July 15: Highland Church,Governor Wolf imposed restrictions today prohibiting indoor gatherings of more than 25 people. However, the Session has decided to keep our Church open for worship. We will continue to have worship this Sunday at 10 a.m. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines. Children's Church will be available for children 4 and up. And this Sunday we will reopen our nursery for Children ages 3 and under, (children ages 3 will be required to wear a mask the entire time they are in the nursery, children ages 2 and under will not be required to wear masks, as per CDC guidelines). My sermon will be posted online for those not attending.
Together in Christ,
(If you know of someone who would like to be on the Prayer Chain to receive Prayer requests, please let Pastor Rich know. We need as many people praying as we can, but I don't want to burden people with what are often sad and difficult requests.)
May the Lord also strengthen your spirit and fill you with hope as you lift up these requests in prayer. When you pray, God's Spirit prays with you, so be encouraged!
In Christ's love,
Worship Services Resuming -
Sunday, May 31, was our first Sunday back in Church. Many changes and precautions were in place.
The Worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Summer hours.
Masks & Sanitizer: Bring your own mask, or a mask will be provided at the door. A member of the Security Team will provide 1 sanitizing towelette per person.
Social Distancing: We've got a big building, spread out and use it! On the lower level, signs will be placed so that people will sit in every fourth pew. Feel free to venture to the balcony and have fun sitting in those far off seats that are never used. We can make this fun, and easily worship without being in spitting distance of another soul!
Restrooms: Use of restrooms will be limited to one person at a time.
Bibles and Hymnals have been removed from pews, and we will not be passing out a Bulletin. We want to avoid touching things.
The Offering will not be collected during the worship service. After the service, your offering can be deposited at the door, monitored by a member of the Safety Team.
Communion: We will not be doing communion at this time.
Dismissal: We will be dismissing by pews, and will not be socializing or fellowshiping after the service.
Those not able to come: We understand that many in our congregation are not yet ready (or physically able) to come to Church. I will continue to put my sermons on YouTube. (I will probably put a delay on the release, so the sermon can't be viewed until 10 a.m.) The Session is in the planning stages of video recording and live streaming the worship service.
God in Your mercy, please hear our prayers.