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UPDATE - JULY 14TH, 2020


Dear Church Family,


Who knew what the year 2020 was going to be like back in January? Well of course God knew and He is still in control as always! I hope and pray that this

letter finds you well and using your time and energy to grow in your relationship with our Lord and with other members of the body of Christ. Thank you to all who are supporting our church and it’s ministries by your giving! We are not struggling with finances like some churches are right now. 


It seems as if this virus and all of the issues accompanying it will not be going away anytime soon. Thankfully, the case numbers in our area have been relatively

low! We have, of course, been exempt from all the governor’s executive orders from the first to the most recent. We did shut down our public services for a few months while offering services online. Since reopening, we have been offering 2 Sunday services with masks and social distancing recommended for everyone

older than 10 and cleaning of the church between services. We have eliminated the coffee and donuts fellowship. We have strived to make it possible to attend a service without the need to touch any surfaces by providing a drop box for offerings, opening doors, etc. and this Sunday we will observe the Lord’s supper with prepackaged individual servings of bread and grape juice.


Starting July 19th we will now be offering the first service (9:30 AM) with masks recommended as usual and we will be requiring the wearing of masks for

anyone (over the age of 10) attending the 2nd service (11 AM) in order to accommodate those who are not comfortable with being in public places without strict mask adherence. The speaker and the singers will not wear masks while performing their duties, but we will close the first few rows of seating to maintain a minimum distance of 15 feet. If you chose to sit in the back rows the maximum distance would be about 30 feet from the stage.


As always, we are striving to maintain the unity of the body of Christ. (Eph. 4:1-3)


Love always,

Pastor Jim

UPDATE – JUNE 9TH, 2020


Hello members and friends, 


Thank you for your continued engagement in and support of our church. God has truly blessed us in St. Clair county with a low number of cases and a very low number of cases in our church family. We are continuing to have two, in-person Sunday services at 9:30 and 11 as well as an Adult Sunday School class at 10:45, Children’s Sunday School at 9:30 and Children’s Church during the 2nd service.


Wednesday night prayer meeting at 7pm will resume June 24th.

Adult Sunday School class during the first service will resume on June 28th.


The World Health Organization recently announced that the spread of the Coronavirus by people not showing symptoms, is rare. This was based on reports from a number of countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home and contact your physician. 


We as a church will be discontinuing our social distancing seating at this time. If you choose to attend a service in person, please recognize that wearing a face mask, while recommended, is not mandatory. The risk of being exposed to the virus at our church will be similar to what you would incur when eating out at a dine in restaurant under the governor’s new guidelines. I will of course continue to wear a face mask as long as it is appropriate. If you are in the high risk category of being over 65 or having other conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, etc.) please know that we will respect your decision on whether or not to attend at this time. 


If you choose not to attend, please watch our live cast on the church’s Facebook page. 

https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusBible


Please continue to pray for our nation, for our leaders, for our church, and for revival especially during this time of civil unrest.  “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all time, forever and ever! Amen.” (Eph. 3:20-21). 


You are all loved and missed, 

Pastor Jim and Edie



Update - May 19th, 2020

                                                                   

Hello members and friends,


First let me say I continue to hope and pray that everyone is doing well physically and spiritually. We as a church body have been so blessed throughout this time as the virus numbers have been low in St Clair county and especially low among our attenders. Also thank you to everyone who has been so faithful in giving online or sending in your offerings. The Lord is continuing to meet all our needs.


We had our first in person service this past Sunday. We practiced social distancing and most people wore face masks. It was wonderful seeing so many of our brothers and sisters after being apart for so long! The worship and fellowship was amazing! This was also our first live cast as previously we had been recording and then posting the service the next day. Many thanks to God for His provision and to a handful of volunteers such as Jim Rapier, Andy Kraemer, Geri Cote, Russel Zablocki and Joe Tesluk for being willing to donate their time and giftings to accomplish the task. Also Dean and Jackie Kraemer for serving on the worship team and Monica Lopiccolo for serving as our pianist.


Starting this Sunday May 24th on Labor Day weekend we will resume our normal Sunday service schedule consisting of 2 services at 9:30 and 11. These two services will be virtually the same to give people the best opportunity to attend. Since we will be cleaning the commonly touched surfaces between the services, we ask that you leave the sanctuary promptly at the end of the 1st service (Pastor Jim has to end the 1st service on time as well!). Children’s Sunday School, from nursery up to the 5th grade, will be provided during the 1st service. Older children and teens will not have a Sunday School class and are expected to attend one of the two services. We are postponing resuming the Wednesday night meeting until a later date as few of the regular attenders are comfortable being in a group of people yet. 


We are continuing to ask that everyone who is considered high risk to stay home from church for now and to continue worshiping with us online. Please continue to pray for each other, our government, for people to place their trust in Jesus Christ, and for the crisis to subside.


Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all time, forever and ever! Amen. (Eph 3:20-21)


You all are loved and missed,

Pastor Jim and Edie



Update - April 4th, 2020


I hope and pray that everyone is virus free and following the CDC guidelines. You all are missed more than you know. I optimistically thought that we would resume services in our building after a week or two. It is apparent now that we will be waiting for at least several more weeks if not more before we resume physically meeting for our services.


We will not be gathering to celebrate Good Friday or Easter. However, we will be recording worship and messages that we will be releasing through our Facebook page. (Many thanks to Monica Lopicolo, the Kraemers, Pastor Jared, and Jim Rapier for their work in putting these together). Please note that we are exceeding the social distancing guidelines when we are together.


We are also suggesting that everyone make good use of their time by:

  • Reconnecting with family and friends via phone calls, email, FaceTime, etc.
  • Reading your Bible daily
  • Praying for one another
  • Offering to help a neighbor by delivering groceries, etc.
  • Above all, Trusting in God

We will have more updates in the near future.


Phil 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.