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Coronavirus Update

First, let us acknowledge that these are challenging times. There is a pandemic happening in our midst, and it has probably not reached its peak yet. Although currently, its effect seems to be worse for those over 50 and those with compromised immune systems, we must all be conscientious of our choices because we have a responsibility to one another.

Currently, the guidance from both the CDC and PA regarding this crisis, is that people gather in groups of no more than 10 and that they keep to distances of 6ft between one another. Additionally, Governor Wolf has mandated that all non-essential businesses shut down until further notice. While the detailed list which the governor’s office released, lists religious organizations as exempt from the mandate because they are essential, there is still the expectation that they operate in accordance with the other guidelines.

Guidance from the EMC Superintendents has been to move forward with courage and wisdom. In the face of crisis and tragedy and suffering, it is not enough to say that we want to live by faith; we must do the right things in the right way. Recognizing that every congregation is different in its composition and community context, the appropriate response to this crisis in one place, may not be an appropriate response in another.

So this has left us in an interesting position as a Church, because while we have worked very hard to keep ourselves open, at this point we lack the ability to do so. We will continue to record services for Sunday mornings to put up on YouTube and Facebook.

Yes, this is a tragedy, but it is no different than that which every generation since Adam ate the fruit has faced. And yes, we will suffer, just as every generation since Adam ate the fruit has suffered. Perhaps not this time, but at some point, we will all go through the fire of adversity.

When that happens, each one of us will face the choice to go from talking about trusting Jesus to actually trusting Jesus. For some, that moment is now. If that is you, you know where you can find me.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Joshua

Valentine’s Dinner 2020

Looking for something fun to do with your family, significant other, or friends this Valentine’s day? Come join us for our 2nd Annual Valentine’s Spaghetti Dinner on February 14th from 5PM-8PM. It’s just $5 a ticket & Kids under 5 eat free.

We would love to see you there!

If you would like to purchase tickets online or simply support this great cause, you may do so by going to our PAYPAL LINK HERE and then fill out the registration form below so that we have a record of your contact information.

 

Christmas Painting Class 2019

December 14, 2019 from 2PM-4PM, we will be having a Christmas Painting Class at the Community Church of Pine Run to raise funds for our 2020 Education Scholarships.

Space is limited to 25 people so you need to get your registration in quickly if you want to participate. Local artist Eve Alexandria has titled our painting “Do You See What I See” from the mid 20th century classic Christmas song, “Do You Hear What I Hear” by Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne.

The $25 registration fee covers ONE participant’s canvas, paints, brushes, and snacks. Click on the link below to go to our online PayPal Registration page and then fill out the form on this page so that we have a record of your contact information.

2020 Education Scholarships Fundraiser | Christmas Painting Class Registration

 

2020 Education Scholarships Fundraiser | Christmas Painting Class Registration

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Vandergrift Youth Center Work Day

When:

August 31st – 8 AM till We’re Done.

Where:

The Kiski Area Youth Network Youth Center

306 1/2 Spruce St. Vandergrift PA

Why:

The Kiski Area Youth Network’s facility in Vandergrift is ready to begin renovations. The building is located centrally within the Kiski school district, just above Davis Field and only a short 6 minute drive from the high school. For those familiar with the area the facility was the old Senior Center.

Once renovated, they will hold their various student programs from the location. Step One for making this happen is DEMOLITION.

For the 31st we will be tearing down several old concrete walls to make room for the new construction. So grab your gloves, your safety glasses, and your fierce determination; and come join us.

Click here for more about the Kiski Area Youth Network.

Click here to find them on FACEBOOK.

Click here for more about their HUDDLE UP Campaign which is raising the money to complete the Renovations.

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From the Pastor’s Desk – August 2019

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how we fit into the narrative of our times. What role do we play here? We are a small rural congregation in north Washington Township, What service of any real importance could we possibly offer the Kingdom of God? Especially considering how far gone American society is now.

There are many who are concerned that this generation, in particular, is too far gone. They fear that our common Faith will be lost here and now.

And honestly, this is understandable anxiety.

There are more people in this latest generation who consider themselves to be Atheist/Agnostic then ever before. Slowly, quietly, the shared memory of Christendom has eroded away, and with it the cultural influence which it had on us. The tapestry of the West has grown threadbare, and the American-folk religion version of Christianity has increasingly been found incapable of protecting us from the cold winds blowing through it. 

