Working Together to Rebuild Hope

“So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out.” - Nehemiah 4:21

Dear Friends,

The book of Nehemiah tells the story of the rebuilding of Jerusalem, after the long Babylonian exile. It was hard work, that met with lots of local oppositions and in response to the opposition, they had to change tactics several times. But the work went on, despite what was going on around them.

Five days after the Session’s prayerful decision to move worship online through January 3, I want to remind you that the work goes on!

On this snowy Wednesday, I want to share with you some of the work that continues, here at CUPC.

First, our UP with Kids Daycare continues to provide safe and secure childcare for children, with increased protocols for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers - and on some occasions, school-aged children too!

Second, we continue to receive and distribute food to those in need, weekly at the Pop-Up Pantry (tomorrow, Dec 17 & re-starting again after the holidays), plus on the third Saturday of each month through the regular Food Pantry - we JUST received several sizable donations, including from Canon-Mac High School - even though they’re only online for learning!

Third, our office remains open, to field phone calls, coordinate ministries, pray for our community and communicate with-in and with-out our church building.

Fourth, we continue to upgrade and update our facilities - the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen floors were just waxed, the Gross Motor (Youth) Room floor in the CE building was just replaced, and the Nursery and New Youth Rooms are nearing their completed renovations. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Fifth, the Session and leaders continue to work - to meet via video-conference, to pray, to discern and to encourage our community to remain united in Christ, regardless of what transpires around us.

And finally, we continue to host and lead worship services… just a bit differently. While we may not be worshiping in the sanctuary right now, we’re following a long line of worshipers who didn’t gather together in a beautiful building. The early church gathered in small homes, just handfuls of people at a time. And the exiles returning from Babylon couldn’t safely worship in the temple without the city walls to protect them! So Nehemiah banded together the entire community - taking turns working and guarding - re-building the walls in just 52 days, to the glory of God!

Just imagine what we could be doing in 52 days! If we band together, if we keep doing the necessary work, if we keep re-building the hopes and hearts of our community during this pandemic… just imagine what we could be doing in a short 52 days!

Nothing is impossible with God - if we remain united and continue the work - with our hearts and hopes in Him!

Welcoming YOU to Grow in Jesus,

Pastor Don

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