for July/August 2020
Greetings! I’m in touch with those of you leading worship or other activities this Sunday to let you know that per the recommendation of the Carlisle Presbytery, on the advice of the governor, and with a desire to be a good community partner in slowing the spread of covid 19 we are cancelling worship and all gatherings at the church from March 13 until further notice. This includes worship, Sunday school, bible study, and choir rehearsals, as well as use of the space by any outside groups. During this time, session will reassess and move forward accordingly. Please also note that
The office will remain open throughout the week
The pastor will continue to be available throughout the week
We will do our best to continue communication through our website, Facebook, and email.
We are livestreaming Sunday worship on Facebook with an upload later in the day on this website.
We’ll hold another Prayerful Fellowship Gathering on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. in the shade of the grove behind the church. All who feel safe and comfortable and are willing to abide by the precautions put in place by session, are welcome to join us. We had a lovely gathering for the first time last week. It was a little warm but very shady and light on the bugs! We listened to music, wrestled with scripture around the theme of “time”, shared prayer joys and concerns, and prayed together. Our service on Wednesday July 29, will follow a similar format and the precautions will be the same as those previously announced: masks, social distancing, and temperature taking. If you have any questions, you can check out our website which has all the details.
Our next community meal with Christ UMC will take place on August 4 at 5 p.m. In June our partnership served 80+ meals and took the leftovers to peaceful protestors and police alike at a rally happening nearby. If you can help by providing some salads or desserts for the August 4th meal, let John Dyson know at (717) 532-360-5348 or email him at
Migrant Camp Ministry. We’re in the process of trying to find out how best to serve our friends at Irvin Brothers Orchard camp. Roddy Runyan, who was the leader of Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministries, is now retired. We’re trying to find out when the men are coming, if they’ll be able to come, and if we’ll be permitted to bring them meals or other offerings like health kits, etc. Please hold our relationship with them in prayer as we seek to discern how we can be of service in this difficult time.
Church Flowers. The price for church flowers is now $40. November 22 and 29 are still available. Please contact Ethel Palmer to reserve either of these dates.