Data and Survey Say!

Tentative date for in-person worship
pushed back until
September 13, 2020

The Reopening Committee has recommended, and the Governing Council has affirmed that the tentative date to reopen the church for “In-person worship” be pushed back to September 13, 2020.

This recommendation is based upon three things: 1. Current statistics regarding the spread of the virus, 2. the recommendations of our state and local officials, and 3. the survey of our congregation.

All of us have seen the news of the increase of numbers of cases of Covid-19 and heard our state and local leaders’ recommendations regarding the slowing and possible reversing of the process of returning to normal. The next few weeks will tell the story regarding the spread of the virus and will be crucial in determining the course which our government leaders will recommend going forward.

In addition, results of our survey of the congregation indicated that only a handful out of the 53 people who filled out the survey would be interested in attending in person worship at the present time. Many people favored not reopening to August, September, or even January 2021. Also, people are very positive regarding the livestream worship services. For your information, last week’s service was viewed 97 times on our website and 178 times on Facebook. Our online presence is growing and just this week our Facebook page reached 1000 Likes!

Therefore, while it is disappointing that we are still not able to meet in person, it is clear that we remain a vibrant worshiping community.

The Reopening Committee will continue to meet and assess the situation and will keep you posted on their work. As always, your input is encouraged and is most welcome.

Until further notice:
No onsite worship at 1333 South Carrollton Ave!
Instead, Worship Via Livestream

 Dear CSM Family,

In an effort to do our part and to ensure the safety of everyone within our church family and to avoid the spread of coronavirus we will not hold public worship at this time. Instead, you are invited to our Livestream Worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. You can find us at Facebook.com/CSMUCC, on YouTube at News Central St Matthew UCC, or click LIVESTREAM in the main menu at the top of this page. That’s right we will worship together online, with liturgy, scripture readings, music, and sermon. 

In addition, we will be doing other things to stay safe while also staying in community. 
While I will miss seeing all of you, I will be even more grateful if our church, our community, and our country can come together to stop the spread of this virus.
Please stay in touch! Do not hesitate to email, call or text me. 

Yours In the Fellowship of Christ,
(See you online)
Pastor Brockett

Latest News at CSM

In an effort to respond to the current environment of outrage to the death of George Floyd and others and with a desire to be part of changing the racism that exists within our society we are offering a discussion group based on the book by well-known author Robin Diangelo:

“White Fragility: Why its so hard for white people to talk about racism.”

Discussion leaders will be Lori Hume and Nettie Parker Bauman.
The meetings will take place via Zoom – online starting
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM CST / 7:30 PM EST.
Below is a description of the book. We would love to have you join us. For more info or for questions or to indicate your intention to participate contact the church office @ office@centralstmatthewucc.com. The book is available through Amazon or you may check with your library.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
“White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways, as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. Leading to what Robin DiAngelo refers to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.”
The author has created a Book Discussion guide that we will be following to give a framework for the discussion of the book.

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