3.31.20 Mission Partner Update
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Mission Partner Update: March 31, 2020
On March 22, we reported that one of our global mission partners and his wife had been diagnosed with COVID-19. At that time, our partner (whose name has been withheld for their security) was recovering in the hospital.
Today we are pleased to report that our partner and his wife have both been released and are recovering together comfortably at home. Thank you for your prayers for their healing, the protection of their family and the continuation of their ministry! This couple leads a ministry that reaches tens of thousands of people via radio and TV; please pray that their thriving witness would continue to be a light for the nations even in the midst of these challenging days.
Please also join us in praying for our many other mission partners around the corner and across the globe — that God would protect them and their families from the virus; that He would allow their ministries to thrive; and that He would empower them to continue serving people in need and spreading the Good News of the Gospel to all nations.
March 28, 2020
I wanted to share with you what I have found to be a very helpful briefing from critical care physician Dr. David Price of Weill Cornell Hospital, New York. Dr. Price shares what he and his colleagues have learned over the past 3 months and how you can protect your family in this season.
Daniel D. Meyer
Senior Pastor | Board Chair
3.25.20 Special Covid-19 Food Drive
Special Covid-19 Food Drive: March 25–April 9
Donation Drop Off: Christ Church Butterfield
COVID-19 and the accompanying economic disruption bring new financial hardship to thousands. As hourly workers are laid off or see their hours reduced, previously solvent families now find themselves without income, behind on rent and unable to purchase food and essential supplies. What’s more, COVID-19 has impacted the ministries of our mission partners who care for those in need here in our neighborhood and nearby in Chicago.
This year’s Spring Food Drive will meet the needs of those affected by COVID-19 through three channels:
- The Salvation Army/Christ Church Food Pantry
(Oakbrook Terrace on April 11)
- The Fresh Market Food Pantry at Breakthrough Urban Ministries (Garfield Park)
- Emergency care packages distributed by By the Hand Club for Kids (throughout Chicago)
Ready to Help? Shop for items from the lists below to serve God’s people in need!
Donation Drop-Off Information:
Drop Off Location: Christ Church Butterfield at 2S361 Glen Park Rd, Lombard, IL 60148
Note: There is NO DROP OFF or collection of food at the Oak Brook campus this spring.
Drop Off dates and hours: March 25 through April 9
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays | 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Curbside Drop Off: As you enter the parking lot, you will see a cart near the entrance to the building that is clearly marked “Food Pantry.” Please leave all items on the cart or in a box beside the cart so volunteers can pick them up and sort them at regular intervals throughout the morning.
Food and Home Products
Serving the Salvation Army/Christ Church Food Pantry (Oakbrook Terrace)
and Breakthrough Urban Ministries’ “Fresh Market Food Pantry” (Garfield Park)
- Canned goods
- Pasta sauce
- Hamburger helper
- Paper products (e.g. paper towels, toilet paper)
Serving Breakthrough Urban Ministries’ shelters, support centers, food pantry
and child care centers
- Surgical and N-95 masks
- Cold and flu medication
- Feminine hygiene products
- Lysol, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners and cleaners with bleach
- Liquid soap and refills
- Hand sanitizer
- Alcohol wipes
- Clorox wipes
- Spill kits
- Paper products
- Trash bags
- Latex and non-latex gloves
- Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and bleach
- Boxes of cereal to distribute to families in the Fresh Market
- Ink pens, crayons, children's workbooks
About Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Breakthrough demonstrates the compassion of Christ by partnering with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity. Each year, Breakthrough works alongside more than 6,000 individuals through housing, education, violence prevention, food access, job training and spiritual formation.
Emergency Care Packages
By The Hand Club For Kids is distributing emergency care packages to the families of their students in this time of crisis.
- Dry food (bread, cereal, crackers, pretzels, etc.)
- Canned food
- Toilet faper
- Disinfectant wipes
- Hand soap
- Board games
- Craft supplies (paper, pens, markers, etc.)
- Children’s gooks
About By The Hand Club For Kids
By The Hand Club For Kids (By The Hand) is a faith-based after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child — mind,
body and soul. By The Hand provides a safe environment; mentors and tutors children to academic excellence; provides for their physical wellbeing with nutritious meals and healthcare, including dental checkups/cleanings and eye exams; and invites them into the good news of the Gospel.
- The Salvation Army/Christ Church Food Pantry
3.22.20 Mission Partner Update
Mission Partner Update: March 22, 2020
Several of the hottest spots in the world for COVID-19 are also countries where Christ Church has supported global mission partners. Rev. John Klingelhofer is in regular contact with each of our partners in these locations to see how they are doing and to coordinate their prayer requests. Although our last update indicated all of our partners were doing well, things are changing rapidly and we are sad to report that one of our global mission partners and his dear wife are now sick.
