FOOD CENTER UPDATE 3.16.2020
On Wednesday, the Food Center will distribute pre-packed bags of groceries from 9am to noon. Clients will show photo ID and sign for their food. No clients will be allowed in the building, and clients will not be able to choose their own items. Clients should wait in their cars until volunteers start serving at 9am. Clients should not congregate at the door.
STAYING CONNECTED & PASTORAL CARE 3.18.2020
Hello MPC Family,
As you likely already know, out of care and concern for our church and our greater community, until further notice, all programs, activities, and in-person worship have been canceled at MPC. Worship will continue to be available ONLINE at 10:30am on Sunday mornings through our website, www.mpcusa.org. Just click the button labeled, “Virtual Worship” on our homepage. This past week we had some minor technological glitches that kept the video from being available right at 10:30am, but we believe we have remedied that situation and appreciate your patience. We hope you will join us this Sunday for worship!
The church office will also remain closed during this time, however, all pastors and staff are available through email, and pastors will be available for any pastoral care needs that arise. If you have a pastoral care emergency, please don’t hesitate to call our pastor on call at 267-793-0232. Email addresses for all staff can be found on our website, or you may email any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office at 215-295-4191 where messages will be checked regularly.
Rest assured that MPC staff and church leaders are working very hard to remain connected with church members during a time that could otherwise be very isolating. In addition to worship, we are seeking out opportunities to connect with one another virtually, whether that be in Bible Study, Adult Education, Youth Club, prayer meetings, or perhaps even over a cup of coffee. More information about these points of connection will be coming out in the next week.
Here's a fun photo from our virtual bible study today:
For now, to the extent that you are able, we would strongly encourage you to LIKE “Morrisville Presbyterian Church” on Facebook (Facebook.com/morrisvillepres). Or FOLLOW us on Instagram (@morrisvillepresbyterian), as these will be two platforms where we will be providing regular updates and points of connection. If you would like for someone to assist you in setting these up, please email email@example.com and we will do everything we can to help!
We recognize that all of you are living into a new normal these days and the church is right there with you in this unknown wilderness. We have no idea how long all of this will last and we are making our way through it day by day. But please remember that there are some vital ways you can continue to “be the Church” even when we’re not able to gather together in our church building (from patheos.com):
Check on your neighbors: your older neighbors, your neighbor on chemo, your neighbor whose kid relies on free school lunch, your neighbor who still has to go to work and could use help with childcare, your neighbor who doesn’t have the ability to connect with anyone online. Any time you help someone in your proximity, you are living out the values of your faith community. You are embodying what the whole gospel thing is about, which takes church out of the building and brings it to life for others.
Pray for your church family. And send notes! Make phone calls! We are one body, even when that body is not together in the flesh. There are plenty of ways to stay connected in spirit, and care for each other’s spiritual needs.
Send in your Estimate of Giving. This may seem like a small thing in the grand scheme right now, but we still need to continue our stewardship. We are in uncharted waters here in terms of not meeting in person. And it matters that you continue to give, as long as you are fiscally able. This is a great time to reexamine giving online through our website or signing up for automatic withdrawal from your bank account. If you can’t give online, please mail your estimate of giving to Morrisville Presbyterian Church, 771 N Pennsylvania Ave, Morrisville, PA 19067. Even if the building is empty, bills and salaries need to be paid; what’s more, you’re helping us maintain mission commitments to the community in a time when that commitment is more important than ever.
Please stay tuned for more updates to come. We remain immensely grateful for all of you and especially for the ways you care for one another! Thank you for all the ways you are “being the church” even though we’re unable to gather together!
With deep gratitude,
Pastor Rachel & Pastor Alex
ALL CHURCH UPDATE 3.13.2020
Dear Morrisville Presbyterian Church Family,
Last night your pastors and Session met to discuss the rapidly changing landscape of the public health crisis before us. Because of our deep concern for the well-being of our church and community, beginning today, Friday, March 13, 2020, we will be cancelling all programming, events, meetings, and activities at MPC. This includes the cancellation of the Clothing Center, Lenten Suppers, and Sunday worship in-person. We will offer worship on Sunday, March 15 at 10:30am through our church website and services will be available online for the foreseeable future. For the time being, the church will continue to provide meeting space for AA meetings and for the Food Center, but with a markedly different protocol for distributing food to those who need it.
Please know that we have made this decision unanimously, but after prayerfully considering input from health care providers in our network, monitoring decisions of other churches and school districts in our area, and weighing recommendations from government officials. To be clear, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our church family, but as people called to care for the well-being, health, and wholeness of God’s world, we are committed to lending our support to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19. We’re also committed to loving each other and caring for vulnerable people during this extraordinary season. It is in such times as these that the church is truly called to be a light amidst all that may feel dark. We are a people of hope and we are not going anywhere. But we ask you to pray for one another and to pray for our church as we navigate these uncharted waters together. We wish we could be more concrete about how long this situation will last, but will make all decisions based on monitoring the situation in Bucks County and the surrounding area. If you are interested in being a part of a team committed to connecting with people who need to be looked in after, please contact Rev. Jack McAnlis (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are not currently on the list of those who receive the church’s e-blasts, we recommend that you email and ask to be included in all electronic communications from the church. You can also subscribe through our website mpcusa.org by scrolling to the bottom of the page, inputting your email into the "Subscribe for emails" field and clicking "Subscribe".
In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to communicate with you regularly, updating the church website often, sending messages from pastors as often as necessary, and updating the church’s official Facebook and Instagram pages. As we continue on this Lenten journey in the wilderness, a wilderness unlike any we have seen before, please remember to check on neighbors, friends, and church members. We remain a community of care and a community in Christ. A light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5
With gratitude for our church family,
The Pastors and Session of Morrisville Presbyterian Church