Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, how it’s affecting our community, and what we can do about it.

And We’re on Hold

Posted by on Jul 19, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates, General | 0 comments

[This page was updated on May 21 and July 20, 2020, as new details became available.] Pretty much everything is “on hold” right now, but I’m pretty sure “We’ll be right back” is not what we’re going to hear. The next step(s) of dealing with the division within the United Methodist Church are “on hold” as well. Some details: Charge Conference We’re working right now on a date for our local church Charge Conference, which will be held online via Zoom. The date will be sometime between...

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Food & Supplies Needed NOW!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates | 0 comments

The list below was updated on June 28. Our friends at Solanco Neighborhood Ministries continue to care for people in our community with weekend food supplies (SWEEP) and emergency food bags. Read this from Teresa Dolan, SNM’s executive director: “I hope this message finds you healthy and well! While we have money to purchase food items, the stores cannot always accommodate the number and variety of items we need. So, we are relying more heavily on donations from the community. My hope is that in a few weeks, the panic will subside...

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Draft Re-Opening Plan eff. 6/22/20

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates, General | 3 comments

We have added some small revisions as of 6/22, in red. 5/31 Ad Board Meeting Following were discussed during our May 31, 2020, Ad Board meeting via conference call: Safe distancing (outdoor/parking lot worship when weather permits) Masks required (we expect to have some masks on hand if needed) No group singing (not decided – we’re talking about this) Changes to our monthly Holy Communion Changes to normal procedures for offerings and prayer Stay home if you’re not feeling well Vulnerable persons (age/health conditions)...

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Planning for Re-Opening

Posted by on May 30, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates, General | 2 comments

Pastor Roger’s thoughts and resources on re-opening our sanctuary as we recover from the Coronavirus shutdown. Note that religious institutions have not been ordered to close during the pandemic; Governor Wolf has consistently classified us as Essential. That has never changed. However, it has seemed prudent to temporarily stop gathering together in our sanctuary, and move to online worship for the time being. As for re-opening, Bishop Peggy Johnson is encouraging us to hold off until the Governor updates Lancaster County to...

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Draft Re-Opening Plan After COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 30, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This replaces the original draft version from the EPA Conference. The original had several broken links. Comments from Pastor Roger: This is presented for information and guidance only. Some recommendations here may not fit our circumstances. Many of the links and references at the end appear to be very negative in approach. I would have preferred more balance. 200429 Re-Opening Plan EPA _2_ Download the complete document here: https://www.epaumc.org/wp-content/uploads/Pandemic-Re-opening-Best-Practices-for-Churches.pdf...

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Letter from Pastor Roger

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates, General | 0 comments

Dear Mt. Zion Family, The COVID-19 epidemic has forced so many changes, as more and more people are infected and even dying. We are saddened. At times like these, we can turn to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and release our cares and our worries to him in prayer. We should do that ALL the time, not just in times of trouble. As Jesus said in Matthew 25:31-33, “Don’t worry and ask yourselves, ‘Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?’ Only people who don’t know God are always worrying...

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Update on General Conference 2020

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates, General | 0 comments

It looks like our 2020 General Conference will be postponed until 2021, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. This report from UMResource: March 23, 2020 Nashville, Tenn.: Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next steps to take in setting a new date. After hearing recommendations from Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager of the General Conference, and discussion of possible...

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Pray Against COVID-19

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates | 0 comments

10 Guidelines for Prayer against COVID-19 Use these prayer points as a guideline for your own personal prayers against the COVID-19 coronavirus and its effects on people everywhere in the world. PEACE- Pray against spirits of division, suspicion, anxiety, panic, and fear that grip our communities. LEADERSHIP- Pray for wisdom, truth, direction, compassion, and strength for all leaders (political, medical, economic, ecclesial, etc) in authority. PROTECTION- Claim the blood of Jesus as a shield and healing over people groups, institutions,...

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Pray without Ceasing

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates | 0 comments

epaumc.org  |  Bishop’s Blog  |  pen-del.org Pray without Ceasing – Words from Bishop Peggy Johnson Greetings. The Lord God declares, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14) People of God, I call on you to lift this COVID-19 crisis in prayer. Pray that God will heal our land and all the countries of the world. It is the first thing...

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Abundance of Caution

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in COVID-19 Updates | 1 comment

Abundance of Caution: What Should We Do about Church Services this Sunday? Jesus said that he came to bring life and life abundantly.  That means the promise of spiritual life and everlasting life but also physical life. We as God’s people must be in partnership with God’s healing and preventative care ministry during this Corvid-19 pandemic. I am writing to follow up from yesterday’s pastoral letter.  People have asked if we are to cancel church on Sunday or even in the weeks to come. In consultation with the EPA Cabinet I...

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