Join us for Worship in the parking lot at 9:30 am
I give thanks for you whenever I think of you, and have not stopped praying for you.
That may seem like a strange sentence to begin with; however, that is part of the salutation Paul uses in his letter (epistle) to the church in Colossae. It is believed that the Apostle Paul wrote 13 letters to churches; four of those 13 epistles were written while Paul was on house arrest in Rome, one of which is the book of Colossians. Although Paul wrote his letters thousands of years ago, his words are just as pertinent today as they were when written.
On August 30th, I will begin a New Testament sermon series that will involve walking through the book of Colossians. Although Colossians is only four chapters long, there is much that we can learn from Paul’s words as a church and as individuals, and I am excited to see how the Holy Spirit speaks to us in our journey through this book.
I want to encourage you to take the time each week to read the scripture for the upcoming Sunday, and would love to hear any thoughts you may have regarding any passage.
We have started in-person meetings again at our pavilion. Just not sitting quite as close as pictured and with other safety precautions in place!
The Presbyterian Women's Group is meeting on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am. Our men's group (Sonrisers) is meeting on Wednesdays at 8:00 am. Please contact the office for more information.
In June, we began our drive-in church services which are part of our movement toward eventually reopening our sanctuary. There are many details to share about these services and they are listed below. Here are some details to keep in mind:
- Radios: The services will be broadcast on FM 90.1. Please set your radios to this frequency before you arrive if at all possible. If you have difficulty doing that, the ‘ushers’ can assist you.
- Traffic Flow: As you arrive ‘ushers’ will greet you and direct you where to park. We are asking larger vehicles to be parked along the sides (or in the back) of the lot so the view from smaller vehicles is not blocked. Following the service, ‘ushers’ will release the vehicles by row. Please do not try to jump the line as we certainly don’t want any accidents!
- Windows, Engines and Horns: Please do not run your engines during the service. Roll down your windows for air flow. Listening to the service on the radio will not deplete your battery. However, if this were to happen, we will have jumper cables and ‘ushers’ to assist you following the service. During the services, please do not blow your horns, we are trying to not disturb the neighbors. If you would like to say ‘Amen’ during the service – just flash your lights!
- Please remember to wear a mask when you are outside of your car greeting one another.
- Pets: Please remember this is a worship service and all of our windows will be open. Ask yourself this question: “Do I bring my pet to worship in the sanctuary on Sundays?” If the answer is “no”, please do the same for these services.
- Water bottles: We recommend that you bring water for each person in your car. We all need to stay hydrated.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
To request prayer, a care visit, or inform us of a current or upcoming hospitalization, please use the confidential form and link below. An email will be sent to our pastor and committed pray-ers. You can always call the office at (928) 367-4923 to alert us about prayer needs or upcoming medical procedures as well.
In a time when we feel so separated, CPC is actually very Connected! We have made a great effort to stay connected with one another through calls, notes, emails and extra communication from the church office. But did you also know we have become more connected with our community as well? The contact with our community comes through interaction with the town website and the bi-weekly updates provided by town manager, Tony Alba. (You can sign-up to receive these updates by going to the Pinetop-Lakeside website.)
In a recent edition of the town update, Mayor Irwin included a poem written by one of our neighbors, Leslie Dwight. It reflects upon our unusual experiences so far in the year 2020. I secured permission to share this poem with you as a ‘thought/reflection piece’; I hope you find it a source of encouragement...
What if 2020 isn't canceled?
What if 2020 is the year we've been waiting for? A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw -- that it finally forces us to grow. A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber. A year we finally accept that need for change. Declare change. Work for change. Become the change. A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.
2020 isn't canceled, but rather the most important year of them all.
- leslie dwight
In our love for Christ we are called to be connected and looking for the movement of God’s Spirit in the world. Could this year be a year of God shaking us up in order to move us forward as a country and as a church? Thanks for the thoughts, Leslie.
As we enter the fourth month since the suspension of in-person worship services in March, we remain challenged in finding the correct paths forward for safe and meaningful worship. Our situation is complicated by Arizona’s recent dramatic increase in COVID cases and the realization that the southern and northern ends of Navajo county have two of the highest COVID rates in the entire country. Further complicating our plans is the fact that the majority of our church members and attenders fall into a high risk group that must be diligently protected from exposure to the coronavirus.
As public health professionals in the congregation, we have helped CPC leadership to closely monitor CDC and Arizona Department of Health Service guidelines related to faith groups. We have also incorporated recommendations from the Grand Canyon Presbytery and local instruction such as the recent mandatory mask ordinance issued by the Pinetop-Lakeside town council on June 24th.
While ensuring the safety of our worshipers remains our primary goal, but a key secondary objective is to be a responsible community member and a congregation that models worship practices that exhibit our concern for the well-being of our broader community. Therefore, in the absence of a clear downward trend in COVID activity in our state and region, we feel that opening the sanctuary to in-person worship services remains an unsafe option for at least the next 4-6 weeks and possibly through the end of summer. Instead, we will focus on our drive-in service options, posting recorded worship experiences on-line for those who can’t join us in the parking lot, and the potential to use some of our outdoor facilities for small group gatherings. Along those lines, we are finalizing guidelines for the Session’s consideration regarding the use of the picnic pavilion for committee meetings, study groups such as the Sonrisers, and other small church gatherings. These guidelines will appear in a future issue of the newsletter and CPC Express.
Marc Traeger, M.D.
David A. Yost, M.D.
We are still wanting to work on getting our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program off the ground. This is a program where Moms can bring their preschoolers to church on a weekday morning to be cared for by someone trusted and capable while they discuss "Mom Things", and parenting in general, along with some basic Bible Study and mentoring from those of us who "have been there", or at least care about what they are going through. Contact Debbie (719-351-4264) or Laurie (928-521-7630)
Tuesdays 10:00 - PW (Presbyterian Women) meet for bible study and fellowship at the CPC pavilion. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesdays 8:00 am - Sonrisers (Men's Group) - By Zoom
Sundays 9:30 am - Worship Service in the parking lot (Starting July 12, 2020)
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Communion is shared the 1st Sunday
of each month.
Children and youth play a significant role in every aspect of life at CPC. From ushering and other responsibilities in our worship services, to helping out with missions, buildings and grounds, and fellowship opportunities such as Souper Bowl Sunday, Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner and the summer Church BBQ. We offer Sunday School on the 2nd S
Children and youth play a significant role in every aspect of life at CPC. From ushering and other responsibilities in our worship services, to helping out with missions, buildings and grounds, and fellowship opportunities such as Souper Bowl Sunday, Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner and the summer Church BBQ. We offer Sunday School on the 2nd Sunday of every month. The other Sundays, kids participate in the worship service.
We are very committed to Montlure Presbyterian Camp. Along with sending 6 kids to camp last year, CPC serves as the mail drop for campers, provides housing and support to staff before camp starts, our members volunteer during camp, and we raise much needed funds for rebuilding the Greer site after the Wallow fire. Last year, the kids and their families participated in a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help raise the money needed to send everyone to camp without much expense to the families.
Presbyterian Women's Group meets from May through September each year on Tuesday mornings in the church fellowship hall from 10-11:30 am. We dedicate some of the meeting times to a Bible Study, to crafting, and the second Tuesday of each month we have our business meeting followed by a potluck. We have three fund raisers each summer whic
Presbyterian Women's Group meets from May through September each year on Tuesday mornings in the church fellowship hall from 10-11:30 am. We dedicate some of the meeting times to a Bible Study, to crafting, and the second Tuesday of each month we have our business meeting followed by a potluck. We have three fund raisers each summer which allow us to raise funds for a number of missions that we support, most of which are here in the White Mountains. We are a group of ladies who are dedicated to caring for others and offer support for one another. We also have a "PW and Friends' Day Out" on the fourth Thursday of the month, where we visit interesting historical museums or such. We would love and encourage anyone to join us during those summer months. For more information contact Georgia Merrick, PW Moderator at (928) 358-1020.
“Sonrisers” is a men’s group that studies Christian books and includes a time of fellowship. It meets every Wednesday at 8:00 am. It gives men a special time to be together.
Worship through Song. Enjoy our wonderful choir. Or better yet . . . join in! For more information, please call Judi Bee at (928) 242-0526.
Download our Annual Report highlighting 2019 activities and plans for this year.
We are a family rooted in Christ, called to glorify and enjoy God through worship, discipleship, compassion, and service to one another and to our community.
We strive to be a safe place, a sanctuary where people are accepted, included, and cared for as they are. We have been called to be agents of God’s transforming power, aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit as we pray, worship, learn, gather for fellowship and serve together.