Dear CPC family,
On Thursday, December 17th, Governor Hogan announced a new advisory with guidance for all large gatherings. This advisory reduced the number for large gatherings from 25 to 10 persons. The previous advisory excluded churches, so we continued to gather safely. However, this newest advisory did not exclude churches, so late yesterday afternoon I conferred with leaders and made the decision to move again to live stream only for all services, including Christmas Eve, until we have new guidelines.
I recognize this comes at an important time for the church’s worship and celebration of Christmas. This was not an easy decision to make, and there are good arguments on all sides of this issue. That said, over the past two weeks a few of our people have tested positive outside of our gatherings, but it is a reality check that the United States is experiencing a higher number of infected and hospitalized people than it was in the Spring. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to return to live stream only. We made this decision in light of caring for our intergenerational community and a desire to do our part to slow the spread of exposure to and infection with COVID-19.
It is my hope and expectation that we will not have to stay in this position for a long time, but I want to encourage all of you to continue to worship the Lord with us digitally. Take this time to rest and know that the Lord is with us and “he has brought us safe thus far.” We can bond together in the promises of Christ as the vine (John 15:5) and flourish depending on him in the power of the gospel.
The ministry team and I are praying for you; please continue to pray for us as we seek to serve during this challenging time. The great news is that “the Lord is good and his love endures forever” and “we have received the Light” so we can move forward in hope and not in fear.
Blessings – Pastor Randy