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Join in Conference-wide Holy Week Worship Service - April 8
Bishop Peggy Johnson and the Eastern PA Conference Cabinet will lead conference churches and members in a mid-Holy Week online worship service on Wednesday, April 8, at 11:30 AM. The service should last about 45 minutes.
Cabinet members offer this invitation to everyone:
We hope you will join us for this unique, virtual experience. Friends and families are welcome. Together, we will pause in the midst of Holy Week to remember Jesus’ walk to the cross amid those who likely understood what God was doing and those who did not.
We will pray together and remember our connection as sisters and brothers in Christ. You can join us via computer, tablet, smartphone or landline with the Zoom video-conferencing link below. We can host up to 1,000 people for this mid-week service.
We hope you will join us in celebrating the Christ, who is the balm in Gilead and will not leave or forsake us.
Topic: Holy Week Worship
Day/Time: Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020, 11:30 AM Eastern Time (Length: about 45 minutes.)
Join Zoom Meeting
epaumc.zoom.us/j/766144817 (Click on link)
Meeting ID: 766 144 817
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Let us join in prayer and let us trust in our Amazing God to lead us through this Pandemic! Many have suggested that we stop each day for prayer. Some have even suggested that we stop at 7:00 p.m. and pray for 5 minutes. Why 7 p.m.? 19 is the number associated with this virus and in military time 1900 hours is 7:00 p.m. So how best can we pray? Let us pray using the days of the week as a guide:
SUNDAY, begins with S. Pray using Scripture. Scriptures like Psalms 91: 1-5; 121: 5-8; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; 2 Timothy 1:7, Proverbs 3: 5-6.
MONDAY, begins with M. Pray for our Medical personnel – those who are on the front lines of containing and overcoming the Coronavirus; and those who continue to serve others at their own risk. Pray for their protection, strength, alertness and endurance.
TUESDAY – Truth. Pray for accurate reports in these perilous times. Let us see the positives that are in our response to this outbreak as we may watch the evening news.
WEDNESDAY – Wisdom. May God Bless us with the wisdom that we all need to get through this. The making of informed decisions as our government and we develop and implement necessary guidelines to protect our world, our nation, our communities, and our homes.
THURSDAY – Triumph! Scientists all over the world are busy working in their labs to overcome this disease. Let us pray that they will be triumphant soon!
FRIDAY – Faith. Let us pray for the perseverance of maintaining our faith and the strength to get us through this. And let us learn from the experience all that God wants to teach and bless us with. We can be a better people as we survive this!
SATURDAY – Let us pray for the Sick. Pray for their complete healing and full recovery. And let us pray for their loved ones who are so often kept away from visiting and caring for those who are afflicted.
LET US BE THE CHURCH – let us lead our communities in a Godly response to this pandemic.
I hope you will all join in prayer, in Jesus name I pray, Amen! ... See MoreSee Less
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Let's talk about this Coronavirus ... See MoreSee Less
A letter from our Pastor to our Congregation
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ..
I hope this finds each of you doing well and coping as best possible with the restrictions you have chosen for your life. Jan and I are doing well as are our families and I thank the many of you who have reached out to ask.
I am sorry that we have closed our church. I miss seeing and being with you all! I miss our Worship! I miss the beauty of our Sanctuaries and being in God’s place of Worship! But as you know from my earlier correspondence, we are complying with the guidelines that our White House has issued and further respecting the request of our Bishop. While we are not meeting at our church, please know that we are continuing to monitor closely the developments in our society and our world regarding this virus. In addition, we are taking a proactive approach to ensure that our facilities remain clean and safe. To further assure the safety of all, all meetings and gatherings are on hold for now and this includes the outside groups that use our facilities. Each of them has voluntarily put their meetings on hold until further notice.
As I have said before and I want to stress, we as people of faith in Jesus first want to respond out of a deep sense of prayer, faith, and love of God and neighbor. Please pray – asking God for guidance through the Holy Spirit and relying on the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Please, also reach out to each other – pick up the phone and check on each other. In addition if there is anything you need please don’t hesitate to call me. Whatever you do, let us not respond out of fear. Rather let us rely upon our faith that we have spent our lives building. God is with us and we will get through this. Let us work together, pray together, and have faith together.
Let us also heed the messages from our government leaders and healthcare workers. We encourage you to wash your hands frequently and to refrain from simple actions such as shaking hands, touching your eyes, nose and mouth, etc. We are also reminded to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. And finally, if you are ill, please stay home. I know, it all sounds like common sense and perhaps we tire of hearing this, but it is so important as we try to stem the tide of this infection.
We will let you know as soon as we can celebrate Worship together. In the meantime, we at St. Paul’s will continue our Ministry efforts through reaching out to our community and preparing for our return to normalcy. During this time our church’s expenses continue and we are continuing to pay our staff their normal wages. In that interest, we ask you to please consider mailing in your donations and if you are so inclined, even including a bit extra as not meeting weekly will definitely have an impact on our income. Donations can be mailed to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 100 West Main Street, Mountville, PA. Your helping us to keep up with our expenses will aid us not having to utilize our bequest funds which are currently being impacted by the stock market conditions. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your generosity.
