The goal of the leadership is to be able to accommodate all who wish to worship in-person, as well as make sure that our procedures, guidelines and practices allow each meeting to be conducted in a manner that follows those of the health department.
Before we outline the changes, we want to thank each one who has attended the in-person services for your flexibility as well as your desire to follow the guidelines that we have put into place. As we have stated thru the entire pandemic, we understand that some people agree with the guidance and others don’t. Overall, the attitudes and compliance has been great! We know that there are those who are concerned about how contagious COVID-19 is, while there are others who are not as concerned. As a leadership team, our position is that we should be worried about loving each other as Christ loved the church. We want to encourage each and every one to have grace with each other, in spite of how we might feel personally about the coronavirus.
One of the ways that you can help the leadership team be adequately prepared for each Sunday service, is to register. We would like to encourage you to register for EACH service you plan to attend. The earlier you are able to register, the better. If one week seems to be filling up, we will attempt to enact a backup plan to move people to an overflow room and allow everyone who wants to attend in-person to be able to.
As we have done thru the entire pandemic, the leadership team came up with a plan that we feel would be safe and then we consulted with the Chemung County Health Department to confirm that our plan was in accordance with their guidance and understanding.
SO! What are the changes? Bottom line, the number of people who can attend in person is increasing. If you register, you will now notice that up to 75 people can register. Below we will outline our plan for how we plan to have 75 people attend in-person.
We plan to limit the attendance in the auditorium to 50 people. There will be an audio/video feed playing on the TV and sound bar in the dining room to give us availability for 25 more people. Additionally, there will be an audio feed that will be playing in the nursery and the Love classroom. The video will be the same feed as the livestream.
We are working to increase the overall capacity of the building by establishing audio/video capabilities in other rooms in the near future. Our desire is to have approved, safe plans to allow our capacity to always be larger than the number of people wanting to attend in person.
When you go to the website to register, you should see a page saying that you have successfully registered. Additionally, you will receive a confirmation email. The email will come from email@example.com. If you are not receiving a confirmation email, double check your spam folder.
If there are any questions about any of this, don’t hesitate to contact Justin.
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.
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.