Stage 3

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:4

Dear Friends,

I’m elated to be able to welcome you back to gather for in-person worship next Sunday, July 12 at 8:30 Am & 11:00 Am at Canonsburg UP!

The incredible and diligent Task Force has been hard at work and their proposal for Stage 3 was approved by Session on Monday! A huge thank you to Beth Anderson, Nicole Bargerstock, Leanna Coyle, Jeannie Jones, Cassandra Laughlin, Jim Reynolds and Josh Snyder! They will continue to monitor our circumstances and meet to prepare for further stages where our in-person worship capacity will increase, and our restrictions will decrease.

I recognize that for some of you, this is long overdue, and you’ve been begging to gather for a while. Others of you are still not ready to return to gather for in-person worship. I want you to know that we love and care for all of you and the policies and procedures for re-gathering were made with all of you in mind! Whatever restrictions we endure, we endure for the sake of our community, for the interests of others, to show them care and respect - that is what we’re about as followers of Jesus Christ!

Linked to today's all Church e-mail, you will find the full Stage 3 details approved by Session. We’ll also be sending out a letter to the entire congregation tomorrow, as well as doing some videos to help prepare us to gather again with these new procedures.

A few items that I’d like to highlight:

1) We will have limited seating in the sanctuary and secondarily in the Fellowship Hall. We ask you to go online, beginning Monday at 10:00 Am to reserve your spot. If you’re unable to do that, you can call the church office before 12:00 Pm and we can get you signed up.

2) We will have greeters to assist you to your physically distanced seats (every third row) - and who can answer questions when you arrive. We encourage you to arrive early so as not to congregate in the doorways and entrances.

3) We are asking everyone to wear masks, and we are encouraging quiet singing to reduce any potential transmissions. As much as I hate to wear a mask, I will be wearing one, except when addressing you from the pulpit.

4) Finally - as much as it pains me to say this, and as much as this seems to be obvious - if you are experiencing any Covid-like symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, or to someone awaiting test results or you yourself are waiting test results, or are at greater risk from underlying health issues, we ask you to continue to worship online through Facebook Live, the website or Youtube and not gather in-person yet.

As a community, we continue to make sacrifices that we do not enjoy personally and that we may even feel are unnecessary. We do these for the sake of each other and for the sake of the rest of our community. If anyone should be good at that, it should be us, those who follow a God who sacrificed himself so that we might know him and receive his love!

I’m confident that we, as a community, can exit from this season - however long it might be - better, because we have loved each other, within and without our walls, with the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.

Exceedingly excited to see you soon, gathered together in-person for worship, and continually,

Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,

Pastor Don

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