Announcements to the brethren

Circular # 02/2021 - Updated Letter to the Ministry and Brethren regarding Church Re-Openings and In-Person Services - March 27th, 2021

Dear Beloved Brothers,

May the Peace of God reign in our hearts!

As we are gradually reopening churches with reduced capacity in some states, using social distancing practices to help ensure the safety of the brethren and our communities, the Council of Elders of the CCUS has established guidelines for the re-opening of our church buildings and in-person services. These guidelines and instructions must be strictly followed. In all things, we will follow the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, who taught us to love one another, even as He has loved us. Following these guidelines will show love toward the people of God and give a good testimony in our local communities.

  1. Each city will follow capacity restrictions required by law and guidelines provided by health officials.

  2. Only church buildings and rented properties, where the CCUS has exclusive use, can be opened at this time. Services in Hotels and Family Services in homes will remain suspended.

  3. All Services (in-person and online) will be approximately one hour in length not including the hymn of silence and the hymn after the service. The format will be the following.

Adult Services Youth or Combined Services

  1. Opening and 1st Hymn a. Opening and 1st Hymn

  2. Prayer of Supplication b. The Lord’s Prayer and Prayer of Supplication

  3. Announcements/ Testimonies, if applicable c. Recitations in Group format

(no longer than 10 min) (if applicable)

  1. 2nd Hymn d. 2nd Hymn

  2. Reading and Exhortation of God’s Holy Word e. Reading and Exhortation of God’s Holy Word

  3. Prayer of Thanksgiving f. Prayer of Thanksgiving

  4. 3rd Hymn g. 3rd Hymn

  5. Benediction/Closing h. Benediction/Closing


  1. High-Risk Groups including the elderly, babies, those with chronic illness, and those who have recently traveled, should not participate in in-person services but are encouraged to continue to participate in online services. Brethren in this High-Risk Group who have received the Covid-19 vaccine are now free to attend in-person services provided they are comfortable with attending and follow the mask and social distancing recommendations.

  2. Anyone having any symptoms of Covid-19, cold or flu, or those who may have come in recent contact with Covid-19 positive persons without using adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as in hospitals or health care facilities should not participate in these services. Conversely, brethren in the health care, law enforcement, or other fields who may have come in contact, but have worn the proper PPE during a potential contact may participate in the in-person services.

  3. We encourage all the brethren who have the opportunity to receive the Covid-19 vaccine to follow their doctor’s recommendations in this regard, as this provides an additional level of protection for the individual, and thereby for the brethren in the services.

  4. Each church is encouraged to establish a small support group to organize participation in these services.

  5. In order to participate in the services, an invitation from the administration will be sent to the brethren as possible participants, who will fill out an online health checklist, or review the questions over the phone.

  6. Participating brethren must arrive at the church building at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the services, with their belongings, including bibles, hymn books, and veils, which will not be available to borrow at the door, but can now be purchased.

  7. We will continue to greet each other with the salutation “The Peace of God”, but without shaking hands, hugging, or kissing, as It is necessary to maintain the proper social distancing.

  8. Temperature readings using a non-contact thermometer will be taken at the entrance, by the doorkeepers/Deacons.

  9. All brethren must wear face masks covering their mouth and nose while in and around the church, without exception. Gloves are optional but will be worn by our brothers and sisters at the door. Participants should bring their own masks if they have them. Some one-time disposable masks will be available with the doorkeepers/Deacons in case of a need.

  10. All brethren will have assigned seating and will be directed by the deacons/doorkeepers where to sit. Families may be seated together; fathers with their sons or small children, and mothers with their daughters or small children.

  11. Use of the restroom(s) should only be in emergencies. There must be sanitation after each use.

  12. Only string instruments and the organ will be played in the church for the time being, since masks cannot be used by musicians playing wind instruments.

  13. The deacons and doorkeepers will direct the brethren on the procedures for leaving the church after the service, to avoid creating obstacles for other brethren attempting to exit, while maintaining social distancing.

We are grateful to the Lord for this preparation and look forward to this next step in the process of reopening our churches throughout the United States, according to God’s guidance. We thank the brethren for your patience and love during this continued time of great difficulty.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus, our Lord!

The Council of Elders.

Circular # 01/2021 - Letter to the Brethren regarding the Lord’s Supper (Holy Supper) Services

Dear Brethren,

May the Peace of God eternally abide in our midst!

After a year of great difficulty for the world, and for the church of Jesus Christ in 2020, we are ever thankful for the great love and mercy that God has for our souls. When this worldwide pandemic started in March of 2020, it was announced to the brethren that the Holy Supper Services were being suspended in all locations until the elders could convene the next General Assembly.

