RALLY SUNDAY ~ CORONA STYLE!

On September 20th C.C.P. will be celebrating the start of our programming year. In these unprecedented times Rally Sunday needs to look a little different but we still invite you to show your C.C.P. SPIRIT and join us for a

RALLY SUNDAY CAR PARADE!

At 11am on Sunday September 20th we invite you to join in our Rally Sunday Car parade. We ask all vehicles to park either in the outer back lot or along Church St. facing towards Broad St. PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLES!

At 11:15 am our Lead Car will lead our parade around the block and back to the church’s back parking lot. Once back in the lot all participants can open their car windows and families with children will receive a Church School on the Go packet from Nicole and all participants will be able to say a brief, socially distanced HELLO to Rev. Don all from the safety of your car!

We want to see YOUR C.C.P. SPIRIT so please decorate your car with streamers, balloons, signs, write on the windows…HAVE FUN with it!! This parade is open to ALL! We will be taking videos and   pictures of the festivities that morning and a video will be posted to share with those who can’t make it.

Parade Route: start on Church Street, take a right on Broad St, take a right on Washington St, take a right on West Main and then a right back on to Church street and into our back lot.

Midweek Meditation

Please join us for Midweek Meditation starting August 5, 2020 at 7 pm on our Facebook page (@uccplainville).

Midweek Meditation will include around 20 minutes of a meditation on scriptures which Rev. Don will lead, followed by 5 minutes of centering prayer/meditation.

Our scripture meditation for the first couple months will focus on the Gospel of John.

See you then!

Update on CCP and Covid-19 Health Crisis

Dear Members and Friends in Christ,

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19

Indeed, God is doing a new thing and we must wait with trust, courage and patience in the midst of a stormy sea.  I am grateful for each and everyone of you and am in prayer all day

Though we do not know where this is going or when it will end, we are in this for the long haul together. We also realize that God sees and knows all things and where this will go so we shall not fear.

It’s important to update you periodically regarding the church. Below are the updates I have received and after meeting with leadership on a Zoom meeting:

Following the advice of the governor, medical and pastoral experts, the leadership team has decided to suspend all in person events until further notice. That said, just know that we will still worship together on Facebook live including our Wednesday prayer night in addition to our Sunday morning service. I invite you to watch as we open our spirit to the Holy Spirit now.

If you don’t know how to get on social media or having trouble with it, reach out to me and I will have someone teach you and send instructions. We will also send out instructions on how to phone in or video conference our virtual meetings.

Our goal has been and will continue to be staying in touch with our church members via email and phone calls regularly. We will organize a group of people who can help you in a number of ways, so please do not hesitate to let us know what you need in terms of pastoral care, food needs, help with technology on your computer or cell phone so that you can stay informed and connected.

If you have pastoral needs, please email Pastor Donna at revdonna@uccplainville.org.

Here is what we are working on now behind scenes:

  1. A parish care team to help identify the homebound and hospitalized and reach out to them as we go along. If you would like to be on that team, please email me.
  2. Music for the Soul from Pete prerecorded to bring comfort during this time. More on that to come!
  3. Nicole Guglietta will continue to send weekly lessons for faith formation for children each week via email and will work with her teachers as we move along. Also encouraging lessons for youth to keep them involved!  Stay tuned!

We appreciate the work of our ministry leaders and want to continue to support our staff. If you are able to send in your pledge payments or even prepay all or a portion, we can continue ministries as best as we are able. With gratitude we accept these payments via U.S. mail or electronic payments from your banks.  

There is always light at the end of this road and God is with us every step of the way!

Though we are physically apart, God is still with us and we are connected to the Vine in spirit. Your leadership is praying for you that you may be grounded in God’s word, comforted by the Holy Spirit and the peace of Christ. We appreciate you and thank you for holding us in your prayers.

In faith, hope and love,

Pastor Donna, Kaara Koplowitz- Moderator, Nicole Guglietta-CE Director

Lenten Bible Study on Facebook Live

Dear Friends
This Thursday at 7 p.m. on Facebook live we will hold our 6th bible study on the “7 Last Words of Jesus from the Cross”.  Here is the 6th Word and study questions:

The Sixth Lesson of Jesus from the Cross

John 19:30

… he said, “It is finished!” (NLT)

Jesus knew he was suffering the crucifixion for a purpose. Earlier he had said in John 10:18 of his life, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (NIV)

These three words were packed with meaning, for what was finished here was not only Christ’s earthly life, not only his suffering and dying, not only the payment for sin and the redemption of the world—but the very reason and purpose he came to earth was finished.

His final act of obedience was complete. The Scriptures had been fulfilled.

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished!”  

Study questions:

  1. What did Jesus come to accomplish?
  2. What was the ‘cup’ the ‘baptism’ that he faced in order to accomplish his mission?
  3. What was the significance of the word ‘finished’ written on ancient papyrus receipts?
  4. Why did Jesus shout out the sixth word rather than say it quietly?
  5. How is the willingness to suffer vital to fulfilling one’s mission?

Personal meditation

What did Jesus finish and what can we learn for our own lives from this sixth word “It is finished?”

~Pastor Donna