A Hopeful Vision for Your Life
Hi Spry Family!
We're all living, but what does it mean to be truly alive? This weekend we begin a worship series that will help you answer that question. It's called "ALIVE." The series title is in all caps because it serves as an acronym for a compelling and wonderful vision for you and me to pursue. In this series, we'll be looking at what God tells us about the fullness of life--the abundant life--that Jesus came to bring each of us. This is such good news! Now is the time for us all to become more fully alive in Jesus. We need that, and our world needs that. Learn about this hopeful vision for your life by participating in worship this weekend, either online or in person--and invite a friend!
Our Growing Family
Our family of faith is growing in a number of ways as we continue to follow Jesus and serve him in our community and world today. Here's some more good news: on July 1, Pine Grove United Methodist Church was officially adopted into Spry Church. We welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ from Pine Grove! This is a significant step in the process of becoming one church in two locations, pursuing the same mission and vision of making disciples of Jesus and being alive in Jesus together. The Spry Church Pine Grove Campus will begin on October 4th. We're so excited about what God has in store for us and our community!
Meanwhile, we invite all people from the Pine Grove community to worship with us at our School Street Campus, located at 50 School St. in York (17402), online at SpryChurch.com/sermons, or via telephone at this toll-free number, 1-833-831-8193. We look forward to growing in faith and ministry together as one church family.
We recognize that during these times people will make different decisions about when to come back to church, and we respect everyone's decision. We want you to do what you think is best. For in-person worship, please know that we will continue the special steps we have taken to prioritize the health and safety of all: greeters standing farther away from people than before and not shaking hands, no greeting time during worship, no receiving line after worship, enhanced cleaning in between services, hand sanitizer widely available throughout the building, and no passing attendance pads or offering plates or baskets. Upon exiting our worship areas, there are secure offering boxes where you can leave your contributions. As always, you can also give by mail (50 School St., York, PA 17402), online at Spry Church.com/give, or by text at 833-617-0093. Your giving changes lives and brings people hope. Thank you for your faithful support of God's work through our church!
We are aware of the PA Health Secretary's recent policy stating that masks are now mandatory in all public spaces and we encourage people as a matter of principle, in all things, to abide by the law. We will continue to encourage wearing masks (we'll keep providing extra masks by the main doors) as well as socially distant seating. We have noticed that people naturally spread out in terms of seat selections and we encourage you to continue to do that. We will be making more seating available in both worship spaces starting this Sunday.
Once again, if you are experiencing signs of illness, or if you have recently been around someone displaying signs of illness, we ask you to please refrain from coming to our church campus and we encourage you to seek medical attention. Please let us know what's going on so we can pray for you by submitting your prayer requests to prayer@SpryChurch.com. We want to do what we can to keep everyone safe and well. We want to be guided by love for our neighbors as Jesus commands.
Ministry Expansion Updates
We'll be having an Information Session via Zoom on Wednesday, July 8 from 7:00-8:30pm. This is a chance for anyone from our church, members or guests, to learn about the proposed plan to fund renovations to the Pine Grove church building in preparation for the October 4 launch of the Spry Church Pine Grove Campus. You can ask questions and share input if you like. This Information Session will be held online, so you can participate from the comfort of your home. To attend, go to Zoom.com and enter these login details:
Meeting ID: 828 7564 4398
Or, click this link or tall the number below:
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Also, a Charge Conference will take place on Monday, July 13 at 7pm via Zoom to vote on the proposed plan to fund renovations to the Pine Grove Campus. Any congregation member is welcome to attend. According to the UMC Book of Discipline, voting will be limited to the members of the Administrative Council. Login details for the July 13 Charge Conference will be shared in next week's email update.
Finally, attached is the update from our most recent meeting of the Strategy Team. The Strategy Team consists of representatives of each campus and exists to define and refine all the steps necessary for this new multisite ministry, with the launch of the Spry Church Pine Grove Campus in the fall.
I'm off to enjoy the sunshine and play with our kids before dinner. I hope you have a great 4th of July and thank God for our freedoms. I'm excited to worship with you this weekend as we celebrate the good news of Jesus that makes us truly alive!