Whoever you are, wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome at Community Christian Church of Marana

Prayer Knot

Prayer Knot

on Sundays we have a weekly prayer group, called “Prayer Knot,” using “Zoom”. We start at 10 am, and go for 30-45 minutes. Please email pastor@maranadisciples.org for the link and password each week.

Tithe and Offering

Tithe and Offering

You may be wondering how you can give to the church during this time. Here are a few options: You can mail us your tithe to P.O. Box 26, Marana, Az. 85653; You can click the green "Give" button below or the "Donate Online" button in the menu; or you can stop by the office during business hours. Thank you for your continued support.

Re-Gathering

Re-Gathering

Starting August 9th we will be having two services. There will be a 7am outdoor service in the south parking lot, and a 9am indoor service. At the 9am indoor service face mask will be mandatory and seating will be limited and will be a first come, first serve basis.

Restarting Indoor Service

Hi Everyone,

This letter is adapted from the one I sent out last week, with a few more details added. Please read, and
whether or not you will be able to join us in person on Sunday, please pray for our church, and that the gospel
we proclaim will go forth!

Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, wisely observed: To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose
under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1) In April and May, we were in a season of on-line worship only. In June, we
entered into a season of re-gathering, meeting outdoors for worship, in addition to our on-line presence.

Things have gone well, and so the leaders of our church – our board members, elders, and staff – have been
faithfully trying to discern stepping into the next season, re-starting indoor worship.

On Sunday, August 9 th , we will do just that, with a 9:00 am indoor worship. This worship will be in addition
to our 7:00 am outdoor one, and in addition to what many of you have been doing, which is staying at home
and participating in worship on-line. Those options will continue, and I want to state very clearly: whatever
option you choose is just fine! The important thing is to worship!
Let me say several words about the 9:00 am service:

  • This service – 9:00 am – will be the one used for live-streaming. The 7:00 am outdoor service will no
    longer be live-streamed.
  • Enter through the south doors (the ones closest to the kitchen door). When you come in, you
    immediately will see the Welcome Center to your left. Stop and get your pre-filled communion cup
    and other items as needed.
  • Masks will be mandatory. Please bring your own, or if you don’t own one, there will be some available
    at our Welcome Center.
  • Chairs will be spaced apart, but there will be groupings for couples and families.
  • There will be a limited number of seats; once we get to capacity, we may need to turn people away.
    This is not at all what we want, however, and if it happens, we will be working hard to get a second
    indoor worship time started ASAP.
  • Through the month of August, we will not have a few things you might be used to: Nursery, Sunday
    School for our preschool- and elementary-age kids, or coffee service. (If you bring your own drink,
    please bring it in a closed container.)
  • In order for everyone to feel comfortable, we are limiting people walking “in and out” during the
    service. This will be helped by the worship being less than an hour. Of course, if someone needs to
    use the restroom, that’s not off limits – but please consider using it before worship begins so you don’t
    need to get up. If someone needs to step out for a phone call or “smoke break,” you will need to listen
    to the rest of the service outside.
  • Bring your own Bible! We will not have Bibles or hymnals out for use. (Having said that, it has been
    my privilege on behalf of our church to give away a number of Bibles recently to those who have asked,
    and we will continue to do so!)
  • Our theme this Sunday, as we continue with the series “Fruit of the Spirit,” is appropriate: PATIENCE. I
    pray that you come with extravagant patience for those who are leading the worship, and with one
    another. Things will look and feel odd… but let’s enjoy the blessing!

I recently received an email from Dave Drum, founder of J17 Ministries. He was discussing grieving over the
deaths of a couple of Tucson pastors, and said: “When everything else is stripped away, as this season seems
to be doing in ever-increasing degrees, Jesus’ Holy Spirit, the Comforter remains. He doesn’t need a mask, He
doesn’t social distance, and He isn’t limited to a computer screen. Come, Holy Spirit….” I think this also applies
to the grief I have (and maybe you too) over changes in our society, including changes in worship such as the

ones I’ve listed above. Hopefully many of these changes are temporary, but in any case, as we do come
together, in this particular season, the Comforter remains, and the rock of our salvation, Jesus, does not
change!

If you are planning on coming to the 9:00 am Sunday worship: (1) we’d love to know! Please let Marjorie or
me know, by calling the church (520-682-4201) or emailing (office@MaranaDisciples.org or
pastor@MaranaDisciples.org). And, (2) we will need extra help during this time, especially if eventually we
wind up going to two indoor worship times. If you would be willing to help with set up or clean up, or in other
ways, please contact me at the email address above, or call 520-665-1545.

In Christ, Pastor Dave

Re-Gathering

Dear Church,

Many of you have been asking about when we will re-open. I like what one pastor of a large
church has said – “we have never been closed,” and instead he’s talking about when the church
will re-gather! I like that. And yes, we are going to re-gather on Sunday, June 7 th for an outdoor
worship. It won’t be “Church in the Park.” Instead, it will be “Church in the Parking Lot!” To
beat the heat, we will start at 7 am, and worship will last about 45 minutes.

“Staying ‘As Is’ and Staying Connected”

Hello Church. Is it too much to say that this has been a challenging couple of months? No,
that’s probably the least we can say about it. There have been blessings during this time, yes!
But let’s not pretend – for many of us, staying at home has been difficult. For some, it has
meant loneliness, for others, it has meant financial distress. And for those who have been
blessed to continue with work, there may be added health concerns, and/or added hours that
feel exhausting. I continue to give thanks that no one from our church has contracted
coronavirus, though I have spoken with some of you about family and friends who have; I share
your concern and, in a few cases, grief.