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We cannot be together in person, but we can still BE the church!
COVID-19 Update

All scheduled church gatherings are currently suspended indefinitely, following our Session's decision to follow the guidance of CDC and our Pennsylvania government. We continue to GO and GROW through online worship and resources.
If you have a way to reach out and serve your neighbor while following CDC guidelines, be proactive! Let us know what creative ways you are serving amidst COVID-19.

Please also reach out to us if you have any spiritual or physical needs in this time. We want to help!

Contribution envelopes can still be mailed to the church or given electronically using the link below.
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Jesus Sets Us Free!

"Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:10-17)

Right now, most of us are overwhelmed by the constant cycle of news about COVID-19. The news changes by the minute, and none of us are exactly sure what will happen tomorrow. All we can do is pray and respond using the best wisdom of our healthcare professionals.

No matter how our routines have changed, all of us have been affected by this time of "social distancing" that separates us from the places and people we love most, especially the our church. We may feel cut off from the things that bring us joy and healing.

As our outreach director, Joel Peterson, reminded us in Sunday's sermon, our present struggle against COVID-19 and the discomfort and pain that comes with it are part of a bigger struggle. As Ephesians 6:12 and Romans 8 attest, we struggle against the realities of Sin and Death, which have taken all creation captive.

The good news is that even this Lenten wilderness of COVID-19 can be the time of our healing. Right now, as we are cut off from our usual routines, we can ask Jesus to set us free from our bondage to Sin and Death. We can take up our unique pain and suffering, whatever it is, and bring it to Jesus.

Jesus is not going to cure us from the human condition. He may not even take our suffering away. But Jesus can bring us healing. Jesus can ease the weight of our burdens. As we take up our crosses, we can be set free by dying to ourselves and being raised up and healed with Christ!

Right now we don't know when the day of resurrection will be for us. We don't know when our doors will reopen, but we have confidence that Jesus is with us in our present experience. And together, we can rejoice at the wonderful things he is doing!

We look forward to worshiping with you again online this coming Sunday, March 29th!

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Prepare for worship by reading and studying Sunday's Scripture

Luke 5:17–26

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 

The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 

Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” 

Continue to drop off your cards for nursing home residents or shut-ins at the church office! 
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