Today is his third day in the hospital, he is doing well and is optimistic that he will be going home soon to rejoin his wife who is recovering after her own ten day illness. Both of them are grateful for your prayer support. Would you please pray for the rapid healing of their bodies, for protection from the virus for their large extended family and staff team, as well as strength to continue to reach out to others who are suffering. This couple leads a ministry that reaches tens of thousands of people via radio and TV. Please pray this thriving witness would continue to be a light for the nations even in the midst of these challenging days.
Italy is one of the largest hotspots on the planet today with the news media reporting a huge spike in the numbers of COVID-19 illnesses and a mounting death toll. One piece of very encouraging news from our partners in Italy is the recent addition of 5,000 new hospital beds for the sick. Several large cruise ships sitting idle off the coast of Italy have been repurposed during this critical time. This is a welcome development in an otherwise bleak situation.
Please pray for our mission partners who are serving alongside the very small indigenous evangelical church in Italy. Give thanks to God they are both still healthy and active in their ministry even though they are homebound. Pray that many hearts will be softened in the aftermath of this pandemic so the church of Jesus Christ will flourish like never before and more people will come to put their faith and trust in the Lord. Finally, pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to fall afresh upon this nation as they emerge from this tragedy and once again turn their hearts and minds to the One who can bring them comfort and peace.
3.21.20 Mission Partner Update
Mission Partner Update: March 21, 2020
We are grateful for the many calls and e-mails inquiring how our mission partners are doing in the midst of this pandemic. We are pleased to report that as of today, Saturday, March 21, 2020, we are not aware that any domestic or global mission partner has been infected with COVID-19. Please continue to pray for protection from the virus for our partners, their families and the wonderful people they serve.
As you know, everyone in the world is impacted by this pandemic so every mission partner we support is struggling to adapt to this new reality. In some parts of the world available resources to help the sick are significantly less than here in the States and the loss of life is incredibly significant. While the continent of Africa was initially reporting low numbers of COVID-19, that is changing and our partners are on their knees in prayer. Many of our domestic mission partners have either had to close their ministries temporarily or significantly reduce their outreach. Like many of us, they are staying in touch by e-mail, newsletter updates and ZOOM video conference calls. Please continue to pray for all our field workers.
If you are interested in gaining more specific information about how to pray for one of our global partners please contact Rev. John Klingelhofer at jklingelhofer@ChristChurch.us If you would like more information about how to pray for and/or even volunteer to help one of our domestic partners, please contact Peter Celauro at pcelauro@ChristChurch.us.
One of our partners affiliated with SIM Mission Agency circulated a list of Prayer Points this past week that we commend to you for your own private and family prayers in the coming days. Thank you for lifting up our brothers and sisters in prayer as they seek to share the Gospel here and across the seas.
Pray for the body of Christ worldwide, that the church would rise up to pray and to support the sick and their caregivers in practical and sacrificial ways. Pray for the church to be a light on a hill in hospitals, communities and cities where God has placed them. Pray for an outpouring of love, compassion and service in Jesus’ name in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
But God has composed the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its members should have mutual concern for one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it.
(1 Corinthians 12:24-27)
3.20.20 Update & Encouragement
from Senior Pastor Dan Meyer
As we continue to navigate the days ahead, Pastor Dan Meyer offers encouragement and insight into how God is working through our church community and region. Take a look:
3.17.20 Update & Encouragement
from Senior Pastor Dan Meyer
As we continue to express our open hearts toward others during these tense times, Christ Church hopes to provide some sense of calm and normalcy through a host of enriching resources for our community and their families to maintain healthy faith practices. This week, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Daniel Meyer shared a heartfelt message on Facebook. Rev. Meyer encourages us to use this time of transition to grow closer to God through prayer and immersion in Scripture, as well as to reach out to others to let them know they are remembered. Watch now:
March 13, 2020
Dear Christ Church,
In my letter to the congregation on Thursday March 12, I outlined the approach our church was taking in response to the COVID-19 crisis. I also pledged that we would continue to weigh incoming facts and make whatever course correction we believed was in the best interest of all. I write today to share that based on additional data and the State of Illinois’ new mandates we are changing course.
Effective March 14, we will suspend our normal weekend worship services and move to livestream worship services until it is prudent to resume our usual schedule. We are NOT canceling “church.” We are simply altering the ways that we will BE the Church in these unusual times. By closing our building on weekends and refraining from large group gatherings, we will help protect more people, reduce the danger of an overloaded health care system and speed the return of our community and world to its normal rhythms. We believe that our good God is in control and that His providence will carry us through this season.
