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Update For Easter

Our Good Friday and Easter Services will be streamed online only.

Brandon Pasion's Reading from Sunday, March 29

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be a disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,

Sing.

Covid-19 Update For Sunday Services on March 22

CPC will meet online only on Sunday, March 22, March 29, and April 5. You can join us online at cpc.org or on the CPC App. Midweeks will only meet online until further notice. Your ministry leaders will keep you updated. Make sure to stay connected with us through our website, CPC App and on our social media channels which are found on the headers of ministry pages.

Covid-19 Update March 15

Hello CPC family,  

 

We are watching our world change around us due to COVID-19. We want to reassure you that God has not been caught off guard by this virus, and He will be glorified through it.  

 

We are seeing our community increasingly impacted by the virus. Even in our body, we are learning of people directly affected by COVID-19. Based on the information available to us, we believe there is no associated risk to our congregation.  

 

While the use of the words unprecedented, unique, or generational is often overused, they are appropriate in describing the world we are experiencing presently. It is in times like these that God’s people have the opportunity to elevate above the chaos, fear, anxiety, and self-preservation mentality to truly serve and witness God’s hope, goodness, love, and truth. Our hope and prayer is that CPC is elevated on Jesus Christ our cornerstone. 

In an effort to respond, CPC is developing two teams:  

  1. COVID-19 response Prayer Team 
  2. COVID-19 response Go Team

The COVID-19 response Prayer Team is there to speak God’s truth and prayer into the isolation. We will reach out with prayer remotely on a regular basis to those infected or in isolation.

 

The COVID-19 response Go Team is there to be the hands and feet of CPC to those in need. This will be a team of people who will drop off food, supplies, and medications. Of course, the utmost safety for these servants will be prioritized. 

 

We encourage any in our body who are called to either of these teams to please fill out this form on our website or on our CPC App under the Health and Safety Tile. 

 

We want to encourage you in this time to lean into God, listen, and discern how he is leading you.

 

If you want to join the Prayer Team or Go Team click here.

If you need prayer click here.

If you need help click here.

 

To keep up with other opportunities to serve the body during this time, go to cpc.org/covid-19 and click on the yellow ways to serve button.

 

We want to stay connected during this time. The Communications Team is setting up a new page, where you will find links to encouraging worship playlists, the different Youtube Channels we are using, as well as some new ideas that we are working on. That page will be up on our website later today. You will be able to access it at cpc.org and look for the button “CPC Together” under our CPC Mission Statement.

 

We want to leave you with an excerpt from Jesus Lover of my Soul By Charlies Wesley.

 

Other refuge have I none,

Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;

Leave, oh, leave me not alone,

Still support and comfort me.

All my trust on Thee is stayed,

All my help from Thee I bring;

Cover my defenseless head

With the shadow of Thy wing.

 

Grace and Peace,

The Elders

 

Covid-19 Update for Sunday, March 15

Dear CPC Family,

 

As we continue to monitor COVID-19, we WILL NOT gather as a large group for Sunday services on Sunday, March 15 at either of our campuses. As we said on Sunday, we are not doing this out of fear; our faith is firmly in our sovereign God. We’ve based this decision on our broader neighborhoods and our CPC community, knowing that a large population falls into the most vulnerable demographic for the virus. To keep up with any communication regarding COVID-19, we've set up an update page.

 

With that said, we want to encourage you to join us in worship on our live stream and watch online through our CPC App or at live.cpc.org. We also want to encourage you to worship together with your Community Group, Women's Bible Study Table, MOPS Table, Men's Fraternity Table, or Ministry Teams. Enjoy breakfast together and then worship with us online. This is also an excellent opportunity to invite some friends or neighbors who might not come to church but would come to your home for a meal and one of our services.

 

As we said on Sunday, this is a wonderful opportunity to bring hope to our communities and let people experience the real hope that every soul thirsts for. This is also an opportunity to remember that the essence of the church is not a building. For over 30 years, the sign out front has read "Central Peninsula Church Meets Here." CPC will continue to meet as a church during this crisis, only online and in smaller gatherings. Snap a picture of your group, post it on social media, and tag us in it using the hashtag #cpcmeetshere.

