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Updates

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Effective Sunday, May 23rd, we are adopting the current CDC guidelines which state that individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be present at public gatherings, including worship, without masks. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to mask. Everyone at Spry Church is encouraged to continue to wear masks regardless of vaccination status due to the presence of children and others who do not have access to the vaccine.
Exceptions to this policy apply to the areas of children's and youth ministry, where staff, volunteers, and students under the age of 18 (in keeping with the local schools' policies) will still be required to wear masks indoors in order to protect minors, most of whom have not yet been given access to the vaccine. 

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**** February 3, Update from Pastor Ken / In Person Worship Resumes ****

Dear Spry Family,

Our Church Council met last night via Zoom and has approved resuming in-person gatherings starting February 7. Like before, it is important that we be vigilant regarding protocols--masks required on church property (except for medical exemptions), physical distancing, and cleaning before and after each service. Besides worship, other group meetings can have a maximum of 25 people at this point. 

For those who feel comfortable gathering in person, please join us. If not, we encourage you to continue to connect with us through weekly worship online or via telephone, through social media, and in other ways.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we seek to be wise, responsible, and faithful during this time. And remember God's Word to us in Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

God is with us!
Ken

 

**** February 7th, Online Worship **************

**** January 5, Update from Pastor Ken **************

Dear Spry Family,
 
Please see this video or the text below for an update and a call to prayer. 
 
In Christ's love,
Ken
A call to prayer.
It was wonderful to see so many friends participating in our “Home for Christmas” celebration, as well as the Christmas Missions Offering to bless kids in need. It has been amazing to see how God continues to work even in such difficult times.
 
In light of the surge in local hospitalizations and the need to protect the most vulnerable in our community, on January 4 our church leadership decided that for now Spry online will be our only worship experience and there will be no in-person gatherings during January. The ongoing exceptions are these life-saving and life-sustaining ministries for our community: AA meetings and our food ministry (the weekly Food Pantry and monthly drive-thru Community Meals). The Church Council will assess the situation on February 1 with a targeted return date of February 7. Honestly, I’m disappointed that we aren’t returning sooner, but I also understand and support the decision that was made.
 
I’m asking you to do 3 things. 
1. First, connect with us online through worship, groups, social media, or other ways.
2. Second, if you are feeling isolated or disconnected, please reach out and let us know how we can assist you during this time. Or, if you know of specific needs among your family, friends, or neighbors that we can assist with, please let us know and we will do what we can to help.
3. Third, pray. Join us in fervent and daily prayer for God to heal our land. Commit to going deeper in prayer each day throughout the month of January. 
 
Our pastors and church staff are praying every day throughout January and are walking individually around our community, including around our School St. Campus and our Pine Grove Campus, each day to pray. I am walking around our community and around each campus of our church every day in January to pray. I’m asking you to set aside time each day to pray. I encourage you to set your alarm on your phone or watch for 5:17, a reference to 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in which God instructs us to “pray continually.” When my alarm rings that’s a reminder for me to pray and I pray these simple words: “Lord, save us. Lord, awaken us. Lord, use us.” Then I say the Lord’s Prayer.
 
Join us in this call to prayer. This is a time for us, in persistent, expectant faith, to cover our homes and community in prayer, according to what the Lord has taught us in passages such as these: 
 
"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
 
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
 
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9). Remember those words!
 
Molly, our kids, and I really miss seeing everyone and we hope to be able to gather again soon. God bless.

