The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

A Message from Pastor Cymbala

Devotional for Today, March 18, 2020

I am sending you this message during a crisis that we never imagined we would ever see in our lifetime.  It is important that we continue to encourage each other in this unique moment in the history of our nation and the world.  

It is for this reason that, for the foreseeable future, I will be hosting online devotions every weekday morning, beginning at 10:00 am.  These online devotions will take the place of the written devotionals that are normally posted on our website.  Once posted, the online devotions will remain on our website, so that you can access them at your convenience and watch them at any time of the day. 

Today, at 10:00 am, I will continue my series on Faith; and I pray that it will be of encouragement to you.  My desire is that you may continue to grow in grace in these difficult times.  

Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, and he will see us through.  When we are able to resume our regular church schedule, we will once again post written devotionals on our website each morning.

Thank you, and may God richly bless you.   

Sincerely, 

Pastor Jim Cymbala 

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