FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dear Friends of Paxtonville United Methodist Church,
I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 7:9).
I want to share an update with you. I have spent much time in prayer over the Thanksgiving holiday and sought the feedback of our Governing Board. As you know, Pennsylvania is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases; in the past week I have witnessed an increase in the number of people I know testing positive, as well as calls from church members who are choosing to stay home as a safety precaution. Making decisions in this pandemic has never been easy, but my prayer is that our decisions keep the wellbeing of each other in mind, and that our decisions glorify God.
The following are updates for in-person worship beginning 11/29/2020
- An in-person service will still occur at 9:00 AM in the social hall and sanctuary. This service continues to be streamed online.
- For the next few weeks, masks will be required at all times during in-person worship; this includes the sanctuary service where it was previously permitted to remove a mask while sitting in a pew and socially distanced.
- In-person Sunday School and Morning Mocha are postponed for at least two weeks.
- Encouragement for Health and Safety: While in-person worship is still offered, I urge everyone connected to our congregation to make choices promoting personal safety, the safety of others, and God’s glory. If you are ill or have symptoms (even if not COVID-19) please do not come to in-person worship but opt to worship online. If you have been around others who are ill or have symptoms, I encourage you to refrain from in-person worship for two weeks. If you are concerned about your health and safety or that of someone else, please prayerfully consider refraining from in-person worship for two weeks.
Thank you for your prayers, patience, understanding, and compliance with these updates. I long for nothing more than to worship together with all of you, especially during Advent and Christmas. Perhaps adding a few cautions now will help us spend Christmas Eve safely together. The times are trying and stressful, but we know that God is both good and victorious in the end.
Pastor Ryan Krauss