Announcements for December 13th

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE– will be Thursday, December 24th
at 7:00 p.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOL-There will be no Sunday School classes December 27th and January 3rd.  Classes resume January 10th at 9:15 a.m.

GREETERS FOR 2021-Do you sometimes feel discouraged?  The best way to overcome that is to encourage someone else!  Greeting worshipers as they arrive is one way of brightening the day for both individuals.  Speak to Nance Strickland if you would be willing to greet for a month (or even a few Sundays) in 2021.

This Weeks Calendar

         Today:     10:30 a.m.    Worship

                       6:00 p.m.    Youth Discipleship Group

     Monday:      6:00 p.m.    Finance Committee

    Tuesday:      6:30 p.m.    Men’s Bible Study

Operation Christmas Child

It is collection week for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Please bring your box to the church so that it may be dedicated to the Lord during worship on Sunday, November 22nd, before going to an area collection center and on its way to a child that needs to know the love of Jesus.

COVID Update (11/5)

We have learned of a confirmed COVID diagnosis with two people who attended our Sunday morning worship service this past Sunday (11/1). Thankfully, their symptoms are mild so far and they are recovering.

However, in line with our COVID protocols, we will be suspending in-person worship for November 8th and 15th. We will move to a live-stream only format (available on our YouTube channel) for those two Sundays.

The Session continues to monitor and assess recommendations for best-practices related to COVID. Our desire is to be together in person, but to do so as responsibly as we know how. Ongoing updates will be available on this webpage as well as on our Facebook page.

Please pray for the folks who are recovering. Please pray for wisdom for the Session in navigating these decisions. And please continue to pray for an end to the pandemic. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.

COVID Update (10/29)

Due to surging numbers of COVID cases, Governor Little released an order this week moving Idaho back into “Stage 3” of the reopening plan. Last night the Session met to discuss the implications of that order on our activities as a congregation.

Our desire is to make a good faith effort to comply with our governing authorities. But even more, we want to act wisely for the sake of those who are vulnerable in our church and in our community.

To that end, we want to communicate the following:

1. This Sunday’s dessert auction will be postponed. All other food events, including coffee hour, at the church will also be suspended until further notice. Our annual Thanksgiving meal at the church will also be cancelled this year.

2. “In-person” worship and other church activities will continue. Adult Sunday school will meet in the sanctuary to allow for spreading out. We also ask that everyone renew their efforts to practice the COVID protocols released earlier which include spreading out in the sanctuary during worship.

3. Finally, we strongly encourage everyone who is able to wear a mask while inside for worship until further notice. As a Session, we recognize how cumbersome this may feel and we will be doing our best to set a good example.

Decisions about responding to COVID can create strong feelings. We all have different thoughts about what we think is best in this unusual and confusing season. To be sure, there is a lot that we don’t know right now so many of our responses can feel like “best guesses”.

But this is also an opportunity for us as a church to demonstrate love to one another and to our community. In this way we cooperate with God making something good out of something that Satan meant for evil. So in the words of the Apostle Paul:

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:4-7)

New Men’s Study

This coming Tuesday (6:30 at the church), the Men’s Bible study will begin a new study on the New Testament book Hebrews.

Come join us for a time of prayer, Bible study, and encouragement…and maybe an occasional rabbit trail.

Sunday, October 11th

Here is a reminder about the events on Sunday:

  1. We are returning to public worship at our usual times. Sunday school is at 9:15 and worship begins at 10:30.
  2. The installation service is at 4pm. This will be a joint installation service along with Valley Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Hazleton. Because of all of the COVID disruptions, they have also been waiting to have their pastor installed. This service will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel.

If you would like to bring something to share after the service, please feel free to bring cookies, cupcakes, or finger foods that can be individually served.

COVID Update (10/5)

The Session met this evening (10/5) to review our response to the recent COVID exposure. Especially since this is the first time it has happened in our congregation, our desire is to keep learning as we go forward. We also wanted to be sure we understood the details of this exposure so that we could make any adjustments that seemed best.

The explanation is below, but we have decided that we will resume in-person worship this Sunday, October 11th.

Explanation:

The person who contracted COVID has not been in worship since September 20th and their symptoms did not appear until days after that time. After the 20th, their contact with others was was very limited.

We still think it is wise to keep a two-week window in place after an exposure. But based on the details of this case, we think we should take into account that the person was not present in worship on the 27th. That means that by suspending in-person worship this past Sunday (10/4), we will have essentially exceeded our two-week protocol.

As we return this Sunday, let’s renew our efforts to keep our safety guidelines. These will be in the bulletin this Sunday and made available again on all of our online platforms.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers, and for your patience as we try to navigate this season as wisely as we can, but trusting in the care of our Savior.