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

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)

 

God bless you, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as we press on together following Jesus and serving him during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s the latest news from the Chapel.

Palm Sunday – When we gather online for our Palm Sunday worship this weekend, we will be starting what is traditionally known as Holy Week. If your growth group is assembling for a video meeting this week, I hope that you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the Lord’s Table (communion).

Good Friday – This coming Friday night (April 10) at 7:00 PM the Chapel will be hosting the Good Friday Community Worship Service online, which will be live streamed on both our website and Facebook. We will be sharing communion then as well.

Communion – As we partake of the Lord’s Table this week using our online video connections, you will need to prepare ahead of time. Besides seeking the Lord in prayer and confession to prepare your heart, make sure you have on hand grape juice (or wine, or another juice if necessary) and bread or crackers. Your leaders will give you instructions how to participate. Whether we are alone or together, the power and blessing of sharing the Lord’s Table is in remembering Jesus.

Easter Celebration – Easter is next Sunday, and we can celebrate even in these uncertain times because JESUS LIVES AND HE IS LORD! He has conquered our greatest enemies: sin, death, and the devil. Though we are all housebound, online we will worship Jesus and share his good news, and I hope you’ll join with us.

Invite a Friend – Many of our unchurched and unsaved neighbors, relatives, and friends will be open to watching an online service this year. Would you prayerfully consider inviting them to watch Littlestown Chapel’s live stream service? A personal phone call or text from you might be just what they need to join the celebration and find hope in the face of death because Jesus lives!

Easter Love Offering – During our Easter Celebration live stream service online we will be inviting those watching to consider making a donation to the Chapel for the benefit of New Hope Ministries, the community food bank serving Hanover and Littlestown.

Sunday Morning Worship Services – We have made the decision to not film our worship services live from here on out. It’s just too risky and could endanger the participants’ health. So, this week those who are leading the worship service will be prerecording their portions of the program. These individual components will then be assembled and presented together in the live stream at 10:30 AM and posted on the Chapel website by 2:00 PM.

If You Need Assistance – If you need prayer, food, medicine, or other assistance, please contact one of the elders. We’re here to help you!

  • Pastor Scott Morgan – (717) 226-2999
  • Pastor Josh Stratton  – (717) 476-0825
  • Jim Greene (717) 476-8155
  • Rich Stratton (717) 521-4108
  • Brian Robinson (410) 852-3639
  • Dan Davis (717) 965-6120
  • John Penner (717) 965-9127

Keep your chin up, and your knees down!

Pastor Scott



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

“I have said these things to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (Jesus in John 16:33)

 

I hope all of you are doing well at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. “These are crazy times!,” a friend of mine said to me this week, and he is certainly right. While we must practice social distancing from one another, praise the Lord He is never distant or isolated from us! When Jesus miraculously calmed the stormy sea (Mark 4:35-41) and then asked his terrified disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” he wasn’t rebuking them. Rather, he was prodding them and us to always remember: “Jesus does care, and I can trust Him!”

Until further notice we will not be holding public worship services and meetings at our building. We will continue to offer the live stream of our worship services on Sunday mornings. To improve the quality of the live stream we’ve made some equipment changes and have added the capability of watching the live stream directly from the Chapel website in addition to Facebook. Simply click on the link on the homepage to login to the live stream. The quality of the streaming will be better on the Chapel site. The sermon and announcements will be recorded and posted on the website Sunday afternoon for later viewing.

Thank you, Pastor Josh, for working out all these technical details for us. I’m also grateful for Clayton Stratton, Brian Robinson, Vickie Collins, and Travis and Nicole Seitler for assisting in producing the live stream, and for Dan and Emily Davis, Dawn Morgan, and Carlyn Freil for taking part in the services. We’re doing our best with the resources and expertise that we have to lead you into worship and the Word; we ask for your patience and prayers.

Some of you may be wondering how we are able to continue broadcasting from church with the governor’s stay-at-home order for York County in effect. As a church/religious organization, we are exempt from the order and believe that it remains safe to meet in a small number, practicing social distancing, to produce the worship service.

Sadly, this means that we will not be gathering together for our Easter Sunday services and baptisms will take place once we are able to gather together again. For many of us that’s another loss to mourn during this season of sacrifices. However, we are brainstorming ways to make our Resurrection Celebration even more celebratory though it will take place online. The Hanover Area evangelical pastors will be holding our annual Good Friday Community Worship Service via live stream online as well. We are even trying to figure out how to share communion. This service will also be live streamed here and Facebook. Encourage your friends to join us online Good Friday and Easter; perhaps host a watch party.

Thankfully, several of the Growth Groups and share groups from our Celebrate Recovery ministry have been able to connect online by means of the app Zoom. Even though we have to be distant from one other, we don’t have to isolate. We can remain connected to each other. Let’s keep caring for one another by phone and online.

The Coronavirus pandemic has unsettled so many people, and many are wondering about death and the afterlife. It certainly seems like these crazy times are being used by God to get people’s attention. Knowing this, I will be sharing the gospel simply and clearly in the next several Sunday morning messages. I ask for your prayers for clarity, boldness, and compassion as I preach. And I’ll be praying for you and me that God would open doors for us to share the good news of King Jesus to others.

Remember that our global ministry partners are struggling with the Coronavirus situation, too. Make sure you see their prayer letters attached to the bulletin. And thank you for remembering to give online or by mail. It really helps during these uncertain economic times.

Please know that if you have any questions, ideas, concerns, or prayer requests, you can call. Your elders, pastoral staff, and leaders all love you and are praying for you!

Pastor Scott Morgan



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