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HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES (AS OF AUGUST 31, 2021)

In response to the recent mandate given by Governor Wolf, the staff at First Nursery School and staff/volunteers within the Children’s Ministries will be increasing safety protocols to keep your child(ren) as healthy as possible. This includes (but is not limited to) temperature checks at drop-0ff and mask-wearing amongst the teachers. That being said, we are encouraging any parent who is willing and able to mask their child upon entering our facilities.

For more information regarding these updates, you can visit Governor Tom Wolf’s Website.

FIRST CHURCH HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES (AS OF AUGUST 12, 2021)

First Church,

We have started to receive inquiries in regards to masking policies because of the nation-wide increase in COVID-related cases and Lycoming County COVID-10 mitigation updates from August 12, 2021. We want to continue on with a spirit of humility in which we seek to love others as ourselves, and to make decisions in line with what it means to love our neighbor. More specifically, please be aware of the following:

  • At this time, there are no government mandates to require masking in our facilities. This is our current policy as well. Masks are not mandated.
  • At the same time, we want everyone to feel safe, and since masking is now recommended by the CDC, we encourage anyone who is willing to do so to wear a mask when gathering indoors in a large group in connection with the church. We have been grateful that First Church has been a place where we have been able to welcome everyone. We expect to continue in this manner.
  • Because circumstances can change quickly, we will continue to monitor developments and will adapt as needed. As we all know, policies can change quickly.

As Jesus followers, our primary goal is to do that which Christ commands and to offer a countercultural witness of love. This involves loving our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). Our neighbors obviously include those who think exactly like us and those who do not. Therefore, we invite everyone to make the choices that will most allow us to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Thank you for your continued grace and flexibility as we navigate the realities in which we find ourselves.

In Christ,
Pastor Matt

For more information regarding these updates, you can visit the Lycoming County & COVID-19 page, the CDC Website (Data Tracker), and the PA Gov’s Responding to COVID-19 page.

JUMP & JESUS

February 26, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM | (CLC) Stryker Hall — 601 Market St

Inflatables. Pizza. Games. Fun. Jesus. Your kid is invited to come experience these things and more at Jump & Jesus! This is a free community event held at our Christian Life Center (CLC) Stryker Hall (located at 601 Market St) on February 26 from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Parents are required and responsible for their children at this event. Hope to see you there!

ContactJulia VarelaChildren’s Minister

FIRST NIGHT

Beginning February 23 | Wednesdays, 5:00 PM | (CLC) Stryker Hall — 601 Market St

Beginning February 23, we will transition back to an indoor, sit-down meal experience with community and worship. Health and safety guidelines like masking will be in place.

If you are interested in serving in meal preparation, cooking, meal distribution, or clean-up, reach out to Tyree.

Contact: Tyree KirkpatrickFood Service & Hospitality Coordinator

JUBILEE

February 26, 2022 | Virtual Conference

Jesus is calling you to transform everything. Discover how at Jubilee. you’ll be invited into Jesus’ story, breaking down the four-part gospel narrative to discover how every square inch of creation is the Lord’s, including you.

Any college student is invited to attend the virtual Jubilee Conference happening February 26. There will be an in-person gathering to watch all the sessions and discuss what you’re learning with students from Lycoming College and Penn College campuses.

Registration closes Feb 25, so sign up today by clicking the button below.

Still figuring out if Jubilee is for you? Reach out to Michael. He’d be happy to answer any questions.

Contact: Michael Glazier, Acts Network and College Minister

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES — HANDBELL CHOIR

 

Our handbell choir helps lead worship once a month with reflective pieces during the Traditional Sanctuary Service on Sundays at 9 AM. If you’re interested in joining the choir, reach out to Alana.

Contact: Alana Opdahl, Music Minister

And if you’re interested in checking out other ways to get involved here at First Church or serve the greater Williamsport community, click the button below.

CODE BLUE — VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 January 3 to March 25, 2022, 9 PM – 7 AM daily | (FEC) Fellowship Hall — 604 Market St

From January to March, First Church opens its doors to offer warm food and shelter to anyone in need. The shelter is open from 9 PM to 7 PM daily. If you are seeking this resource, please arrive to the front doors by the fountain at 9 PM.

To make this happen, we need volunteers to serve as overnight hosts, meal preparers, and in other capacities. If you are willing to serve as an overnight host, reach out to Sue.

If you can prepare and deliver a meal to the church, click the button below to sign up for a day and meal. Donations should be easy-to-serve items such as BBQ, mac and cheese, soups, pulled pork, pizzas, casseroles, donuts, or other baked goods. Please note that meals should be delivered by 8:30 PM, and be sure to check that site often as to be updated with the most accurate number of guests being served.

Contact: Sue Best, Acts Network Leader570-337-9047

DAILY PRAYER (2022)

Beginning January 1, 2022

We know that the prayers of God’s people are powerful and effective (James 5:16). In this spirit, we want to cover First Church in continual prayer through all of 2022. Our goal is to have each day covered in prayer by at least one person.Would you join us in this prayer endeavor that God might move in a holy and powerful way in and through First Church for God’s glory?

Here are some examples on what to pray about:

– For First Church to be a holy, healthy, faithful, and God-pleasing church
– For the Kingdom of God to come fully alive through First Church
– For God’s provision for First Church
– For Holy Spirit life, power, and vitality to fill First Church
– For transformation in Jesus Christ through First Church
– Whatever else the Lord lays on your heart in regards to First Church.

Click the button below to sign up for a day to pray.