In July of 2020, the Lord revealed to the elders worldwide, the new process for serving the Holy Supper to the brethren in our churches, when these special services could be safely reinstated.

With the continued rise of Covid-19 cases in many areas of this country, and the expectation that the number of infections will continue to grow as the winter months bring additional outbreaks of cold and flu viruses, we are witnessing that many state and regional governments are tightening the restrictions on public meetings and gatherings. These restrictions impact our in-person services in those areas, as the elders have felt guided to follow the safety guidelines recommended by the governments for the wellbeing of all our brethren. With these concerns in place, we are continuing the suspension of the Holy Supper services in all regions until further notice. The Holy Supper services will be scheduled and announced to the brethren as soon as possible, when we are able to attend to them. This delay is undesired but is not a sin nor is it contrary to our doctrine.

In I Corinthians 11:26 the Word of God directs the believers regarding the frequency of taking the Holy Supper in simple language, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” Our tradition is to participate at least once per year, but the Word of God does not set a minimum or maximum frequency for believers to participate in this special service. One of the teachings for the brethren received in 2001 and repeated in 2019 further confirms this for those who are sick or otherwise unable to attend for reasons beyond their control.

2019 Topic 6 - HOLY SUPPER – THOSE WHO ARE SICK AND UNABLE TO ATTEND (repeat Topic 15 of 2001)

Those who are sick and unable to partake in the Holy Supper should remain in peace, the Lord will not count this against them and will not remove His presence from them. Not being able to participate does not mean they are not part of the body of Christ.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Salvatore Licari, Sam Calabrese, Roberto Barreto, Jim Amodeo.

Circular # 09/2020 - Services in hotels and homes

Dear Brethren,

May the Peace of God reign in our hearts!

As the brethren are aware, some states and counties in the United States have returned to normal or modified business practices regarding hotels, restaurants, and religious facilities. A small number of our church buildings have been reopened for Holy Services. These services are limited in capacity and strict safety guidelines of social distancing and building sanitization are being enforced, within these controlled environments.

Prior to COVID-19 some of the brethren congregated in hotels or in the homes of our brethren. Services in these locations continue to be suspended until further notice, due our inability to ensure that the safety guidelines set down by the Council of Elders are in place and can be strictly enforced. These locations differ from our church buildings, where support groups organized by our administration control access to the church buildings through online invitations with health check questionnaires. Also, sanitation crews clean the buildings after every service, and everyone entering the church buildings are required to have their temperature checked and wear face masks. It is impossible to control access to public places, and to ensure a safe environment for our brethren and their families. The return to Holy Services in hotels and the homes of our brethren is not approved nor authorized by the Council of Elders in the United States at this time.

We remind our brethren to remain in communion, be vigilant, and not be easily swayed by ideological influences voiced from the world concerning the seriousness of this pandemic. The Lord Jesus taught us to love God above all things, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The safety guidelines established for our in-person worship services reduce the risk of infection and danger to the health of our brethren, our families and our communities. On-line services continue to be available throughout the week during the service times listed on our website ccus.org. We are grateful for this great blessing to receive the counsels of God’s Holy Word in our homes through these blessed services, and encourage our brethren to participate and rejoice in the Lord’s providence.

Our hope and prayer is that the Lord will shorten the time of this pandemic, and that all our brethren will soon return to in-person services in all the cities where our brethren reside. We are grateful for all things the Lord has done for us, during this difficult time, and pray for the protection of all our brethren in Christ Jesus, and for the hope of salvation for all mankind.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Salvatore Licari, Sam Calabrese, Roberto Barreto, Jim Amodeo.

Circular # 08/2020 - Online Offerings

Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus our Lord,

May the Peace of God reign in our hearts!

The COVID-19 virus is continuing to affect many parts of the country, so, unfortunately, we must extend the suspension of Worship Services in our church buildings until further notice. This also affects the ability of the administrators to pay the monthly expenses of the churches, such as mortgage payments, utility costs, and also offerings for the Work of Piety. In an effort to facilitate offerings now and in the future, the ministry and administration have prepared an option for contributing to offerings online. The offerings.ccus.org website is available today in most regions in the United States, and more cities will continue to be added and updated over time. Online contributions can be made at any time. They are safe and anonymous, and credit or debit card information is not shared or stored. Instructions are written below and described in a video tutorial, found at this link: offer-english (For subtitles, click CC )

From Computer or Mobile Phone

  1. Open any browser (Google, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge).

  2. In the address bar, type offerings.ccus.org and press "Enter" on your keyboard.

  3. After the site loads, click "Continue."

  4. Click on the name of the church you want to contribute to.

  5. Click on which offering fund you would like to contribute to: Construction, Piety, Missionary Travel, Operating Expenses (Maintenance). Special offerings are suspended until further notice.

