Dear Pittsford Community Church Family,
Our prayers for one another and our community, country, and world are more evidently needed now than in recent years—thanks for being a praying church! I’m happy to report that our church staff members and their families are all healthy and serving actively through the electronic means available. Our tech team has been stellar. Even with tightening regulations, we’re still able to offer live-streaming services on Sundays at 10:30 am (tune in a few minutes early for some extra music meditation).
As of this week, the church office is closed in cooperation with New York State’s recommendations, but ministry continues. If you have a need, reach out to any staff member, deacon, or church member. We’re all in this together. Remember to pray diligently for those in our PCC family who work in health care—our doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals.
Several of us are ramping up our virtual meeting opportunities. I plan to host a weekly prayer group using Zoom for up to twenty people—email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join this group (space is limited).
Please be sure to put our Good Friday Communion Service on your schedule, Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, a live-stream service.
We’ve been providing for several financial needs due to job losses and tight circumstances. Thank you for your gifts that make this and the ongoing ministry of PCC possible.
And remember, if you or someone you know is at risk or quarantined and need help picking up groceries or medicine you can sign up for PCC Delivery. We have a team waiting to serve you!
Also you can sign up for PCC Serves, a team of people ready to serve our neighbors and community however we are needed.
If you are a part of the medical community we want to be praying for you by name. Please add your name to our prayer list so we don’t miss you!
Finally, thank you for all of you who signed up to be emergency housing for college students in need. You will be communicated with as needs arise.
It’s interesting to me that we’d been talking about how parents might serve as the spiritual shepherds to their children in their homes. Now, many of you are putting this into practice. Take this as a cherished (even if chaotic!) time to love and nurture those in your home.
Finally, stay safe, be courageous, and trust God! A verse worth digesting this week is Philippians 4:19 . . . “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Do you believe it? I know we do, so let’s live it as well. God is on our side!
Also, our Deacon of Prayer, Al Emmans, has created a weekly Prayer Plan for us. Be sure to take advantage of it!
Our live stream is continuing as normal this Sunday at 10:30am. We will keep you posted as to how this may affect us moving forward.
Dear Pittsford Community Church Family,
Pandemic. Sounds too much like panic to me, and panic isn’t really part of our Christian vocabulary. After all, God is still on His throne. As followers of Jesus Christ, the word hope has a better ring, don’t you agree?
These have been challenging days for everyone, and we do take the Corona Virus situation very seriously. Since Christians are the best citizens of any country, we’re taking the approach of honoring governmental and medical recommendations. Social distancing (a new phrase to me) and limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people are the new normal for a while.
That’s why we live-streamed last Sunday’s service and why we’ll continue to live-stream at 10:30 am on Sundays for the next few weeks . . . possibly 4-8 weeks, as we evaluate weekly. Thanks for logging in. We had over 280 screens viewing our first live-stream-only Sunday!
This is the first of our weekly ‘Pastoral Visit’ communications with the PCC family for the next few weeks. We want to keep everyone informed and we really want to inspire hope. We will also email this and include a pastoral video (click here to watch).
So, for now, all Sunday services will be live-stream-only. All events at the church building are cancelled or postponed until further notice. The church office is open during normal hours to take calls. The staff is available to encourage and serve. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
A few more things . . . let’s commit these next weeks to prayer and service. Our deacons have each taken a portion of the directory and should be contacting you. Additionally, we are reorienting our church to be focused on serving and meeting the needs of those around us, both inside and outside the church.
In preparation to help as COVID-19 continues, we are launching PCC Delivery, a team of volunteers willing to pick up groceries and medicine for people who are shut-in or at risk. To be on the delivery team or if you need help with groceries or medicine, you can sign up here.
Today we are also launching PCC Serves. We honestly don’t know what the needs of the community will be in the days ahead or how we could be of help. But we are putting together a list of volunteers who are saying, “I want to help, just let me know how and when.” Our intention with this is to build a team of people and reach out to our neighbors and community to help however we are needed. Pastor Chris will be coordinating these efforts and letting volunteers know of the needs when they come our way. If you would like to volunteer and stay posted as needs arise, you can do so by clicking here.
Additionally, we want to be praying fervently for all of the medical personnel that are part of Pittsford Community Church. We have many such people in our congregation (doctors, nurses, first responders, technicians, etc.) The medical community is bracing for what could be a “tsunami” of coronavirus cases and could be facing difficult situations and long hours in the weeks ahead. While we know our ability to show up and help is limited, we can pray for everyone in the medical field at our church and be ready to field any specific prayer requests they send our way. So if you are in the medical field in any capacity and would like us to be praying for you click here.
Finally, we have recently received word that college campuses will not be allowing international students to stay in their dorms. In the near future there may be a very real need for international students who don’t have the means to get home to find alternative housing. Because of that, we are putting together a list of people within our congregation who would be willing to house a college student while staying on campus isn’t an option. If you are willing to open your home to a student during this time of need please sign up by clicking here.
Let’s serve our neighbors by extending help and hope!
On behalf of the PCC Leadership Team,
P.S. Here’s a verse worth digesting!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Dear Pittsford Community Family,
In response to the recommendation of Monroe County Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Michael Mendoza, on Thursday to avoid gatherings of over 50 people, and the mandate from Gov. Coumo that establishments are only allowed to fill half their regular capacity limits, Pittsford Community Church has decided to cancel all Sunday services for March 15. In an abundance of care and concern for our church family and neighbors, and with the hope of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), Pittsford Community Church has decided to follow the county’s recommendations.
While all of PCC’s public gatherings are canceled through the week, our facility is open, and our pastoral and administrative teams will be in the office to continue to care for the needs of our congregation. And, while this situation is unprecedented, we are hopeful that each one of us will take opportunities to care for those around us with the love and compassion exemplified by Christ.
Please continue to pray that this situation will cause hearts to open and respond to the Gospel.
We are here to serve you; please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Pastor Chris, on behalf of the leadership of Pittsford Community Church
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