IMPORTANT UPDATES – COVID-19 RESPONSE

July 6, 2020

Dear Church Family,

The CGUCC Reopening Team is working hard at preparing the congregation’s state-mandated COVID-19 readiness plan with the goal of having the first in-person worship (with new precautionary procedures in place) in the CGUCC sanctuary on Sunday, August 2nd. A letter will be going out to the congregation later this month detailing CGUCC’s COVID-19 plan and the new procedures that will be in place for attending in-person worship.

If you are interested in attending worship in-person at CGUCC on August 2nd at 10:15 am, please email or call the church office at your earliest convenience. We would like to have an idea of how many people to expect for this service as it will help the reopening team with its continued planning. Thank you!

Also, please remember that our church will continue to live-stream all Sunday services on Facebook even after in-person worship resumes in August. We want everyone to be able to worship in the way they are most comfortable doing so during these days of pandemic!

Sunday worship services will continue to be streamed live on the Cottage Grove UCC Facebook page. For those who have had some problems accessing the live stream, please make sure to “LIKE” the CGUCC Facebook page so that when the service goes live it will pop up on your news feed automatically. If you are unable to view and participate in the live service, it will be posted on the CGUCC Facebook page, church web site, and YouTube channel for later viewing.

Please join us in continuing to pray for everyone impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic both here and around the world. Let us pray for the healing of those infected, strength and health for the doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and all those caring for them, and wisdom for the medical researchers as they work on developing a cure/vaccine for the virus.

Every day at 9:30 a.m. CST, a group from CGUCC is praying (wherever we are at) for a cure to be found for the COVID-19 virus and an end to these days of pandemic. This is not a virtual meeting but a time for us to collectively come to God in prayer and boldly ask for what our world so desperately needs. We will continue to pray this way every day until the pandemic is over. Take heart in knowing that at 9:30 a.m. every day we are joining our prayers to hundreds and thousands of other people’s prayers in our local community and around the world. Please pray with us daily and invite your family members, friends, and neighbors to join you!

If you are in need of things like groceries, medications, and cleaning and personal hygiene products and are unable to go out and get them or have them delivered at this time, please contact Pastor Bryan at pastor@cgucc.org or 651-459-1501 and we can help to arrange a member/friend of the church to come and assist you.

If you or someone you know is in need of food or other personal items at this time, please find contact information for the three food shelves in our local area on the opposite side of this page.

Let us continue to do our part to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community and keep our eyes and hearts fixed on the One who is our true Healer, Protector, Provider, and Redeemer; Christ Jesus our Lord.

Be well, stay safe, and God bless you all this day and every day.
Peace,
Pastor Bryan and the CGUCC Council
 
FAITHFUL GIVING OPTIONS
 

As we all journey through these uncertain days of the COVID-19 pandemic together we can be assured that, no matter what, God is with us and working for our good through Christ who loves us. We can also be assured that Pastor Bryan, Austin, and the CGUCC staff and elected leaders on the Executive Team and Council are working hard to do the best ministry on behalf of our congregation and community during this time.

While we are unable to worship in-person at CGUCC until it is safe to resume public gatherings again, we do rely on your continued faithful stewardship and financial tithes and offerings to help our shared ministry thrive.

In this time when we are unable to collect a physical offering during Sunday morning worship, please consider giving your tithes and offerings to God and the church through one of the following ways:

Mail a check or cash to the church

Please send offerings to:
Cottage Grove UCC
7008 Lamar Ave S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Make a safe and secure online gift

CLICK HERE TO GIVE

Sign-up for Automatic Giving

EFT AUTHORIZATION FORM

Please download and complete the automatic giving authorization form and mail it to the church office.

Thank you for your faithful stewardship of Cottage Grove UCC and its ministries and ministers during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Fiedler, Finance Team Chair, at your convenience.
COVID-19 RESOURCES
 
Coronavirus (CoVid-19) is a respiratory illness that causes flu-like symptoms including fever, vomiting and difficulty breathing.

 If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical advice.  Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms.  Stay home. Do not travel while sick. Avoid contact with others.
 Ask to join meetings via video or telephone conference call while you are recovering. Join worship via livestream.

Helpful links:

 Short educational video on the “5 Things to Know About COVID-19”
 Latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Steps for Staying Mentally Healthy During COVID-19

As the faith community, we have a special responsibility to care for our fellow congregants and communities. When we are prepared, we are in a better position to help others. Get the facts and restate them accurately. Check in frequently with our fellow congregants. And counter scapegoating such as already has been shown to some Chinese and Chinese-Americans. They are not to blame for the coronavirus!

Local Food Shelf Information
 

Friends in Need Food Shelf

www.finfood.org
535 4th St., St. Paul Park (behind Carbone’s)
651-458-0730
(Call Mondays 12-3 pm or Tuesdays after 7:30 am to make an appointment)

Hours:
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesdays: 5:30-7:00 pm

 

Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS)

www.ccefs.org
8264 4th St., Oakdale, MN
(next to Guardian Angels Catholic Church)
651-233-1296

Drive-up Market Hours
Monday 12 – 4 pm
Thursday 3 – 7 pm
Friday 10 am – 1:30 pm

Drive-up Wildcard Wed
Wednesday 11-1:30 pm

Drive-up Produce Fair
2nd and 4th Saturday 10-11:30 am
 
 
Hastings Family Service
www.hastingsfamilyservice.org
(Visit the web site or call for Food Market pick-up information)
301 2nd Street East
Hastings, MN 55033
651-437-7134