UPDATE: Center Church is continuing to prepare online services until further notice.
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is still changing rapidly as new information continues to become available. Know that your church leadership is closely following the situation, and is working hard to balance Center's mission of spreading the gospel with the actions necessary to keep our community safe.
Updated Message from Session
Hello Church Family!
We have entered our third week of the direct impact of COVID-19 on our Church engagement and operation. We continue to support the governmental guidance to limit social interaction to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community, and are working diligently to leverage these difficult times to spread the hope and love of God and find creative ways to stay connected with our Church family and reach our community.
If you (or someone you know) have a need--prayer, food, whatever--drop an email to email@example.com and we will coordinate with you to help you meet your needs using the resources we have available.
To continue the success of our church, we need everyone’s prayer and action during these times. Center Church is continuing to do the work of spreading the Gospel, and we need your continued support to make that happen.
Here is how you can help:
Continue to pray every day for our nation, community, and church
Engage with others – call, connect, and support our church family!
Continue your financial support of our church (See below!)
Please sending your offering via mail:
Center Church, EPC
333 Center Church Road
Grove City, PA 16127
Support our outreach efforts (See below!)
Share our online ministry/services with your friends and family!
Post and share how God is working in your life during these times on our Church Facebook page.
While we are recognizing some financial benefits of the COVID-19 situation with lower costs like utility bills, inserts for bulletins, and other services, we still have other costs to maintain our church. Our average budgeted weekly expense is over $4,000. We need your help maintaining our church – please mail your financial support on your normal giving schedule while we work through these times.
Our giving income is down substantially and we have to draw on some of our financial reserves to maintain our church at this time. We remain focused on the long term plan and safety of our church and we continue to move forward with the plans and demolition of the Fellowship Wing.
Session is meeting every Saturday to ensure that we are actively engaged with ensuring our Church remains strong both as a family and operationally. We are constantly evaluating our cash flow, overall resources, and reducing costs everywhere that we can to ensure we are being good stewards of our resources and we are supporting our mission and purpose as a church family. We continue to consider the immediate and the longevity of our church and family.
Over the last few weeks, we have spent many hours working through tough decisions and planning for what is ahead during these times. We have been prayerful for God’s wisdom and guidance through these unprecedented times. Our ministry continues both within our now virtual church walls, but we need your help ensuring the strength of our church.
Please continue to provide your financial support of our church so when we are able to return to our “normal” in-person functions, we are as strong as ever.
Over the next two weeks, we are delivering palms (for Palm Sunday) and flowers (Easter) to members of our church family and community. If you are able to help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will coordinate these deliveries with you!
Additionally, we are coordinating additional outreach activities and need your help beyond above. If you can offer any type of service/outreach, please email your support and or idea to use at email@example.com as well.
As many of us are tasked with new challenges, our world is struggling with finding hope. Let’s share the hope we have in Jesus!
In His name,
Center Church Session
We have a team ready to provide support in the uncertain days and weeks ahead. If you are in need of prayer, groceries, medicine, or even human interaction, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will work with you to coordinate and help in any way we can!
A number of events have been impacted by the Coronavirus--the list below outlines the current status.
Soup Fundraiser: cancelled
Gift Basket Fundraiser: postponed
If you're still interested in making a basket, now is the perfect time to order some supplies on the internet!
Pastor Bill's Israel Bible Study: moved online
A Zoom link will be sent out; email email@example.com if interested in participating.
Center Church is continuing to do the work of spreading the Gospel, and we need your continued support to make that happen. Please consider sending your offering via mail:
Center Church, EPC
333 Center Church Road
Grove City, PA 16127
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Center Church will not be meeting in-person for corporate worship time, Sunday School, or Youth Fellowship. Instead, we will be providing our songs, prayers, and sermons via video over the internet so you can worship, pray, study and learn, and stay connected with Center remotely.
This was a difficult decision, and was not taken lightly. We understand the importance of interpersonal connections and the benefits of corporate worship. We also believe it is important for us to do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 disease within our community, and currently available information suggests one of the best ways to do that is to limit public gatherings. Therefore, we made this decision in faith, knowing that God is bigger and more powerful than the Coronavirus outbreak, and completely in control. While we are limited for the time being, God is not, and he is capable of moving even in the midst of interruptions to our regular routines.
We intend to remain connected and we want to continue to support one another in the coming weeks. If you have a need--prayer, food, toilet paper--drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will coordinate with you to help you meet your needs using the resources we have available.
We recommend sticking to your Sunday morning routine as much as you possibly can! Here is a suggested schedule:
9:00am - grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and a snack, and spend some time with the Lord in prayer
9:30am - view the video worship service and sing along with the worship songs; check the website for a quick link to the video
10:45am - continue your study with a Sunday school substitute; we recommend one of these YouTube channels:
If you have any questions, please contact any of our Elders. Follow this page for updates, and please pass along this information to those who may not be connected with us on social media or the prayer chain.
Finally, please remain faithful in prayer for our community, for those affected by COVID-19, for our local, state, and federal government leaders, and for our church leaders.