**** January 31st, Online Worship ************** 

**** January 24th, Online Worship **************

 

**** January 17th, Online Worship **************

**** January 10th, Online Worship **************

 

**** January 3rd, Online Worship **************
****Home For Christmas: A Spry Christmas Celebration****
**** December 27th, Online Worship **************
**** December 20th, Online Worship **************
****Important Worship Update from Pastor Ken****
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**** October 19th, Indoor Worship Update *******
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**** July 28th, Outdoor Worship **************
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Join us for outdoor worship this Sunday, Aug 2 @10am in the field by The Link (65 School St, York). Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. There will be some indoor seating (with AC) and some canopies for shade available at a first come basis. Children welcome but will stay with parents or extended family. Keith Grim will provide music during worship.
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**** July 16th, Sunday Worship Update **************
By now, you might have heard the news of Governor Wolf's newest restrictions, essentially limiting all gatherings inside to 25 persons and outside to 250. I know people are weary. I know you are weary. This is a difficult time for all of us in various ways.  

Throughout this season, church leaders have asked the question: "What is the most loving thing to do?" The strong consensus among church staff and members of our Administrative Council is that the most loving thing to do now is to suspend in-person worship. Therefore, we will suspend our in-person worship gatherings until further notice. The church staff has also begun exploring outdoor worship with an eye toward starting August 2--more details to come. Please know this is not the news I had hoped to share. I want to gather together in worship with you all just as much as anyone else. But for now, this plan seems best all things considered. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Remember, God is with us. We will get through this together.

Online worship will continue every week, and the audio recording of each week's service will continue to be available over the phone. By calling this number, 1-833-831-8193, you can listen at any time to the most recent service. Please share this number if you know someone without internet connection who would like to listen to our worship services. You can press 1 to receive a notification by phone when the latest service is unavailable. This is a toll-free number, so anyone who calls it will not be charged minutes.
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**** June 14th, Spry State of Church 2020 ****
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**** June 2, 2020, Resuming In-Person Gatherings ***********
Dear Spry Family,
 
Here's an update on plans for resuming in-person gatherings and worship. We have a team monitoring COVID-19 updates from our local city, county, and state governments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical professionals, and local health departments. I'm also in ongoing conversations with other pastors and community leaders about plans for moving forward. I'd like to thank our staff and church leaders for their thoughtful engagement with these important matters. After a process of gathering information, careful consideration, discussions, and prayer, our church leadership has determined a plan that consists of two parts.
 
1. In-person gatherings of groups 25 or under can resume effective June 8th provided that they are in keeping with our return policy (see attached). Any group within our church or affiliated with our church that would like to resume in-person gatherings should have the group leader complete the attached form and notify the church office to confirm scheduling availability prior to holding an in-person gathering.
 
2. At this time, we plan to resume in-person worship on June 21st and all other activities can resume on June 21st at the discretion of the leader or leaders of those activities. When we resume in-person worship, we will once again offer our 9am traditional service and the 9:45am and 11am contemporary services. Sunday School for all ages and the children's programs, including the nursery, will resume at a later date. We will be implementing major changes to ensure safe social distancing and increased sanitation procedures. 
 
We are putting together a Cleaning Team to wipe down certain areas in between services, and we need help. If you'd like to volunteer for the Cleaning Team, please contact the church office (office@SpryChurch.com / 717-741-1429). Instructions and supplies, including gloves to ensure personal safety, will be provided.
 
Once we resume in-person worship, we will encourage masks to be worn and ask people to stay home if you are ill. We want to do what we can to help keep everyone safe and well. We want to be guided by love for our neighbors as Jesus commands.
 
Online worship will continue every week, and the audio recording of each week's service will continue to be available over the phone. So, you can worship with us either online or in person starting June 21st. We encourage you to make the decision that you believe is best for you or your family.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these times. It's such a privilege to serve the Lord together with you all in our Spry Church family!
 
In Christ,
Ken
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**** March 13 *****************************
Spry Church Family,
 
We are temporarily canceling all public worship services and other activities and events, including:
  • the March 14th prayer walk
  • all worship services on March 15th
  • the "Today, Lord!" Home Gatherings on March 15th and March 16th 
  • the March 22nd Vision Gathering and Dinner (a decision will be made and communicated next week about worship on March 22nd)
  • all meetings, activities, and groups that meet at the church
Here's why:
 

“Doing Nothing” and Staying Home Will Make a Difference in Our Community!