I also ask one more favor… many of your Brothers and Sisters do not have computer access or access to Facebook. If you suspect or know that they don’t, would you please phone them to read and discuss this to them? Doing so will give you an opportunity to check in and see how they are doing. Thank you in advance for your helping us to get the word out to all.
As I close, thank you for your continued faith and your support. I pray that God continues to Bless you and if I can be of any help to you, please do not hesitate to call.
Peace, Blessings, and Good Health - stay well!
Jeremiah 33: 6b
I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. ... See MoreSee Less
To our St. Paul’s Community;
In view of the recent mandates regarding the Coronavirus, I write once again to update St. Paul’s United Methodist Church family and friends about how we as a church will be responding to the Coronavirus in upcoming worship services and the usage of our building.
We as people of faith in Jesus first want to respond out of a deep sense of prayer, faith, and love of God and neighbor. Let us not respond out of fear. And let us know that the messages from government leaders and healthcare workers are very serious. After consultation with church leadership we have decided to make these temporary adjustments at our church:
1. We will not be conducting Worship Services for the next two Sundays (3/22, and 3/29). Based upon the directive issued from the White House and subsequently a request from our Bishop to comply, we too will seek to avoid the ability for germs to spread.
2. We are asking everyone to implement a “no handshake” policy. A polite wave or alternative greeting is vital in limiting the spread of germs.
In addition, we will not deny use of our building to those who are scheduled to use our facilities. However we do ask that you:
1. Comply with keeping a distance between people of 3-6 feet and eliminate person to person contact. Again please no handshakes or other personal greetings. We stress that this is essential in limiting the spread of germs.
2. We have hand sanitizer for your use for when you enter and exit the building. We are also encouraging you to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
3. Please stay home if you are not feeling well. We know your meetings are important. However, if you are not feeling well or if you are vulnerable to this virus, please stay home.
4. Please wipe down/cleanse or wash any surfaces and or equipment that you or your group may use. We have cleansing materials available for you; please use them so as to best protect everyone who uses our facility.
As you use our facilities, please remember that we are all in this together. Let us join together to protect ourselves and each other as best possible.
The leadership of our church wants to communicate that we care deeply for you, our neighbors, and especially those who are vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are closely monitoring current events. We will consider additional steps if and when necessary. In the meantime we pray for all of those who are involved and infected by this virus. We encourage you to use the telephone to stay in communication with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us join in prayer as our world seeks a way to deal with this outbreak.
Grace, Peace, and Good Health to you all,
"Serving to help others to learn, live, and proclaim God's Love!" ... See MoreSee Less
An open letter from Pastor Jim:
I wanted to take a moment to update my St. Paul’s United Methodist Church friends and family about how we as a church will be responding to the Coronavirus in upcoming worship services.
We as people of faith in Jesus want to respond out of a deep sense of prayer, faith, and love of God and neighbor. We do not respond out of fear. With this being said the messages from government leaders and healthcare workers are very serious. After consultation with church leaders we have decided to make these temporary adjustments at church.
1. We will not have our passing of the peace/greeting time. We want to limit the ability for germs to spread.
2. We are asking everyone to implement a “no hand shake” policy. A polite wave or alternative greeting is vital in limiting the spread of germs.
3. We will have stationary offering plates for you to use before, after, or during the service.
4. Sunday morning coffee will be temporarily suspended. You are more than welcome to bring your own beverage from home with you.
5. We have hand sanitizer for when you enter and exit the building. We are also encouraging you to wash your hands frequently.
6. We will change the way we serve communion. Our next communion service is not until April and we are evaluating alternative methods for serving this vital sacrament.
7. Please stay home if you are not feeling well. We know church is important. However, we do not want you to feel any pressure to attend if you are not feeling well or if you are vulnerable to this virus. Please stay home.
All of these measures are temporary. The leadership of our church wants to communicate that we care deeply for you, our neighbors, and especially those who are vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are closely monitoring current events. We will consider additional steps if necessary. In the meantime we pray for all of those who are involved and infected by this virus. We encourage you to use the telephone to stay in communication with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us join in prayer as our world seeks a way to deal with this outbreak.
Grace, Peace, and Good Health to you all,
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Please Note: Moving forward our church will continue with our regular Worship Schedule with the following changes: BOTH our 8:30 and 10:25 Worship Services will be held in our Sanctuary. In addition our Sunday Night Bible Study will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. We will trust that those who need to stay home will.
Please be assured that our church leadership will continue doing our best to put in preventive measures for everyone's safety during this trying time. Let us keep all in prayer as our world seeks a solution to the COVID-19 outbreak. ... See MoreSee Less
This Sunday's Message Title - Squirrel Crossings! What in the world is our Pastor thinking?!! Squirrels can get pretty frantic when they try to cross a street. When's the last time you were frantic?? What did you do?? How did you handle it?? Join us as we look to the Apostle Paul and the Book of Psalms for advice on how to handle those frantic times in life.
Here's our schedule:
- 8:30 Worship Service - in Fellowship Hall featuring special music by our pianist. This service is followed by coffee and fellowship
- 9:00 Adult Sunday School in our Library
- 10:25 Worship Service in our Sanctuary - featuring special
music by our Chancel Choir and Organist
We'd love to see you in church this Sunday - especially ours!" ... See MoreSee Less