Last updated on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00 PM
Dear Central family and friends,
This is an update about upcoming events and activities at Central in the midst of the continued COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.
All in-person activities at Central—including all upcoming Holy Week and Easter Sunday services—are suspended through April 30. The church office will also remain closed during this period. This decision is consistent with the latest guidance from The White House, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and New Jersey Governor’s office. We will continue monitoring the situation and make decisions about church activities using the most current expert guidance available to us.
We urge you to remain in fellowship by participating in Sunday worship services and other church events virtually. During this time of crisis, we are being reminded that the Church is not a building but a group of people following Jesus in community. Central will continue streaming Sunday worship services via our website, YouTube, and Facebook. Our children and student ministries will continue meeting online. Many life groups and support groups are also now connecting virtually. We have been greatly encouraged by how many people are participating in Central events online!
Central has created additional activities that can minister to you during these uncertain times. We encourage you to join us every day for our 7 AM / 7 PM / 7 days of prayer. Though we are not physically together, it is powerful to think that the Central community is praying together at the same times every day! In addition to 7 / 7 / 7, Central is hosting a weekly Facebook gathering on Wednesdays at 7 PM for a devotion and time of sharing.
We encourage you to continue worshipping through tithes and offerings. Whether it is through online giving, text giving, or mail-in, we greatly appreciate your tithes and offerings to Central in the midst of this situation.
We encourage you to take precautionary measures to stay healthy. Please take measures to avoid catching and transmitting the virus. The CDC is a great resource to learn more about ways to protect yourself or what to do if you think you are sick.
In the midst of these changes and challenges, we can be confident that we do not walk alone and that God is our fortress.
Psalm 46:1-2, 7
1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea… 7The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Praying for you and your families,
Central’s Overseeing Elder Board and Staff