  6. Enter the amount you feel to give and click "Next."

  7. Enter your credit or debit card information.

  8. Click "Finish."

We are truly grateful for this preparation, especially during this time of great need in the church. Paul, the Apostle, instructed the church in Corinth concerning the offerings by writing to them in 1 Corinthians 16:1-3 "Now concerning the collections for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."

May the peace of God and the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus,

Salvatore Licari, Sam Calabrese, Roberto Barreto, Jim Amodeo.

Circular # 07/2020 - Cultos On-line / On-line Services March 20, 2020

Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus our Lord,

May the Peace of God reign in our hearts.

In constant vigilance of global events caused by COVID-19, The Council of Elders in the United States continues to strive to strengthen and secure the safety of our brethren, our communities, and our families. Therefore, we encourage families to gather in their own homes to thank God for His Love and Mercy, to sing hymns, to pray, and to read the Holy Scriptures.

With the suspension of public services in the congregations, we understand the need of our brethren to participate in family worship services to God, in their homes. Romans 12: 1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In view of the difficulty presented at this time, additional precautions are necessary and no meetings or services among or between the brethren in the homes of family members, or anywhere else, should occur until this situation subsides.

In the meantime, there will be online services provided to the brethren during the days and times listed at this website: ccus.org/onlineservices

The same reverence given to God and the brethren during normal Divine Services should be expressed during online services, even though the brethren are at home. We remind the brethren that we are in the presence of God and should behave as if we are in the temples in all of our manners and actions.

The first online service will begin on Saturday, March 21st, 2020 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time.

May the peace of God and the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus,

Salvatore Licari, Sam Calabrese, Roberto Barreto, Jim Amodeo.


Queridos irmãos em Cristo Jesus, nosso Senhor,

Que a Paz de Deus reine em nossos corações.

Em constante vigilância dos acontecimentos globais causados ​​pelo COVID-19, o Conselho de Anciães nos Estados Unidos continua a se esforçar para fortalecer e garantir a segurança de nossos irmãos, comunidades e famílias. Portanto, encorajamos as famílias a se reunirem em seus próprios lares para agradecer a Deus por Seu amor, Sua justiça e Sua misericórdia, cantar hinos, orar e ler as Sagradas Escrituras.

Com a suspensão dos cultos públicos nas congregações, entendemos a necessidade da nossa irmandade em participar de cultos e continuar oferecendo a Deus o seu culto racional em seus lares. Romanos 12:1-2 “Rogo-vos, pois, irmãos, pela compaixão de Deus, que apresenteis o vosso corpo em sacrifício vivo, santo e agradável a Deus, que é o vosso culto racional. E não vos conformeis com este mundo, mas transformai-vos pela renovação do vosso entendimento, para que experimenteis qual seja a boa, agradável e perfeita vontade de Deus.

Contudo, aconselhamos que nenhuma reunião ou culto entre a irmandade nas casas de famílias ou em qualquer outro lugar deve ocorrer até que essa situação seja solucionada.

Tendo em vista a dificuldade apresentada neste momento, durante este período haverá cultos online disponível para nossa irmandade nos dias e horários de cultos listados no site: ccus.org/onlineservices

Durante os cultos online, devemos manter a mesma reverência dada a Deus e a irmandade como se estivéssemos nos templos.

Os Primeiros cultos online terão início sábado, 21 de março de 2020 às 7:00 pm Eastern Time.

Que a paz de Deus e a graça do Senhor Jesus Cristo estejam com todos nós.

Seus irmãos em Cristo Jesus,

Salvatore Licari, Sam Calabrese, Roberto Barreto, Jim Amodeo.

Circular # 06/2020 - Registration Form - March 20, 2020

Dear Brethren,

Due to a great need for communication within the brethren during the COVID-19 outbreak and other occasions of special events in the church, the Ministry requests that our brethren fill out a form with your contact details, so that we may effectively share this information to the greatest extent possible throughout our church.

Please fill out this form electronically, choosing only your common congregation in the field titled Church, and add your cell phone numbers where you can be reached via text message.

Only one form per family should be completed.

Click here to register: https://forms.gle/uTJmMCYUmsANJHRD8

God bless you all.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus,

Salvatore Licari, Sam Calabrese, Roberto Barreto, Jim Amodeo.

