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COVID-19 – Walmart in Chippewa Township added to list of free drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites

The Walmart in Chippewa Town Center is one of nine new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites to open this week.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has partnered with Quest Diagnostics and Walmart to open drive-thru testing sites in nine locations primarily in western Pennsylvania, all at Walmart locations. Four are at drive-thru pharmacies, while five are in parking lots.

 

After testing, residents are required to return home and self-isolate. If your symptoms worsen while you are waiting for your test results, talk to your doctor. If you experience a medical emergency, please seek immediate care.

The Department of Health is partnering with Quest Diagnostics to process the tests. At this time, the tests are being provided at no cost to Pennsylvanians. Patients will create an account on Quest’s patient portal and answer some eligibility questions to determine if they meet the criteria to get tested.

Once a patient is registered, they will be notified of a testing location within a 50-mile radius of them with available appointment times. The patient will schedule an appointment time, print a voucher and bring the voucher to the location with them to their appointment. Patients will be notified of their test results via email.

The average turnaround time for patients to receive their test results is seven or more days. Physicians will call any patient who has a positive test result.

 

Central Church

New Charge Alignment for Central

Bennetts Run Church

Pastor David Alleman, who was pastor at Central from 2006 to 2009, has been serving nearby as the pastor of Bennetts Run in Eastvale for the past few years.

Due to health concerns, Pastor Dave will be retiring as of September 1, and we wish him every happiness as he moves into his new life of retirement.

Our District Superintendent has decided that the best solution is for Pastor Jan to move from serving Central as a single point charge to serving a new Joint Charge, consisting of Central and Bennetts Run.

Pastor Jan began preaching at the 9:30 am Bennetts Run worship service earlier today and will continue doing so each Sunday during August, although the official date for our new Joint Charge will be September 1, 2020.

We look forward to working with our friends at Bennetts Run, and please join us wishing Pastor Jan every success as she begins this new chapter as the pastor of the new Central / Bennetts Run Joint Charge.

Central Church

New Sanctuary HEPA Air Purifier!

Ever since COVID-19 emerged as a threat back in March, our Trustees have been hard at work putting protocols, procedures, and equipment in place to create as safe and coronavirus-free of an environment as possible for in-person worship in our Sanctuary.

They have been working with guidelines from the CDC and PA Dept. of Health, as well as guidance from our own UM Western PA Conference to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting, physical distancing in our pews, hand sanitizing, temperature checking, and mask wearing when we gather, all of which to help ensure a COVID-19-free atmosphere when we open our doors.

There is just one thing we forgot:  People do insist on breathing during worship services!  If someone who was carrying the COVID-19 virus came into our Sanctuary, water-droplets containing the virus could potentially leak a little bit from around their mask.

In order to address that potential, our Trustees have now installed a medical-grade, H13 True HEPA air filtration unit from an American company that uses two sets of triple HEPA filters to filter out particles down to 0.100 microns.  (The COVID-19 virus is slightly larger at 0.125 microns, so the COVID-19 virus should be removed from the air, especially if it is hitching a ride on much larger water droplets.  The H13 True HEPA filters are also rated to remove dust, pollen, smoke, germs, pet dander, bacteria and other air pollutants.)

The new air filtration unit has a CADR (“Clean Air Delivery Rate”) rating of 950.  (Consumer Reports recommends a CADR of at least 240.) It filters the 3,700 square feet around it completely every hour.  (Our Sanctuary has about 3,600 square feet of seating area.)

The new air filtration unit has been installed in a roped-off pew in the middle of our Sanctuary to ensure that the filtered air moves out to everyone wherever they are sitting.  Fair warning – On High, the unit makes about as much noise as a box fan on High, so you might want to avoid sitting in the closest open pews to it – especially if you are one of those folks who likes to talk during the Prelude!

While no system can guarantee complete safety to anyone, this system comes as close as we think we can get to that goal without having everyone wearing spacesuits and breathing with scuba tanks!

