Health Update on COVID-19

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Welcome back to church!
October 4, 2020

That statement might seem a bit odd because, as you know, we have had church every week online. Yet, it is undeniable that something powerful happens when we assemble in person as the Body of Christ!

These past few months have been quite trying, to say the least for all of us. For the Pastors and Staff here at Cooper City Church of God, this building has felt empty at times as we walk through it. We have missed the voices of our children, youth, and adults as we fellowship and worship together. When something is taken away that we have enjoyed for years like gathering as a church, we begin to realize what a tremendous blessing it is in our lives.

The Bible is quite clear of the value of meeting together: 

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)

As we move closer to the coming of the Lord, we must keep our focus of seeing souls won into the Kingdom of Christ. The church’s purpose to REACH, INSPIRE, and DEVELOP people to TRANSFORM the WORLD is as important now as ever before. I believe it's also vital that we, as believers meet together for worship and fellowship as we learn more about walking in the love of God. Our world needs the message that Jesus has to offer. I am reminded of an Andrae' Crouch song that we used to sing. The message is as needed today as when he wrote the song: Jesus is the Answer for the world today, above Him there's no other, Jesus is the Way!

I’m excited to inform you that the church campus will be reopening for in person worship beginning Sunday, October 4th. There will two worship experiences at 8:30am and 10:30am. This is in addition to all of the online worship experiences already being offered. Children and nursery ministry will also be provided as we reopen in a modified Phase 1 plan. (as of 9-16-20)

I encourage you to be a person full of grace as we gather again. There are many different beliefs and opinions  about the “way things should be,” but I pray that we can be a people who will remember the essential thing is that we draw closer to Christ than ever before. To be filled with grace in this context means that we refrain from being critical of others because their thought process is different than ours. Some aren't ready to return to in-person worship, and that's fine. Others are ready to start hugging and shaking hands immediately, yet we ask that you refrain from that for just a while. 

Thank you for giving our leadership team an extra dose of grace during this time as well. The staff and I are taking guidelines from the CDC, local and state authorities as we move forward with our reopening plan. Please visit www.cccofgod.org/covid-19 or the Cooper City Church of God app to learn about the many ways that the leadership team is committed to make sure we are in a safe, yet welcoming environment both for people AND the presence of God. Most of your questions and concerns will be answered in the MOVING FORWARD PLAN document. However, If you have additional questions, please call the church office at (954) 680-9191 and someone will assist you.

I’ve missed you. I’m excited to see you again soon.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Kevin
Lead Pastor
Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
2 Timothy 1:7 (New King James Version)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Joshua 1:9 (New International Version)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 46:1-2 (Amplified Bible)
God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change.

Luke 12:25-26 (Contemporary English Version)
Can worry make you live longer? If you don’t have power over small things, why worry about everything else?

Jeremiah 29:11 (New King James Version)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

John 14:27 (English Standard Version)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 16:33 (New American Standard Bible)
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:38-39 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.

Isaiah 41:10 (New Revised Standard Version)
Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Psalm 18:2 (New Living Translation)
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

Psalm 91 (New Living Translation)
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
   no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message)
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.