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This week, I expect we have all been spending time monitoring the growing numbers of COVID cases in Lewis County.
With the continued increase in cases, we will be moving to virtual worship services for the next two Sundays (Nov. 1 and Nov. 8), Our service will be available on Facebook at 10 am on Sunday and for those who do not have a Facebook account, it can also be accessed here on our webpage. They will also be available on our YouTube page, "First Presbyterian Church of Lowville" - please see the link at the very bottom of this page.
This Sunday in worship we will celebrate All Saints Day and we will remember the saints in our church family who have died this year: Mark Bennett (11/11/2019), Sue Siegel (01/23/2020), and Mary Rhode (05/17/2020).
This Sunday we will also celebrate communion, so be sure to have some bread and juice on hand.
In worship this week, we will continue to explore the Narrative Lectionary, 1 Kings 17:1-16. I have always found this story to be peculiar. When I was pondering the story of Elijah and the widow this week, the word "unexpected" came to mind. What do you notice in the text that is unexpected? I hope you will join me for worship on Facebook or on our Youtube channel this Sunday as we explore this peculiar text.
I hope you will continue to contemplate our text for Sunday, and I look forward to seeing you online for worship; Since we can't be together in person, I hope you will consider joining me for a ZOOM Coffee Hour after worship. I will send the link in a separate email! We had a great Zoom coffee hour last week with a surprise visitor from New Jersey / Maine. Until then, may God bless you in your ponderings.
Blessings, Pastor Laurie
A LETTER FROM PASTOR LAURIE:
Dear Church Family, July 23, 2020
It has been so long since we have been together in the way that we love; gathered in the sanctuary, embracing or shaking hands with one another in our lively passing of the peace; laughing and catching up with each other as we wait for worship to start; and lingering with one another over coffee and delicious treats. I have missed you; and I have missed this fellowship and the connections that we make week to week when we gather together for worship. The time apart has been hard!
I am mindful that even as we throw open the doors on August 2nd, our regathering will not be exactly as we remember or long for. Some will not be with us, due to heath concerns, health issues or a desire to continue to practice physical distancing and it is important that they do so to take good care of themselves. Be assured, we will continue to stream our worship services on our Facebook page, which can also be accessed on our website, http://preslow.org.
In addition, even as we gather in the sanctuary together, the experience will be different as concerns about COVID-19 will require physical distancing, the use of masks, and changes to many of our typical elements of worship including the celebration of communion, the collection of the offering, the passing of the peace, the children’s time, and singing together. The Session has been prayerful and thoughtful in drafting guidelines that will allow us to come together in worship as safely as possible. You will find the guidelines below which were drafted out of an abundance of love for our community and a desire to be together with a minimum of risk. I do look forward to the day when we can return to many of the expressions of love that we treasure, but for the time being, I look forward to being with you in whatever way we can.
If you have questions or concerns about the guidelines, I invite you to stop by for a visit on Wednesday as I will be in my office from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can also stop by any time you see my red car in the church parking lot, call me (315-955-5300) or email me at email@example.com if you prefer. May God hold you gently as we continue to adjust to life as we now know it.
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Our home Presbytery is located in Utica, NY
We have a casual, come as you are type of
worship service where all are welcome!
On August 2nd, we returned to in-person worship with limited seating and safety guidelines.
As many are not yet ready to come to worship, we are also live-streaming worship on our Facebook page.
Currently we are not offering Sunday School, Nursery Care or Fellowship Time due to safety concerns.
First Presbyterian Church is a diverse faith family that seeks to be open and inclusive in our expressions of our Christian faith and in our attitudes to each other and to our community.
Please feel free to contact us by phone at 315-376-3631 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with Pastor Laurie during the week.