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Letter from Pastor Mark

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As we face these troubling times, may we remember what the risen Savior said, “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The reason for writing is to inform you that the Session in consultation with the staff and the Deacons have decided to cancel the next two weeks of worship services (March 22 and 29) due to the coronavirus. We will evaluate what we need to do next at our regularly scheduled Session meeting of March 30. At that point, we will inform you of what we will be doing next in terms of ministry.

In addition to this, all scheduled activities in our building will be postponed until further notice. The office will still be open for us to do essential work and to deal with any pastoral emergencies that may occur. If you need counseling or just to talk, please call me.

As a result of not gathering for worship, we will be utilizing the variety of avenues out there to minister to you. There will be a Sunday School packet arriving so that your young people can still engage in Christian learning. We will go live on Facebook Sunday morning at 11:00 am with a scaled down worship service. This is through our Church Facebook page. We will also post the sermons on the website as well as you can receive the sermons and special music by email. Just call or email us, and we will get it to you.

Many of you may experience economic hardships as a result of this. If you need meals or someone to go to the grocery store, please call the office, and we help you with this matter. We in the Williamsport Ministerium are committed to keeping the Food Bank open. Since you are a member or a regular attender, you have access to the Food Bank. It is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We will also continue Shepherd’s Table meals. We will cook them in our kitchen and hand them out to your cars at Williamsport United Methodist Church.

We are seeking to comply with good sense measures put out by our government. We are also seeking to continue in ministry with these restrictions. Please remember that together we are stronger. If you need a reminder, think back to the Christmas Eve services. When we join our candles together, we can make a difference in this world.

Always your servant,
Pastor Mark Sandell