Health & Safety Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update for May 18th, 2020.

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

I pray you are doing well. I wanted to take a minute and give an update as to our plans for reopening the church building when the time comes as well as share some general information.

Adjustments when we return
As I mentioned in the last update, we will have to make several adjustments to the way we do things in order to be safe.  These changes are outlined in detail in the last update (which is still available to read here: April 15th update) and they will give a great deal of information regarding our response to COVID-19.  Additionally, we will have to make some adjustments to our children’s ministry offerings on Sunday mornings...

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Update for April 15th, 2020.

Church family,

I pray everyone is doing well during this time and are finding ways of connecting with others while practicing social distancing. While we are planning to continue cooperating with the governor’s request that churches not meet during this time, we have seen other areas of ministry grow significantly.

The church has been in prayer for each other, small groups have been meeting online, our daily devotions are reaching many, people have volunteered to deliver groceries, giving has continued, and our social media ministry has seen more and more people joining. And none of that even touches on the explosion of personal devotion and discipleship happening in the homes. On Easter, we estimate about 1000 people were reached through our online service! Praise the Lord! ...

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Update for April 4th, 2020.

OFFICE OF THE SENIOR PASTOR

To our church family,

No doubt this has been a difficult time for many of us.  With all the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19 many people are wondering what they can do and what will happen.  Let me start by reminding us all that God is still in control and he is directing everything according to his sovereign plan.

As for our church, we have been very busy...

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Update for March 16th, 2020.

Due to the strong guidance by local authorities and the Federal government, we are postponing all public actities that meet at Shepherd of the Hills Church. This includes our Sunday Services and Sunday School, Wednesday evening activities (Magnifi Service, Youth Club, Youth Group), Bible Studies and Small Groups, Scouts, and AA & AlAnon.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 610-754-6446 or at info@soth.church.

How to stay connected!

We recognize that the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of our congregation is just as important as our physical wellbeing. We want to make sure that you are staying connected with God's Word during these times of uncertainty. That's why we've dedicated time to publish a devotional video each day so you can continue to grow in your relationship with Christ.

Our daily devotional video is streamed live at 10:30 AM, and you can view it online Here.

If there is something on your heart that you would like prayer for, you can submit those requests Here on our Prayer Request page.

If you would like to support Shepherd of the Hills Church financially, you can give online here at our Giving Portal.

Health & Safety Overview

Greetings, Shepherd!

 

As all of us are aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a world-wide issue and many people are wondering what to do to keep themselves safe.  As Christians, we have the confidence that God is our Great Physician and has the capacity for great healing.  Therefore, the first thing I would like to encourage you to do is to pray for the researchers and doctors as they work to find a cure to the disease.  Much progress has been made and continues but obviously more is needed.  So, please, keep them in your prayers.

Second, I would encourage us all to NOT PANIC. These situations have the capability of worrying people beyond the point of reason.  Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount, “do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).  Worry does not help spiritually, and physically it can make a person less healthy.  Remember, God is in control!

Third, I would encourage us all to take practical, responsible measures to mitigate exposure.  The reality of life is we are so connected with others that total isolation is not really possible.  There are, however, things you can do to keep yourself as healthy as possible.  The CDC and other medical professionals recommend the following:

  • Wash your hands for a minimum of 20-30 seconds with warm, soapy water.  This is about the time it takes to say the Lord’s Prayer twice. 
  • If handwashing is not possible, use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%. 
  • Avoid contact with your face and exposed mucus membranes (eyes, ears, nose, mouth)
  • Greet one another with a simple “Hello” instead of a handshake.  A fist-bump is also an acceptable option.
  • Limit contact with those who are sick
  • If you feel you are unable to attend service, feel free to join us in worship at home through the live streamed events available on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm and Sunday mornings at 11:15.
  • If you feel sick, or at higher risk of infection, opt to stay home and contact your doctor.

Also, please know that we are taking this seriously at the church and are following our regular cleaning protocol which involves disinfecting bathrooms, floors, and other areas of common access.  Also, the church has hand sanitizer available throughout the building along with facial tissue. 

As always, please join us in prayer for those affected.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Collin

About Shepherd of the Hills

Shepherd of the Hills is a loving, friendly church located in Bechtelsville, PA (Pennsylvania), serving Berks, Montgomery and surrounding counties.

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527 Hoffmansville Road
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