In-Person Worship Update
For the health and safety of our members, in-person worship will be suspended until further notice.
The service will be made available at 9:15AM on our:
• Website – http://www.gracechurchpottstown.com
• Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/GLCPottstown
• YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKgJA-RV1AwzJW5LhKr67uA
Congregational Annual Meeting – A meeting of the congregation will be held Sunday, January 31, 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live immediately following the 9:15AM worship service. The 2020 Annual Reports will be discussed as well as elections of new Council members. PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT ZOOM ACCESS NUMBERS FOR TODAY ONLY.
February Meetings – All committee and ministry meetings scheduled for the month of February will be held via Zoom. Watch for announcements with access information from your committee chairperson. The COVID-19 Task Force will be meeting on February 22 to reevaluate the situation.
Update on the Pastoral Vacancy – A Joint Worship Planning Meeting was held between the leadership of Grace and Emmanuel to determine how to move forward with worship until we are assigned a Bridge Pastor. Both congregations decided to continue worshiping as they have been, utilizing lay persons to lead worship and offer the Sunday message. Due to this, communion will be suspended until further notice. If you would like to volunteer to help with Grace’s services, please contact Phil Richard at 610-705-0412 or email@example.com. Emmanuel has also extended an invitation to anyone interested in worshipping in-person to join them on Sunday mornings at 10:45AM. Please continue to pray for both congregations during this time.
Offering Envelopes for 2021 – If you would like to pick up your offering envelopes, you can do so on Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9AM and 12PM. If you would like to have them delivered to you, please call the church office at 610-323-9320.
Connected, Generous, Free to Serve – In her January/February column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the past year and looks toward 2021. The pandemic has taught us a lot about our church and about ourselves. We are connected. We are generous. We are freed to serve. Read her column here https://bit.ly/38FNErx.
Call For A New Pastor – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic the call process continues to slowly move forward. We are pleased to announce that our congregations’ paperwork has been shared with a potential candidate and an interview is scheduled. Please keep our Call Committee in your prayers.
Pennsylvania COVID-19 Vaccination – The COVID-19 vaccine is not be the cure for the virus. It will be another tool in toolbox for our fight against COVID-19, and we must continue to practice other mitigation efforts, like wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing. The following persons can be vaccinated during the current Phase 1A – long-term care facility residents, health care personnel, students and trainees, direct support professionals, clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities, persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients. The following persons can be vaccinated during the next phase, Phase 1B – people ages 75 and older, people in congregate settings, persons receiving home and community-based services, first responders, correctional officers, people serving those in congregate care settings, food and agricultural workers, postal service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, education workers, clergy and other essential support for houses of worship, public transit workers, individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs.
Hospital Visitations – Due to HIPPA (privacy) regulations, hospitals no longer contact the church when members have been admitted. Should you or someone you know be in need of a visit while in the hospital, please let the church office know. Visitation protocols have changed numerous times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, so visits will be made based on the protocols in place at the time.
Building Use – at this time the building, including the Parish Hall are closed to outside groups until further notice. This will continue to be re-evaluated over the coming months.