Free Community Dinner Schedule — Postponed

Join us at Faxon-Kenmar UMC for our Free Community Dinners every other month—

  • Monday, November 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM
  • Monday, January 13, 2020 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM
  • Monday, March 9, 2020 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM
  • Monday, May 11, 2020 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM — Postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19

Please invite your neighbors, family, and friends who live in the Loyalsock area to come and join us for dinner. This is a great opportunity to open our church doors and meet our community.

Update on Church Activities and COVID-19

Dear Friends in Christ/Brothers and Sisters of the Faith connected with Faxon-Kenmar Congregation:

I have just received this notice from Bishop Park.   Please read it and pass along his message to those who may not have email. Be sure to read the Full Letter.  He is asking us to suspend worship and activities for the coming two weeks.  We will be suspending our worship at the church and all activities for the next two weeks. Continue your faithful life this week as we move through some of the uncertainties we face.  Let me know how I can support you and encourage you to be a support and encourager of others–in Christ’s name.  Please see my earlier email (posted here) for information regarding helping others at this time. Trust that God is ever present and walking with us through this challenging time.  My phone number is 717-377-9266.  We will be checking the church phone messages, as well.

God’s peace be with you.

Pastor Susan

 

 


 

March 17, 2020

Dear Laity and Clergy of the Susquehanna Conference,

As your bishop, along with the leadership of the Annual Conference, I implore our Susquehanna Conference churches to suspend all gatherings for worship and other activities for at least the next two weeks. This is a very hard decision, especially because we are in the midst of Lent, one of the most sacred seasons of the church year. However, during the time of suspension we can be more intentional and be focused on the Lenten disciplines of solitude, reflection, and repentance. This season can help us deepen our spiritual connection to Holy Week and ultimately Easter when we celebrate new life.

Please see the attached letter for the full text.

Thanks and Blessings,

Jeremiah Park and the Full Cabinet

 

View Full Letter

 

Resources:

Learn more about COVID-19: Pennsylvania Department of Health

Ministry and Outreach Suggestions

How to Livestream Your Church Services for Free

Free Conference Calls

Google Hangouts Meetings

https://outreach.com/blog/best-church-online-giving-platforms/

 

Find more resources at the https://www.susumc.org/covid-19/. This page will be updated from time to time.

 


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Message from Pastor Susan

MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SUSAN

Faxon-Kenmar UMC is concerned for the safety and health of all of our Williamsport area neighbors and friends. We are actively praying, watching reports and working through effective safety measures for the COVID-19 virus.

At present, we are retaining our Sunday morning worship schedule but are closely monitoring the situation. Starting this Sunday we are following the protocols recommended by Bishop Jeremiah Park including refraining from close physical contact (handshaking, hugging), sanitizing all worship and gathering areas, and receiving our offering at the doors instead of passing a common plate.  We believe that COVID-19 poses a significant threat to the wellbeing of our community, and therefore want to put those practices in place that will help us all stay healthy.

Here are some things you can do to help keep us all safe:

If you have any symptoms of illness, we ask you to care for yourselves and also others and stay home, seeking medical attention if necessary. Please call the church to let us know you are ill, so we can check in on you and pray for you.

Use hand sanitizer offered in common areas before eating anything, or after coughing or sneezing. We invite everyone to wash or sanitize before joining in a class or worship service.  Medical experts tell us also to refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth to limit your exposure to the virus.

If you cough or sneeze, please use your arm or tissue. Please discard your tissue immediately and wash your hands. (We will understand if you need to step out of worship or your group to keep us all safe.)

Please be sensitive that some people are of greater risk than others. Keep a safe distance (6 feet) from others. Our older adults will appreciate and remember a card more than a hug and a potentially dangerous infection. Please remember even younger members care for family members or may have had chemo in the recent past. Send cards, not hugs.

All meeting areas will now have a basket of sanitizing supplies. Please disinfect your classroom/meeting space before your group leaves following the instructions in the basket. This will help us disinfect even more frequently than once a week in prime meeting areas. It also allows us to serve each other.

Please understand if our greeters hold the door rather than shake your hand. They are not unfriendly, they are simply limiting your exposure to germs on the door handles, and serving as gatekeepers for the House of God. Thank them and wave and cheer them on! Remember, “I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of the Lord………”

Keep your sense of humor. It will help your immune system, but also help us be flexible. Thankfully, we rarely experience this kind of threat to our health and wellbeing, so let’s be grateful for our God and seek creative ways of being church. This is a good time for God to teach us how to do church in ways “that we have never done before.” Let’s use this season as a chance for God to do something good out of difficult circumstances and try new ways of serving others that might actually reach our community and us!

And lastly….

Pray. Pray for your family, and others you know. Pray for medical professionals who will be working the front lines and trying to help all of us while exposing themselves to illness. Pray for those who are most vulnerable, including those with limited resources who cannot afford to buy extra food or have no health care. Pray for Faxon-Kenmar UMC and all churches, and prayerfully consider how to continue to support the church in this season of disruption. Pray for holy imagination for ways we can be the church even if personal contact (and in some cases attending church) are limited.

Most of all, we are in this for the long haul, together. If you or your family’s needs would be better served by playing it safe and staying home, stay home. We are on a journey together, and you are a cherished part of Christ’s body in the building on Clayton Avenue or in your home. Wherever you are, you are a member of the Body of Christ.

Psalm 91. Let’s believe that God is greater than the COVID-19 virus,  and let God’s goodness consume our thoughts so fear may have no home in us.

God bless you and those dear to you,

Pastor Susan

 


Hand-out for Workplace, School, Home and Commercial Establishments put together by our nation’s Coronavirus Task Force is at our Welcome Center and on our church’s website (see below).  You may access that kind of information through coronavirus.gov.


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