Pine Grove Blog - Corona Updates
We will keep this page up-to-date with protocol for Pine Grove and also good news stories of encouragement and messages from the leadership team. Please check regularly. If you or someone you know from Pine Grove is self-isolating, please let the Pastor know on our Contact page. Sunday Services are temporarily cancelled but our Ministry to you is NOT!
Also see Your Health
This week's video has been uploaded to Youtube. Church starts on Sunday any time after 9 AM. You can come to church in your pj's if you like. Don't tell anyone but in the video I am wearing blue jeans; that's our little secret. This week's video has some extras included. I have been playing with video creating software and have completed a first attempt. Next week we hope to add a children's story. Thank you for your patience Pine Grove and Friends. In His Service, Pastor Dan
YouTube link www.pgcc.ca under the SUNDAY SERVICE tab!!
In so many ways. Pine Grove, your messages and comments through social media are an encouragement. Your acts of kindness to others is inspiring. I went to some stores today to see if the employees had hand sanitizer for themselves. Those that did, asked me if I wanted to use theirs. What generosity!! There are trades people working in small business that don't have access to hand sanitizer. I am happy to share with them. The Bishop phoned today to check in on us. I was pleased to report that Pine Grove is moving along just fine. Keep up the good works! Share some stories here or on facebook, about the blessings of this season.
Thank you everyone who signed up for Hugs from a Distance. A full compliment of volunteers has been received and the project is now fully operational. Thank You Pine Grove. If you attend Pine Grove Church and you live alone someone will be hugging you from a distance. I will try to hug you ask often as I can with phone calls and emails.
A video by Dr. Brian Hart a physician in Gananoque has been uploaded to the church website. You will find it in the YOUR HEALTH tab on www.pgcc.ca.
Click below to here a 5 minute message from our Bishop
Record Number Turn Out for Sunday Service
Ann and I were at the church building this morning at 10:30 AM. The total attendance was 2. The offering was zero (we tithe every other week). There were no children, no babies, some music, a lot of praying and the quiet was deafening except for the church bell that rang 12 times.. However, the YouTube message had 117 views (5 of those were probably me testing it). Making an assumption that half of the views were watched by more than one person and some people watched it individually instead of together, the estimated attendance this morning was 150 people. It is hard to say, but lets go with that.
I have included a picture of the altar stairs with three sheets of paper. On the papers are the names of all the church family (and a few more). Know that you have been brought before the altar of God today.
Blessings, Pastor Dan
IF GOD BE FOR US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?
Yes, there will be "church" on Sunday - from the comfort of your own home. I have made my first attempt at producing a YouTube video message and there will be a guest worship leader making her debut, you won't want to miss her! On the church homepage (www.pgcc.ca) you will see a tab called SUNDAY WORSHIP. There you will find links for each Sunday during the closure. The videos will be available beginning at 9 am on Sunday Mornings. This week's message is entitled "1 Covid Chronicles - Lots of Hope!" Text: Romans 12:9-13.
Later on in the week we will be holding a Live Zoom Prayer Gathering Online. Date and time to be announced.
See you tomorrow!
HUGS FROM A DISTANCE PROJECT
Isolating isn't uncommon in the senior population. Yes, many who are isolating now did have the freedom to come, go and socialize but they are still often forgotten and lonely living in forced isolation. I am a hugging pastor for those who want hugs. Seniors and particularly those who live alone crave healthy touch and they are the majority on a Sunday morning with their arms reaching out for that Pastor-Hug. Those who live alone and are practicing social distancing through isolation are at low risk for contracting the covid-19 virus but they are at higher risk of experiencing emotional trauma due to lack of social interaction. Let's be pro-active at preventing an epidemic of mental health issues for those who are isolating alone. Under 60's crowd at Pine Grove, this is a chance for you to step-up-to-the-plate. I have created a program I am calling -- "Hugs from a Distance". I challenge children, youth and young adults to adopt someone who is isolating and care for them during this pandemic.
How will you do this? Once you signup on our website www.pgcc.ca/hugs, you will be assigned someone who is alone and isolating. It will be your responsibility to connect with them via letters, phone calls, emails or facetime depending on their level of technical confidence and your preferences. You will be provided all the information that you need. Children can draw pictures, colour pictures or write notes. You can be as creative as you wish without going inside their homes. Let's not let one vulnerable isolated senior be forgotten.
Romans 12:13 "Share with God's people who are in need"
This is the first time that I have blogged. I'm not certain of the etiquette but as we say often at Pine Grove - "no rules". I was in the grocery store on my way home from the church. By habit, I took a cart and then realized that I only needed milk. I put the cart back and took a basket to which a person standing nearby said, "You won't even need that. There is nothing left". I said, "I see lots of food". I looked around the grocery store and saw an abundant supply of food. Ok, some of the shelves were empty. There was not much fresh meat but there were lots of hotdogs and ham. I needed ketchup but there was no Heinz so I bought the store brand. There was no 1% milk; I bought 2%. I have everything I need and more.
Selfishness and greed can be the order of the day. Let's not make it the order of our day. Let's be thankful for everything that we receive or don't receive. Let's shine into the dark places. I get the feeling that this pandemic may bring out the worst in many whose goal is to survive in comfort. My goal is to survive. It is a time for saying "thank you" to places like stores that are remaining open and to their employees who are putting themselves at risk. Thank everyone you can to promote and encourage generosity. Pine Grove, let your light shine before all people that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16)
I am receiving calls from more & more people who every day are choosing to self-isolate. Everyone in the church will be receiving an information package via Canada Post. Unfortunately it will not arrive in your mailbox until next week.
There will be a brief video posted on the church website each and every Sunday Morning during this period of shutdown.
An interactive blog is being created on our website where we can all share happy stories or encouragement with each other. We must encourage each other and keep our spirits high. It should be up soon.
The Board is meeting later this week to brainstorm opportunities to extend the love of Jesus to Pine Grove and its many communities represented at the church. If you have an idea, email it to Pastor Dan.
If you are looking for a way to give your weekly offering there are three options. 1) Send a cheque through Canada Post. 2) An online option had been previously scheduled to launch this week -- that's timely. You will see a button on the HOME page (top right) called GIVE. This is an app called tithe-ly. It is secure and can be installed as an app on your phone as well. There is more than one Pine Grove Church so be sure to verify the address is "Seeley's Bay". 3) Set your offering aside and bring it when public worship services resume.
PG Brochure (there could be some typos!)
A directive has been received from Rev. Dr. Cliff Fletcher, Bishop of the Free Methodist Church in Canada to suspend services for three Sundays beginning this coming Sunday. Read the Bishop's Letter.
There will be no lunch tomorrow after church. We have a team of health care professionals evaluating the situation. Until they have given us their assessment and recommendations it is otherwise business as usual. Please wash your hands when you arrive at the church (either soap and warm water or sanitizer). If you prefer not to shake hands, wave and smile -- no one will be offended. It is important to take this seriously.
If for any reason you are self isolating, please let me know. I just want to know that you are safe. If you need anything from the outside world, I am happy to pick up and deliver.
In regard to this posting, please no opinions. We want to deal in facts with information that is current and accurate so that everyone can make informed decisions.
Ann and I love you all,