Pandemic Policies & Procedures

COVID-19 Safety Policy -- Implemented May, 2020

Dear Church Family,

 

Our Session has been meeting on a regular basis during this shutdown. On Saturday, May 16th the Session members that were able to attend walked through the building in preparation for us to begin to worship corporately again. Here are some decisions that were made on how we can come back to church safely.

 

  • First and foremost the safety of our congregation is important to us

  • We made the decision to come back to worship in person on Sunday, June 7th at 10 a.m.

  • We will have only this one service through August

  • We are asking everyone to enter through the front of the church

  • Those who are able – please park in the lower parking lot and walk to the front doors

  • Front doors will be open so no need to touch (The entry to Fellowship Hall will be locked)

  • An Elder or Deacon will greet you at the entrance of the church to give you guidance 

  • As you enter the sanctuary, please use the first available pews starting in the front of the church. We will exit in reverse so that the last in will be the first out. This will avoid passing one another in close proximity

  • Masks are recommended, however if you forget yours or don’t have one, we can provide one.

  • Gloves will be available but are optional

  • There will be no Sunday School or nursery for the children

  • Informational videos will be posted before June 7th pertaining to precautions that are being made

  • Sunday virtual services will continue to be available for those who are not comfortable to venture out.

  • Midweek Youth Meetings will continue – Ben will keep you updated with details.
  • The choir will not meet during the summer

 

The Session removed all the hymnals and Bibles out of the pews in preparation of us worshipping together. Please plan to bring your own Bible or Bible app when we return.

 

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3 NIV)

 

In His Grip,

                          

Pastor Doug

 

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Previous -- From April 3, 2020

Dear Church Family,

 

I hope this finds you and your family in good health. I want to keep you up to date on what we are doing here at SMPC. Our Session has made the decision to continue with the virtual worship through the month of April as per Governor Wolfe’s directives. I'm so glad so many of you have shared your thoughts on how you've enjoyed the virtual worship and studies online.


Please join us for our Holy Week Worship Services

Palm Sunday, April 5th 8:00 AM

Maundy Thursday, April 9th 7:00 PM

Easter Sunday, April 12th 8:00 AM


We will continue to have our presence online:

  • Sundays at 8:00 AM - Virtual Worship
  • Tuesdays at 11:00 AM - Children's Story Time with Miss Molly
  • Wednesdays at 7:00 PM - Bible Study with Ben (Youth and Young Adult focused, but ALL are welcome!)
  • Thursdays at 11:00 AM - Children's Story Time with Miss Molly
  • Thursdays at 7:00 PM - Prayer Study with Pastor Doug (PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT meet Maundy Thursday. We will resume on April 16th.)

We have had success using Zoom which is a Video Conferencing site for Session and staff meetings and will begin using it for our studies. Ben will be using it on Wednesdays, and Pastor Doug on Thursdays. This will give us the opportunity to virtually participate with others in the study. We will send you the link and/or phone number to join in the study.

 

We want to remind you that the ministry at SMPC continues and your support is essential. You can give by mailing to the office (P.O. Box 466 Saxonburg, PA 16056) or you can GIVE ONLINE at http://www.saxonburg.org/donate

 

The phrase “fear not” is used at least 80 times in the Bible, most likely because God knows the enemy uses fear to decrease our hope and limit our victories. In Isaiah 43:1 Don't fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine, God actually commands us not to fear or worry. Let’s live with faith and hope.

 

In His Grip,
Pastor Doug

 

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Previous -- From March 18, 2020

Dear Church Family,

 

Today's reading from Jesus Calling begins with these words, “Trust Me one day at a time. This keeps you close to Me, responsive to My will.”

 

As the circumstances surrounding the COVID 19 virus evolve, developments will require temporary changes to our typical practices. While much has changed over the past week and much remains uncertain, we want to stay in communication with our church family. The recent changes of no more than ten people gathering together in one place has impacted us as a church family. As you know schools, libraries and just about all businesses have been asked to close to slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus.

 

OUR SESSION MADE THE DECISION TO HAVE NO CHURCH ACTIVITIES FROM MARCH 18th TO APRIL 4th.

 

For now we plan to post an audio version of the sermons on the website and Facebook. Moving forward we are going to decide what can be added to the services. We will be sharing additional resources to help you worship from home on the Lord’s Day via our website and FB www.facebook.com/saxonburgmpc.

 

While we are apart from each other, I encourage you to pray for each other, for our church, for our community, for our country, and for our world. Please let us know how we can be praying for you.

 

Please stay safe during this time. I will continue to keep you updated as things continue to change.

 

In His Grip,

 

Pastor Doug

 

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

 

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Previous -- From March 13, 2020

Dear Friends and Members of SMPC,

Our church family is at the heart of everything we do. So as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have a greater impact across our communities, we want to share some immediate steps that were agreed upon at the Session meeting last night to help keep our church family safe and healthy. We want you to feel comfortable when at SMPC for worship or other events.

We WILL hold Sunday worship services as regularly scheduled. For now, we will suspend the greeting time during the services. Hand sanitizer will be kept around the church building to prevent the spread of germs.

Our Session, along with Marianne Cornetti, have decided to postpone the concert scheduled for Sunday, March 15th to be held instead on Sunday, May 17th.

We encourage everyone to monitor their own health. If you are sick, please do not come to church. If anyone in your house is sick, please do not come to church. If you have symptoms of illness, please do not come to church. Your health not only impacts you but also the whole church family. We are especially concerned about our members who are elderly and those who have compromised immune systems. If you need to stay at home, you can listen to the sermon on our website. We will have it posted there by 1:00 PM on Sunday.

We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more. Check our Website (www.saxonburg.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/saxonburgmpc) for updates, or call the church office at (724) 352-2888 if you have any questions.

In these uncertain times, one thing that remains unwavering is that God is with us.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

In His Grip,

Pastor Doug

 

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