Shalom CBH Family and Friends,
Shalom! Betty and I hope you and
your family are doing great and staying safe. We are truly living in
unprecedented times. I pray that each of
you are standing strong on His word, keeping your eyes on Yeshua. Exercising your
faith by continuing to share His Good News with a desperate and hopeless world.
I was reminded today in the word to keep my focus on Him, to trust and stand on
His firm foundation. “You keep in perfect peace one whose mind is stayed on You, because
he trusts in You. Trust in Adonai forever, for the Lord Adonai is a Rock of
ages.”- Isaiah 26:3-4 I hope you receive the peace of the
Lord and find perfect rest in Him. Remember - He is unmoved! He sits on His
throne unchallenged! His plans have not changed for Israel, you and your family
or our congregation. Together we can support and pray for one another. Together
we can come through this season of adversity triumphant.
I want to share with each of you about our plan at CBH for the next few weeks as it relates to congregational life and activities. After much prayer, our plan is to hold online services the next two Shabbats (June 27th & July 4th). Arizona is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases and in the past week, local government has put in place guidelines that will hopefully help control the spread of this horrible virus. We want to take the necessary precautions to keep our families safe and healthy. We also have a few mishpacha that are battling through sickness and we don’t want to expose them to any unnecessary risks while their immune systems are working overtime. This decision also falls in line with other ministries in the valley.
At this time we have scheduled our next public congregational meeting on July 11. During the upcoming weeks our plan is to provide a livestream service weekly to have worship together and a teaching. Michael McClellan will be presenting the final installment in his Generosity series and Theo Steinhauer will be ministering the following week. I’m excited to hear from them both! I also want to encourage you to use the chat feature while watching the services and send any questions or comments.
While most of our kesher groups are smaller than 10 people we are leaving the decision to meet up to the leadership and the groups themselves. It is extremely important that we don’t isolate ourselves from community life completely during this time, but it may be necessary to change the way that we are connecting. Please consider inviting people over to your home during this season. To maintain social distancing, it has been suggested that meeting outside may help provide a better environment for joining together.
COMMUNICATING WITH COMMUNITY:
Let’s stay in communication with each other. Most of us have become experts in using our GroupMe app. While it’s not the ideal way of staying connected, let’s continue to encourage one another in the chat rooms. We are also going to be discussing other ways we can stay connected and check in on one another so be on the lookout for an update soon. Let’s strengthen our community through texts, phone calls, video calls and, when possible, small gatherings. We will continue to post important information here on the CBH website.
Some have asked along the way, “What is the best way to give during this period?” This is a very thoughtful question. There are two main ways to give – Online and by mail. Approximately 60% of our community currently uses our online giving platform at www.mycbh.org/give. Text-to-give is available as well by texting any dollar amount to #84321. Instructions will be given for first time users. Additionally, you are welcome to send a check or money order to our mailing address located here. Our congregation relies on the tithes and offerings of its members and regular attenders. Please make every effort to continue regular giving during this time. Thank you for your faithfulness.
I know to some this may feel like a step backwards and to others it may feel overly cautious. I want to ensure you that this decision and course of action comes only after a deep period of prayer and listening. While we have acquired boldness and faith from Him to see us through this period, we also have asked and received wisdom, which is supreme. “Wisdom is supreme – acquire wisdom! With all your acquisitions, get understanding.” We will be praying for you during this time!
Rooted in Messiah,
Eric & Betty Pires