Circular # 05/2020 - Cancel all Church-Related Travels during COVID-19‌ ‌ ‌- March‌ 16, ‌2020‌

Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus,

May the Peace of God reign in your hearts!

The Ministry in Brazil has requested that the ministry and brethren in North America, cancel all church-related travel plans to Brazil and also to other countries during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is consistent with recommendations from the World Health Organization that all people should avoid travel to other countries. Likewise, the ministry in the United States, Canada, and Mexico strongly urge the brethren from other countries to cancel any church-related travel plans to North America.

The current medical understanding of this virus confirms that people can be carriers without feeling the effects of the virus. Therefore visitors may bring the virus into the homes of the brethren, or spread the virus through simple, momentary contact with others. Travelers may thus unknowingly and unintentionally infect the brethren with whom they stay or come in contact. While we cannot prohibit travel, because it is beyond the oversight of the ministry, we strongly support the request of the Ministry in Brazil that while the COVID-19 pandemic is active throughout the world, that our brethren and ministry cancel any trips they may have scheduled, and do not book future church-related trips, until the pandemic is over.

May God bless all the brethren and ministry for understanding the seriousness of this pandemic, and supporting the humility and sincerity of this request by the Ministry in Brazil.

The Peace of God and the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus,

Salvatore Licari, Sam Calabrese, Roberto Barreto, Jim Amodeo.

Circular # 04/2020 - Concerning COVID-19 March 15, 2020 - (S&SE - FL, GA, TX, LA, AL, OK, SC & TN)

Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus,

May the Peace of God reign in your hearts!

The Council of Elders in the South and Southeast Regions, are closely following the global events concerning COVID-19. For the continued safety of our brethren, our community, and our families, we have felt the need to take additional precautions that will be effective immediately. Except for the Rio Grande Valley in the South of Texas, all Divine Services in the South and Southeast Regions will be suspended until a further review on March 30th, 2020. We are grateful to God for His providence during this time and continue to encourage the brethren to remember God’s Word in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The Peace of God and the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus,

Roberto Barreto, Jefferson Teixeira, Carlos Gonzalez-Angulo, Joshua Lauricello, Moises Pontes, João Esquilino, João Calegari, Michael Martinez, Agnaldo Gouvea, Paulo Bolgar, Manuel Carrillo, Sidney Campos and Vanderley Felix.


Querida Irmandade em Cristo Jesus nosso Senhor,

Que a Paz de Deus esteja em vossos corações.

O Conselho de Anciãos das Regiões Sul e Sudeste está acompanhando de perto os eventos globais relacionados ao COVID-19. Para a segurança contínua de nossos irmãos, nossa comunidade e nossas famílias, sentimos a necessidade de tomar precauções adicionais que entrarão em vigor imediatamente. Exceto para a região do Vale do Rio Grande, no Sul do Estado do Texas, todos os cultos divinos estão suspensos até o dia 30 de Março 2020. Somos gratos a Deus por Sua providência durante esse tempo e continuamos incentivando os irmãos a se lembrarem da Palavra de Deus em Filipenses 4: 7 "E a paz de Deus, que excede todo o entendimento, guardará os vossos corações e os vossos sentimentos em Cristo Jesus."

A paz de Deus e a Graça do Senhor Jesus Cristo estejam com todos nós.

Seus irmãos em Cristo Jesus,

Roberto Barreto, Jefferson Teixeira, Carlos Gonzalez-Angulo, Joshua Lauricello, Moises Pontes, João Esquilino, João Calegari, Michael Martinez, Agnaldo Gouvea, Paulo Bolgar, Manuel Carrillo, Sidney Campos and Vanderley Felix.

Circular # 03/2020 - Concerning COVID-19 March 15, 2020 - (NE REGION SECTOR 2 - MA, RI, NH)

Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus,

May the Peace of God reign in your hearts!

The Council of Elders in Sector 2 in the Northeast Region, are closely following the global events concerning COVID-19. For the continued safety of our brethren, our community, and our families, we have felt the need to take additional precautions that will be effective immediately. All Divine Services in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire will be suspended until a further review on March 30th, 2020. We are grateful to God for His providence during this time and continue to encourage the brethren to remember God’s Word in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The Peace of God and the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus,


Querida Irmandade em Cristo Jesus nosso Senhor,

Que a Paz de Deus esteja em vossos corações.

