In this time of physical distancing, we all miss the connection that comes with Sunday morning worship, Dartball, Women's group meetings, and other activities in the church building. In a sense, we're all shut-ins!
To keep us all connected in relationship, Pastor Erik & Laura Stainbrook organized Care Groups. Each care group has roughly 6-10 households, with one leader/organizer, and will be responsible for staying in communication with each other weekly. However you wish to organize is up to you, so long as you are caring for each person in some way. Phone calls, cards in the mail, group emails, videoconferencing - whatever works for your group! Your organizer will be in touch with you this week to start the process.
If you find in your communications that there is a need or a concern that Pastor Erik should be aware of, please pass that along to him ASAP. In the meantime, the Pastor is working his way through the church directory to make contact with everyone. While he's trying to get to everyone, he might miss a person or two. So if you haven't heard from him by the end of this week, please call him at 412-480-7938. The Pastor will continue to check in on folks regularly via phone calls or text.
Spirituality On Demand
Check out out church's YouTube page for videos to help you grow spiritually from home, including Spiritual Exercises, Bible Reading Tips, Worship & Sermon Videos, and Bible Stories for Kids.
30 Minutes of Prayer on Facebook Live
Every Monday at 5 pm. Watch, listen, and type your prayers and requests as we pray for the church, community, and world!
Fellowship Hour on ZOOM
Every Wednesday from 5-6 pm. Join us for an informal time of fellowship!
Your church council is beginning to discuss what church will look like for the rest of 2020 and beyond, including worship, small groups, meetings, and other ministry and events. Many things will be different, either temporarily or permanently. But the mission of the church will be the same: to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Look for announcements in coming weeks about Avery UMC’s plans to accomplish that mission.
Do you play any instruments?
Sing along to the radio?
Love contemporary Christian music?
Ever think about using those musical gifts for Jesus?
Avery’s new worship service is looking for musicians and singers to serve in praise and song. And we believe that God is calling you to be a part of it! Contact the church office for more information.
Love in a Backpack at Salvation Army
is continuing through the social distancing restrictions. Volunteers are packing around 1200 bags a week to help hungry children and families in several area school districts.
If you have your clearances on file with our church, and you are not at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, packing takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 12 pm, AT THE SALVATION ARMY CENTER on E. Maiden St. Park behind the building and knock on the double doors on the left off the parking lot. Extra precautions are being taken to continue social distancing and reduce risk of contamination.
Note: on the week of April 6, packing will occur on Tue. April 7 and Wed. April 8.