Sunday Service was led by Rev Dylan Parson and was titled “Living Water”.
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
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,
Sunday, March 15 – Third Sunday of Lent
- 8:30 am – K.E. Cafe opens
- Coffee, tea, juices, donuts, bagels, bananas, granola bars are available!
- 9:00 am – Outreach Meeting – Bring your ideas and enthusiasm….we appreciate your input!
- Easter Flower orders are due to Flo Black
- 9:30 am – Worship Service with Rev. Dylan Parson
- Scripture Lesson: Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:5-42
- Morning Message: “Living Water”
- Communion during the service
- All SHP churches will be closing for at least two weeks following this Sunday (that is, from Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 29th).
March 22 – 8:15 am – Trustee Meeting
March 22 – 12:30 pm – Covered Dish Luncheon and make hygiene and cleaning kits for UMCOR at Fairhaven UMC (All are welcomed!)
March 25 – 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan
March 25 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study at Fairhaven UMC
March 26 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer UMC
March 29 – Pickup Sarris Candy Orders
April 1- 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan
April 1 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study at Fairhaven UMC
April 2 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer UMC
April 4 – 9:00 am – First Food and Friends
April 4 – Spring Game Day at Spencer UMC
April 5 – Administrative Council Meeting
April 5 – Palm Sunday/Communion
April 8 – 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan
April 8 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study at Fairhaven UMC
April 9 – Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm – Foot washing and Communion Service at Spencer UMC
April 10 – 12 Noon – Good Friday Service at Carnegie UMC
April 10 – 6:30 pm – Good Friday Baked Fish Dinner & Tenebrae Service at Spencer UMC. Service to follow dinner
April 12 – Easter Sunday with a Pancake Breakfast before the service at Fairhaven UMC
April 13 – 12 Noon – United Methodist Women
April 15 – 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan
April 15 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study at Fairhaven UMC
April 16 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer UMC
April 22 – 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan
April 22 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study at Fairhaven UMC
April 23 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer UMC
April 28 – 9:00 am – Election Day UMW Food Sale All Day
April 29 – 7:00 am – Men’s Fellowship with Pastor Dylan
April 29 – 7:00 pm – Bible Study at Fairhaven UMC
April 30 – 7:00 pm – BEYOND at Spencer UMC
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
April 4, 12-3 p.m. at Spencer UMC (117 Spencer Ave., 15227).
Got Cabin Fever? Have the Winter Blues? Come to our Game Day.
If you would like to reserve a table for 4 to play cards or a game of your choice, call the church office at 412-881-400. Tickets: $15
If you don’t have 4 people, we will try to fill your table. Lunch will be served and we have plenty of prizes and baskets.