COVID-19 Update | Last updated: 03/13/2020 7:30pm
In response to the news that the United States is in the midst of a national emergency, our Lead Pastor and the leadership of Pleasant Hills Church has decided to cancel all ministry programming until Monday, March 30, including our corporate worship services on Sundays, March 15, 22, and 29. The church building will be closed throughout this time. The date for our return is subject to change based on the recommendations of government and health officials. We will continue to communicate important updates in the days and weeks ahead via the email newsletter, church website, and Facebook page.
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES AVAILABLE
In lieu of gathering for corporate worship the next three Sundays, we strongly encourage you to join your Pleasant Hills Church family for online worship services. Beginning this Sunday at 10:00am, our pastors and staff will lead worship using a video available on our website and Facebook page. You are invited to participate in worship through prayer, song, reflection on God’s Word, weekly offering, and faithful response in the weeks ahead.
STAY UP TO DATE
Please continue to check your email and the church website for ministry updates and resources. Though we will not gather in person, we urge all small groups and ministry teams to find creative ways to remain connected throughout the next two weeks as you pray for and encourage one another. During the weeks when we will not gather in person for corporate worship, you may still participate in the weekly offering online using the “Give” button on our website. Until we meet again, may we use this time of national crisis to place our hope fully in Christ- faithfully serving him as we love and serve our family, friends, and neighbors.
A Letter from Pastor Mark
Dear Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church family,
As you are now well aware, the COVID-19 outbreak has become a worldwide pandemic. As I write, nearly 130,000 cases have been confirmed and nearly 5,000 people have died worldwide. And those numbers seem to be growing exponentially. By the time you read this, there are at least 21 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, with seven counties being affected. While there have been no reports of anyone in our church who has had direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, it seems inevitable that the virus will reach our doorstep in the days, weeks and months to come. Therefore, as a church, we want to take every reasonable precaution and yet not succumb to undue panic and fear.
This note is to update you on our intended response for the days ahead. Please understand that this situation is developing quickly. Thus, we will continue to monitor the circumstances and information surrounding COVID-19 for any new developments and provide you with any possible changes to our programming and/or worship schedule beyond those outlined below. We will update you via email newsletter and our website.
Brothers and sisters, let us be faithful in prayer for our physicians, healthcare workers, teachers, and leaders in church and civic government. Let us pray for all who are affected, including their families and friends. And most importantly, let us remind one another that we follow a God who is sovereign over all things – including the coronavirus pandemic – Our Good and Faithful Shepherd, Jesus Christ the Lord.
With love and hope,
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Whitsel
p.s. If you’re interested in reading a good article about the coronavirus from a Christian perspective, please read this essay from Pastor Scott Sauls that he wrote recently for Relevant Magazine.
Offsite Trips Affected
Please contact your trip leader with questions.
- Storehouse of God Mission Project: CANCELED
- High School Spring Retreat (Confirmation Retreat): CANCELED
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