PLEASE continue to practice social distancing.  Stay home, Save Lives!

-If you are in the Church or Park Hall at any time during this pandemic, PLEASE wipe down anything you touch with Clorox/Lysol, wipes!

-Carry them in your car , you’ll be glad you did and so will those still working/volunteering at the Church/Hall, who will do the same.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
     Much has changed in the past few weeks within our nation and communities.  The news is filled with unusual terms like pandemic, coronavirus, and self-distancing.  It can seem confusing, stressful, and scary.  It is in fearful times where our faith and actions as Christians shine as a beacon to the world because we, as recipients of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, know that our security and peace comes from our loving Lord. Psalm 121 reminds us, “I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber.”  These words fill us with hope and confidence that God will see us through these difficult times.

-As you are trying to figure out new ways of living in the midst of this pandemic, our prayers are with you.  As your commissioned leaders and friends, we take your care and the care of your family as our utmost priority.  Because of the danger to you and the community, and upon the direction of civic and health authorities, the Session has decided to cancel group gatherings until it is deemed safe to resume.  This includes Sunday worship services.  We will let you know when regular services recommence. 

-In the meantime, we are examining ways that we can use the internet to still gather as the people of God virtually.  Pastor Jon will be videotaping his weekly sermon message and children’s message so it can be viewed remotely.  An email will be sent with instructions.  We can burn these on a CD for those with limited internet access.  Please call the church office if you would like to receive a CD.  Also, please be sure to connect to your church family through our Facebook page.  Let us know how you are doing, prayers you would like lifted up, requests for assistance, or creative worship practices that you want to share with your family of faith. Even though we can’t meet together, we can still serve and witness to one another. 

-Our elders, deacons, and Pastor Jon are committed to staying connected with you. Pastor Jon and your care team are available if you need prayer, spiritual care, or assistance. Pastor Jon can be reached on his cell phone (724) 213-8528 or by email, pastor@parkup.org.

-There are a few ways you can be of assistance during this time.  First, please pray.  Pray for your neighbors, community, health professionals, first responders, store clerks, and government leaders.  Please also pray for the vulnerable and those affected physically, emotionally, and financially from this pandemic.  These are stressful times and these individuals need our prayers.  Secondly, reach out.  Send notes or give a call to loved ones, friends, and neighbors.  Hearing that you care and are thinking about them can lift spirits.  If there are vulnerable individuals within your neighborhood, offer to pick up items at the grocery for them and put it beside their door.  We are all in this together! 

-Finally, if you are able, please continue to regularly support Park United financially.  Unfortunately, the pandemic has not stopped our expenses.  We have a rainy day fund but it will go quickly.  You can mail your offering to the church office or put it into the mail slot personally.  We will be picking up the mail and offerings during the week.  Another possibility would be to set up regular online giving from your bank and the payment will be sent directly to the church through online banking and bill pay.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

-Please stay safe and God’s blessings through this trying time.

-Sincerely,
-The Session of Park United Presbyterian Church

-We lift up to you in prayer Lord: Our Loved ones, near and far Our Military, Teachers, Healthcare Workers, Ministers, Service Industries, etc. Our President, Leaders in Business and Industry, Decision Makers to seek God’s will as they lead us Our People who are weak, in trouble, pain, alone, and all others in need Our Nation and World.  And We give thanks for Your love and all the blessings we have been given.  God’s will be done in all of our lives.  Amen.

-•We have a note to pray for Tom Olinger, who is experiencing health issues.

•Thank you to Helen Taylor for stepping in and stepping up during these challenging times.

•Worship Services and all Church Activities remain cancelled until further notice.

•Pastor Jon can be reached by phone 724-213-8528 and email pastor@parkup.org

•I will be in the church office one day a week or as needed, next work day on Thursday, April 2nd.

•I can be reached by phone 724-368-8842 and email fiveskis@zbzoom.net

•Please keep former E. P. Rev. Alan Adams and his wife Carla and their family in your prayers.  Alan’s father passed away on Thursday.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  You may send a card to Alan and Carla at:  69 Windmill Blvd., Punta Gorda, FL  33950-7326.

Here is a handy list of Elder and their phone numbers:
Ron Fox                  724-758-6620                        Andy Grosick        724-355-1787
Derek Hancher       724-368-4099                      Judy Lutz                 724-752-9068
Jack McMichael     724-452-7768                       Larry Meeder         724-462-0574
Amy Quickle         724-822-0690                        Lewis Rape            724-789-7554
Josh Shaffer           412-295-2567                       Walt Sieminski       724-368-8842
Helen Taylor          724-272-2840                       Susan Webb           724-473-4675

STAY TUNED FOR A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT…….