A Message from Pastor Ryan
I’m writing to let you know that me and my family are back and well rested from vacation. I want to take this opportunity to thank Pastor Cindy Richmond and Mara Fannie for giving the messages while I was way. I’m grateful for these two Godly women who stepped up without hesitation to fill in for me. Dan Richmond will continue to lead the worship service through music and word; thank you, Dan for your willingness to share of your ability to glorify the Lord.
A special thank you to the board and to those who took care of various tasks and communications while I was away. This afforded me the opportunity to truly unwind to enjoy God’s creation and my family. I will be back to preaching starting this coming Sunday, July 5. (Woohoo!! Looking forward to sharing
what God had been leading me in).
Originally, this communication was set to explain that I would be quarantining from the congregation and that I would give the message through video while the rest of the service would take place physically.
However, the update/order/request levied on Thursday night (no more than 25 people gathered together), combined with my planned video message/self-quarantine has led to this message.
It is correct that as a religious organization, we are technically exempt from the one-week order of ’25 or less’…however, as it was throughout the past months of COVID-19 response, we will honor the effort of exemplifying the love of Christ to those at risk within our congregation and throughout our communities
by airing on the side of caution (NOT fear).
This week, we will be streaming ONLY. No physical service. Tune in at 10am to Facebook. Create watch parties. Share the video liberally.
Please know, copious amounts of time, communication, and prayer between and among your church board are the only way(s) in which we arrive at these difficult decisions. Above all we are seeking the will of God for our local congregation and our involvement in leading others to a growing relationship with Christ.
Things to Remember AND be excited about:
- We will be having a drive-in service Sunday this month…(Weather Permitting).
- More information to follow. Stay plugged in to the Church Center App, Facebook and your email.
- We will be having communion later this month instead of virtually this week.
- Please be assured that the sanctuary and rest rooms are sanitized after each service.
- Due to the state mandate that all must wear masks in public, we will no longer have a ‘Mask Free Zone’ in the Sanctuary. We also must continue to be diligent in social distancing when we are together. (Thank you so much for your observance of these items so far!)
- Most importantly, please know that I love and appreciate all of you and your on-going support and efforts towards sharing Jesus with Bethel Park and the surrounding communities of SHCN.
In His service and His love,
The Church Without Walls
The Church is not bound by the building we meet in. The Church is all of us, in our homes and our communities, in our lives. Here are some of the ways we're continuing to be the Church during this time.
Our Video Messages
Following us on Facebook is the easiest way to view our live videos, and allows you to sign up for notifications each time we go live so you don't forget! We livestream our Sunday Series at 10:00 am on Sundays and post to our website soon after the conclusion of the service.
For those without Facebook, we will always post our latest video message here on the site. To get there, either select Latest Video from the menu up top or click the button below.
In June we are continuing our reaching out to connect with one another online. These one-month small groups will start the week of June 1st and are open to anyone with an internet connection or a phone line willing to call in. Click below to contact us about a group!
SHCN Re-Opening Plans- What to Expect
Please prepare for the following precautions during our morning worship experience starting June 14th (with the exception of July 5th, when we will share a message online only out of respect for state guidelines):
- Services will begin at 10:00 AM .
- Enter ONLY at the Main Welcome Center or the Lower Glass Entrance. All other doors will be closed except for emergencies.
- Families will sit together, and seating will be spaced to accommodate social distancing. There will be no Nursery, Children’s Church, or other Sunday morning ministries at this time.
- Wearing masks is required, per state orders.
- Hand sanitizer, water, and masks will be available in the Welcome Center upon request.
- Only the restrooms near the Welcome Center will be open.
- Nothing will be passed among service attendees. Offering receptacles will be located in the Welcome Center. Online Giving options continue to be available. Individually pre-packaged communion elements will be available when appropriate.
- Dismissals will be organized pew by pew.
- We will encourage that social conversations take place outside of the church building.
Persons with compromised immune systems, in at-risk categories, or simply not ready to return are encouraged to continue joining us online. In addition, if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, cold and/or flu-like symptoms, we would ask that you stay at home and participate online.
City Mission Partnership
We are excited to partner with City Mission as a collection center for non-perishable food and clothing. The donation drop-off runs each week Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M, at our main church entrance right off Library Rd.
The most urgent need is for food, but clothes donations are also accepted. City Mission requests the following kinds of food items:
- Peanut butter, jelly, crackers
- Pasta and pasta sauce
- Canned meats (chicken, tuna)
- Cereals, oatmeal
- Canned soup, fruit, vegetables
- Breakfast bars, granola bars.
We also have a post on our Facebook page about this partnership which we'd love for you to share with your own social network. Raising awareness of both City Mission and our partnership is a great way to help make sure we as a community can take care of those around us in need!
Additional Information on COVID-19
CDC Guidelines – As with any normal flu season, follow these guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (20 seconds). If (like us) you struggle with remembering that timing, here's some helpful alternatives to singing Happy Birthday.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cough or sneeze into a disposable Kleenex
- Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids
- Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick
If you have additional questions, please email Joanne Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below to contact us!