Dear PCC Family,
The situation is ever-changing, and in the last 48 hours, we are aware of many more school and event closings in our area. For this reason, we will continue to update you on what we, as a church, are doing to be both proactive and responsible in our response.
We are a “Neighborhood Church” so why would we cancel in-person services? “Social Distancing” feels like a counterintuitive way to love your neighbor, but it is one of the steps we need to take to seek the good of our town and our neighborhoods.
By now, most of you have probably read the article “Flatten the Curve” which shows the need to reduce our travel and gathering footprint. Loving our neighbor by “flattening the curve” may help our city and country create a better situation for our medical community to keep up with the demand as well as keep our most at-risk friends out of harm’s way. We believe that this actually is a great way to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
PCC North Brunswick will ‘flatten the curve’ in the following ways:
*This Sunday- We will be having a severely scaled down worship service with no Kidzpoint, no greeters, and no scheduled workers. Since Linwood is closed, we will be using Rutgers Prep at the conclusion of the Somerset service. To be clear, you aren’t expected to come this Sunday at all. Instead, we will have a small group that will live stream on Facebook a couple of songs, prayers, and a sermon. We encourage you to join us online at 11:15 am on the PCC North Brunswick Facebook page. If anyone wants to join us in person, you are welcome to come and practice ‘best practices’ of interaction with those around us.
*Worship Services moving forward- Since the situation is ever changing, we are looking ahead to prepare for the inevitable school closings that are coming. For this reason, we have decided to move to live streaming for the foreseeable future. Clearly, we would love to be back to regular services on Palm Sunday, April 5, but it too early to know if this is actually possible. We will update as the situation is very fluid.
*Community Groups- These will also be on hold for the time being. PCC has recently bought ZOOM software so if a group wishes to use this software to meet, please let Howie know so we can set this up for you.
*Easter egg hunt- As mentioned at the congregational meeting, we will be foregoing the event this year.
PCC North Brunswick will seek to stay connected through this time by:
*As stated above, any service that isn’t in person will be done by live streaming on Facebook. Be looking for the link on our Facebook page at 11:15 am each week.
*We are also thinking through ways that our congregation can use technology more effectively to connect with each other. For example, you may see us begin to do some virtual prayer gatherings using Zoom or something similar. Be on the look out for more information on how we can connect as the body of Christ.
*We are also seeking for ways that we can be a blessing to our town during this difficult time. We will be sending out more information on needs as they arise.
This, obviously, isn’t the Easter season that we anticipated. The Lenten season is, for many in the world, a season of intentional fasting for the purpose of growing in our walk with God. Now, many are forced to fast in ways that they did not anticipate. I’m praying that God would use this time to draw us closer to Him and also show us ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those that will need us in tangible ways in the days and weeks to come.
If any of us in leadership can help in a tangible way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Praying for each of you this weekend.
Thanks and God Bless!
Pastor Tim and PCC leadership