Church Is Canceled

After today’s announcement that multiple cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have been confirmed in Allegheny County, and in consultation with church leadership across the Partnership, we have decided to close for the following three Sundays (3/15, 3/22, and 3/29), as well as cancel church events across the same time period.

We cannot take the risk that someone gets sick from worship. Pastor Diane and I can’t bear the thought of having to visit any of you in the ICU (or, worse, not being able to do so) because of a dangerous illness that you could have avoided by staying home from church. I say this not to be alarmist, but to express the depth of the risk that is being explained to us by doctors and public health experts.

This is an incredibly hard choice, one which we are hoping will look like an overreaction in hindsight over the next few months. That will mean it worked!

We will be doing our best to figure out some sort of online worship service, in the meantime, to keep us all united in prayer and worship. Stay close to God, even when you are home, and perhaps use this moment as a Lenten opportunity to strengthen your faith and spiritual practices. Additionally, please remember that the expenses and ministry of the church continue, even as our doors are closed. If you are at all able, your continued faithful giving is crucial at this time, and we are deeply grateful, not only for your tithes and offering but also for your contributions to Fairhaven’s food pantry and clothing closet.

By all means, keep in touch with your pastors. We are still available for needs that arise and to keep you in prayer. “Social distancing” should not mean social isolation, so also keep in contact with your church family, looking after them in love, perhaps with the occasional phone call. Please, also, pray for your pastors, and for all of the shut-ins across the SHP, as well as the sick, and the doctors, nurses, scientists, and leaders charged with keeping people safe around the world.

May God’s grace and protection be with you. The Lord our God–our Savior and our Great Physician–walks with us always.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Dylan Parson

Church schedule and Coronavirus

Brothers and sisters,

As we respond as a Partnership to the COVID-19 coronavirus, our first priority is to keep one another safe and healthy as best we can.

We will be having worship services this Sunday, March 14th, and will be taking measures within the service to reduce the spread of germs. However, I would strongly encourage you to stay home if you are sick or have a weakened immune system. Even if you are remotely concerned about getting sick, please feel free to stay home. Know that you will be in our prayers in your absence, but your health and that of others is the most important priority for the church.

We are all in this together, healthy or sick, young or old. Now, more than ever, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, as our decisions and actions directly impact the lives of countless others around us. Seek God’s will as you discern how to take care of other people and yourself. As a church, too, let’s consider how those of us who are most able can actively help those most in need among us at this time. Of course, please keep all of those affected in your prayers.

Note that all SHP churches will be closing for at least two weeks following this Sunday (that is, from Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 29th), alongside other local congregations and school districts across Pennsylvania.

More information will be coming soon, including about how we might be able to worship online in lieu of gathering together.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Dylan

This Week January 12 – 18

Sunday, January 12 – Baptism of the Lord Sunday

  • 8:30 am – K.E. Cafe opens
    • Coffee, tea, juices, donuts, bagels, bananas, granola bars are available!
  • 9:30 am – Worship Service with Rev. Dylan Parson

    • Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17
    • Morning Message: “The Spirit of God Descending”

Monday, January 13

  • 12 Noon – United Methodist Women

Wednesday, January 15

  • 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan
  • 7:00 pm – Bible Study for All

Thursday, January 16

  • 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer UMC

Friday, January 10

  • 12 Noon – United Methodist Women

FUTURE DATES

January 19 – 8:15 am – Trustee Meeting

January 22 – 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan

January 22 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study for All

January 23 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer

January 29 – 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan

January 29 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study for All

January 30 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer

February 1 – First Food and Friends

February 2 – Administrative Council Meeting

February 2 – COMMUNION SUNDAY

February 3 – South Hills Partnership Meeting Hilltop

February 5 – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan

February 5 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study for All

February 6 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer

February 10 – 12 Noon – United Methodist Women

February 12 – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan

February 12 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study for All

February 13 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer

February 18 – 7:00 pm – Women’s Club of Overbrook

February 19 – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan

February 19 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study for All

February 20 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer

February 25 – Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras Auction

February 26 – Ash Wednesday

February 27 – BEYOND at Spencer

March 1 – Sarris Easter Candy orders due

March 1 – Administrative Council Meeting

March 7 – First Food and Friends

March 7 – Turns clocks ahead 1 hour

April 5 – Palm Sunday

April 9 – Maundy Thursday

April 10 – Good Friday

April 12 – Easter

April 28 – Election Day Food Sale

May 4 – South Hills Partnership Meeting at Carnegie

May 31 – Pentecost

July 13 – South Hills Partnership Meeting at Spencer

October 4 – World Wide Communion

October 25 – Trick or Treat for Unicef

November 1 – All Saints Sunday

November 3 – Election Day Food Sale

November 21 – Mabel Speicher Friends of Fairhaven Gala

November 22 – Joash Sunday

November 22 Partnership Thanksgiving Service

November 29 – First Day of Advent

 

This Week November 10 -17

Sunday, November 10

  • 8:30 am – K.E. Cafe opens
    • Coffee, tea, juices, donuts, bagels, bananas, granola bars are available!
  • 9:30 am – Worship Service with Rev. Dylan Parson

    • Scripture Lesson: Joel 2:23-32 & Luke 18:9-14
    • Morning Message: “Who Knows?”

Monday, November 11

  • 12 Noon – United Methodist Women

Tuesday, November 12

  • 7:00 pm – Annual Church Charge Conference at Fairhaven UMC

Wednesday, November 13

  • 7:00 am – Men’s Bible Study with Pastor Dylan
  • 7:00 pm – Bible Study for All at Spencer UMC

Thursday, November 14

  • BEYOND Worship at Spencer UMC
    • 6:15 pm – light meal
    • 7:00 pm – service

FUTURE DATES

November 19 – 7:00 pm – Women’s Club of Overbrook

November 20 – 7:00 am – Men’s Bible Study with Pastor Dylan

November 20 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study at Spencer UMC

November 21 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND  at Spencer UMC

November 23 – Friends of Fairhaven Gala

November 24 – 8:15 am – Trustee Meeting

November 24 – 4:00 pm – Thanksgiving Service at Fairhaven UMC (followed by soup and dessert)

November 28 – Happy Thanksgiving!

December 1 – 8:15 am – Administrative Council Meeting

December 24 – 11:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Fairhaven UMC