Updated March 26, 2020


Dear Friends,


In order that we, like Jesus, might care for the most vulnerable in our community, the leadership of Central Square Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, with the guidance of the Southern New England Conference, has decided to close our doors temporarily, that we might do our part to lessen the advance of COVID-19. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has now mandated the closure as well.


What does this mean? Now through May 3 at least, we will offer worship exclusively online. Our small groups, Bible studies, boards, committees, task forces – anything for which you would normally come to 71 Central Square – will be conducted via Zoom, conference calls, or other digital platforms at least through May 3. Throughout this period, and at the end of it, we will be reassessing the situation, and making any further scheduling adjustments as soon as it is practical.


ONLINE WORSHIP
•  Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaVPnTcXn2rQTL578GbSgcg to view upcoming and past worship services
•  Sunday Worship will be livestreamed from the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. Only the Pastor, the Minister of Music, and the Director of Video Evangelism will be allowed in the building.  


ONLINE PRAYER FOR ALL AGES
•  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at noon, visit our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/csccuccbridgewaterma/ - to engage in a live, interactive prayer session led by Rev. Beth.


BUILDING USERS
•  All building users can no longer meet at Central Square Church until the precautionary closure is lifted, with only a small number of exceptions. We are in the process of contacting those who have already booked space to let them know of this suspension. Our cleaning staff will be busy disinfecting all surfaces, knobs, switches, etc.
•  Even if you have a key to the building, please do not enter the building during this time. Each one of us that enters is a potential carrier, even if we’re not feeling sick. If you are tempted to say, "well, I'm sure that doesn't mean me.", it does. If you have any questions or think that you should enter the building for any reason, call the church office at 508-697-6016 (phone is being answered remotely during the shutdown).
•  This mandate includes (but is not limited to) all of the following church events:


Sunday Worships
Bible Studies


Women's Guild & Fellowship Rummage Sale (4/4)
Community Breakfast (4/5)
Women's Guild and Fellowship (4/8)


Holy Week Worship Events
Easter Worship (Sunrise Service)


Cabinet meeting (4/15)
Community Breakfast (4/19)


Growth Concert at Music Alley (4/19)


Mission Dinner (4/25)
Youth Group (4/26)
BSU Concert (4/26)


Trustees (4/29)


Community Breakfast (5/3)
Confirmation Class (5/3)


Where appropriate, we will be working on rescheduling important events after the needed closure period(s).


GIFTS, TITHES, AND OFFERINGS

During this time, we encourage you to continue your support of CSCC, to the degree you are able. We know this may be a trying time for you financially as well as emotionally, so please know that we understand if you are not able to meet your usual giving goals. But for those who can, remember the church has ongoing expenses that don’t care that everything is shut down. And we are trying to do right by our staff as much as possible, even though our primary income mechanism is unavailable (Sunday offerings).


Offerings can be made in any of the following ways:
* Checks can be mailed to the church
* Bill-pay through your bank can be set up for one-time or recurring payments
* Payments can be made via Paypal at the top of our website home page (the “For CSCC” donate button)


If you have any questions, you can email the Treasurer directly and confidentially at treasurer@csccucc.com.


CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY
For any prayer requests, emotional support, or other assistance you may need during these times, please email our Care Team and Deacons at centralsquarecareteam@gmail.com or Rev. Beth directly at csccpastor@hotmail.com.  


Yours In Christ,
   Rev. Beth Stotts, Pastor            
   Anne Malmquist, Moderator        
   Diane Sheibley, Vice Moderator        

   David Sheibley, Treasurer

   Ed Buckland, Board of Trustees

   Deb Sorgman, Board of Deacons


RESOURCES:
• Central Square Congregational Church, UCC: www.csccucc.org
• Center for Disease Control Guidelines: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
• World Health Organization Guidelines: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

From Rev. Beth...
Friends, these are not easy decisions to make. During this time when we are practicing social distancing as medical experts recommend, I want to encourage us to reach out to one another in other ways, just as the Care Team and Deacons do. Call, text, email, send an uplifting message on Facebook, drop a card in the mail—because these are scary and stressful times indeed and we need one another. Remember...we are the church.  Pray for one another and pray for our world.  Pray for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and for the selfless medical professionals who are caring for them. May God bless you and keep you, always.
In Christ, Rev. Beth