Important Updates from Pastor Ken
Dear Spry Church,
I want you to know I am praying for you regularly. These are unusual times, but Jesus is with us. His grace is always enough, no matter what. Take a deep breath right now, and know that God is with us. We WILL get through this together. This email contains a number of important updates, including several short videos. We'll continue to post updates at SpryChurch.com/updates, so please check that page for the latest information.
Until further notice, in-person worship is suspended. Worship with us online. Our souls need the peace and spiritual nourishment that come from worshiping God -- that's always the case, and it's particularly important during a time like this. Church leaders are busy preparing content for regular distribution, including full-length worship services that will be available online starting this Sunday, March 22. Here's a short video with more information: https://www.facebook.com/sprychurch/videos/192319028733262/ Meanwhile, you are encouraged to keep your offerings current by mailing your tithes and offerings to the church (50 School St., York 17402) or by using our secure online giving option at SpryChurch.com/give. There, you can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring online gift. Your financial support of God's work through our church is vital to our mission, and this is a time for us to increase ministry in the days ahead, as the needs of our community increase. We want to do all we can to meet the needs of the people in our community, as Jesus calls us to do. Thank you in advance for your faithful giving, especially during this critical time.
Also, due to the current situation, church leaders continue to plan and work for our "Today, Lord!" capital campaign, but the public portion of the campaign is paused until the situation is resolved.
During this time, we will continue to be exactly who we are, a church alive in Jesus through worship, service, and building a vibrant community together. We just need to be creative, flexible, and proactive in finding new ways to do that, as you are already doing. For example, here's a video announcement about a new initiative, our Care Team, who will make themselves available to get food or medicine for those from our church family who are older or who have a weakened immune system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyfQMKvt-w0&feature=emb_logo If you'd like to be part of this team, or if you are in need of this kind of assistance or know someone from our church family who is, please call the church office at 717-741-1429. We're also continuing to serve our neighbors in need through our Food Pantry, but using a modified distribution method that minimizes physical proximity. I'm so proud of the ways you are creatively serving and sharing the love of Jesus with those around us!
The present circumstances give us an opportunity to bear witness to the love of Jesus through our words and actions, including our intentional decisions, as Christians, to be guided not by fear, but by love for God and love for our neighbors. Here's a simple way for you to reach out from the comfort of your home: call one or several people, not just your family members, but also neighbors, co-workers, or friends, to ask how they are doing. For some people, a simple phone call and check in can go a long way in reminding them that they are not alone.
Also, I encourage each of you to stay connected. Now more than ever, we need to stay connected to one another. If you haven’t already, now is the time to sign up for our email newsletter, bookmark our website, and follow us on social media. It’s also a great time to make sure the church has your most up-to-date contact information. You can do this by contacting the church office. Our pastors are posting a daily encouragement video through our church social media accounts: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We hope these short videos will lift your spirits and be a breath of fresh air each day.
Please join us for online worship this Sunday. The link will be emailed and posted online by early Sunday morning. Remember, God is with us!