ANNOUNCEMENT AND NOTE FROM PASTOR BECCA
Dear Family in Christ,
The session of elders and myself has decided to cancel all in-person church activities for at least the next two weeks in keeping with recommendations from the local, state, and national governments during this pandemic. After two weeks, we will reevaluate to see if further cancelations are necessary. Like the decision to cancel last Sunday, this decision was not made lightly. None of us like the idea of not being able to gather together in person to worship, learn, or have fellowship as we normally do, but we also understand that this situation is unprecedented and difficult. Livestreamed worship will continue to be offered, and we will explore other options for connecting in other ways during this time, including conference calls and video chats. Do not hesitate to reach out to me and each other by phone, email, text, or social media. While we might be physically apart, we don’t need to be isolated from each other, and it is important for all of us to remember that.
If you missed this week’s livestream, you can still check it out here on Facebook. If you are having any trouble accessing it, please let me know. Between me and Greg, we should be able to provide you with the tech help you need to access the video. I will also send my sermon manuscript by request.
Please know that I miss gathering with all of you and cannot wait for the time when we can safely gather together. I am praying for each and every one of you. May God keep us safe and healthy through this difficult time.
March 22nd: “Pizza with the Pastor” Children’s event.
April 8th: First Steadfast Meeting in 2020 at pm, followed by potluck
April 10th: Good Friday Worship, here at 7pm
April 12th: Easter Sunrise Worship at NUMC at 6am
Presbyterian Women are again going to deliver “Cheer Boxes” to the local home bound and to those in health related homes. If you know anyone that would appreciate a box of cheer around Easter, please let Carol Hawley know, and we will be glad to add them to our list. There is a box in the narthex for individually wrapped goodies to fill the boxes and at this time we have 25 boxes to fill. We also add fruit to the boxes, so money donations are also needed and can be given to Donna Breda. The boxes will be packed (in Fellowship Hall) and delivered on Wednesday, April 1st starting at 9:30am. We’re still looking for some medium size shoe boxes which can be left in the mail room at any time.
If you would like to make a dedication in memory or in honor of someone by purchasing a lily to decorate our church for Easter Sunday (April 12th) let Carol Hawley know. Orders must be in by April 1st. This year the lilies are $15 each and must be taken home with you following the 10:00 am service on Easter Sunday. If you would prefer to make a dedication with the money going to the food pantry instead of purchasing a lily that can be arranged also.
There are still some Lent devotionals left. If you haven’t gotten one, feel free to grab one on your way out. The Lent devotionals are from the Presbyterian Mission Agency and are generously provided by an anonymous member of this church for you enjoyment and spiritual growth. No thanks are necessary, but please make use of them during your spiritual journey this Lent.
Today we welcome our new organist, Ed Goodemote! He is a retired music teacher and an experienced church organist. We are grateful that he has decided to share his gifts with us.