08 Nov

Pilgrim Announcements Sunday – November 8, 2020

Announcements for Sunday – November 8, 2020

Next Week’s Sunday School

SS Lesson: II Timothy 2
Memory Verse: —
Offering: School Fund

Other

  • Ken is in Connecticut, having pre-ordination meetings this weekend.
  • Ken will also be having meetings at Faith Mission this week, Tuesday through Sunday evenings.
  • Special prayer requested for Ken with his busy preaching schedule.
  • Duane is traveling to CBS this week for the Annual Cleanup Week.
  • Wes and Karen are traveling to Romania this afternoon. The trip is with a CLP event.
  • Simon is planning to preach next Sunday.

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01 Nov

Pilgrim Announcements Sunday – November 1, 2020

Announcements for Sunday – November 1, 2020

Next Week’s Sunday School

SS Lesson: II Timothy 2:1-13
Memory Verse: —
Offering: General Fund

Other

  • CAM is looking for volunteers for several building projects. Information is posted on the bulletin board. Contact Monroe if you are interested.
  • The Widows Drive-Thru Dinner will be on Saturday. A few more volunteers are still needed, as well as several men to help with traffic control at the event.
  • Prayer Request for the church in India. Another mudslide victim has passed away.
  • The ushers encourage everyone to by at church by 9:50. Also a reminder that you need to re-seat yourself after Sunday School at the same place you were before Sunday School.
  • An upright vacuum cleaner is needed at the school. Contract Jonathan Troyer if you have one to donate.
  • Student Service Day is planned for Friday, November 13. Contact Jason if you have a suitable outdoor project that you would like the students to do for you.
  • Ken will be having Pre-Ordination Meetings at a church in Connecticut next weekend.
  • Jonathan is planning to preach next Sunday.
  • Annual Re-organization will be Wednesday, November 18, at 7:00 PM.

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25 Oct

Pilgrim Announcements Sunday – October 25, 2020

Announcements for Sunday – October 25, 2020

Next Week’s Sunday School

SS Lesson: II Timothy 1:1-18
Memory Verse: —
Offering: Mission Fund

Sunday Evening

  • House To House gatherings are planned for next Sunday evening.

Other

  • Kens are in Virginia Beach this weekend.
  • Prayer Request for Henry Beachy. He is still on a ventilator but he has shown some improvement.
  • Prayer Request for Anthony and Sherri Miller.
  • Simon is planning to attend the annual Bishop’s Meeting at Penn Valley on Tuesday.
  • The meeting concerning the Amish church building will be held at the church on Thursday evening, at 7:00.
  • The deadline for Anabaptist Scholarship Foundation Donations is Saturday, October 31.
  • Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday morning.
  • Ken is planning to preach next Sunday.

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18 Oct

Pilgrim Announcements Sunday – October 18, 2020

Announcements for Sunday – October 18, 2020

Next Week’s Sunday School

SS Lesson: I Timothy 6:11-21
Memory Verse: —
Offering: General Fund

Other

  • Donations to Anabaptist Scholarship Foundation need to be made by October 31.
  • Ken and Linda are at State College, PA today.
  • Sisters’ Sewing is planned for Thursday, Oct. 22, from 8:30-11:30.
  • Simon is planning to preach next Sunday.
  • Anyone interested in the renovation of the Amish Church building should contact Tom Swarey. The trustees are working on scheduling a meeting about this, probably for October 28 or 29.

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11 Oct

Pilgrim Announcements Sunday – October 11, 2020

Announcements for Sunday – October 11, 2020

Next Week’s Sunday School

SS Lesson: I Timothy 6:1-10
Memory Verse: —
Offering: School Fund

Other

  • Prayer request for the India mudslide victims who are still recovering.
  • There is information in the mailboxes concerning the order of our church services, beginning next Sunday.
  • The Regional Ministers’ Meeting will be held at Fincastle on Thursday.
  • Jonathan is planning to preach next Sunday.
  • Ken and Linda plan to be in State College, PA next weekend.

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04 Oct

Pilgrim Announcements Sunday – 10/04/20

Announcements for Sunday – 10/04/20

Next Week’s Sunday School

SS Lesson: —
Memory Verse: —
Offering: Alms Fund

Other

  • Sisters’ Sewing will be October 22. There is more information in the mailboxes.
  • Council Meetings will be held this week. The Sisters’ session will be Tuesday evening, held at the church, at 7:00. The Brothers’ session will be Wednesday evening, held at Sunrise Farm, at 6:30.
  • Communion Service will be next Sunday, at 10:00. Ken plans to preach.
  • The Widows’ Banquet is planned for November 7. It will likely be a drive-thru style event. Contact the committee if you would like to volunteer to help.
  • The Apple Cuttings are canceled for this fall.
  • There are Anabaptist Scholarship Foundation forms by the mailboxes. If you have any questions, contact Jonathan Troyer.

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03 Oct

Sunday Service Plans October/4/2020

Thanks for the feedback some of you have given regarding the proposed changes to our services, schedule of events, and group activities. We appreciate you taking time to contribute. This comes as an update to several of the issues noted earlier. As always, feel free to give suggestions. 

