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Christ Pres Mid-Week Update 4/2

Brothers and Sisters,

As we continue in this new month to remain largely solitary as a society, allow me to highlight a few ways that the church is working to provide community and help, ways that you can both benefit from and help to participate in for the sake of others.
1)  Community Group, 1st and 3rd Thursdays
While we continue to read and discuss the book of James together as a way to study the Word of God together, we are also making sure that we spend time checking in on one another and praying for one another.  This is an excellent opportunity not only for your own socialization, but also to serve others in the church by praying with and for them, and you don’t even have to live anywhere near Grove City to participate!  Next meeting is Thursday, April 2 (today) at 7:30 PM EDT via Zoom.  You can email me or message the church’s facebook or twitter page for the link and/or for help connecting to the meeting.  
2)  Food for the Joneses
Now that the Joneses are home from the hospital and settling into life as a family of four, we are going to be blessing them just like we always would, by delivering meals.  You can sign up for (a) date(s) to bring them some food here: www.TakeThemAMeal.com/OCWO7796.
3)  Fridays with the Kuciembas - service project next Thursday (4/9/2020)
In case you missed it last week, Friday dinners are being moved to virtual hangouts on 2nd and 4th Thursdays during this season (alternating with community group weeks).  Last week we were able to play Scattergories together online.  Next week, we plan to do a service project together to support those who are being affected more severely by the pandemic. Here are the details:
Service Project: The organization that Erin Bancroft makes cake for (Icing Smiles, www.icinigsmiles.org) has asked for cake- and cupcake-themed cards to send to the families they serve since many have had to delay celebrations due to Covid-19. Mary Brown has graciously agreed to make template cards, gather supplies, and lead us in making the cards together next Thursday (4/9) from 7-9 pm. If you would like to participate, please let Erin or Kat know and also whether you want the simplest option (pasting pieces together and some coloring) or the more involved option (more customization, maybe some sponging, etc.). We will then deliver the supplies to you by Thursday. You don't have to stay the entire time (or can come late) and we'll try to record the session so you can participate later if need be.
4)  Virtual Worship
We continue to worship our Lord together with other churches in our denomination virtually as a means of fostering unity within the broader church and as a means of remembering that the church is bigger than what we usually see, so that even when we feel more separated, we still enjoy unity with brothers and sisters around our nation and around the world.  I send out the link for the week’s virtual service on Saturdays, together with some prayer requests, so don’t forget to check your email and/or the church’s website and social media accounts.  If you would like to be added to the church’s email list, let me know by sending an email, which you can do via the “Contact” tab on the website, if you don’t already have my email address.
5)  Individual prayer and support
If you have prayer requests or specific needs that anyone in the church can help with, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  You can contact your shepherding elder or Pastor Jonathan at any time.  I would be glad to pray with you virtually and help or coordinate help in any way I can.  If you would rather we pray separately, that’s fine, too.  We can also share prayer requests so that the whole church can be praying, if you so authorize.
And, in one bit of exciting news, with the new Stay-at-Home edict extending to the entire state, Zach and Jessica were able to move their wedding up to yesterday evening, just before the order took effect.  So congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Hunter!  And thanks to those of you who heard the news and were able to come out, remaining in your vehicles, to honk in support!  It’s just this kind of creative thinking in order to show love and support for one another that is so encouraging and helps us to remember that even when we are limited in what we can do, we are still united by the love of God, who, at great risk to Himself, left the safety of Heaven in order to expose Himself to the worst that this fallen world had to offer to show God’s unending love for us.  And since He has done that, we are able to love one another in the ways that we can, part of which involves maintaining this social distancing for a time so that hospitals are not overrun and we can slow the spread of this pandemic enough to get back to worshiping together in person.
I look forward to praying for you every day, church family, and I appreciate your prayers for this church family as well.  As a parting word, let me leave you with a few questions and answers from the Heidelberg Catechism, written in 1563, and still comforting to this day.
1. Q.
What is your only comfort
in life and death?
That I am not my own, 1
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death, 2
to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. 3
He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood, 4
and has set me free
from all the power of the devil. 5
He also preserves me in such a way 6
that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head; 7
indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation. 8
Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
he also assures me
of eternal life 9
and makes me heartily willing and ready
from now on to live for him. 10
27. Q.
What do you understand by the providence of God?
God's providence is
his almighty and ever present power, 1
whereby, as with his hand, he still upholds
heaven and earth and all creatures, 2
and so governs them that
leaf and blade,
rain and drought,
fruitful and barren years,
food and drink,
health and sickness,
riches and poverty, 3
indeed, all things,
come to us not by chance 4
but by his fatherly hand. 5
28. Q.
What does it benefit us to know
that God has created all things
and still upholds them by his providence?
We can be patient in adversity, 1
thankful in prosperity, 2
and with a view to the future
we can have a firm confidence
in our faithful God and Father
that no creature shall separate us
from his love; 3
for all creatures are so completely in his hand
that without his will
they cannot so much as move. 4
In Him,
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