Posts from March 2020

Posts from March 2020

March 22nd Update: Government of Ohio Stay at Home Order

Brethren:  Today, the Government of Ohio activated a stay at home order in order to stem the rise of the COVID-19 infections.  This stay at home order takes effect beginning Monday, March 23 at 11:59pm for two weeks, in the first instance.  The details of the order are in the document attached.  Please familiarize yourself with this document so as to know how it affects you personally. Naturally, this order affects the way we have been conducting our services which was based…

Peace Through Patience

It is interesting to note that patience is one of the attributes or characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit.  Growing up, I had always heard it said that patience is a virtue.  So, I am not surprised to learn that God holds patience very high among the attitudes He wants us, as His children, to exhibit.  So, it has been said that patience is linked to better health; that patience makes people better friends and neighbors, and that patience…

March 18th UPDATE

Good morning blessed people of God: As you know, we continue to we have continued to monitor developments on the COVID-19 so we can adjust as it relates to our Worship services.  This is to let you know that the situation of things is about the same, maybe a little tighter, in terms of gathering.  Since we last had our service, gathering at bars, restaurants, and gyms have been banned in Ohio.  CDC has advised against any gathering of people…

We shall Overcome

Good day blessed brothers and sisters of CICC: I just want to touch base with you all, first to check on how you are doing in this era of self-quarantining and social distancing, and to encourage you and let you know it shall be well.  I trust you are doing well by the grace of God.  We continue to receive daily news of growing cases of infection here in the United States, and in our State, Ohio.  I urge you…

His Joy Gives Us Strength

With the Coronavirus pandemic that has not shown any sign of slowing down, there is a palpable fear in almost every country around the world now.  Italy, a country of about 60 million people is on lock down today.  Airlines are cancelling thousands of flights, workers are being asked to work from home, and students are being asked to go on an unscheduled vacation.  The stock market is responding wildly to the uncertainty that pervades every facet of life.  Am…

March 14th UPDATE

Brothers and Sisters:  In an abundance of caution, the BOT and minsters at CICC have decided that we should move our service online for the next two weeks to do our part in minimizing the risks of contracting the Coronavirus, COVID-19. While the current order from the Governor exempts Churches from the “100 rule” for a gathered crowd, we are of the opinion that it is better to ere on the side of caution. To this end we have decided…

March 13th UPDATE

Brothers and sisters: I am sure many of you are privy to the announcement from the Governor’s office yesterday tightening the social distancing guidelines.  As at now, gatherings of 100 people or more are banned in Ohio, but Churches are exempted from this ban at present. For us to continue meeting in our Sanctuary, we need to tighten our rules of engagement until this pandemic blows over.   So, in addition to the attached information we have updated our rules of…

The Primacy Of Love

The first of the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5 is love.  So it seems that love forms the core of the fruit.  We can say that love is the characteristic that fruit develops on.  It can be said that without love, we essentially do not have a fruit.  It is not surprising that this is the case.  When Jesus Christ was asked which is the greatest commandment in the law, He replied, ““Love the…

March 6th UPDATE

Good morning brothers and sisters: I hope this finds you all well.  We have all been hearing about the novel corona virus – COVID-19.  I want to make sure that we as a Church have a conversation about it, so that we know how to protect ourselves and how to protect our CICC community. AT present, there is no known case in Ohio, but we want to make sure we are many steps ahead of this novel virus.  The Center…

Keeping In Step With The Spirit

There is this event at the summer Olympics known as synchronized swimming. I have watched it a few times and I am always amazed at how people can swim to a beat, because there is music going on, and then also stay in sync with the two or three or whatever number of people they are doing this with. I find it amazing because I do not know how to swim, let alone swim in sync with another person according…