Sunday, March 15, 2020 – Lent 3
Attendance – 34 Offering – $1,088.00 Offering needed: $2,500.00
During the time frame that we are asked to stay home and minimize the time we are out in public, Pastor Lou Ann and Wanda have opted to minimize their shared time in the church office. Wanda will be in the office Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Pastor Lou Ann will be in the office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Pastor Lou Ann is available for Pastoral needs 24/7 so if you need her, call 717-332-7997. GOD BLESS!
Because of the concern over the spread of Covid19, we have suspended all church activities until further notice. Our Governor, Tom Wolf has asked us to stay home and we underscore that. In order to minimize the spread of this virus, we ALL need to minimize our contact and interaction with other people. When Governor Wolf announces that we may return to interacting with people socially, we will resume worship! IF they still recommend limiting any gathering to 10 people, we will offer Worship in your car in our parking lot. Watch our sign board for an announcement about when we will offer worship.
Pastor Lou Ann has felt called by the Spirit to offer a prayer gathering….OBEYING SOCIAL DISTANCING – every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. and we will gather around our flag pole…OUTDOORS. EVERYONE is welcome. If you would like to join us in prayer but prefer to not be close to people, you may pull into one of the circular driveway spaces and put your window down. There will be times of audible prayer and silent prayer. EVERYONE who wants to say a prayer audibly is invited to do so. If you do not want to be out in public, at 10:00 every Wednesday, pray where you are!
Please, do not become panicked over the potential spread of this virus. We do need to be concerned for elderly people and all who have underlying medical conditions. IF WE ALL USE COMMON SENSE, we will make it through! We keep in our prayers all who have the virus, those quarantined because of possible contact, and all who have lost loved ones!
An updated CHURCH DIRECTORY is now available on the Welcome table!
NEWSLETTERS are now available to be picked up at the Welcome Center in the Gathering Room or to be downloaded from our website, http://stjohnsblymiresucc.com. The next issue will come out the end of October.
HAND OF HOPE FUND: On the first Sunday of each month there will be a basket passed around during the welcome and announcement time to receive pocket change and small bills for the SJB Hand of Hope Fund. We helped one family with a gas card for $25.00. Our March offering was $70.00. There is a balance of $638.79 in this fund.
WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB: The club meets every other Tuesday. This next series, attendees will read a book of their choice and share that book with others. They usually plan to go to lunch together following their meeting, This activity is open to the public!
COFFEE SOCIALS: Don’t forget to sign up to host a coffee social. We have the schedule for 2019 posted. Lots of open dates!!! PLEASE, sign up!!!!
SISTERS OF SERVICE (SOS) will meet next in March. Special meetings may be called to convene following the worship service. ALL WOMEN WELCOME!
MEN’S GROUP – The next meeting of our Men’s Fellowship group will be on April 14. Come out for a time of FELLOWship!
FUNERAL INFORMATION FILE: We now have the forms available if you would like to compile your information for your family and for the church. This form will have your biographical information compiled so that family members will not have to worry about remembering these facts in their time of grief. See Pastor Lou Ann for more information.
SPONSORS: If you would like to become a sponsor for the Bulletin and/or Altar Flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of an occasion, please fill in your information in the book located on the podium in the Gathering Room. The cost of sponsoring the bulletins for a week is $10.00. We are using a new server for our Altar flowers and the prices are $25.00 for a half set and $35.00 for a full set. You may place your payment in an envelope marked “Altar Flowers” or “Bulletin” in the offering plate or mail it to the church office. You may also sponsor a choir anthem in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion. The cost is $50 for each anthem.
GIFT CARDS: Would you like to help your church without spending any extra money? You can do this by buying gift cards to use for everyday purchases. For every card sold we earn a profit from 1½% all the way to 16%, depending on the merchant. To get your cards, just fill out an order form and attach a check or cash. Checks should be made payable to St. John’s Blymire’s UCC. You may drop the orders in the offering plate, place them on Wanda’s desk in the office or mail them to the church. Payment must be included with your order. Orders will be sent to the Great Lakes Scrip Center each Monday morning. You may pick up your gift cards from Sandy Innerst at church the following Sunday. For more information about the program, you may call Wanda at the church office or check out the website http://www.glscrip.com
COUPONS WANTED: We are asking the congregation to donate any unwanted store coupons, manufacturer’s coupons, and Catalina coupons (those printed out at the register) in the coupon box so that we can give them to the Kaltreider/Benfer Library in Red Lion.
SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS: The Called to Care Team would like to offer “Showers of Blessings” to those who are sick or in need of comfort or support. This card shower of prayers, inspirational notes and cards may be sent to anyone, not just members of SJB. To initiate this outreach, put the name and address on a prayer request in the collection plate or call Wanda at the church office.