A big THANK-YOU goes out to our dedicated Trustees for constantly looking for ways to make our Sanctuary and Church building as safe as possible during these troubling times!

 

Live the Adventure – Designer Destinies

christian-life-2Key Bible Verse: Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way. Psalm 16:11, The Message

Dig Deeper: Psalm 16

I have come to believe that from the moment of conception, we are being formed with an adventure in mind. We were created to touch, taste, smell, see, and hear life. Our Creator has big plans for us. No settling for mediocrity. Rather, we have a high calling etched into our bones and written on our hearts.

God wants to engage us from first squall to last drawn breath and deliver us into a life he has dreamed for us. Whether our earliest memories are sailing the high seas in a steamship or walking in a kindergarten class by ourselves for the first time, the exploration of the world within us and around us is a drumbeat. And the beat goes on.

We were made to explore. For some of us that exploration is more outward than inward, like Admiral [Robert] Peary going to the North Pole. For others it is more inward than outward, like [Blaise] Pascal and his thoughts or Thomas Merton’s contemplations. Whichever it is, we were made for curiosity and more. That design drives us. It shapes our thinking and our dreams. It forms expectations of what life should be and lays the foundation of who we will become. It shapes our destiny.

I would submit it is our destiny.

—Richard Foth in A Trip Around the Sun

My Response: What specific experiences have shaped my life and faith?

Adapted from A Trip Around the Sun: Turning Your Everyday Life into the Adventure of a Lifetime by Mark Batterson and Richard Foth with Susanna Foth Aughtmon. Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group (BakerPublishingGroup.com)

Prayer for the Week: Dear God, whether my adventure is in a 9-5 office, on a foreign mission field, or someplace else, may I live in a way that draws others to you and to the adventure you’ve prepared for them.

 

 

Central Church – Community Food Outreach Ministry – THANKS!

Brooke Davis (left) with Mom, Mallory, and siblings Bryson and Hope with Thank-You Food Ministry Sign

Central Church has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by vastly expanding the number of free, hot and nutritious meals that it provides to anyone who comes to our doors.

Recently, in response to a school assignment to make a sign thanking someone for whom they were grateful, Brooke Davis selected our dedicated food bank soup kitchen volunteers!

Thank you, Brooke, for thinking of us!  In the midst of long hours of preparing and serving our meals, it’s always so nice to receive a word of thanks or encouragement.  (We have it posted on the wall in our Fellowship Hall!)

If you or someone you know could use a hot, nutritious meal, here is when Central Church is serving (just come to the Sixth Avenue Fellowship Hall door):

  • Monday – 4-5 pm;
  • Tuesday – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm;
  • Thursday – 4-5 pm;
  • Friday – 4-5 pm; and
  • First two Saturdays of each month – 9 – 10:30 am.

And for those seeking to be fed spiritually, please join us for our Sunday morning worship services at 11 am or tune in to WBVP each Sunday at 10:30 am.

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Although Central Church has resumed its in-person worship services at 11 am on Sundays, some people may not yet be able to attend due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

 

For anyone who does not feel comfortable with attending an in-person worship service, tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, July 19, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Although Central Church has resumed its in-person worship services at 11 am on Sundays, some people may not yet be able to attend due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

 

For anyone who does not feel comfortable with attending an in-person worship service, tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, July 12, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Although Central Church has resumed its in-person worship services at 11 am on Sundays, some people may not yet be able to attend due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

 

For anyone who does not feel comfortable with attending an in-person worship service, tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, July 5, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day

Wolf: Mask-Wearing is Required

Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that mask-wearing is required when entering any business in all counties in the state in both yellow and green phases of reopening.

Masks are considered critical in stopping the spread of COVID, now and in preparation for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall.

The mask requirement is part of Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel’s Levine’s order, “Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations,” which pertains to all counties regardless of the phase of reopening.

