From Pastor Patrick and the Elders of Ceres Christian Church
As you know we paused our Sunday morning gatherings for the past 2 weeks. We did that with the hope that we could slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We believe it was a wise decision and that we played a small part in seeing the low number of cases in Stanislaus County and specifically here in Ceres.
President Trump and the medical professionals that make up the Coronavirus Task Force, based on the data they continue to collect, have extended their Social Distancing Guidelines until April 30th. As President Trump said, “We just can’t take the chance.”
In keeping with the Federal Guidelines and the sentiment expressed, the elders and I have decided to extend our church “Pause” as well. We have a targeted re-opening date of May 10, 2020. We hope and pray that by then there will a significant change for the better concerning this historic pandemic.
Until then our Sunday services will continue to premier online on Sunday morning at 9:00am. Please continue to join us!
Again, this is not optimal. I miss seeing you guys terribly! But, it’s our job to care for you and we believe this decision is in keeping with our calling as the spiritual leadership of the church.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Please continue to pray for us.
Pray that God would help us develop new ways to continue to care for you spiritually and physically.
Pray that God would provide financially as we still have bills to pay and staff to consider.
These are not easy decisions to make and we need God’s provision and guidance.
Also, in these difficult times, let’s seek to give God glory by seeking to do good to others! Is there anyone you can safely help?
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
We will go the same way we’ve always gone: FORWARD!
Ceres Christian Church opened its doors in 1908. And God has been incredibly faithful to this church.
By God’s grace we made it through when the 1918 Flu Pandemic swept across the world.
We were around when World Word I began and still here when it ended.
When the Great Depression came and went, CCC still stood.
When the greatest generation went off to fight for freedom in World War II, God saw fit to keep CCC alive and well.
In the aftermath of the horrors of 9/11, God’s hand kept this church moving forward.
God has sustained Ceres Christian Church through many of the darkest days in American and world history and He WILL sustain us now!
Pray, beloved, to the God who is ALL-POWERFUL, ALL-KNOWING and ALL-WISE. Pray to the God who sustains us!
We will get through this the same way we’ve gotten through every other disaster and tragedy...by God’s great grace!
Stay faithful beloved.
In Jesus Name,
Pastor Patrick and The Elders