Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dear church members,

After conferring with Hank Jonas and with Sally & Jerry Kersting, and having read the advice and recommendations of both the Methodist and Presbyterian local judicatories, we agree that it is wise and prudent to cancel church services, and all church meetings, for the next two weeks. Doing so will lesson the likelihood of spreading the COVID-19 virus within our church community, and in the community at large. With this decision, we are joining with organizations and governments across the country who are making every effort to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the virus.

So to be very clear: There will be no church services on Sunday, March 15 and March 22. All church meetings, (board, committees, etc.) are cancelled until March 29. We will resume church services and meetings as soon as it is safe and prudent to do so.

At this time, we plan for the church office to remain open on our regular schedule. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need your pastor for any reason. I plan to be in the church office Monday – Thursday, and you can reach me anytime at my home number.

Please join me in prayers for our nation, our world, and for those who are most vulnerable to this disease. Let us pray especially for the economically vulnerable: our sisters and brothers who are poor or homeless (or both), and for the countless school children who depend upon breakfast and lunch programs for their daily sustenance. May God bless our country, and our world, as we weather this storm together.

Stay home and stay healthy, dear friends.

With warmest prayers for your good health, and for the well-being of all God’s children on our earth.

Grace and peace,

Pastor David Preisendanz

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Be still, and know that I am God!
The Lord of Hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalm 46: 1, 10-11 What's Up Now?

The United Church of Painted Post (UCPP) is a unique Methodist/Presbyterian federation where we aim to extend a warm and friendly welcome to everyone who worships with us. Nursery and child-care is provided.

UCPP Mission Statement: The mission of our federation is "to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known, and to serve others in His Love." We are "called to be a loving, caring, faithful family of spirit-filled Christians devoted to the study and sharing of God's word,... joyful in worship, constant in prayer, open in fellowship," and "with other churches, reaching out to the community and the world in the name of Christ."

UCPP Ministries: In addition to our Sunday morning worship service and Sunday School program, our church has committees that actively plan other special services, events, and ministries throughout the year that promote mission outreach (local and international), fellowship, and spritual growth. We also have a youth group (the WHO) that sponsors special events throughout the year. Our facilities house a local food pantry--which we help sponsor and operate--and provide space where a variety of other non-profit community groups (Scouts, Red Cross, senior citizens, a barbershop quartet, and others) can meet. We are always looking for new ways to live out and share the love of Christ, so new faces and ideas are always welcome. Do come see us--and, with us, seek a deeper relationship with Christ.



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