Many Kentuckians are eager to get out of their homes, to return to the way things were. We want to go back to work. We want to go to restaurants to eat with our families. We want to get our hair and nails done. We want to go to the gym and the mall. But, not all of us.
Many still fear getting sick or getting others sick. Many are still staying home unless they’re getting essentials. We’re wearing masks and practicing social distancing to protect ourselves and others. But, that doesn’t seem enough protection to make us feel at ease going back to life as we knew it.
The Elders of the church reached out to our members to gauge their comfort level with resuming in-person worship. Many churches are returning in May or June. The Elders deliberated and decided it was too soon for us to return. We have many people considered vulnerable because of age or chronic illness. We feel it is most compassionate to wait to return and not risk the health of our fellowship. The Elders will revisit this topic at their June meeting.
In the meantime, many are enjoying our online worship experience. I hope you will avail yourself of the opportunity to worship with us. Please use the Online Worship Resources tab on the banner on the main page to access this week’s worship service.
God be with you until we meet again,
We have been living within the Healthy at Home program for 7 weeks. We are living in a liminal space between what used to be comfortable and normal and whatever new normal life we will build. During this time, we have moved online with everything we do except our community meals. We are getting more comfortable with the technology and improving the online worship experience every week.
Now, we have a glimmer of hope that we may soon emerge from our homes. We are tempted to say we are returning to work and church and shopping and such, but we’re not really returning to what used to be. We will develop new ways of working, going to church, and shopping in the coming weeks, but it may be longer before we are able to return to other activities.
The Governor made recommendations for a phased re-opening of the commonwealth. Within those recommendations, houses of worship may open soon. I have received communications from regional and general church leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I have reviewed plans by other pastors, regions and councils. I have considered what the Governor and White House have advised. With all this information, I submitted to the church leaders a phased plan for re-opening the church. I will communicate plans to you as soon as the Elders agree on all the details.
If you have any questions about any of the worship, recovery groups, or meals, please do contact me. If you are feeling isolated or anxious, please do contact me. My cell phone number is (217) 710-9292. I am here to help you.
God be with you,
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, divorced, remarried, gay, trans, filthy rich, dirt poor, y no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Taylor Swift or if you can’t carry a tune in bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion (we’ve been there too). If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, can’t work, can’t spell, or came because grandma is in town and she wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you! (If any part of this statement offends you…you’re welcome too!)
During this time of social distancing under the Healthy At Home orders of the Governor, the following meals will be served as carry out:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday breakfasts at 8:00 am Cornerstone Church on Madison Ave.
Saturday dinner at 5:30 pm
Sunday morning at 9:00 am – Cornerstone Church on Madison Ave.
Sunday night at 3:30 pm – CANCELED
Join us for breakfast or dinner this week
We have partnered with the Breakfast Ministry of Covington, Immanuel Methodist Church and others to provide food for those in the community who would otherwise go without a nutritious meal for the day. Breakfast is served on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 am. On Thursday mornings, breakfast is followed by Bible Study at 9:00 am. On Wednesday and Friday mornings, guests are welcome to stay warm throughout the morning. Dinner is served on Saturday evenings at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm. Come eat with the community. Meals are free and served in our fellowship hall.
Looking for a place to volunteer and connect with the community?
Serving meals is an excellent opportunity to volunteer and connect with the people of Covington. Be the hands of Christ by meeting the needs of the ones who need it the most. Stop in and ask to speak to a volunteer about where to help or call the church office for more details.
During this time of social distancing under the Healthy At Home orders of the Governor, our recovery groups will not meet again until orders have been lifted. The GLAST meeting is meeting online in the interim. Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/504503298
Whatever your path to recovery, you don’t have to do it alone. All of the groups hosted by the church are open. Come to hear and share experience, strength and hope. May your Higher Power give you strength, courage and wisdom.
Tuesday at 7:00 pm
Friday at 8:30 pm
Saturday at 10:00 pm
LGBTQ+ Recovery Group
Wednesday at 7:00 pm
The Original Full Text of the Serenity Prayer
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
— Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)