Coronavirus News

I thought it would be good to have a page dedicated to news and thoughts about the current crisis and how it affects our Church life.  I invite you to visit this page often, and to keep your church and it’s leaders in your prayers, as we all deal with these uncertain times!

This is a new experience for everybody, and nobody is certain where it will all lead.  But I believe as a Church we need to keep in touch with each other.  We need to find ways to be the church, even though we cannot meet as a church.

For Information on the coronavirus, you may use this link to the CDC website:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Stay safe!

– Pastor Skip

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Sunday, July 5th

Our Session has set a “tentative” date for restarting worship.  That date is July 19th.  But as I’ve said, that start depends on 1) the news of the day, which changes constantly, and 2) the survey you will be getting about your comfort level on worshiping together again.  So, please take the survey!  We need all the input possible if we’re going to make the right decisions!

As of this writing, we have seen a week of increasing cases of Coronavirus, and the city of Philadelphia, as well as the state of New Jersey, have backed off of their restart plans.  So it remains to be seen what will happen in the week (or so) ahead of us.  So keep checking this website.  We will try to keep it updated.

In the meantime, remember that when the day comes, there will be one service – at least at first.  And worship will be different.  We will be very meticulous about cleaning and sanitizing, as well as designing worship services that will be safe for everyone!  We hope that our people will have patience and be encouraging as we move forward and continue to “be the church!”

As of this time,  the Banquet is still on!!!  The new date is August 1st.  It seems to me that celebrations are even more important in all of this, and I’m glad the committee is still trying to make this happen.  Please keep them in your prayers as they meet to make decisions!  And keep selling chances and “talking up” your church with others.

I hope you’ve been watching the FaceBook Live services on Sunday.  If you haven’t you can view all the videos on our “On-Line Worship” page.  It’s under the “Worship” button above.  (or click the big blue button on the home page that says “See On-Line Worship Videos.”)

So far, there have been 200-300 views each week!  So the word is getting out about our church!  I encourage you to continue to “like” and “share” the videos on FaceBook when you see them!  That spreads them to others.  You can also click the “share” icon on the web video.   Also, tell your friends and family so they can tune in on Sunday, or watch later.  This week I knew of people in 15 different states and three time zones who were watching the service live!  Let’s keep spreading the word!

As I said, I am planning on keeping some version of this “on-line” thing going – even after we are back together again.  I’ve always wanted live, streaming worship services, and this is a great way of doing it!  The internet is a wonderful tool that we can use to reach out to others.

In the meantime, please take time to reach out to each other during these extraordinary times.  Remember, “social distancing” does not mean “social isolation.”  We are blessed with so many different ways we can make connections with each other!

Financial Concerns

Throughout this crisis, we all need to be reminded of the importance of continuing our support of Eddington Church.  The bills don’t stop, even though, for a time, we will be unable to put money in a collection plate.  Please know that your giving is still important!  We ask that it please continue.

Some have asked what’s the best way to give?   There are several ways.  Those who use an on-line services such Quicken or a bank bill payer service can continue to do that.  Or, checks may be mailed to the church.  Or, if you are a PayPal oriented person, you may send money through that service to the church email address –  epchurch1886@gmail.com.

Again thank you for your much needed support in this difficult time!

Banquet News

In other news, the Banquet is still on!  Bur we had to move date again, due to the ongoing concerns of the coronavirus.  The NEW DATE is August 1st.  Please pray for that effort, that it may happen and be a success.  May God prosper our efforts!

 

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I’m going to leave this C. S. Lewis quote on this page for a while.  I think it’s a good one!  Again, it comes from a time when the world was in the grips of another crisis – the invention of the atomic bomb.

From  “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948)  C. S. Lewis

“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”