CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

3/16 Update:

Greetings  CEFC Church Family!

It was great to see so many join with us on Sunday morning for our first online service!

As you probably saw today, our government, both State and Federal, have issued more stringent restrictions for gathering together:

  • Centers for Disease Control - “In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now advising against gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.”

  • White House – “President Donald Trump on Monday issued guidelines that called for Americans to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people and to limit discretionary travel.”

  • Governor Wolf – “Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered nonessential Pennsylvania businesses to shut down to help curb the spread of coronavirus.”

In response to these new guidelines, effective tomorrow morning, CEFC is postponing all activities at both campus. We appreciate your patience as we all navigate this unique season.

Even though we aren’t gathering together in a building, we continue to be His church. Our hope is in Christ and we want to live All of life for Christ! Be prayerful and thoughtful of how God can use you in these challenging times.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

We will see you Sunday at 10 AM for our next online worship service!

3/13 Update:
 
Greetings CEFC Family,
 
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Wolf released a statement regarding a state-wide response to the coronavirus. A portion of the statement reads:

  • "The Wolf Administration strongly encourages the state wide suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more."
     
  • "The Wolf Administration encourages religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness."
 
In Romans 13:1, Paul writes, "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God."
 
We believe God has placed Governor Wolf and our leaders in authority over us. So in response to their strong encouragement to suspend large gatherings, CEFC will not hold Sunday Worship Services on March 15 or March 22 at our Carlisle and Mount Holly campuses. While we would much rather meet together in person, we believe it is good and right to help provide protection for the weakest in our communities most impacted by this virus.

Instead, you are invited to join us Sunday morning at 10 AM for an online worship service. We will worship together, pray together, and hear from God’s word together. So please join us on Facebook or our website Sunday morning as we come together as the Body of Christ!
 
If you are a part of a ministry that meets at the church campus throughout the week, ministry leaders will be reaching out soon with updates.
 
We continue to know that God is in control, and we encourage you to join us in asking for God’s continued protection of our church family and for God to end the spread of this virus. Pray with us for God’s healing of those who are infected, for God’s peace for the victims and their families, and open doors for the good news of the gospel to reach those who are without Christ in the midst of this trial.
 
Check back for updates and new information.
3/12 Update:

Coronavirus and Our Church
Our team is closely following developments concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is taking steps to be well prepared in any circumstance. Given news like this, it is understandable that people are concerned, so we want you to know what we are doing at CEFC.

We will continue to closely monitor issued guidance by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and  we will be prepared to continue pursuing our vision of All of Life for Christ by “Growing,” “Building,” and “Serving” no matter the circumstance. Throughout history, in times of need, the Church has stepped up to serve and love others, and we view this as an opportunity to continue that tradition as a local body of believers in Carlisle and Mount Holly.

It is important to note that as of yet, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cumberland County. Sunday services and other activities will continue as scheduled. We know and understand that certain individuals are more susceptible to significant health risks from COVID-19. Each individual and family should consider their particular circumstances and make choices that best suit their individual needs.

We Are Praying, Instead Of Panicking.
We know that God is in control, and we encourage you to join us in asking for God’s continued protection of our church family and for God to end the spread of this disease. Pray with us for God’s healing of those who are infected, for God’s peace for the victims and their families, and open doors for the good news of the gospel to reach those who are without Christ in the midst of this trial.

We Will Keep The Lines Of Communication Open With Our CEFC Family.
You will find information on our church website, church-wide e-mail, and through our social networks on Instagram and Facebook if we need to communicate any cancellations, changes to services, classes, or events. If you are not already signed up for our church communication emails, you can do so here.

Worship With Us Online.
There is great value in physically gathering together which is why Hebrews 10:25 tells us, “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” This Sunday, March 15, we will livestream the message on Facebook at each service time. In the coming weeks, if we need to suspend services to safeguard our body, we will plan to provide worship, church life, and messages on Sundays through Facebook live.

What About Support Of Our Ministries?
Many in our congregation already give their gifts and offerings through electronic means. If you would like to give your gifts online, you can do so here.

What Steps Are Being Taken To Safeguard People When They Are On Our Campuses?
Our campuses are constantly cleaned. Our children’s classrooms are sanitized after every class and ministry event, including the sterilization of toys, books, and surfaces. Hand sanitizers are found in strategic locations all around the campuses and can be used by everyone, at any time. Remember to frequently wash your hands, and if you or anyone in your family are not feeling well, please stay home.

What About Greeting One Another?
We are directing our greeters and ushers to greet people without shaking hands. Beginning this Sunday (3/15), we will be skipping our normal time of greeting each other within worship services.

Check back for updates and new information.