Joel’s opening reflection in the June Newsletter.
COVID-19 Update April 14, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Chambersburg COB:
I hope this letter finds you safe and well. Staying indoors and donning a facemask when venturing outside have become the new normal for most of us during this COVID-19 pandemic. For the last four weeks the church building has been essentially closed to the public and all church activities – meetings, Youth Group, Midweek Connection, etc. – have either been cancelled or postponed until further notice. This is being done in cooperation with the CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.
Our services of worship are currently being recorded in advance and made available on our Chambersburg Church of the Brethren Facebook page every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. so that we can still come together as the Body of Christ to worship and interact with one another during this time.
If you aren’t available at 9:00 Sunday morning and you miss it, the service will be pinned to the top of our Facebook page for the remainder of the day. You may also log onto our website (chambcob.org) and click on “The Word” at the top of our home page. Our services for the last month will be available there for your viewing. Click on one and enjoy.
During this pandemic, instead of visiting you in your homes as I ordinarily would, I have been reaching out to a number of you on the telephone. A question I frequently hear is, “How long do you think it will be until we are able to worship at church like we’re used to?” The honest and most responsible answer is, “We don’t know and it is difficult to assign a time to that.” At the most recent Church Board meeting (April 7th) the board wrestled with the very real possibility of having to extend our church quarantine into May. We are as eager to get back into fellowship as you are. However, for the safety and well-being of all concerned, we feel it is best to exercise “responsible caution,” and we ask your patience and flexibility.
One new Ministry of Mission has come out of this crisis and I am excited to share it with you. For the month of April, our board has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund. We are accepting your special offerings for Coronavirus relief. All money you designate will be used to provide critical supplies, food, and aid to local organizations that are providing relief and service to others during this 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
WAYS TO GIVE TO COVID-19 RELIEF
1. Text 84321 on your phone. Enter the amount you want to give for relief and text COVID after the amount. Example: if you enter 84321 and text 20 COVID you are indicating that your gift to the Relief Fund is $20.
2. Give a gift online at chambcob.org/give Choose COVID-19 Fund and follow the instructions.
3. Mail your offering to the church and designate COVID-19 Relief on your check. Please make your checks payable to Chambersburg Church of the Brethren.
Speaking of giving, we appreciate receiving your tithes and financial offerings during this time of quarantine. You may give by going online at www.chambcob.org Choose “Give” and follow the instructions. You may also send your gifts in the mail to:
260 South Fourth Street
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Watching the worship services online has been an encouragement to me. I hope it has been an encouragement to you as well. If you don’t have access to a computer, we will gladly mail you a DVD of any of our worship services per your request. Give us a call!
In His Grasp…
Psalm 46:1 God is our protection and source of strength. He is always ready to help us in times of trouble. (ERV)