We are endeavoring to strengthen the “connective tissue” of our CGS family in many ways, particularly during this COVID-19 season. This viral disease is reminding us acutely of what God intends his Church to be always: the body of Christ, working and ministering together corporately (1 Corinthians 12:25-27).
RECEIVE AID, or RENDER AID:
This is a time for courage… But also a time for discernment. All of us are vulnerable to becoming infected by SARS-CoV-2 (which is the virus that causes COVID-19), but not all of us are equally susceptible to the adverse consequences of coronavirus infection itself. The CDC has provided guidance that will allow you to assess these matters objectively and in proper context.
Please engage in prayerful discernment of your personal risk profile (and the risk profile of those who live in your home), and reflect upon these options:
RECEIVE AID: If, after your process of discernment, your judgment is that you are in a particularly vulnerable position, please allow us – as the body of Christ and your CGS family – to serve you: Contact us using this form. And then please join us by assisting in these crucially important ways from your home location.
RENDER AID: If your judgment is that your personal circumstances allow you to shop or run errands for those who are medically fragile, please consider joining our volunteer team towards those ends. And take a moment to be encouraged in Christ by viewing the growing roster of the brothers and sisters who are joining you in this endeavor.
RENDER AID: If you are able to meet your own weekly needs (either on your own or with assistance from close friends and family) but judge that it is unwise for you to otherwise move about in the community, please assist your CGS family in these crucially important ways from your home location.
REGARDLESS of our individual circumstances, we are all of us knit together in Christ, and we are knit together within our CGS family. COVID-19 is graphically and dramatically reminding us of Scripture’s insistence that “…God has put the body together, …so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.”