Each Sunday, we will be able to worship together in Church Online. We’ll provide a wonderful classic/traditional service at 9:00 a.m. and a great contemporary service at 10:45 a.m. You can still enjoy the music you love and each of the compelling messages in our current CrossWords series. Perhaps consider gathering a few friends or families to share in this experience and pray for one another and our world.
To keep us connected and growing during these days, we’ll soon provide a link on the homepage of our website to the most current updates and an expanding list of resources for prayer, doing church at home and other ways that many of our usual ministries (for youth, women, men, senior adults, etc.) will be meeting and teaching online.
If ever there was a time when staying connected to God and His people mattered, NOW is that time. We hope you’ll keep gathering with your small group and take advantage of the additional resources we’ll make available to you. Thanks, too, for helping our church continue to minister to people through your online or mailed gifts.
If you would find it helpful to talk with someone or have a special need with which we might help, feel free to contact Christ Church’s Pastoral Care office online or by calling 630.321.3936. You are also always welcome to stop by during the week at our Oak Brook or Butterfield campus to visit and let us know how you are doing. We will be praying for you and looking forward to being together again.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees,
Rev. Dr. Daniel D. Meyer | Senior Pastor
March 12, 2020
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in times of trouble.
Dear Members & Friends,
This letter comes to update you on our church’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) causing concern and calamity in so many places. As new information comes in, we continue to refine our thinking and planning and pledge to stay in clear communication with you about all this. Your health matters greatly to our church’s leadership, as we know that the health of our church’s ministry matters to you.
Our present approach is consistent with the statement shared during worship last weekend. We want to be about… FACTS not fear. CARE for the vulnerable. CLEAN hands. OPEN hearts. Let me quickly address each of those.
First, we seek to root our response in current FACTS about the nature and extent of this illness. We are consulting a variety of medical professionals and reliable information sources.
- As of this date, we have no reported cases of the coronavirus afflicting anyone who works at or attends Christ Church. We will let you know should this situation change.
- Statewide there have been 25 confirmed cases to date and only one in DuPage County.
- Infectious disease experts say that we can expect this number to go up. This illness will touch our families and circles of acquaintance. We don’t wish to be naïve about this.
Secondly, we want to express assertive CARE for those most vulnerable to having the illness or experiencing its more serious effects.
- If you are part of an at-risk group because of age or preexisting ailments, this is a good time to stay away from big crowds, including church gatherings.
- If you DO develop any signs of fever, coughing, or sneezing illness, we ask that you refrain from coming to church and encourage you to consult a nurse or physician to determine the nature of the problem; the earlier the better.
- In either case, please remember that you can join us for worship any weekend through our livestream ministry and gain access to a wealth of other spiritual growth resources through our online media library. You continue to be a vital part of our church.
- If you are suffering from illness or dealing with an unusual amount of anxiety and would find it helpful to talk with someone, feel free to contact Christ Church’s Pastoral Care office online or by calling 630.321.3936.
Thirdly, to help us stay as healthy as possible, we are going CLEAN in multiple ways:
- We’re foregoing handshakes on both our campuses. A warm smile or a foot or elbow tap works just fine to say hello. It is important to respect each other’s boundaries.
- We’ve instituted intensified cleaning procedures on all the surfaces human hands touch in our staff, classroom and public spaces – and will be applying disinfectants over the course of our weekend programming too.
- Starting this weekend, we are enlisting the help of staff and volunteers to limit the number of people touching door handles etc., and have also eliminated for the time being all finger foods and beverages on both campuses. Please feel free to bring your own.
Finally, we want to keep expressing an OPEN HEART toward others during these tense times.
- We believe that the local church is particularly needed as a community of stability, sanctuary and spiritual help during anxious times.
- We are aware of the immensely difficult circumstances faced by Christians in other parts of the world and the courageous witness they display.
- For the time being, the church’s doors and the majority of our programs will remain open as usual. A few select activities will be cancelled or deferred.
Please be assured that if new FACTS suggest our current approach is no longer wise, we will change course. Doing right by you and Christ’s mission is our highest priority. We are monitoring the data day-by-day. You can find current information about our church’s perspective and practices at http://www.christchurch.us/coronavirus.
Thank you for joining me in prayer for the strength and witness of our congregation – and the wider Christian community – in this sensitive season. May God be glorified and His love extended through our faith and actions.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees,
Daniel D. Meyer
Senior Pastor | Board Chair
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