“In yellow and green counties, it is required that masks are worn when visiting businesses to protect employees, employees’ families, and communities as a whole,” Gov. Wolf said. “Mask-wearing has proven to be an important deterrent to the spread of the virus, and as more counties move to green and more things reopen, we need to be vigilant in our efforts to continue our mitigation efforts.”

A recent study from Cambridge and Greenwich universities in the United Kingdom found that cloth masks, “even homemade masks with limited effectiveness can dramatically reduce transmission rates if worn by enough people, regardless of whether they show symptoms.”

Peer-reviewed studies published in scientific journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine corroborate the need for masks and the U.S. Surgeon General said that wearing a mask doesn’t impinge on our freedom – it gives us more freedom from unknowingly spreading COVID-19.

The state’s business guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements and additional safety parameters for both employees and customers.

COVID-19 in Pennsylvania – Current Statistics

(https://www.wtae.com/article/coronavirus-map-curve-pennsylvania/32256952)

 

 

PA – 70,405 cases total (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx)
Beaver County – 624 cases total (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx)
Beaver Falls (15010) – 42 cases total (https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/cfb3803eb93d42f7ab1c2cfccca78bf7)

Central Church – Worship Service – Tomorrow at 11 am!

Our Sunday in-person worship services will continue at 11 am tomorrow morning at Central Church.

We have a physically-distanced pew reserved for you!

 

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Although Central Church has resumed its in-person worship services at 11 am on Sundays, some people may not yet be able to attend due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

 

For anyone who does not feel comfortable with attending an in-person worship service, tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, June 21, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Fathers’ Day

Join us this Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 11 am at Central Church!

“The 12 Rules of Church from the CDC”

As United Methodist congregations return to their sanctuaries for worship, most attendees need to remember new rules for gathering, greeting and giving. To remind church-goers of the new expectations, First United Methodist Church in Covington, Tennessee, posted a video of its Pandemic Praise Team singing new lyrics to a familiar Christmas tune. “The 12 Rules of Church from the CDC” is quickly becoming an internet hit, with 123,000 views and 2,426 shares, as of June 15.

As the church began preparing to regather, Catherine Phelps, a nurse practitioner by profession and lead soprano at Covington First, used guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to compile the rules for returning to the building.

The song was conceived after service one Sunday, says Carole Mathis, associate pastor of worship and teaching. The Pandemic Praise Team, three family groups who agreed to sing together for the church’s online worship services, “came up with the idea of using humor, in song form, to teach our congregants the expectations.

“In 15 minutes or less, a few of us wrote the lyrics to this familiar, yet obnoxious, tune. We agreed to meet the following Wednesday where we recorded the audio, as well as the overlaying video clips to accompany. Our guitarist and computer expert, Molly Glass, edited the video that evening on her Macbook Pro, using iMovie.”

The children in the video are Mathis’ grandchildren “who had to be present for the recording, because my daughter (Amy Shrum) is the soloist for the #2 rule, and my son-in-law (Mark Shrum), their father, is our sound technician!”

“The entire project was spontaneous, fun and took less than two hours to complete,” Matthis says. “What was meant to be a delightful, instructive video for our congregation was shared and seen worldwide in less than 48 hours. We are grateful and humbled to use the gifts that God has given us, to shed his light in this seemingly dark time.”

Those 123,000-plus viewers have posted hundreds of positive comments. Mathis’ favorite came from Terry Walton in the North Georgia Conference: “This is the spirit that turns lemons into lemonade.”

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Although Central Church is resuming its worship services at 11 am on Sunday, June 14, some people may not yet be able to attend due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

 

For anyone who does not feel comfortable with attending an in-person worship service, tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, June 14, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Central Church – Worship Resumes – Tomorrow at 11 am!

Our Sunday in-person worship services resume at 11 am tomorrow morning at Central Church.

We have a physically-distanced pew reserved for you!

 

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Central Church – Worship Resumes – 11 am Tomorrow!

Central Church – Resumes In-Person Worship!

As you know, we are all facing a new set of realities every day as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Central Church, we’re proud that we’ve found innovative ways to “be the church” in the last few months while also following local and state guidance for helping to keep our community safe.

