Church & Covid-19 Updates

The building may be closed but our church family and faith are still here!

UPDATE: OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

Church Council met and affirmed that all Salem services and activities will remain canceled until the self quarantine is lifted by the State of Pennsylvania. We will update you when this happens. As of right now the current quarantine period will last until April 30th, 2020. This date is subject to change and may extend longer. Council also decided that we will celebrate Easter the 2nd Sunday after restrictions are lifted whenever that may be.  We will also reschedule the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt for either the Sunday before or after Easter. The Handbells will also be rescheduled to Mother’s Day in May. Children’s Time, SNL and all Sunday activities, all church activities and all meetings being held in the church are on hold until we return to church. If you have offerings or items to be dropped off in the office we ask that you leave them outside in our mailbox.

DRIVE THRU COMMUNION FOR EASTER 

Communion during the coronavirus pandemic? We’ll be offering a drive-thru option on Easter Sunday 4/12. Individual bags with communion cups and wafers will be prepackaged and handed out to you through our “Drive-Thru” system. We ask that you do not linger and that after you get your communion package that you drive through to let the next person receive theirs. 

  • Salem United Methodist Church
  • Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.
  • TIME: 12 noon—12:45 pm

 

FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

April is Salem’s month to be in charge of Food Pantry Distributions. The food will be distributed via drive thru as it was done in March for the Easter distribution. All workers will wear masks / gloves and NONE of the pantry patrons will be allowed out of their cars. The packing of the food will take place for 2 hrs. on Thursday 4/16 and again on Friday 4/17 for 2 hrs. There will only be 4-5 people in the pantry allowed to pack. The “boxes” for the food will already be “made” so that the “packers” can get right to work. Kathy Keck will be participating in the packing and delivery on all days. We are requesting 3 people on Thursday during the day and 3 people on Friday to assist in packing. We need 6 people to help on Saturday to “check off the list” and place boxes in the trunks of the automobiles. If you are able to help please contact Kathy Keck for information by emailing her at keck[email protected].

STAY CONNECTED WITH THE CHURCH

ONLINE SERMON VIDEOS– Pastor Warner is posting video sermons on our church Facebook page while we are unable to attend church. Watch the Sunday Sermon at home and like, comment, and share your thoughts. View our online sermon videos “Walking with Jesus” by visiting our Facebook page and our website! View our sermon videos here!

ONLINE DEVOTIONAL VIDEOS – Several leaders from Church Council are putting together video sharing and devotional thoughts that will be shared with you. If you’d like to be a part of these videos please let Pastor Warner know at [email protected]. These devotional videos will be uploaded to the church’s Facebook page to help people interact and share their opinions and connect digitally with current situations and feelings. View our devotional videos here!

WEEKLY E-BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS – Miss getting the Sunday Bulletin? Don’t worry we will keep you up to date!  In place of our Sunday bulletin, any weekly church news and updates will be sent out via email every week (or when new information is presented to us). If you have an announcement for the office please email it to [email protected] and it will be reviewed. To receive our updates please make sure you send us your current active email to [email protected] and request to join our mailing list!

FELLOWSHIP & FAITH ONLINE

NEED TO HOLD A CHURCH MEETING? HAVE VIRTUAL SMALL GROUP SESSIONS! – Missing your church small group? Contact Hayley at the church office to schedule an online session! We are currently using Zoom, an online virtual meeting program. We hope this will benefit people in our church small groups so they can stay connected and continue their fellowship and studies.

ASSISTANCE AND HELP – Several people from Church have offered to help run errands, grocery shop and assist those in need while they may be stuck at home during this time. If you are in need of support please email the Church Office or Pastor Warner to inform the office that you need help with tasks at either [email protected] or [email protected]. We have a couple of people who are willing to help. Please feel free to contact one of the following folks for assistance: Katie McNulty, Kathi Street, Pam Hashin, and Sharon Booher. Contact one of these people or Pastor Warner 215-990-4581, [email protected] if you need help. Let Pastor Warner know if you are willing to volunteer to help– many hands make light work!

HOW CAN I HELP WHILE AT HOME?

MAIL YOUR OFFERING – This decision to cancel will also have significant financial implications for us. We will lose at least two weeks of offerings while bills and financial responsibilities will continue. We obviously will not be able to take up an offering in person. We are asking that you drop off or mail your offering to the church office if you are able. You can mail your offering envelopes to the Church Office at (Salem UMC 133 South Liberty Street Orwigsburg PA 17961). OR you can drop them off at the Church Office and give them to Admin. Assistant/Secretary Hayley. Thank you for your offering!

ONLINE OFFERING – You can also use online banking through your local bank. Or give through Vanco a company that works with churches to automate your giving for whatever time period you like. You can email the church office ([email protected]) if you would like to be setup with Vanco. Thank you ahead of time for your faithfulness in continuing to share your offering even during this difficult time.

AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM! DID YOU KNOW? – You can contribute to Salem just by SHOPPING!!! HOW? If you are an Amazon shopper, you need to know that Amazon donates a 0.5% of the purchase price to Salem United Methodist Church just by signing up with amazon-smile. SIGN UP! You can sign up at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-2390659 This link will take you directly to Amazon’s site for Salem United Methodist Church. See Wendy Fitzwater if you have questions. E-mail: [email protected] Cell: (570)-617-5297 Shop and Support! It’s two gifts for the price of one!

DON’T BE BLUE… BE GREEN! WE RECYCLE – It’s about time to begin spring cleaning! Stuck at home and cleaning out your office? Do you have leftover ink cartridges?– We can use them! Any old used printer cartridges may be dropped off to the church office, and they will be turned in for reward points which will help with the cost of our office supplies. Just drop off your used ink cartridges outside the church office door or bring them in during operating hours. Not only are you helping us— you’re helping the environment!

I NEED ASSISTANCE & HELP

If you are in need of support please email the Church Office or Pastor Warner to inform the office that you need help with tasks at either [email protected] or [email protected]. Or please reach out to talk to one of the following persons listed below:

Pastor Warner
215-990-4581 (cell)
[email protected]

Kathi Street
412-716-7285 (cell)
[email protected]

Brenda Binns
570-617-1342 (cell)
[email protected]

Denny Booher
570-294-8668 (cell)
[email protected]