Masks

As we mentioned in our recent letter, September 20, 2020, we feel that in respect to the Virginia Governor’s mandate, we should mask when attending indoor services. 

Compliance

Since that letter, we have learned of a Madison County court order dated September 23, 2020, in which the Governor conceded that religious services of fewer than 250 people are only subject to Executive Order 63. This was the original mandate regarding face coverings and social distancing. While this concession does not annul the face covering and social distancing requirement, it effectively places the burden of the face covering and social distancing order on the individual rather than the organization. This means the church would not be held accountable for not enforcing the mandate. We mention this development to acknowledge that we are aware of the ruling and have discussed its implications. 

You may be wondering why we did not recommend wearing face coverings for indoor services when Executive Order 63 initially came out May 26. That is a good question. At the time, we reviewed the order carefully along with the Forward Virginia Phase III guidelines. We noted that although the executive order mandated face coverings for social gatherings, the requirement was painstakingly missing from the Forward Virginia Phase III guidelines document referred to in the executive order for additional information. By contrast, the order was reiterated in the Forward Virginia Phase III guidelines for every other venue such as businesses, places of entertainment, and brick and mortar establishments. Our conclusion was that an exception was being made for religious services. With the amendment to Executive Order 67, however, we realized that face coverings were clearly in view with the original Executive Order 63 since part of the amendment was directed towards religious services.

We know that many of you are keeping up with these developments, and we want to be clear on our rationale for our past and current recommendations. With the varied opinions among us regarding wearing face coverings for church services, we ask that we all offer respect and consideration to each other. 

Again, we feel that we should observe the mandates of our civil authorities and therefore mask for indoor services. This would apply to those 10 and older with the exception of those who feel they cannot mask because of either health reasons or conscience. Disposable masks will be available at the door. Speakers will not need to mask.

This Sunday

While we will continue to hold services outside as long as weather permits, we are planning our first indoor service this Sunday, October 4, as the weather is predicted to be cool. The service begins at 10:45 a. m.

Sunday Service Format

Sunday School

To give us a little more time to work through the logistics of a socially distanced Sunday school plan, we will wait until after our Communion service October 11 to hold Sunday school. The Sunday school superintendents will be initiating this planning process.

Auditorium Seating

Since we will be wearing face coverings for indoor services, we recommend that we seat every other bench rather than every third bench in the auditorium. 

Counsel Meeting

As announced earlier, we are planning separate evenings for counsel meeting.

  • Tuesday evening, October 6 for the brothers
  • Wednesday, October 7 for the sisters

Details about location and time will be coming later.

Communion

We are planning our Communion service October 11. This service would be held indoors and begin at 10:00 a.m.

We plan to use individual servings of the emblems and will omit the feet washing ceremony for this occasion. We see this as a temporary adjustment from our typical practice in order to be sensitive to concerns of COVID spread.

Thank-you!

Thank-you again for your support as we work through these sensitive issues. We don’t want these things to compromise the love and care that we show to each other. 

Blessings to all of you, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday!

The Ministry Team

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06 Sep

Pilgrim Announcements Sunday – 09/06/20

Announcements for Sunday – 09/06/20

Next Week’s Sunday School

SS Lesson: —
Memory Verse: —
Offering: General Fund

Other

  • The Preschool Class will say their memory verse next Sunday.
  • Continue praying for the India mudslide victims.
  • CAM is looking for volunteers to help with hurricane cleanup projects in Louisiana. Contact Monroe or CAM directly if you wish to help.
  • The Church Picnic will be Monday evening. A softball game will be at 5:30, take-out food will be available at 6:15, and the picnic will then be at 6:30. If you will be coming for take-out food, let Joey and Elfrieda Miller know by 5:30 Monday evening.
  • We will be having outdoor services for the next while.
  • There are empty dishes in the back of the church from the food that was brought during the time of Irvin Miller’s funeral. Please check them out and take yours home.

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02 Sep

Brother’s Meeting on 9/3/2020

Good evening,

We are looking forward to a brother’s meeting on Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 pm. Our primary objective for this brother’s meeting is to respond to the revisions made to Virginia executive order #67.

In addition to the adjustments we have made to our Sunday morning service, the Governor’s executive order now also includes the requirement that cloth face masks be worn for indoor worship services. In response to this revised executive order, we as a leadership team would propose that we begin wearing cloth face masks for church services held indoors. Other options would include having our Sunday morning service outdoors (while the weather permits), going back to a live-streamed virtual service on Sunday mornings, or having drive-in services in the church parking lot.

At the brother’s meeting we hope to affirm the necessity of honoring God by respecting the civil government, understand the opinions and perspectives of the brothers, and work out a satisfactory solution for church services that will honor God.

We thought it would be helpful for each of us to have read over the relevant information from the state of Virginia as it relates to worship services. Click on the link below this paragraph for a compilation of information taken from several state publications with links to the original documents for your reference. If the following link doesn’t work for you, please e-mail duaneweaver@pcfnet.net for a copy.

Cloth Face Covering Mandates

Sincerely,

the PCF Leadership Team