But there are reasons to be optimistic as well. 

A recent study by the LaSalle Institute found that among graduating college students, there were four major drivers in their career choices. In addition to the understandable drivers of Money and Future career opportunities, there was a desire for a work culture that was enjoyable and impactful.

In other words, they wanted to go to work in a place where they enjoyed being with their co-workers rather than just tolerating them. A place where there was a sense in which the executives were approachable and the leadership talks with rather than to them. Where feedback was treated as an ongoing conversation about performance and improvement, a give and take between collaborators who shared the same Mission.

And this is the key: What this generation longs for is Relationships, for a sense of Community. This generation longs for Purpose, for a Life that means something, to be a part of a Movement that changes the World for the better.

Now consider this: That is exactly what God’s People are supposed to be, a Community of the Faith walking by faith together, on the Mission of our King and Savior, proclaiming the Good News of His Kingdom to all who will listen.

See, what this Generation actually wants, is to be apart of the Movement that Christianity is supposed to be… They just don’t realize it.

The question is, how do we change that?

How do we help them see that what they long for has been right here the whole time?

To begin with, we have to see them as they are.

They are young, with different tastes and interests from our own, with new ideas and a need to make all their own mistakes, full of passion and naivety. At this point, they are all Poets and Artists, Entrepreneurs and Activists, Inventors and Explorers.

We must embrace this about them.

All that awkward gangliness of youth is the bud of a beautiful flower just waiting for the right conditions so that it can bloom. Our acceptance and nurture of them are what cultivates those conditions.

Finally, we must empower them to step forward and take hold of that for which they themselves were taken hold of.

In every generation, God raises up those who will lead His People forward. God has placed burdens on their hearts and dreams in their minds. It is our responsibility to make it possible for them to rise to the occasion, to give them all the support that they need.

Leadership is quintessentially influence, with or without a title. True Leadership is the result of relationship equity, not positional authority.

Thus, Leadership cannot be seized and held, it can only be given and received. So it is for us, to call this generation to us, and then give them the freedom to forge ahead.

We are their Heritage. They are our Legacy. 

And this is where the Community Church of Pine Run fits. This is who we are and why we are here. 157 years and counting.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Joshua

Vacation Bible School 2019

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Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd from 6 PM to 8:30 PM!

Its that time of year again! Join us for our 2019 Vacation Bible School as we partner with the local chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship for a week of fun and games, songs and skits – and most importantly, the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

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Scholarship Sunday 2019

On May 19, we had the privilege of Worshiping with the families of this years’  Scholarship Recipients. Perhaps the highlight of the service was the time we spent praying for these graduates as they head off to their next adventure.

It is so rewarding, knowing that we have been able to be a part of this moment in their lives, and knowing that we were able to encourage them to continue to trust in the Lord with their whole heart that He might make their way straight.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible with your giving of your time and talents, your pennies and your prayers. We cannot wait to see how God grows this ministry in the year to come.

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Related:

Scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Soup for Scholarships 2018

 

Men’s & Women’s Bible Studies _ Spring 2019

For the 8 Weeks of March and April, we will be looking at the Experiencing God study from Dr. Henry Blackaby. This study focuses on the story of Moses’ Calling in Exodus 3 and the principles which it illuminates for Christians who want to deepen their faith and find their place in God’s Kingdom.

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Tues. March 5, 6:30-8:00 PM

Tues. March 12, 6:30-8:00 PM

Tues. March 19, 6:30-8:00 PM

Tues. March 26, 6:30-8:00 PM

Tues. April 2, 6:30-8:00 PM

Tues. April 9, 6:30-8:00 PM

Tues. April 16, 6:30-8:00 PM

Tues. April 23, 6:30-8:00 PM

 

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Thurs. March 7, 6:30-8:00 PM

Thurs. March 14, 6:30-8:00 PM

Thurs. March 21, 6:30-8:00 PM

Thurs. March 28, 6:30-8:00 PM

Thurs. April 4, 6:30-8:00 PM

Thurs. April 11, 6:30-8:00 PM

Thurs. April 18, 6:30-8:00 PM

Thurs. April 25, 6:30-8:00 PM

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