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 the children on Wednesday nights will start at 6:30 p.m. The classes are broken down by age.
The Zoom class for adults on Wednesday nights will start at 7:00 p.m. There is 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 deacon candidates. 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.