 

As a reminder, if you have an Apple TV or Roku, you can download the Central Peninsula Church App, open the app and click on the "Live Stream." If you are watching from a computer at live.cpc.org, here are a couple of links to help set up your computer to play on a TV so your group can worship together through your TV. If you need additional assistance, please contact Dave Vergara.

 

How to connect a computer to the TV with a VGA cable. https://youtu.be/vz6y1LMk5M4

How to connect a laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable: https://youtu.be/s532CgZNrMg

 

CPC Students will meet online too! Middle Schoolers can go to the student ministry Youtube channel at 9:15 am. High School students can go to the student ministry Youtube channel at 11:15 am.

 

CPCKids also plans on doing lessons online for kids and families. They will keep you posted on when and where. You can download Sunday's lesson at cpc.org/kids. If you live near the Foster City Campus or want to swing by, CPCKids has all the small group lessons, and supplies prepped and ready for you to pick up. There is a table set up inside the building next to the office door. Feel free to take one.

 

Concerning midweek meetings of various ministries, we've decided that we will not have any gatherings of over 50 people at CPC for the week of March 16. This may seem like a random number, but larger groups are riskier than smaller ones. Ministry leaders will be contacting you to let you know if your ministry is or is not meeting. You can also call the church office if you are not sure if your group is meeting. Outside groups who use CPC's facilities will not be meeting for the time being.

 

As we contemplate how to minister to those affected by COVID-19, please continue to remember your financial generosity to CPC during this challenging season. As always, we trust the LORD to meet our needs. Online giving is available at cpc.org/give, or through our CPC App. Please consider setting up an ongoing regular gift to CPC. If you need help setting up an online giving account, please contact Kim Schulz.

 

If you're in need, please let us know. Whether you're ill or have been advised to stay home because you're at a higher risk of serious illness, we're developing strategies to care for one another as God's family. If you need help, please email us at communications@cpc.org or call the church at (650) 349-1132.

 

On Behalf of the Elders,

Sandy Hughes

Pastor of Communications

Covid-19 Statement from Sunday, March 8.

First, we want to thank you for joining us in worship online. We want you to know that this was a very difficult decision to close our campuses and worship online. We did not make this decision out of fear, but rather out of a desire to protect our community and church family. We are not participating in much of the hysteria that surrounds this issue; our faith is firmly in our sovereign God. We know that many churches up and down the Peninsula have chosen to stay open while many others like ours have closed and are meeting online. We chose to err on the side of caution out of our commitment to keeping our church family safe and being responsible members of our community.

 

We want to reaffirm just a few things:

 

  1. First, this decision is about the broader community. If we are going to be about our neighbors and community, we need to participate in the process vigorously laid out by our city officials and government.
  2. Second, we are also thinking of our own CPC Community, where we have a decent population in our body that falls into the most vulnerable demographic for the virus. Exposing that segment at this stage in the virus, even though it may seem to be a low probability is not responsible leadership.

 

Two short years ago, the elders presented the new vision for CPC. Mark Mitchell encouraged us to “unpack our bags and stay awhile.” I am reminded of something he said regarding Jeremiah 29:7, which says, “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Mark encouraged us to do what we can to build up our cities and bless them. When God says to seek the peace and prosperity of this place, he uses the word shalom. Seek its shalom—that’s talking about the flourishing of a place. Do everything you can to help this place flourish economically, socially, and spiritually. CPC sees this virus and the closing of our campuses as an opportunity to speak hope into the hysteria. WE know how hard it is to bring friends to church at times. This is an opportunity to bring the church and hope to your community. Invite those friends over that would never darken the steps of a church but will come to your home. Worship online together. Let them experience the real hope that every soul thirsts for right in the comfort of your own home. We urge you to pay attention to the physical concerns of COVID-19, but also spiritual matters. Allow your Christian Hope to be even more contagious.

 

We will continue to keep you posted through email, our website, and app as we monitor the situation.

