Social Distancing as Loving Your Neighbor and Why we are ‘cancelling’
Dear PCC Family,
We are a “Neighborhood Church” so why would we cancel in-person services? “Social Distancing” feels like a counterintuitive way to love your neighbor, but it is one of the steps we need to take to seek the good of our town and our neighborhoods.
By now, most of you have probably read the article “Flatten the Curve” which shows the need to reduce our travel and gathering footprint. Loving our neighbor by “flattening the curve” may help our city and country create a better situation for our medical community to keep up with the demand as well as keep our most at-risk friends out of harm’s way. We believe that this actually is a great way to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
PCC Somerset will ‘flatten the curve’ in the following ways:
*This Sunday- We will be having a severely scaled down worship service with no Kidzpoint, no greeters, and no scheduled workers. In other words, you aren’t expected to come this Sunday at all. Instead, we will have a small group that will live stream on Facebook a couple of songs, prayers, and a sermon. We encourage you to join us online at our normal time of 9:30 am on the PCCSomerset Facebook page. If anyone wants to join us in person, you are welcome to come and practice ‘best practices’ of interaction with those around us. This will be our last service for a few weeks that won’t be completely online. Right now, we would love to be back on Palm Sunday, April 5, but it too early to know if this is actually possible. We will update as the situation is very fluid.
*Community Groups- These will also be on hold for the time being. PCC has recently bought ZOOM software so if a group wishes to use this software to meet, please let Howie know and we can set it up for you.
*Easter egg hunt- Sadly, we believe that we will have to cancel it for this year. We will look for other ways our church can be a blessing to our community in this time of crisis.
PCC Somerset will seek to stay connected through this time by:
*Starting this Sunday, any service that isn’t in person will be done by live streaming on Facebook. Look to join at our normal time of 9:30 am each Sunday.
*We are going to create a new channel for “SLACK” to help with communication. We hope to use this to post prayer requests as well as needs that come up in our community. Our hope is that we can use this to meet needs in our community. If you are not yet on Slack for PCC click here. If you are having trouble please contact Howie here.
*Virtual Prayer gatherings are also going to be scheduled soon. Be on the look out for more information on how we can gather together virtually for the purpose of praying for our community, country, and world.
This, obviously, isn’t the Easter season that we anticipated. The Lenten season is, for many in the world, a season of intentional fasting for the purpose of growing in our walk with God. Now, many are forced to fast in ways that they did not anticipate. I’m praying that God would use this time to draw us closer to Him and also show us ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those that will need us in tangible ways in the days and weeks to come.
If any of us in leadership can help in a tangible way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Praying for each of you this weekend.
Thanks and God Bless!
Pastor Tim and Elders
Scripture: Psalm 23:4, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 86:17, Psalm 119: 76, John 16:33