Over the course of the past year and three months, the leadership of Faith United has worked diligently to foster an environment that honors the importance of tending to the safety of our
community while remaining faithful to our call to active discipleship. While this road has brought challenges, we have been able to walk it together thanks only to the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
Faith United’s leadership would like to thank our entire congregation for their patience and care for one another throughout the past year. As we continue to move into a new normal together, we know that we all move at different paces and that all of us have different levels of comfort. As we continue to forge a way forward that respects these differences, we are so proud of this congregation for putting the needs of others before their own this year. Wearing masks, distancing, and even worshipping from home has been a way for us to share our love of God and neighbor, and it has not been easy, but we have done it together. Thank you for showing Christ’s love to one another through mutual patience and care.
Please read closely the following changes being made to our COVID-19 mitigation efforts:
On Sunday, June 6, we will add congregational singing to worship again and remove social distancing ribbons from the pews. As we continue to follow the best practices recommended by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we have decided that masks will Become optional at Faith United as soon as the state’s mask order is lifted. As the governor has announced, this will be after Monday, June 28, or when 70% of adults in the state of Pennsylvania are fully vaccinated—whichever comes first. Each week’s congregational email will include an update about this from us, and ushers will also inform congregants as they arrive at worship on Sunday morning.
Live online worship will permanently remain an option moving forward. Our services will continue to be live streamed from the sanctuary, and the video remains available on our site to watch later as well. These are available on YouTube. Please share!
We will continue to host a drive-thru communion station in the parking lot of Faith United from 10:15-10:45 AM each Sunday for those who worship online and wish to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
As before, if you are not feeling well, have a cough, fever, or sore throat or have had one in the past 14 days, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please worship from home. We are still one body of Christ, even when we aren’t physically gathered.
The offering will be collected in a plate next to the bulletins on your way in and out of the Sanctuary, in lieu of passing the plate.
We will continue to distribute Holy Communion weekly during worship in the following manner: one household at a time, wafers distributed with tongs in a contact-free manner, with port wine distributed in single-use pre-filled cups that congregants will pick up and dispose of themselves.
The nursery continues to remain closed at this time, but activity bags are available for those children who would like to have something to occupy them during worship. Worship is for all ages, and the multitude of voices and noises that we hear from one another during worship is a sign of God’s presence in our midst.
Our church office is operating with irregular hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Thank you again for your patience with one another, and for your prayer for Faith United’s leadership. It is an honor to be the body of Christ alongside you.
In God’s peace,
The Rev. Marissa Becklin