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Father Abraham Mini-Series “Selecting a Burial Site” Genesis 23:1-20
CPC is Wondering. We are wondering about a number of things: what the future will look like, when a new pastor will be selected, how soon until we can get back into our sanctuary? During the past few months a lot of this wondering took place on the mountain through phone calls, zoom meetings and Session discussions. However, friends who live in the Valley or Tucson may not have gotten all the information. So let me share some of the thinking and hopefully eliminate some of the wondering …..
- About the future: Many folks are taking guesses (on a national level), but I’m talking about the future on a local level. This much we know…. I will be leaving my position as your interim pastor the end of July (July 26th will be my last Sunday). Debbie and I will be moving back to Colorado. The Session is working for pastoral coverage beginning in August. Beyond these few details, we don’t know what else the future holds. We are wondering….
- About a New Installed Pastor: The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) has been diligently working to discern whom your next installed pastor will be. Their working assumption is that God has someone picked out - that person and the committee are in the process of finding each other. During these challenging times, the committees’ progress has continued and this coming Sunday we will receive an update report. So, even though progress is being made, we are wondering….
- About Getting Back Into Our Sanctuary: Governor Ducey has moved toward opening the State of Arizona. It would appear businesses, restaurants, churches, can just open their doors and go back to ‘normal’ operations. So you maybe wondering, why CPC isn’t just opening the sanctuary doors and resuming regular worship. Well along with Gov. Ducey’s declaration to open businesses, restaurants, churches, etc., he also issued detailed guidance concerning how these establishments should open. (The official document is included in this email with highlighted sections of particular importance.) In this guidance, we are encouraged to be particularly mindful of members who are over 65 years of age (which includes a large group of us) and as an alternative to sanctuary worship, the governor urges us to consider outside or drive-in worship services. (There is much less chance of contamination when we are outside.) Because of the average age of our congregation and the additional concern of air circulation in enclosed spaces (sanctuaries), the Session has decided to shift our worship services to an outdoor environment. We are blessed with good weather this time of year, so it should work fine. This is not a permanent arrangement and the Elders (Session) will continue to evaluate the situation. We all want to be back together in the sanctuary, but a definitive answer as to when that will be can’t be given at this time. So even though progress is being made, we are still wondering….
I hope this helps summarize some of the discussions that have taken place over the past few months and where we are today. Personally, I don’t enjoy/like wondering (ambiguity), yet that is where we find ourselves at the moment. May God’s Spirit comfort us and help us to wait….
Grace and Peace, Bob
If you would like to join this men’s study group as we meet ‘virtually’, just drop and email to Pastor@cpcpinetop.org and we will get you on the list. We are studying the book, “Cast of Characters” by Max Lucado.
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.
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)
It is fair to say we are all looking forward to the day when we can be back in our sanctuary and worshiping together. We miss not seeing each other. However, it will be a while before ‘being back’ is a reality. Brad Munroe, our presbytery pastor, has likened our return more to a ‘rheostat’ rather than a ‘light switch’. We will gradually take steps to reopen the office and our sanctuary as we come out of our current situation, but it will happen!
The Session (Board of Elders) met Thursday, April 30th to discuss a number of issues that are reported in this issue of the newsletter. However, a very focused conversation took place about re-gathering for worship and what steps are needed before we can be together again. It was
- Because of the average age of our congregation (large percentage of higher risk category attenders) we will be extremely cautious about opening too soon. We will probably open later than some other congregations in the area.
- At least for the month of May, we will continue with our ‘virtual’ worship services.
- A working group was formed to oversee, with Drs. Yost and Traeger advising, the implementation of the Grand Canyon Presbytery’s “Guidelines for Reopening Checklist”. This checklist includes the following categories to be considered:
1. Congregational Makeup and Risk Factors
2. Physical Plant and Equipment
3. Worship Options
4. Sanitation and Cleaning
5. Staff Management
6. Community Connections and Outreach
To reopen in a safe and measured way is going to take time and patience. Please be praying for your congregational leadership as we strive to accomplish this mutual goal. In the Apostle John’s vision recorded in Revelation 21:5, God says, “Behold I make all things new.” From this time of closure, new and refreshing times will come. God has not forgotten us, rather God is ‘re-forming’ us – in a sense we are living a faith adventure. Don’t lose heart or get discouraged, God is with us – and that is ‘Good News’.
Blessings and Grace, Bob
A Year in Review
In January, members and friends of CPC traveled to Israel. See our video summary
Mondays 9:00 am - Monday Morning Coffee at Eddie's Country Store (Summer only)
Tuesdays 10-11:30 am - Presbyterian Women's Group (May - September only)
Wednesdays 8:00 am - Sonrisers (Men's Group) - Contact Stewart Lewis, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sundays 9:30 am - Choir Rehearsal
Sundays 10:30 am - Worship Service
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Welcome to the Community Presbyterian Church of Pinetop. I am very glad you took the time to find our website. Currently I am serving as the Interim Pastor while the congregation engages in a search process to secure a new Installed Pastor. As you view our website and learn more about our ministry, I hope the fact that we are in a transition time doesn't cause you to stay away. As interim, I am very impressed with the vitality of this congregation and know you will receive a warm welcome. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions or would like to stop by for some coffee and conversation! God's blessings upon you. Bob
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ALL ARE WELCOME HERE
We invite all people to participation and membership, regardless of social, economic, ethnic, political, sexual or other categories that are used elsewhere as a basis for discrimination.
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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 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 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.