 

 

 

Covid-19 Update 3-5-20

 

To Our CPC Family,

 

Keeping our church family safe and healthy is a high priority at CPC. Towards that end, we have closely monitored the recommendations of public health authorities, and we’re following their guidance with respect to the COVID-19. San Mateo County Public Health and CDC have requested that organizers of large gatherings provide alternative methods of gathering, to protect the community and slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

To be cautious and proactive, this Sunday, March 8, our services will only be held online. We have canceled all of our Sunday morning worship gatherings at both campuses on March 8, as well as postponed our Worship Night scheduled for that evening. This cancellation includes all Sunday morning gatherings of CPC Kids and Students.

 

At a time like this, I’m so grateful for technology! CPC will still worship Sunday morning in homes throughout the Mid-Peninsula through our live stream at 9:00, and 11 am at live.cpc.org or on the CPC App on your favorite device. South Campus, please tune in to one of these service options. Mark Mitchell will preach, and Brandon Passion will lead worship. We will also update everyone on this evolving reality of how we gather and worship as Christ’s body. The broadcast of this service will also be available for the rest of the week through our CPC App. We believe we can continue to learn and grow together as a church by worshipping together in our homes with friends and family.

 

Families, make sure to check out the Parent Cue App for your child’s lesson for this Sunday and, of course, our kid’s favorite, the So And So Show.

 

With regard to midweek meetings of various ministries, we’ve decided that we will not have any gatherings of over 50 people at CPC. This may seem like a random number, but larger groups are riskier than smaller ones. If you have any questions as to whether or not a CPC group or ministry is meeting, please feel free to check our website or call the church office. We also contacted our outside groups who use our building and asked them not to meet here for the time being.

 

As we contemplate how to minister to those affected by Covid-19, please continue to remember your financial generosity to CPC during this challenging season. As always, we trust the LORD to meet our needs. Online giving is available at cpc.org/give, or through our app. If you need help setting up an online giving account, please contact Kim Schulz.

 

If you’re in need, please let us know. Whether you're ill or have been advised to stay home because you're at a higher risk of serious illness, we’re developing strategies to care for one another as God's family. If you need help, please email us at communications@cpc.org or call the church at (650) 349-1132.

 

We will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and San Mateo Department of Public Health and update you weekly. Again, we hope you can join our live stream service this Sunday at 9:00, and 11 am. Also, remember to “spring forward” and set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night.

 

We want to be responsible members of our community during this time, but also trust God and “fear not.” God’s word through Jeremiah to his people is to “seek the welfare of the city… and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jer. 29:7)  As much as we desire to all be together in person, we want to seek our wider community’s welfare by following the recommendation of our county.

 

On behalf of our team of elders,

Mark Mitchell
Lead Pastor

 

Resources:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus

Covid-19 Update 3-1-20

 

Dear CPCers,

The Elders and Pastors at CPC have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. Please rest assured, we are taking precautions to keep our community safe and healthy.

 

Starting today during our "greeting” time, we will still be friendly and welcoming, but without shaking each other's hands.

 

We will be taking communion today. At each communion station, there will be hand sanitizer to use before taking the elements.

 

We have ordered several hand sanitizing stations, and you will see those go up in the next few weeks.

If you or someone in your family is not feeling well and need to stay home, don't forget that you can worship with us through our live stream on our CPC App or our website at live.cpc.org at both our 9 and 11 am services. Additionally, you can continue to give through both of those online platforms.

 

As a reminder, the CDC recommends:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If you've recently traveled to a country for which the CDC has issued a travel notice, we ask that you consider refraining from attending Sunday services, midweek ministries, and other events for the recommended timeframe of 14 days.

Let's not forget that God is entirely in control. It's easy to forget as fears run high. I am reminded of the prophet Isaiah's words, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

 

Let's be in prayer for those who are sick, caregivers, as well as doctors and scientists working on a vaccine. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any changes in our Sunday or mid-week gatherings.

 

On Behalf of The Elders,

Sandy Hughes
Pastor of Communications