A Message From Our Staff:
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
Dear Friends in Christ,
God is at work among us doing a new thing, even as we struggle with the new normal brought on by COVID-19. We are talking to each more than ever. We are learning new technologies and new ways of being the church. Please note that we have a COVID-19 Info page on the church website: http://www.philadelphiachurch.org/covid-19-info/ where you can go for resources and additional , up to date information. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and our government officials continue to instruct us daily with updated information, we wanted to provide an overview, at least as of this writing, of where we are and what we are doing as a community of faith.
For the full letter from Pastor Danny with additional details, click here.
Danny Trapp, Transitional Pastor, Head of Staff
“Church family, well it looks like I was able to baptize our three grandchildren just in the nick of time. As I completed the ritual for each one of them I made the mark of the Cross on their forehead and said "You are claimed as Christ's own forever." As uncertainty has crept into our routine I hold fast to those words for all of us. We have all been claimed as Christ's own forever. Know that I am praying for each of you and will make myself as available to you as I responsibly can. Please call, text or email me for anything and please pray for your pastors and church staff. May you be kind to yourself and others.”
Katie Sloan, Associate Pastor, CLP
“It took several years and a very patient therapist for me to get to the point where I am intentional about noticing the good in the midst of difficult and sometimes uncomfortable situations. I had a tendency to think in terms of either/or and that limited my view. During this uncertain time, it’s important for us to create a habit of looking at life through a lens of “both/and .” It is a scary time and yet, God is with us. We don’t know what tomorrow holds, yet today we have our church family and the gifts of love and friendship. We know we have a future filled with hope because the Holy Spirit is at work in this difficult season, bringing healing. If you’d like to share a virtual cup of coffee, need prayer…anything, please FaceTime me, call, or text me. I’m here for you. Be patient with yourselves and each other and know you are loved. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives."
Shane Sledd, Minister of Youth and Families, and his wife Emily
“During this time, the Sledds want to offer prayer and encouragement. We get to slow down and spend extra time with family. It’s giving us a gentle reminder to “Be still and know” that He is in control. Use this time to relax and spend time in rest with the Lord. We also want you to know we are readily available if you need us.”
LET US WORSHIP GOD!
A faithful, Spirit-led, interactive worship service awaits us at 11 A.M EST. There are several ways to participate. The next LIVE Worship will be March 29th.
In a crisis like this, it's common for misinformation to spread, and it can be difficult to figure out who and what to trust. Here are some reliable resources that can connect you with accurate and helpful info.
The CDC is the leading national public-health organization in the U.S. and has up-to-date info on COVID-19 (coronavirus).
WHO is the United Nations' agency for global public health.
Uncertainty and confusion can have a harmful effect on your mental health. This article from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives you five ways to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.
NCDHHS, in coordination with federal, state, and local partners, is responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
During this uncertain time, it's important that we remain active, engaged, and connected to our world in new and creative ways. Check out this list of web resources for fun activities, videos, and virtual tours for people of all ages. Click the image for the full list!