April 16, 2020
Sabbath services—April 18 and 25
- On April 4, U.S. pastors began webcasting entire services or sermons to their congregations. Congregations that are hosting webcasts have their information posted in alphabetical order on cogwa.tv. If your church area is not listed, contact your pastor to receive information about your local webcast.
- We are also webcasting a full Sabbath service (hymns, sermonette or split sermon, announcements, sermon) from headquarters at12 p.m. Central Daylight Time on cogwa.tv and Roku.
- All local services will be held either before or after the webcast from headquarters, so there will be no scheduling conflict. As of April 2, 21 church areas are webcasting in the afternoon and 19 in the morning.
Connecting to the headquarters webcast
You can access the webcast simply by going to cogwa.tv (no password necessary) or your Roku channel. We will also be providing simultaneous translations in Spanish and in French (also available on cogwa.tv and Roku).
COGWA Youth Camps Video
The COGWA Youth Camps 2020 video presentation that was played during the headquarters webcast on April 11 is now posted on the CYC web page. We hope everyone will tune in to view this short but encouraging seven-minute video about our youth camps and plans for this coming summer.
Festival registration update
Registration for the 2020 Feast of Tabernacles opened on Sunday, April 12, at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
Two U.S. Feast sites—Park City, Utah, and Tucson, Arizona—are now closed due to having reached capacity. Since we have many more registered for Tucson than we can accommodate, sometime next week (April 19-25) we will contact those who registered for Tucson but were past the limit about the need to select a different Feast site.
We ask that all COGWA households, whether attending in the U.S. or internationally, please complete the online Festival registration. If adult members in one household are attending different sites, you will need to register individually. We also ask that those not attending please register as well by selecting NOT ATTENDING as their site choice. This gives us more accurate figures for planning.
You can register by clicking on the “Registration” button at feast.cogwa.org. (Or you can go directly to portal.cogwa.org/acct if you already know where you want to attend.) The email address of the registrant will be used to identify that person’s or family’s registration account.
All registrants will receive an email verification immediately after completing the first step of registration. To complete the process, simply access that email, click on the link provided and finish your Festival registration. Members without Internet access should be assisted by their local Festival adviser.
Friday Night Live
Join us this Friday evening, April 17, for our “Friday Night Live” webcast Bible study, which will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain and 5 p.m. Pacific). This month’s study, presented by Joel Meeker, is titled, “Matthew 18: A Practical Guide to ‘Going to Your Brother.’”
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.” So said Jesus in Matthew 18:15. But going to a brother can be intimidating, confusing and risky. How can the Bible help us succeed in fulfilling this fraternal responsibility? Here is a step-by-step approach that even a brother would love.
Sabbath services in May
As we have learned in the last few weeks, everything is quite unpredictable in this situation. But we have made contingency plans for May and will be prepared for continuing as we are or making applicable changes. We will keep you informed.
Rights to privacy
The Church’s long-standing policy is that pastors should not share prayer requests about any member’s health situation unless the member who is ill gives specific permission and makes such a request. Federal law (HIPAA) also prohibits this for a number of people in various professions. We urge all members to be mindful of that guideline as well. Even though we are well-meaning, we should respect people’s right to privacy and their right to be the first to disclose their personal health information at the time and in the manner of their choosing. This is especially applicable during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19. If there is a situation where some confusion or uncertainty exists on the part of the member and/or pastor, the pastor is encouraged to contact Ministerial Services for advice.
The office is temporarily closed, and employees are working from home, with the exception that we are allowed to have people on-site to prepare for and conduct video or teleconference services. We continue to monitor local regulations and will abide by the governmental directives to do our part in stopping the spread of the virus.