Shalom CBH Family & Friends,
I send warm and hope filled greetings to you and your family. Candyce and I are praying for each of you as you work through your personal response to this international tragedy with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. I’m reminded of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 91, "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”. As we are faced with circumstances like these, our best response is to dwell with the Lord – to abide with Him and rest in His presence. I pray for the peace of the Lord to rest upon you during this trying and certainly confusing time. Together we can support and pray for one another. Together we can come through this season of adversity triumphant.
It’s my desire to communicate with each of you about our plan at CBH for the near future as it relates to congregational life and activities. I’m sure you’ve been as surprised as I have about the rapidly changing scenarios surrounding the response to the COVID-19 virus. My prayer is that our congregation will come through this trial stronger than ever, and that we will grow as individuals and as a community. May Yeshua be glorified in the midst of all of this. At the present time our plan is to adhere to the state and CDC prescribed limitations regarding group gatherings. We want to take the necessary precautions to keep our families safe and healthy.
It has been requested by state leadership that large gatherings refrain from meeting for the next 8 weeks. It is our intention to adhere to this recommendation. At this time we have placed our next public congregational meeting on May 16. During the upcoming weeks our plan is to provide a livestream service weekly to have worship together and a teaching. This may prove to be a very exciting time for the life of our congregation! I will be sending more info out regarding this new format in the near future.
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. In an effort to maintain social distancing, it has been suggested that meeting outside may help provide a better environment for joining together.
COMMUNICATING WITH COMMUNITY:
We have initially set up regional group texts. Due to a need for higher functionality we may move texting to another platform that will facilitate changes more readily. We’ll keep you posted on that. Let’s stay in communication with each other. Check in on others and chime in here and there. This is going to be a key element for staying in touch. Let’s strengthen our community through texts, phone calls, video calls and small gatherings. We will continue to post important information 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.
The Body of Messiah is comprised of strong and resilient people. We will weather this storm together and the light of Yeshua will shine even more brightly through our lives. Let’s stay in contact with each other, support each other, and pray for a quick resolution to this season of unrest during this outbreak of the Coronavirus. Candyce and I are praying for you and your family by name.
All our love,
Rabbi Tim and Rebbetzin Candyce