A RETURN TO VIRTUAL-ONLY WORSHIP (Effective January 5, 2022)
Greetings Carter Temple Church family,
After prayer and careful consideration, we are returning to a Virtual-Only worship experience, effective immediately. Bible Study and other Christian education activities will remain virtual.
As cases and hospitalizations reach record-highs in Chicago and around the nation, out of an abundance of caution, we felt it necessary to return to our virtual-only services. We were excited about the return of in-person worship and have enjoyed the past few Sundays with those who were able to return. However, the new COVID-19 variant has brought us to a point where our concerns for you and your family’s health and safety again take precedence over gathering in-person. The Bible calls us to love our neighbor, and part of that love means not creating weekly scenarios for the spread of this highly infectious COVID variant.
We remain sure of God’s providence and power! He has been faithful during this pandemic, which is entering a third calendar year. We continue to listen to His voice, as well as considering the advice of our health professionals, as they have guided us well throughout this entire season. In the meantime, please continue to practice healthy habits – wear your masks, wash your hands, and physically distance. Get vaccinated. Get your booster shot. Quarantine and get tested if you’ve been exposed. All of these efforts are what we can do collectively to protect one another, and ourselves, as we navigate these difficult times.
On a personal note, your faithfulness during this season continues to amaze both myself and our leadership team. Thank you to our ushers, stewardesses, stewards, trustees, and other leaders who returned to service during this time. Additionally, your online interactions and continued financial support are proof that you are still connected to our church. Your weekly gifts help us to continue providing much needed support to our community through our various ministries. Please continue to connect, serve, and grow virtually until our next in-person return – encourage others to do the same.
As we move forward, please remember the following:
· Our 10am service on Sundays, and our Wednesday Bible Study at 7pm (beginning January 19), until further notice, can be viewed via Facebook Live, YouTube, and www.ctcme.org only.
· Please continue to support Carter Temple financially. You may give via www.ctcme.org or simply text the word giving to 773-966-0080. You may also drop off (from 10am-4pm, M-F, 10am-2pm Sat) or mail your contributions to our mailing address: Carter Temple CME Church, 7841 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60619.
Please continue to pray for our world, our leaders, and health professionals, as well as the most vulnerable among us. Continue to look for regular church updates via email, social media, and www.ctcme.org.
With all love and Christian sincerity,
Pastor Joseph B. Gordon