CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

8/12:

Kids Cove is returning on August 30! We will be opening our doors to infants-5th grade during the 9 AM & 10:45 AM services. There will be safety measures in place to ensure children are safe and well cared for. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact [email protected]. In addition, student ministry will begin meeting on Sundays at 6 PM on September 13: Students will be outside with a bonfire, music, message and snacks. Please bring a mask. This however is subject to change, and plans for October and beyond will be announced in September. Questions? Contact [email protected].
8/6:

We are excited to announce that Kids Cove will be returning on August 30! More details are coming soon.
7/21 Update:

Thank you for your prayers as we think about how to move forward given new government regulations. CEFC will still be have two services at 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM, however The Pier will no longer be a venue available for registration. As a reminder, registration for Sunday services open the previous Sunday at 12:00 PM. You can register here.
7/2 Update:

CEFC is starting a phased reopening on July 12! Pastor Shad explains what to expect as we return to the building and how to make sure you're ready on the day of.
6/25 Update:

Thank you for your patience as we figure out the best way to reopen that is both safe and engaging. We are excited to announce that the Carlisle Campus will be starting a phased reopening on July 12! Below are the details of how this will work. Please read all the information as it will likely answer any questions that you may have.

Starting July 12, we will have a 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM service in The Worship Center, The Gathering, Room 204, and The Pier. CEFC is opening with significantly reduced capacity to allow adequate distancing, so we ask that you register for one of the locations on behalf of your family. When getting tickets, registrants will have the option to pick between the 4 venues. The Worship Center will be live, and what happens there will be streamed to the other venues. We will also continue to stream the service each Sunday on Facebook, YouTube, and here on our website so that those who are not comfortable attending in person can still watch from home.

How Do I Sign-Up To Attend A Sunday Service?
Our intent is to make signing up for Sunday Services quick and simple! You can find the links to sign-up for Sunday Services on our website or app. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that you can print or pull up on your phone to present on Sunday. Registration for each Sunday will open on the prior Sunday at 12:00 PM. For example, tickets for the July 12 service will be available on July 5 at 12:00 PM.

Join a new mailing list to receive weekly emails with the links to register.
Download the CEFC app to receive push notifications each week when it's time to register.

What Should My Family And I Expect On Sundays?
•To allow time to check-in, be sure to arrive 10 minutes early before the service starts and have your tickets ready
•As we first reopen, there will be no Kids Cove or Student Ministry
•We also kindly ask that fellowship in the lobby be kept to a minimum
•To aid in sanitization, there will be hand sanitizer throughout the church
•There will be no coffee in the lobby

Mount Holly Campus
 We currently are looking into ways that our Mount Holly campus can resume holding services. We do not have any updates at this time but we will provide updates as they come. Until then, we encourage attendees of the Mount Holly Campus to be in prayer about next steps.

We look forward to seeing you soon at CEFC!

6/16 Update:

We are planning to start a phased reopening on July 12. Details on how to register are coming soon.

6/5 Update:

A Message From Pastor Shad On Reopening:


One of the big questions I hear is: When will the church reopen? Of course, the church has always been open because the church is not a building. But I understand the question. When will we be able to meet again in the church building so that we can worship Christ together?

I miss meeting together! I love our church family. I like singing together and studying the Bible and talking in the lobby, and I miss encouraging and laughing and building each other up in-person. I want to start meeting together on Sunday mornings soon. We are hoping, praying, and planning on starting services around mid-July. However, meeting together on Sunday morning will bring some significant logistical challenges that I wanted to share with you.

Logistics
We will almost certainly have to practice social distancing. That means that our 900 seat auditorium will only accommodate about 250 socially distanced worshipers. If everyone who normally attends CEFC wanted to attend, we would have to hold 7 or 8 services! We will also need to wear face masks.

Children’s Ministry will not be available when we first start meeting together because it is hard to have children wear masks, social distance, and stop sharing toys.

We also want to open our Mount Holly Campus at the same time we open our Carlisle Campus, but it is not clear when we will be able to get back in to the elementary school.

More Information
There will be a Town Hall on Sunday, June 14, at 7 PM on our Facebook Page where you can ask questions and get answers. Until then, please feel free to look over the rationale that is guiding our reopening timeline here. If you have not had a chance to watch last week’s video about reopening, it can be viewed below. While we work toward a mid-July reopening, I want to thank you for keeping your focus on Christ. Thank you for the way so many are reaching out to friends and neighbors and strangers. Thank you for showing each other grace, and for being careful with your words. Thank you for endeavoring to live “All of Life for Christ”!
 
Sincerely,
 
Shad Baker

5/29 Update:

You may be wondering, "When will CEFC reopen our buildings?" Pastor Shad shares some thoughts about how we want to respond going forward in the video below. We encourage you to take the time to watch this video all the way through. Thank you for living “All of Life for Christ” with us! Questions? Email [email protected] with the subject "Q&A"
5/20 Update:

On May 22, Cumberland County is moving to the yellow phase of Pennsylvania's reopening plan. While many of us are undoubtedly excited to worship together in-person again, it is important that we prioritize the safety of others. We will have more details in the coming days about our plans for the next phase and our plans for the summer.
4/17 Update:

Out of concern for each other’s safety and the safety of our community, all on-site CEFC gatherings, events, and activities are postponed until further notice. Join us online for Sunday services, daily devotions, and virtual activities for kids, students, and adults.
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.