What the research and expert opinion shows is that the single most effective way to slow down the spread of the coronavirus is to practice social distancing. (More info here.)

We have the ability to slow down the spread of the virus in our region by “doing nothing”! That is, when we stay home, we make a difference.

 

This is About Our Hospital System and About Loving Our Neighbors

We know the virus will spread, and many people will get sick. A major concern I have (after reading lots of reports) is lessening the strain on our hospital and healthcare system, so that the people who are sick or injured from whatever cause will have a safe hospital bed in which to be treated and recover.

This is not simply about you or me avoiding getting sick—this is about us caring for others and thinking proactively about our hospital and healthcare system by deliberately slowing the virus spread, thereby keeping more people healthier longer.

 

I Do NOT Want You to Come to Church

For the first time in my entire pastoral ministry, I believe that the most faithful leadership I can show and the most love of my neighbor I can practice is to tell you not to come to church this Sunday.

 

Now is the Time to Act

This is a temporary measure because NOW is the time to slow the virus. If it breaks out among us in as severe an outbreak as in Italy, for example, that will cause major problems.

 

This is Not About Giving Into Fear

It is not giving into fear to be prudent. Fear and panic is buying all the Doritos at the grocery store and stocking toilet paper for the next 4 years! Prudence is the opposite of panic—prudence is boarding up your windows when the hurricane is coming. Prudence is preparing for the future.

  

Here’s What Our Church Will Be Doing

We will resume public worship services ASAP.

In the meantime, our Spry staff is working hard to deliver content to our people on a regular basis. We invite you to watch our Sunday morning worship message for March 15, 2020 right here, in the comfort of your own home.

We will continue to update this page with new information so please check this page if you have any questions. We're also thinking about and making plans for how best to care for the poor and vulnerable among us who will be hit hard financially when they miss work etc. More details to follow.

 

There is No Reason to Be Afraid

Friends, preparing and prudence are not panic. They are wise. We have no reason to be afraid because Jesus is King.

 

You Can Be a Light in a Time of Crisis

Although many of us will be avoiding large events and may be working from home, there are still opportunities to care for one another and demonstrate Christ’s love. I would suggest a couple of ideas:
  • Pray for those who are affected by this virus—those who are ill, the medical professionals treating them, the scientists working on vaccines and cures, and the leaders making tough decisions to try and curb the spread of the virus and keep us safe. Pray for those with mental health concerns, as well as those who feel extra lonely during this time. Please reach out to anyone you think might be feeling isolated over the next few weeks.
  • Educate yourself about the Coronavirus from credible and reliable sources, such as from the World Health Organization and the CDC. Know the symptoms and have a plan for what you would do if you or a family member were to become sick.
  • Check on your friends and neighbors. If you know someone who may not have internet access, give them a call and share the information in this email. If the virus spreads through our community as predicted, we can continue to reach out and care for one another through phone calls, emails and social media.
  • As the virus spreads, many doctors and nurses will be working long hours. Consider ways you can bless these medical professionals with acts of kindness and notes of appreciation.
  • Remember this is temporary. Our church continues to serve our congregation and community. Continue to be a part of the ministry—the need for the support you give in York County and beyond continues despite the pandemic. Look for opportunities to serve individually or in smaller groups. Please continue your financial support of the work of the church. Many of you have set up your tithes and offerings to be automatically given. If you haven’t, you can give your tithes and offering online, or you can mail a check to the church at 50 School St., York, PA 17402. 

Here’s What I Am Asking Us to Do:

1.      Spread this message. Tell all the Spry people you know that church is temporarily canceled for this Sunday. Tell everyone you know to stay home.

2.     Spread peace through your networks. We have no reason to be afraid—Jesus has overcome the world!

 

In Christ's love and peace,

Ken