May 17 will be a bittersweet day for our York High School Seniors who were scheduled to graduate next Sunday. This wonderful milestone filled with much pomp & circumstance and fun events has been greatly altered by the pandemic. Collegiate and 8th Grade graduations, too, will be sorely changed.
During Worship next Sunday, May 17, our First Church graduates from 8th Grade, High School, and College will be specially recognized. Please keep all of our young people in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time.
And — please be sure to join us online at 10:30am for Worship next week.
As we enter our second month of sheltering at home, social distancing, and the cancelling of our church and community events, Pastor Joe invites the congregation to a Service of Lamentation at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 24.
To create a prayerful collage of our lamentations during this unexpected lockdown , all are welcome to forward a photo of yourself along with 3-5 words of what you are lamenting, feeling, or thinking. These will be gathered by Kathy Hansen and placed in a presentation for the Worship Service.
Please check announcements for Kathy’s contact information or contact the church office at email@example.com.
Join us on-line for an old-fashioned hymn sing on Thursday evening, June 4, 7:00-7:30 pm. From the last few summers, First Church music director Doug Peters will have culled a list of our favorites for us to choose from. Organist Dick Stultz is ready to play any and all!!
My soul longs, indeed faints for the courts of the Lord. Psalm 84:2
April 20, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
I am so grateful to the members, leaders and staff of First Church. Your commitment to the ongoing mission of Jesus Christ is inspiring. This whole episode feels like the Israelites in the desert escaping the oppressive yoke of the Egyptians. Our usual structures of meaning and purpose have been suspended…births, graduations, weddings, funerals, etc. We join all who lament these tangible losses.
We have entered a new ministry landscape and you have demonstrated your willingness to understand, adapt and continue. The church’s work continues because of your faithfulness to Jesus Christ.
At present, we will continue our level of ministry through online worship, fellowship, and meetings as well as wellness checks. We would like to hear from you so don’t be a stranger. As the landscape changes we will evaluate and adapt accordingly.
With the assistance of the government, health authorities and the annual conference, we will monitor to see when we can safely return to in person ministry including worship. Until then, we join in the Psalmist’s cry, “My soul longs, indeed faints for the courts of the Lord.”
The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson