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1230 Rossview Rd. 

Clarksville, TN 37043

Hello CPC family,                                                                                                                                                                           March 18, 2020
Based on the current guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the CPC Session has made the difficult decision to suspend corporate meetings and events until the end of March when we will reassess the situation. 

Our mission as a church will not change. Rather, we will become more creative and intentional in fulfilling it during this time. Our mission is to be "a worshipping body of believers, grounded in God's Word, increasingly gripped by his Grace, growing in community, going in mission." Here are some ways we can fulfill our mission as one body, from a distance.


A Worshipping Body of Believers

Though we will not meet together corporately, we will provide ways to participate in corporate worship together from home.

  • Worship: The Gospel Coalition provides a list of Songs of Comfort as well as a TGC Playlist to help guide you in a time of private worship.

  • Sunday School: We encourage you to go back and review sections of the Heidelberg Catechism, the basis of our study for the last few months. You can find a good source at the Heidelberg Catechism website.

  • Sunday Service: We will continue to provide video and audio versions of Richard's sermons. Visit the Sermons page of our website to view or listen to last week's sermon. We will notify you on Facebook as these videos and podcasts become available.

  • Community Groups: We encourage Community Groups to continue to meet, under the discretion of the leaders of the group. As always, we encourage you to continue to pray for one another throughout the week and care for another by fulfilling needs as much as possible.

Prayer

We covet your prayers for our church family, our community, our nation, and the world during this time. Community group leaders will continue to check-in with their groups for prayer requests, but here are some other ways you can continue to worship the Lord through prayer.

  • Prayer Calendar: Rely on our Prayer Calendar to pray for a listing of this month's CPC families, missionaries, and countries.

  • Online Prayer Requests: View prayer requests on our private Prayer Requests page of our website. Please use the password "cpcprayers" to access this page. As always, you may submit your own prayer requests by emailing Kristin Benoit or by filling out the CPC Prayer Request Form.

  • Missionaries: If you are one of our missionaries please let us know how our CPC family can be praying for you at this time. Send requests to Kristin Benoit by email. We would love to know how we can specifically be praying for you, your family, and those you minister to throughout the world.

Tithes & Offerings

Continue to faithfully worship the Lord through giving, even from the comfort of your own home. Even when we do not meet corporately, the financial needs remain. The ministry expenses (at home and abroad) continue regardless of world events. As a reminder, you may always give in the following ways:

  • Submitting a gift online at our CPC website

    • Please note the church incurs a 3% processing fee for online gifts.

  • Sending an online bill pay via your bank's website

    • This action will allow your bank to mail a check directly to CPC on your behalf, typically for no added cost.

  • Sending a check directly to CPC in the mail to:
    Christ Presbyterian Church
    1230 Rossview Road
    Clarksville, TN 37043

Grounded in God's Word

Consider using the unexpected time at home for a greater purpose - becoming more grounded in His Word. Here are some ways to dig into God's Word during this time:

  • Refer to our January 1, 2020 CPC E-Newsletter for a list of Bible plans options.

  • Listen to archived CPC sermons.

  • Listen to a podcast series. There are many good ones to choose from, but perhaps Crossway, Impact 360 Institute, Journeywomen, Mission Focused Men for Christ, Renewing Your Mind with R. C. Sproul, or The Gospel Coalition would be good places to start.

  • Read a Bible study guide or book on theology published by InterVarsity Press, or Crossway, P&R. You could even borrow a book or audiobook from your local library or through a Kindle or Audible subscription.

  • Practice scripture meditation with your children by reading scripture together daily. The book of Psalms is a great place to start. The Slugs and Bugs CD or the Seeds Family Worship CD are other excellent resources on scripture memory through worship.

  • For resources on family worship, check out: Old Story New by Marty Machowski, Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Comforting Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade, and Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade.

  • For more information on scripture memory, visit both the CPC website as well as John Piper's website.

Increasingly Gripped by His Grace

As the recipients of God’s great mercy and grace, we are committed to demonstrating that mercy and grace in practical ways. Here are some ideas:

  • Consider reaching out to a neighbor, co-worker, distant family member to help in tangible ways during this time. 

  • Brainstorm a list of relatives or friends you haven't spoken to in a while and check in on them.

  • Consider sending letters to a loved one at a nursing or retirement home where visitors are not welcome during this time.

  • Reach out to local food banks or nonprofit organizations in need of supplies or support.

Growing in Community

Knowing a church and a community are ultimately only as strong as the family, we will seek to both build up marriages and train in parenting during this time. Consider using this additional time together to restore, build up, and encourage one another in the following ways.

  • Growth Resources: Use the Christian Counseling Education Foundation website or the Gary Thomas website for resources to spark questions, discussion, and a deeper understanding of God's love for us.

  • Parenting: Check out the following parenting books from your local library or through a subscription to Kindle or Audible: Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp, Parenting by Paul Tripp, Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp, How Children Raise Parents by Dan Allender, The Gospel-Centered Parent by Rose Marie Miller, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker, Boys Should Be Boys by Meg Meeker.

  • Resource Bank: The Resource Bank is a listing of abilities and availability of attendees and members of Christ Presbyterian. The deacons use this Resource Bank to meet the needs of our CPC family as they arise. Whether you tutor, repair cars, sew, cook meals, pray, babysit, or enjoy yard work, there are countless ways we can serve one another during this time. The possibilities are endless! Submit your Resource Bank Survey electronically via our online form. If you yourself are in need of assistance, please contact deacon Asa Stone by email to speak to the dictonate about your needs.

  • Spiritual Gifts: Have you had a chance to study spiritual gifts yet? Visit the CPC website for information on spiritual gifts, to listen to our Fall 2019 sermon series on spiritual gifts, and to download and take the Gift Inventory Test.

 

During this time of social distancing, it will be ever more important to stay connected to one another. As a reminder, we have the following available to you for staying in touch with one another.

  • Facebook: Join our closed Facebook group by searching and requesting to join "CPC Clarksville."

  • Newsletter: Subscribe to our weekly CPC E-Newsletter, published on Wednesdays, for resources and information. Visit the CPC website to subscribe.

  • Church Directory: Visit the CPC website to download your copy of the Church Directory. If you need the password, please email Kristin Benoit. This directory provides a listing of current members and regular attendees and their contact information. If your information has changed or you wish to be added to the directory, please fill out our Church Directory Update Form.

Going in Mission

Think of what we read in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirt has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Our local area and individual relationships (Jerusalem), our nation (Judea), those unlike ourselves (Samaria), and the world (the ends of the earth) are where we are going in mission. 

Every person at CPC has a critical role not only in the building up of believers, but in being salt and light within our community. No matter what happens in the world, the church continues to function as the Body. The world needs us more than ever. Consider the mission fields in which God has placed you, at such a time as this, and prayerfully ask God for wisdom in how you can love, support, and fulfill the needs before you.

We know that God’s ways are higher than ours, and that He remains sovereign. God alone can provide the wisdom and direction needed. We are praying for each of you and for our church during this time. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Richard Schwartz and the CPC Session