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Christ Pres Mid-Week Update 4/8

Hi Church Family,

I’m going to get right into the announcements this week, because there is a lot going on.  I hope you will read to the end to see how you can continue both to support and to be blessed by the ongoing ministry of the church in this time.

  1. Meals for the Joneses

Delivering food is allowed under the stay-at-home order, and this is one of the ways our church has always shown love and support for each other.  Now that the Joneses are home from the hospital, show them your love and support by signing up to drop off a meal for them at www.TakeThemAMeal.com/OCWO7796.  This is one of the best and easiest ways we can continue to be the church for one another.



       2. Thursday Service Project/Church Social


Tomorrow evening (4/9) from 8-9:00, we will be making cards to send to children battling critical illness.  We will do it from the “social distance approved” comfort of our own homes, but together via Zoom video conferencing.  Cards have been approved as a safe encouragement to send.  Mary Brown has made a couple of options for template cards we can make, and if you let Kat or Erin know today that you would like to participate, we can even drop the supplies off at your house tomorrow.  If you would rather not make cards, but would still like to see people and have a social outlet, you are still welcome to join the conference.  Let Pastor Jonathan or Kat know your interest, and we will send you the link to join the Zoom conference.



        3. Day of Prayer and Fasting this Friday (4/10)


The Moderator of our ARP denomination, Rev. Dr. Leslie Holmes, has called for a day of prayer and fasting this coming Friday to cry out to our God for relief from this pandemic.  If you were worshiping with the Huntersville ARP Church this past Sunday, you may have heard Pastor Lee refer to this.  Our denomination is participating along with the PCA, the EPC, the ACNA, and others in a great show of Christian unity.  I’ll include the full text of the Moderator’s announcement below, along with some resources that the EPC put out to help guide us all in our prayer and fasting.  I recognize that not everyone is able to fast from regular meals, so as you consider participating in this fast, remember that the focus of fasting is on setting aside time for focussed prayer, and sacrificing something important that would otherwise take time so that you can use that time and that disruption in your schedule to focus on praying, even if your particular sacrifice needs to be something other than food.  Here is the Moderator’s call and the aforementioned resources:

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

The whole world is in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic that is spreading death, illness, economic turmoil, unemployment, isolation, panic, and fear. In such desperate times, the people of God should humble themselves and pray to almighty God for His grace, mercy, and love to heal us, restore us, and relieve us from this crushing burden of disease.

In response to the ravages of this historic plague, this call for prayer and fasting is an historic, ecumenical event because the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church will for the first time unite as one to pray for God's mercy and healing.

The Call: For all believers in Christ in the ARP to join brothers and sisters in the PCA, EPC, and ACNA to set aside Good Friday, April 10, as a day of prayer and fasting to cry out for God's help against the COVID-19 virus in addition to a day of worship.

The goal is for all 585,000 or so members of these four churches to have the opportunity to join hearts and voices and participate together. Other denominations are aware of the planning for this event and have asked to be invited. Among these are the National Association of Evangelicals and ECO. Should these groups participate, we could have millions of Christians joining their hearts in prayer.

At the bottom of this message are links to three resources:

1. A Guide to Prayer and Fasting by Dr. Richard Pratt, President of Third Millennium Ministries;

2. A suggested prayer list; and

3. A prayer from the Book of Common Prayer that addresses the needs of suffering people in troubled times.

Remember: He is risen!


A Guide to Prayer and Fasting


Suggested Prayers


Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer



        4. Sunday Worship this Week via Zoom


The past few weeks we have been worshiping together with other churches as a reminder of our unity in Christ, which we may continue to do to some extent in future weeks.  However, this week, we are planning to have a special Christ Pres service via Zoom conferencing.  I’ll send out more details on Saturday, but I hope that you will look forward to this opportunity to worship together as our church and see one another worshiping again as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and His victory over death.  If you have any questions about how to use Zoom, please let me know, and I will be happy to help walk you through it.

As always, I and your elders are glad to hear prayer requests and lift them up before the throne of Heaven for you and with you.  If you have other needs or questions, please let us know those as well.  Though we don’t see each other as often these days, our love for you as brothers and sisters in Christ has never been stronger.  Let us all seek to love and serve one another and our community in many creative ways to the glory of God.

In Him,


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