O Conselho de Anciãos de Setor 2 da Região Nordeste está acompanhando de perto os eventos globais relacionados ao COVID-19. Para a segurança contínua de nossos irmãos, nossa comunidade e nossas famílias, sentimos a necessidade de tomar precauções adicionais que entrarão em vigor imediatamente. Todos os culto divinos nos estados de Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire estão suspensos até o dia 30 de Março 2020. Somos gratos a Deus por Sua providência durante esse tempo e continuamos incentivando os irmãos a se lembrarem da Palavra de Deus em Filipenses 4: 7 "E a paz de Deus, que excede todo o entendimento, guardará os vossos corações e os vossos sentimentos em Cristo Jesus."

A paz de Deus e a Graça do Senhor Jesus Cristo estejam com todos nós.

Seus irmãos em Cristo Jesus,

Roberto Barreto, Waldir Chrispim, Jefferson Teixeira, Sanjo Ramos, Josias Antunes, Carlos Cardoso, Agnaldo Gouvea, Mario Pereira, Ailton Ricardo Santos, Arnoldo de Freitas, Wagner Santos, Rodrigo Medino.

Circular # 02/2020 - Concerning COVID-19 March 14, 2020 - (NE REGION SECTOR 1 - NY, NJ, CT, PA)

Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus,

May the Peace of God reign in your hearts!

The Council of Elders in Sector 1 in the Northeast Region, are closely following the global events concerning COVID-19. For the continued safety of our brethren, our community, and our families, we have felt the need to take additional precautions that will be effective immediately. All Divine Services in NY, NJ, CT, and PA will be suspended until a further review on March 30th, 2020. We are grateful to God for His providence during this time and continue to encourage the brethren to remember God’s Word in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The Peace of God and the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus,


Querida Irmandade em Cristo Jesus nosso Senhor,

Que a Paz de Deus esteja em vossos corações.

O Conselho de Anciãos de Setor 1 da Região Nordeste está acompanhando de perto os eventos globais relacionados ao COVID-19. Para a segurança contínua de nossos irmãos, nossa comunidade e nossas famílias, sentimos a necessidade de tomar precauções adicionais que entrarão em vigor imediatamente. Todos os culto divinos estão suspensos até o dia 30 de Março 2020. Somos gratos a Deus por Sua providência durante esse tempo e continuamos incentivando os irmãos a se lembrarem da Palavra de Deus em Filipenses 4: 7 "E a paz de Deus, que excede todo o entendimento, guardará os vossos corações e os vossos sentimentos em Cristo Jesus."

A paz de Deus e a Graça do Senhor Jesus Cristo estejam com todos nós.

Seus irmãos em Cristo Jesus,

Roberto Barreto, Jefferson Teixeira, Joaquim Souza, Clinton Hahn, Filippo Barone, Nelson Dias, Silvio Paz, Agnaldo Gouvea, Jozuezer Muniz, Divanir Ribeiro, Antonio Debenedetto, Carlos Nascimento, Joe Santos

Circular # 01/2020 - Concerning COVID-19 March 13, 2020

Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus,

May the Peace of God reign in your hearts!

The Council of Elders in North America, in communion with the Ministry in Brazil, are closely following the global events concerning COVID-19.

By means of this second letter, we wish to affirm that, with the help of God, the Holy Services will continue to be conducted. Nevertheless, for the safety of our brethren, our community, and our families, we have felt the need to take additional precautions that will be effective immediately.

The following services and activities are suspended, until further notice:

  • The 2020 General Assembly in Alhambra, CA

  • All National Youth Meetings

  • The 2020 National Music Meeting scheduled in Newark, NJ

  • The N.E Children Instructors Meeting scheduled in Newark, NJ

  • All Regional, Sector and Local Meetings

  • All Regional & Local Music Rehearsals

  • All Music Schools

  • Children’s Meetings which happen during the regular services


Also the brethren must comply with the following requirements:

  • During regular Holy Services, only the organ and stringed instruments will play hymns.

  • As a reminder, brethren are instructed to follow all health recommendations and

gathering restrictions placed by all local, state, provincial, and federal authorities.


For the Ministry:

  • New requests for Baptisms will continue to be brought to the attention of Elders in each Region for directions.

  • Possible suspension of local services will be considered by the presiding Elders of each region.

As the Lord Jesus has taught us, let us remain fervently in prayer, that the Lord will help all nations, peoples and communities during this time of great need upon the earth.

The Lord speaks to us by His Word in Psalms 121 saying, “My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth… The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Peace of God and the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

Your brothers in Christ Jesus,

Salvatore Licari, Sam Calabrese, Roberto Barreto, Jim Amodeo.