The leadership of the church has decided to reduce the size of our gatherings on Sunday in response to the county moving into the “orange zone”. For the month of November, we will only have one service. The service will be at 8:45 AM. The service will still be limited to 25 people. You will still need to register to attend in person. There will be room for people to attend in person, but the seating will be limited. We are scaling the band back to make room for more people who might want to attend in person. With only 25 people in the building, we will have the ability to stay properly distanced.
We know that the pandemic has raised opinions on all sides of this thing. We are trying to do the best we can as a church to balance people’s needs, growth, emotions, fears, and concerns, while at the same time following the guidance, laws and restrictions of our governing authorities. What we as leaders DON’T want to happen, is Satan to use this within the church. We need to all be patient with each other, be encouraging to each other, and seek to grow closer to God and each other. Our desire is that things will return to “normal” as soon as possible. At the same time, if they don’t we want to be prepared to endure for as long as we need to.
Just a reminder: the Covid-19 cases in Chemung County are at an all-time high. We need to make sure we do our part to try to stop the increase. If you feel sick, if you are traveling out of the area, or are around someone who has been, take the opportunity to worship with us online. If you attend in person, you will still be temperature checked, and you will still need to answer the screening questions.
If the cases continue to go up, there is a chance of our county changing to “red zone”. If that happens, we will be all virtual. Any changes to our in-person assemblies will be communicated to you ahead of time.
Hello church! The days continue to be filled with things that surprise us as humans. We can be sure that our God is not surprised.
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV says, "God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
The reality of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is largely uncharted waters, definitely unknown in terms of our current social and electronic world. As a leadership team, the past few months have been a challenge. As the leadership team has continued to meet, the decisions we make have not been made in fear. We attempt to make them prayerfully, in love and in self-control. God has called us to love Him and love people and we feel that the decisions we made allow us to accomplish both of those callings while honoring the guidelines laid out for us by our earthly authorities. We continue to update and adapt as new information is made available.
We are utilizing Zoom for lessons on Wednesday night.
The Zoom class for adults on Wednesday nights will start at 6:45 p.m. The Zoom class will start with some songs and allow the kids to sing and enjoy worship. Then at 7:00 PM we will take prayer requests on the Zoom call. There is also a private, closed Facebook group for prayer requests. If you have not been invited to the group, please let us know. If you are not on Facebook and would like to submit a request, you can also email to the church email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) If your request is more private in nature, and you would like it to go to the leadership team only, e-mail one of them directly. We will not reveal prayer requests on the live stream. If you would like the links to these classes, please contact the church office.
On Sundays, we will be having two services to accommodate the guidance issued regarding church gatherings. The first service is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. The second service will begin at 10:45 a.m. Each service will include a communion thought, announcements, and a sermon as is typical of our Sunday service. For more information or to register to attend in-person, click HERE.
The first service is also live streamed each week. The stream will go live around 8:30 a.m. and the service will begin at 8:45 a.m.
There are three ways to access the livestream:
• If you are on Facebook, you can go to the church Facebook page @SouthernTierChurch.
• The service will be available on our YouTube channel.
If you have a need, we want to encourage you to reach out to the church. We are looking for opportunities to love and serve each other and our community. If you have a physical need, we have five deacons. If you have a spiritual need, our three elders are ready. Justin Coffin is still working and maintaining office hours. We will be asking and so let us know if there is any way we can help.
Giving and Stewardship
During this unprecedented time, the church will still have financial responsibilities. We would like to encourage you to continue to give financially to support the church. We understand that there are many who have lost income entirely or who have reduced income due to the coronavirus closures and that may impact an individual’s ability to give.
There are a few options for you to be able to give if you are able.
1. You can drop your tithe off at the building or bring with you to in-person services.
2. You can mail your tithe to the church building at:
Southern Tier Church of Christ
351 E Thurston St.
Elmira, NY 14901
If you need a self-addressed, stamped envelope, let us know.
3. If you would like to give electronically, you can send money via PayPal, using our email address: email@example.com. In order to use PayPal, you need to set up an account, add your bank account and verify it. When you give through PayPal, make sure you choose the “sending money to friends and family” option. The other option “paying for goods and services” charges the church a fee to receive it. Using the friends and family option is free.