Announcements 10-25-2020

  • Bible study Wednesdays at 7pm. We have just begun the book of Daniel.
  • In order to enable easier communication from the Partnership to members and friends, including about events and groups like Bible study, we are trying out a platform called Flocknote.
    • Make an account at shpumc.flocknote.com to update your contact info, or simply text SHPUMC to 84576.
  • Trunk-or-Treat will be on Halloween (this Saturday, 10/31) from 5-7pm.
    • Donations of candy/treats/chips are greatly appreciated, but what we need more than anything this year is people willing to set up their trunk or a table and greet our neighbors!
    • Please talk to Pastor Dylan, Stormie Parson, or Lauren Ohodnicki to volunteer.
  • This Saturday at 8:30pm we will have a candlelight service at Hill Top, for the ancient Christian observance of All Hallows’ Eve (the night before All Saints’ Day), as we celebrate Jesus’s victory over death, sin, and all our fears.

Announcements 10-11-2020

  • Bible study Wednesdays at 7pm. We are beginning the book of Daniel this week.
  • Jumonville will host a free outdoor hymn sing from 2-4 this afternoon.
  • In order to enable easier communication from the Partnership to members and friends, including about events and groups like Bible study, we are trying out a platform called Flocknote.
    • Make an account at shpumc.flocknote.com to update your contact info, or simply text SHPUMC to 84576.

Worship Services Resume Sunday September 13th 9:30am

Masks and six feet social distancing required.

The chair lift to the sanctuary will not be operating, but you are welcome to listen to the audio service downstairs.

If you are uncomfortable in public spaces, wearing a mask or have pre-existing health concerns, please feel free to stay in the comfort of your own home. You are not required to attend according to the United Methodist Church.

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