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Centennial Information and Updates
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As leaders of Centennial Christian Church, we want to write a word of tender care and let you know the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit is alive in us even as we shelter in place.
As Christians, we bear witness to acts of kindness and creative ingenuity that remind us of the Christian love within us. We are watching our Church prove itself to be incredibly adaptable as orders to stay at home have not ended our need - even in times like these - to give our thanks to God. Some of us who not only have never gathered in a digital community, but who never thought they would need or want to, are doing just that – and experiencing something very profound and meaningful. We have heard stories of families, spread across the country, being able to gather together for the same worship service via Facebook. Remember that God can reach us beyond all the barriers the world can create and the Holy Spirit can revive us and will be our strength during this time.
We understand the overwhelming financial challenge this virus is having on every household, the stock market decline and local layoffs. We continue to maintain our talented and experienced staff at the moment of our greatest need. We have built contingency reserves over many years to help off-set any short-term income deficit, but obviously we must receive monthly income to continue functioning as a congregation actively serving our community and you. We ask for your continued support at the level you can manage after taking good care of those you love.
In the love of our Lord, we remain as always, your humble servants and your partners.
Friends, Grace and peace from my place of shelter to yours. I imagine we’re all a little anxious and stir crazy, but I hope that taking time to feed your soul helps keep your spirits up. To that end, we are embracing the digital age in a big way, hoping to keep the CCC family of faith connected and caring for one another. Here are a list of opportunities to engage in soul care. 1. Spiritual Sugar is a short devotional time everyday at 11am via Facebook Live. You can find it at www.facebook.com/centennialcc.org even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
3. Sunday Home “Churching” – Join us through Facebook Live on Sunday morning at 10:15am for a scaled down worship time. Feel free to bring your coffee and doughnuts with you. We’ll celebrate communion together by each setting out our own elements. These can be bread and juice if you like, but if Diet Coke and goldfish crackers are what you have, then that will work too. I’ll walk you through it on Sunday.
4. You can always relay your prayer needs to me though phone, text, email, FB messenger, smoke signals, owl post, etc. If these are shareable, let me know and I’ll list them in my morning Facebook Live devotional. You can also comment on these videos as you watch them.
5. We will also be posting resources of the day and written devotional material athttps://www.centennialcc.org Check in everyday for a new resource and devotion.
Blessings on your heads, hearts, and homes, Pastor Heather
Resource links for information about the coronavirus.
The Governor of Illinois "Shelter in Place" order extended through the end of May.
Nonessential businesses were asked to stay close.
Illinois schools are closed for the rest of the school year.
Under Pritzker's order, Illinois residents will need to stay in their home unless there is an “essential reason” to go out. These “reasons” can include work, medical appointments, the need for groceries, medicine or gasoline, and to walk the dog. He said all nonessential businesses should cease operations.