Littlestown Chapel and the Coronavirus: An Update from Pastor Scott Morgan

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

 

Due to the spread of the Coronavirus and government directives, for the rest of March 2020, Littlestown Chapel will not hold public worship services, Kids’ Church, Ignition student ministry, Growth Groups, AA, or Celebrate Recovery meetings. The elders and staff will assess the situation at the end of the month to determine whether or not we can resume public gatherings. We will continue to broadcast the Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. via live stream on Facebook. Ignition is doing the same on Wednesday evenings. The elders and staff had their meetings this week utilizing an online video conference application called Zoom.

The Membership Class scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd, will take place online by means of Zoom. Everyone who signed up for the class will receive easy-to-follow instructions through the contact information they furnished. The class will start at 3:00 p.m.

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help deliver groceries and prescriptions to those in need. If you have a need for help, please contact one of the staff at the email addresses below or by using their contact information listed in the Simple Church app. During this time of heightened social distancing, the pastors and staff will rarely be in the church offices but will be working from their homes.

A virus can’t stop a vision! Folks from the Chapel continue to collaborate to implement our 2020 Vision–“1030 by 2030.” Just this past week, the Discipleship Team and the Church Planting Team were working. Sadly, the Community Easter Egg Hunt set for April 4th has been cancelled. This was a joint decision by the elders and the Borough of Littlestown. I’m grateful to the Serving Our Community Team who worked hard with much energy and creativity to bring the Egg Hunt to our community. I was really looking forward to that outreach!

I urge you to be alert to ways you can help your neighbors and seek out opportunities to encourage your brothers and sisters in your church family. Call the folks in your Growth Group and pray together over the phone. One upside from the Coronavirus pandemic is that we’re learning that our fellowship and worship are not dependent on a building; we have the opportunity to be much more intentional in caring for and encouraging one another. People in the community are also becoming more aware of their spiritual emptiness and the reality of eternity.

Let’s earnestly pray together for:

  • Our church family–you and me–to turn to God in humility, repentance, and trust
  • Our friends, family, and neighbors who don’t know the Lord to come to Him in salvation
  • Our boldness to witness and open doors to do so
  • The spread of the virus to slow and lives to be spared
  • The healing of those afflicted physically and economically
  • Our leaders, doctors, nurses, first responders, and workers at grocery stores, utilities, and pharmacies
  • The parents who are trying to juggle working from home and caring for their children

Please remember to give as you are able. We are cutting unnecessary expenditures, but the costs of running the Chapel go on. Let’s keep the church strong in this season. You can give online by text or the link on the church website, or by mailing a check to the church (1144 Bollinger Road, Littlestown, PA 17340). Thank you to those who took the initiative to do that this week.

Finally, here is the contact information to reach the church staff:

  • Pastor Scott Morgan • scott@littlestownchapel.org • 717-226-2999
  • Pastor Josh Stratton • josh@littlestownchapel.org • 717-476-0825
  • Carlyn Freil • carlyn@littlestownchapel.org
  • Dan Davis • dan@littlestownchapel.org
  • Vickie Collins • office@littlestownchapel.org
  • Jessica Robinson is recovering at home after her recent surgery. Thank you for praying for her.

If you have any questions, ideas, concerns, or prayer requests, please call. By the grace of God and with each other’s help, we will get through this and bring glory to Him. May God bless each of you!

Pastor Scott Morgan