Announcements for the week of

October 25

“Sundays Together” Running for the Next Several Weeks!

Connecting to each other has been more difficult than ever during COVID. So we’re opening up opportunities to SAFELY worship together on Sunday mornings.We’ve lined up hosts across Chatham County who have graciously agreed to open up their backyards or other outdoor space to host a SAFE, outdoor gathering for a worship service watch party. Starting today we’ve opened up RSVP’s for safe, outdoor watch parties across Chatham County to gather together for the service on Sunday. We’re allowing each host to tell us how many people they feel comfortable having in their space, so each site has a different number of spots available. And we’re open to more sites. If you’d be interested in hosting at your place, email us and let us know! In order to help facilitate more connections, starting TODAY we’ll be shortening the service a bit and leaving you with questions to discuss at each site or on a Zoom call with your small group.  Sundays Together with your friends at Chatham Community Church is happening right now and we invite you to join us next Sunday at a site near you!

To see the hosts and RSVP, click here.

Operation Christmas Child is Coming!

 It’s right around the corner…Operation Christmas Child and shoebox building! We are partnering with Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, to provide shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children around the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. An incredible 10.5 million shoeboxes were gifted last year! Get ready for this rewarding and fun activity! Here’s a short video for you: https://video.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child-overview-2020-short/ 

 Chatham Serves Fall 2020

We love Chatham County! We know that you do, too.  Like all communities, there are situations, places, and people in Chatham that need help and healing. Twice a year at Chatham Community Church, we replace Sunday morning worship services with a community service day to meet needs all across the county. We call it Chatham Serves. This fall we will gather safely to do this on Saturday, November 7th.

There are many different projects to choose from.  If you want to love your neighbors and your world, or need volunteer/community service hours, come on out.  There are projects for people of all ages, interests and abilities, kids to senior adults.  Check out the sign up list here.

 Small Groups Sign-Ups Are Live!

One of the things most needed in this season is ongoing connection to people who care for you and with whom you can grow. Small groups have always been an essential part of Chatham Community Church and they’ve only become more important since COVID started. These groups of around 6-16 people meet mostly online, though some meet outdoors in safe ways. Together, they encourage each other, pray, study the Bible, serve, and have fun. This is a great time to check out a small group! If you’re not involved in a Small Group, invitation today: try one. You can go to our website to find one or email Jaime@chathamchurch.org.

 

Wednesday Prayer for Our Nation

As we head into the home stretch of a very contentious political season, as a church we’re committed to loving one another across political differences AND loving our neighbors across political differences.So for the next several Wednesdays through the election and the weeks following, we’re going to have a Wednesday 12:00 Zoom call. Thirty minutes of non-partisan prayer, Democrats and Republicans and independents coming together as Christ followers to pray for the peace and prosperity of our nation. Because our commitment is more to God and to loving the people around us than it is any political party. Wednesday Prayer for our Nation is kicking off this Wednesday at 12:00. To join the call, click here.  

Engaging Our World for Good During and After COVID

The needs around us will continue long after the Coronavirus has passed us by. To respond more quickly, Chatham Community Church is establishing our Disaster and Relief Response Team or "DARRT".   This team of individuals will respond to needs of both our congregation and needs in the larger community around us: light house repair for a widow, for example, or yard work for an older couple in the community after a hurricane. 

If you are interested and would like to be a part of this team, text the word  Enroll to 94090 .  When you receive a confirmation text, please respond with your first and last name, then you will be fully enrolled for notification of need. (Be aware of special compliance instructions:  Reply STOP to unsubscribe or HELP for help. Up to 4 messages per month, Msg&Data rates may apply.)

The Text Alert System for DARRT will be used to send out text notices when congregational and disaster needs arise. By enrolling in this network, you are not committed to serve in all events, but only those which you are able. Join us in building a team of people ready to bring relief when disaster or challenges hit! 

Divorce Care 

Separated? Divorced? We can help! Please join us for our next DivorceCare support group. DivorceCare offers practical approaches for dealing with the challenges of divorce and separation. It helps you heal from the pain and actually gain hope for the future. The environment is warm and caring, and it is led by people who understand what you are going through. We have two opportunities to join.

Surviving the Holidays - one night - November 15, 6:30 - 8:00pm

DivorceCare - 13 weeks - Sundays, 6:30 - 8:00 starting November 22 and continuing for 12 additional weeks.

 Don’t Miss A Stream! And Volunteers Needed 

We had a several great weeks of live streaming. Subscribe to the Chatham Church channel by going here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOex4RoKrzaUAjA86hDFcbg or go to our website, www.chathamchurch.org and click on the live stream link to join us!  In order to do this consistently over the next several weeks, we could use a couple of volunteers who would enjoy helping out on video.  Email Michelle: stith@wildblue.net

 

Stay Up to Date on CCC and COVID-19 via Facebook and the Connect Devotional

To make sure you get the latest, be sure to check out our Facebook page or sign-up for the Connect Devotional by contacting Jessica Waldstein jessica.waldstein@chathamchurch.org.

 

Relevant This Tuesday

Our Tuesday night gathering for High School students, Relevant, will continue meeting in-person this Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Pittsboro Campus. We are utilizing a number of safety protocols including meeting outdoors when possible, assigned seats that are properly spaced for each student and leader, mask-wearing when indoors, and food handling precautions. If you have any questions about the precautions we’re taking, please don't hesitate to reach out to Mosaic leaders at edge@chathamchurch.org.

In-Person Youth Group This Week

We will host Youth Group in-person this Sunday, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Chatham Mills Ministry Space. The event will be held outdoors under an open tent. We will NOT be hosting a simultaneous Zoom gathering this week.


We are taking a number of safety precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students and volunteers. If you have ANY questions at all about our plans or the safety protocols we have put in place, please feel free to reach out to Mosaic leaders at edge@chathamchurch.org. Students should bring a mask in case we're forced inside for any reason

 Connect to Great Community 

One of the things most needed in this season is ongoing connection to people who care for you and with whom you can grow. Small groups have always been an essential part of Chatham Community Church and they’ve only become more important since COVID started. These groups of around 6-16 people meet mostly online, though some meet outdoors in safe ways. Together, they encourage each other, pray, study the Bible, serve, and have fun. 

This is a great time to check out a small group! Between now and September 13th, we’ll be showing a short video each Sunday where folks from our small groups talk about how they’ve connected with God, connected with great community, and engaged our world for good through small groups. Share the videos and check out a small group! For more information go to the Small Groups page on our website or email Jaime: jaime@chathamchurch.org.

Christmas Cantata

Do you miss getting the opportunity to sing in a group and create something together? Although it will look a little different this year, we are excited to announce that Chatham will be having our annual Christmas Cantata in December. Everything will be done remotely in order for us to maintain proper social distancing. Each person will record their part and it will be compiled into one two song video. Please contact Maggie Stith at: maggie@chathamchurch.org to get involved and receive more information.


October Elder On-Call 

 If you have a crisis or emergency and need help from the church for any reason, each month we will have an "elder on call" who will be glad to assist you. The elder on call will be listed in the bulletin each week and on our church website. To find it on the web site go to the home page, look under "Ministries," and click on "Congregational Care." This month Jaime Castañer will be the elder on call. You can contact him via phone : (919) 629-9928 or email: elderoncall@chathamchurch.org.