3.28.20  Web pages are updated and Sunday Services will be available under the "live stream" tab below.  CGTV is LIVE!  Check listings for showtimes!  "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

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COVID-19 Community Updates

3.20.20

Hello Christ Greenfield!

We're proud to be offering a live stream option on Sundays for our Traditional and Contemporary Services.  You can watch on our Facebook page, YouTube Page, or on our webpage!

Please fill out this  PRAYER AND CONNECT CARD  before joining us online this Sunday!

TRADITIONAL SERVICE LIVE STREAM

Tune in at 7:30am this Sunday to watch the Traditional Service LIVE!

To watch with us on the website go to: www.cglchurch.org/traditional

Or you can watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/christgreenfield  

Or if you have FB you can watch LIVE at: www.facebook.com/christgreenfieldunited

If the above URLs do not work try copying and pasting it into your browser.

CONTEMPORARY SERVICE LIVE STREAM

Tune in at 10:45am this Sunday to watch the Contemporary Service LIVE!

To watch with us on the website go to: www.cglchurch.org/contemporary

Or you can watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/christgreenfield  

Or if you have FB you can watch LIVE at: www.facebook.com/christgreenfieldunited

If the above URL does not work try copying and pasting it into your browser. 

There will updates to the website in the upcoming days to provide even more daily content for you to continue your walk with Jesus and connected to your CG community ONLINE!

Consider giving online at cglchurch.org/give.  The platform is safe, secure & easy!

God is good!  ALL of the time!

3.17.20

Update from Pastors Tim and Jake sharing information about how we'll be staying connected during these uncertain times.

Wednesday Lenten service will be shared online tomorrow night at 6:30pm. God is good!

3.16.20 

1) No on campus worship this week. Livestream worship for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday.  7:30 Traditional Service AND 10:45 Contemporary Service available LIVE on this website on Sunday!  www.cglchurch.org/livestream

2) JG's needed to be formed. Hoping many JGs can meet during normal worship times to join our Live Stream. We will be providing post-worship questions for application of the Word. We must continue to gather together.

3) We will be linking with the town of Gilbert to provide care for the elderly and childcare needs. We are so thankful for the leadership of Mayor Daniels, her team, and the wider faith community! 

4) We plan on putting out encouragement online every day (Lead Time, devotions, live streams, videos to share, etc). Thanks to our creative communications team for putting together this plan.

5) 21 Days together partnership with 21 LCMS churches. 3 pieces of content of encouragement every single day. Starts on Thursday!

6.) Other normal gatherings are cancelled through March 27, in line with the governor cancelling all schools in AZ. Again, small JGs are needed through this time.  The campus will only be open for staff weekly business.

*For those of you without access to social media, there are going to be new ways to get weekly services, devotionals, and all content via email OR on a DVD every week.  Please contact the media team at videorequests@cglchurch.org to be put on the list for updates on when these things will be made available.  

Update from Pastors Tim and Jake via Facebook at 1:30 P.M.

“Help is Here” 

We as a family of ministries are here to help each other get through this unchartered territory of taking preventative measures to ensure health and wellness in our local community during this corona virus pandemic. 

We are here to help. Maybe you need help shopping for groceries since you don’t think it’s a good idea to go in public. Maybe you need a few more rolls of toilet paper. Or you just ran out of soap or hand sanitizer.

Just fill out this brief form and we will do our best to help.

3.14.20  Gathering together for worship tomorrow, 3.15, on both campuses. (No communion at any service. Giving online or on the way out of services. No passing of the plate.)

Live stream of the 10:45 service (AND traditional service) will be made available online tomorrow morning for those unable to attend.  Stay tuned here for more details!

God is good! See you tomorrow!

3.13.20  Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Christ Greenfield is responding.

Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.

This web page will be updated periodically as more information becomes available.  

IS CHRIST GREENFIELD GATHERING AT BOTH OF OUR CAMPUSES THIS SUNDAY?

Yes. We will gather at both of our campuses this Sunday. If at any point this changes, we will update this page immediately and share any plans we have for gathering online. At this time, all Sunday gatherings are continuing as usual.  After each service, Pastors, Vicars, and Deacons will be in the courtyard to greet you; instead of lining up to shake hands on the way out.

We will be following the guidelines and directives from Maricopa County and other local government entities to make further decisions on future worship services.  Stay tuned to this web page for updates.

WIll CHRIST GREENFIELD BE OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?

Yes.  At this time, CG buildings are open as usual. On certain days, we may decide to close buildings for deep cleaning, and we will include that information on this page whenever that is the case. In addition, certain ministries in the church may decide not to meet at various times for various reasons. For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.

We will be following the guidelines and directives from Maricopa County and other local government entities to make further decisions on future worship services.  Stay tuned to this web page for updates.

SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO CHRIST GREENFIELD IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?

While we place a high priority on gathering for worship and other activities and we always want you to feel welcome at CG, however, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home!  People should stay home if they have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing not related to pre-existing conditions. We are also asking that individuals should be free of these symptoms for at least 72 hours before participating in any church events.

If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to worship online with us through the 10:45 Gilbert Campus Contemporary live stream at cglchurch.org/livestream (A Traditional Service live stream is being considered, as well.  Stay tuned to this web page for updated details on when this service might be made available.)

People should stay home if they have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing not related to pre-existing conditions.  We are also asking that individuals should be free of these symptoms for at least 72 hours before participating in any church events.

WIll CHRIST GREENFIELD JOURNEY GROUPS CONTINUE TO MEET IN HOMES? Yes, we encourage you to meet in these smaller groups as planned, lead, and able. If the host of the group is uncomfortable with people meeting in their home they will make the group aware.

People should stay home if they have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing not related to pre-existing conditions.  We are also asking that individuals should be free of these symptoms for at least 72 hours before participating in any church events.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN VISITING CHRIST GREENFIELD?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;

Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;

Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;

Staying home if you are sick;

Covering your cough or sneeze;

Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS CHRIST GREENFIELD TAKING TO MAKE GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?

CG is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:

Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.

Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis. These deep cleans will likely involve closing CG buildings on certain weekdays, and we will include all information about scheduled closures on this webpage (see above under, “Are CG buildings open on weekdays?”).

Before and after all of our CG KIDS (and nursery services for babies and toddlers) our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). People should stay home if they have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing not related to pre-existing conditions.  We are also asking that individuals should be free of these symptoms for at least 72 hours before participating in any church events. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.

During our worship gatherings, we will temporarily discontinue the use of the common communion cup. Individual cups will be available for all. The common cup will return as soon as possible. In addition, we encourage everyone to take common sense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).

After each service, Pastors, Vicars, and Deacons will be in the courtyard to greet you; instead of lining up to shake hands on the way out.

Volunteer on our Sunday Morning Serve teams, including CG KIDS, to assist with any additional needs during this cold & flu season.  Click HERE to volunteer:  

HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the virus without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God. Jesus lives and so do we...now and forever!

If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. Contact our pastoral staff to be baptized as soon as possible. If you know others who do not eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.

Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.

Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.

Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.

Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the Gospel. Jesus is the answer over COVID-19! Jesus is the answer over sin! Jesus has stomped on death through the glory of His bodily resurrection. Life wins!

If there are any updates we will be sending out emails AND updating this web page below with the date.  In the meantime, we look forward to being with you in person, or online, for the next sermon in the TRUST sermon series. 

Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.

God is good.  ALL THE TIME.