RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (coronavirus)
(bookmark this page and check back for updates as conditions are changing so rapidly)

Visit here: https://subsplash.com/cccflsermons/sermons for weekly sermons and handouts.

Update Wednesday, March 25th:

Josh's video message: 

All church members have access to Right Now Media. An online library of discipleship content. Email Heather at heatherp[at]clearwatercommunity.org for access.

Dwell Bible listening app - free access for 60 days https://dwellapp.io/signup/with/tjohnp

Beth's Family Connect Guide: https://clearwatercommunity.org/ministries/children/family-connect-guides/

 

Update Friday, March 20th:

UPDATE ON CHURCH GATHERINGS: We hope everyone is hanging in there. All church gatherings are still canceled, and will be until further notice. We are following the government's direction to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people, and ask that you do the same.

We will be live-streaming an update with a brief message and encouragement this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on our Facebook pageYouTube channel (click the red 'subscribe' button), and our Sermons page.

This will be our plan for the next few weeks, unless something dramatically changes with the coronavirus. We will post a worship guide by Sunday morning, along with some other resources to help during this time. We will let you know as soon as we plan on resuming gatherings.

We know this is an uncomfortable time, but we're praying for abiding peace and joy even as we wait. Use the restless moments, and the moments of irritation, and the moments of worry as doorways to draw near to God. He cares for us. This is not a disruption in the work of God. Continue to trust him, even when you feel restless.

With much love in Christ, Phil and Josh

Update Sunday, March 15th:

The giving link mentioned by the pastors: https://clearwatercommunity.org/my-account/online-giving/. If you have any questions about giving online, please email Heather at heatherp[at]clearwatercommunity.org.  Checks may be mailed to 2897 Belcher Rd. Dunedin, FL 34698. Additional time to be processed may occur for checks that are mailed. Members may also email Heather if you have questions about getting in touch with your elder or to start the process for benevolence requests. 

To view the Family Document mentioned in the message on Sunday, click HERE.

UPDATE Saturday, March 14th:

After consulting with the elders and taking into consideration both the president’s and governor’s suggestions in regards to our current state of emergency, we are not going to have services this Sunday.  While we were hesitant to cancel services, we came to realize that the safety of our members and our love for our friends and neighbors needed to be taken very seriously. This is a practical way for us to demonstrate such love at this time.  Instead, we as pastors will be addressing the church with a challenge from God’s word and logistical updates for the next few weeks.  As for the rest of this week, all regularly scheduled events and Bible studies that meet at the church will be cancelled. 

Please tune in to the livestream for this address Sunday morning at 10 AM through the church Facebook page. The sermon will also be on the church app under Sermons, or the website immediatly after broadcasting. 

Posted Friday, March 13th:
In response to the current state of things regarding the coronavirus, we want to respond biblically and wisely as a church and as the people of God.

 We want to respond in line with our five convictions:

  1. WE EXIST FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. God has been and will continue to be glorified as his people trust him in and through the various seasons of life. The church has a particular opportunity in times of societal fear to bear witness to our greater hope in Christ, while being wise in our practices and habits. We ask that you glorify God by not committing the sins of worry and fear (Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6-7) and by actively putting your trust in his promise to give us life and to work all things for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28-39).

  2. GOD IS GLORIFIED THROUGH CHRIST AS HIS GOSPEL IS PROCLAIMED, BELIEVED, AND OBEYED. The gospel transforms our disposition to the world and its happenings. The gospel gives us hope, even in the face of the worst. The gospel promises that we are guaranteed life in Christ and that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ. The gospel enables us to not merely profess hope in the midst of uncertainty and fear, but to experience it. So, while the world panics, be wise in taking precautions, but use these opportunities to actively trust God and to speak about that hope to those around you who may be giving way to fear (1 Peter 3:15). The worst has been taken in Christ. Your life is hidden in him (Colossians 3:1-4).

  3. THE HOLY SPIRIT CREATES A NEW KIND OF COMMUNITY THAT REFLECTS CHRIST TO THE WORLD. It is a communal effort to represent Christ to the world and we are to be not only hopeful individuals but a hopeful community. It is a communal work to stand firm in faith. We will weather this storm together, in faith and with our eyes on Christ. We will care for one another and encourage each other. We must be willing to share what we have to care for others, rather than hoarding supplies for ourselves. Most importantly, we will “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

  4. MEMBERS OF THIS COMMUNITY DEVELOP OTHERS TO THRIVE ACCORDING TO GOD’S DESIGN. We must make decisions that serve others in their flourishing. When the church gathers, be wise in your interactions and habits. Serve others by practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly, cover your mouth, limit physical contact, respect the concerns of others, stay home if you don’t feel well, keep your children home if they show symptoms of illness. If you fall into the “at risk” category, we encourage you to stay home and watch the service online. Please do not put yourself at unnecessary risk. We will do everything we can to serve you by providing soap and sanitizer, by opening doors and cleaning well after each gathering. All surfaces and door handles have been sanitized. Should it be advised by government officials, or should we determine it is in the best interest of the whole, we will postpone services and programs and make sermons available on all communication platforms. We will send notifications and updates via the website, app, email, and social media and we will do our best to keep you informed and encouraged. The pastoral staff will continue to be available for prayer and counsel, even if only by phone for a time.

  5. A CHRIST-CENTERED COMMUNITY WILL SEEK THE GOOD OF ITS COMMUNITY THROUGH HOSPITALITY, WORK, and SERVICE. As mentioned above, times of uncertainty and fear give the Church a unique opportunity to display faith, but also to care for those in our community. That will look different for different people, but in general, do what you can to do good to others, whether it be sharing what you have, encouraging the fearful, serving in some practical way, or simply continuing to work well for the glory of God and the good of others. We collectively do good by continuing to go to work and to work hard, until we are advised to alter that course.

We are currently planning on meeting as usual this Sunday, March 15. Should the governor advise these kinds of gatherings be canceled, we will follow suit and cancel our services this week, making the sermon available online. We will keep you posted if and when other events and regular programs are canceled.

Whatever you do, do it to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). If you decide to gather, gather in faith and to the glory of God and for the good of those who gather with you. If you need to stay home, stay home to the glory of God. Guard against fear because our God is still enthroned and he delights to use His Church to manifest his glory, especially in times where all other hopes are waning.

 

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