1/20: COVID-19 Update
Dear Paoli Family,
Welcome to 2021! We made it! 2020 was full of unexpected twists and turns, but also so very many blessings. You all continue to be the biggest blessing of them all. Knowing you and serving Jesus alongside each one of you blesses us so abundantly.
We have great hope that 2021 will get better and better as the year progresses, but we are still in the midst of some struggle right now. The COVID-19 pandemic rages on which is causing great pain to many individuals, families, and communities. Having witnessed infection-numbers rise after the various holidays over the past 6 months, the Session decided that it would be prudent to wait until the Christmas surge has passed before we offer any indoor, in-person gatherings. So while we know that this will come as a great disappointment to some of you, we will not be gathering for indoor, in-person worship at this time. The Session will re-engage this conversation at our regular meeting at the end of the month and communicate any further decisions made at that time.
Even without gathering indoors in-person, we can and will still be the Church together. There are many ways for you and for your family to join us! With the start of the New Year, new programs are rolling out this week. See below for details and links for Children and Families, Students, Adult Education, Small Groups and more!
Speaking of new… we’ve got some new staff joining us as well! See below to learn about our two newest staff members, Terri Gaugler and Becca Futty. We’re so grateful they’re sharing their gifts with the Paoli family! If you have a moment, please send them a note to say hi and welcome!
And finally, though we can’t be indoors together, we are still committed to finding meaningful, creative ways to connect. One of those ways is through our Drive-By Blessing this coming Sunday! Sometime between 11:30am and 1:30pm, jump in the car (bringing some canned goods with you) and drive on over to the church. The staff will be there in the parking lot to wave, air-high-five, air-hug and greet you enthusiastically (in all the socially distant ways), as well as get you everything you need to connect to our ministries in the weeks to come. (Please wear your masks and plan to stay in your cars. We’ll bring everything needed to you!)
We love you. Jesus loves you. We’re in this together.
Jonathan and Becca