COATES STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

601 West Coates Street

Moberly, MO  65270

(660) 263-4571

Rev. Joel W. Lynn,  Pastor

Email:  cspcmoberly@gmail.com

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WEEKEND UPDATE

All are invited to join us Sunday in Worshiping with the Lord online at:

 Facebook/Coates Street Presbyterian Church.

We Seek to Know Christ’s Love and Minister in His Name

In order to abide by the recommendations of the President and the Center for Disease Control who have urged the suspension of all gatherings of more than 10 people.   We will not have in person services these next few Sundays, we will keep you up-to-date on any changes.

We will be providing online worship on our church’s Facebook page.  Join in at 10:15 AM for prerecorded hymns.

This Sunday, is Day of Pentecost, Pastor Joel will read from scriptures:

Pastor Joel will read from scriptures:

Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23,

His Sermon is titled

“Gifts of the Spirit”.

The live video will begin a couple minutes before 10:30 Sunday morning to give everyone time to join in before the service will start promptly at 10:30.

After the service has completed, the video can then be viewed in its entirety at any point later in the day or week for those who were unable to join in at 10:30.  We will also upload those videos to this website the following week.

This is a difficult transition for all of us, but I believe that God will still be powerfully present among us as we worship virtually together.  See below for an update on reopening the Church.  We will continue to provide the live on line service.

If you are unable to watch the services online please contact the office per phone or email and we will email/mail them a manuscript copy of the sermon.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who dwell in it.    For He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.         Psalm 24:1-2

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CHURCH NEWS & NOTES

Update on reopening

As a session, we have decided that we will be reopening in-person worship services on May 24th, unless there are any radical changes to the coronavirus situation between now and then. We believe that due to the low number of cases in our area it will be reasonably safe to do so, and with our small congregation we have the benefit of being able to socially distance in our sanctuary. However, there will continue to be some risks in meeting in person until a vaccine or treatment is discovered. Those who are over 60, have diabetes, heart disease, or are immunocompromised are particularly susceptible to the virus where it can be potentially deadly. If you feel uncomfortable attending, please stay home. We will continue to have an online worship alternative. There are no easy decisions here and no one will judge you for wanting to protect yourself and stay home. By waiting to open until the 24th we will 2 weeks since other churches will have begun having in-person worship to be able to see if other local churches were able to reopen safely without any major health concerns.

As we reopen worship, we will be instituting new guidelines to keep everyone safe. Please wear a cloth facemask or scarf covering your mouth and nose. This will somewhat lower the distance and density of air particles we spread. Please take your temperature in the morning before coming to make sure you don’t have a fever. Please don’t come to worship if you are sick. Throughout worship we will be asking each family to socially distance from each other.

You can be close to your own family, but please stay 6 feet away from other families. We will be closing off pews throughout the sanctuary to leave 1-2 empty pews in between where people are sitting, and we would ask that you and your family unit sit on the far right or far left of the pew so as to maintain 6ft of distance in every direction. There will be no coffee, snacks, and fellowship in the parlor. There will be no Sunday School on the 24th though we may be able to start that up soon. Please just come in and find your seat in the sanctuary for the 10:30 service. We will dismiss row by row as we exit to maintain social distance. There will be offering plates in the back of the sanctuary if you want to drop in your offering on the way out; the plate will not be passed. You can still choose to contribute by mail or online instead. The bathrooms in the church will be open, but we encourage you to only use them for emergencies as risk of spread is higher in bathroom areas. There will be no choir. There will be no bulletins, we will simply use the projected screen. Do not shake hands or hold hands with others. And again, maintain 6 feet of socially distanced separation from those not in your family.

These guidelines will be awkward and feel weird, but they will help lower the risk of us meeting together as we try and keep one another safe. These guidelines will also help us maintain the legal requirements of social distancing still required by the state and our county health department. It will be good to worship together again, even in this limited capacity.

We have had a few cloth masks donated.  Contact the church office.

Coates Street Presbyterian Church parking lot.  The student food program is continuing with a few changes. We are continuing to collaborate with Moberly Public School. The pickup scheduled has changed to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which is the same days as the school. Each pick up day provides 2 days of meals for the children. Each pick up day our staff and volunteers are distributing over 1800 meals!  CSPC is a pick up location for meals for children 18 and under.  The lunch and breakfast meals are made to go, no need to get out of your car they bring it to you, and are available 11-Noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   The program will continue until June and will then transition right into the summer food program. The summer food program will last until July 31st.  Thank you to the volunteers that make this available for the community.

Please remember to keep in contact with your loved ones, the elderly and anyone that you know that may need some help in this time of uncertainty.  It may just be as simple as calling to see if they need some groceries or other necessities.  Call the Church office if you need help, or know of someone that does to see if one of our volunteers can help!

Choir Rehearsals are Wednesday’s at 5:30pm.   Welcome all that love to sing!  Rehearsals are cancelled until further notice.

 Deacon’s Meeting is the second Monday every month at 6:00 pm

 Session meets the third Wednesday each month at 6:30 pm

Camp information and registration forms are available in the office, or   talk to Mary. This year we are also offering an inter-generational mission trip to South Dakota, to help plant trees!  We have something for everyone!  CSPC has scholarships available, don’t let money be a reason not to attend.  We will keep you updated, if any changes are made.

Women’s group usually meets on Saturday mornings at the Church at 9:30 AM, in the Parlor, However we have cancelled them until further notice.  Keep checking for when they will resume.

 Be sure to get a copy of “These Days, Daily Devotions for Living by Faith” and/or “The Upper Room, Where the world meets to pray”.  Free copies are available in the Parlor or table in hall.

The Lending Library in the hallway is waiting for you to see what is available!  The Care and Fellowship Committee invites you to TAKE A BOOK, BRING A BOOK and pass them on or return them.  Religious or not!  There are several new additions to the library.  The shelves are full, waiting for you to find your perfect reflection book, bible, nice daily devotional books, or look to see if the perfect “Chicken Soup” for your soul book is there to read.

Do you know someone in the CSPC community who would like to attend Worship, Church events or may need a ride to Doctor appointments, need to go grocery shopping, or have someone pick up your groceries?  Call the Church office to see if one of our volunteers can help!  Pastor Joel is visiting with people that are not always able to come to Church, he can take them Communion also, if they wish.  If you know someone who would like a visit from Pastor Joel, please let the office know, or contact Pastor Joel.

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and glory, forever.

Amen.

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MORNING PRAYER    Generous God, thank you for the gift of this new day.  Help me to watch for your signs and wonders in the world today, and fill my heart with gladness and generosity, that I may generate good will wherever I go. Amen.

EVENING PRAYER   Thank you, God, for shepherding me through this day.   As I lie down to sleep this night help me to imagine green pastures and still waters, and to remember all the ways you have set a table before me and filled my cup to overflowing. Amen.

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 YOUTH GROUP NEWS: 

YOUTH GROUPS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR WHEN THEY WILL RESUME.  GOD BLESS EVERYONE!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,

for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 

                                                                            Matthew 19:14            

Do you have a school aged child or grandchild?  Please consider signing them up to attend our youth program.   For each group, CSPC provides a healthy snack, different ways to learn about Jesus in the weekly lessons and crafts or activities   to help reinforce the lessons.  Mary has a way of telling the stories of Jesus on the child’s level, they all are tuned into her as she tells the story.

Would you like to become involved in the youth programs?  Volunteers are always needed to help.

See Mary to sign up!  Youth groups will be starting up soon, be thinking of how you can become involved.  The children are picked up from school on the CSPC bus, and transported to the church, parents pick them up here after group meetings.

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