As Beaver County enters the Green phase” of easing most restrictions by lifting the stay at home and business closure orders, we’ve worked to prepare to reopen in-person worship while continuing to prioritize the health of friends and neighbors in our community and beyond.

Please CLICK HERE to review the guidelines for attending the new service format.

We’d love to see you, but we encourage you to please stay home and listen to Pastor Jan’s sermon on WBVP (Sundays at 10:30 am) if you:

  • Have underlying health conditions
  • Aren’t feeling well on Sunday morning
  • Have any concerns or unease about crowds or COVID-19
  • Are enjoying the worship experience at home

**Please note that we also have a sermon archive for the past several weeks than you can also view on our Facebook page.

We are excited to gather with you for worship!

The other following ministries we previously offered will continue at a later date but are not available in person yet:

  • Small group ministries, including Sunday school classes, discipleship small groups and interest groups
  • Community group meetings like our AA group meetings.
  • Our community feeding ministry will continue for the present on a take-out only basis.

Worship Service Guidelines

Guidelines for Attending Sunday Worship Services

To help us keep you and others safe and healthy during this time of reopening, when you come on Sunday mornings please DO:

  • Enter at the sanctuary doors.  (Doors will open 15 minutes before worship. All other doors will be locked.)
  • Masks are required.  (A limited supply of new masks are available if you don’t have one.)
  • Physically-distant seating.   (Seating for worship will follow physical-distancing guidelines.)
  • Bring your tithes and offerings.  (You can place them in the offering plate as the usher comes down each aisle.  We will not pass offering plates during worship.)

We’d love to see you, but we encourage you to please stay home and listen to Pastor Jan’s sermon on WBVP (Sundays at 10:30 am) if you:

  • Have underlying health conditions
  • Aren’t feeling well on Sunday morning
  • Have any concerns or unease about crowds or COVID-19
  • Are enjoying the worship experience at home

Like all things in life, these guidelines and plans are subject to change. We will continue to update them as we follow CDC guidelines and directions from the PA Department of Health as they continue to adjust to how COVID-19 affects our community. Of course, we will keep you updated as well.

Central Church – Online Worship Service – Sunday, June 7, 2020

On this Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost), when the coronavirus prevents us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit for with our online worship experience!

 

 

 

To begin, simply click on the photo below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary:

 

 

 

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, June 7, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Central Church – Beaver County Moves to Green on June 12!

Although our pace has hardly been relaxed since COVID-19 halted our in-person worship over nine weeks ago, the tempo is picking up since Gov. Wolf announced this afternoon that Beaver County will move to Green on Friday, June 12.

In theory,  and subject to the preparations that we must make, that means that Beaver County churches could reopen for in-person worship on Sunday, June 14, provided that all of the required precautions are in place.

The requirements continue to change, so there may be additional requirements as we finalize preparations.

  • We continue to work as hard as we can to get to a position to safely open at our earliest possible moment.

In an abundance of caution, we are not yet announcing a definite date when Central Church will reopen for in-person worship, but it should be coming soon.

New LED Lights in Downstairs Hallway!

Our Trustees are continuing every day to work through the requirements for reopening that have been issued by the federal Center for Disease Control, the PA Dept. of Health, and our Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Due to health concerns, our worship experience will be a little different in some respects from what we’ve had in the past.

 

 

Central Church’s East 5-lancet stained glass window – “Father”

  • Everyone will temporarily need to wear masks. We have already secured a supply of hand sanitizer wipes and a supply of masks for those who don’t have their own.

  • Some pews will be temporarily roped off so we can observe social distancing in our Sanctuary. (Given the small size of our congregation, that won’t be much of a problem!)

  • Our choir will be on its usual vacation for the summer, and hymn singing may be temporarily modified or discontinued. (Perhaps we can quietly hum the hymns!)

 

 

 

 

 

  • The way we receive communion will be temporarily modified to use a supply of sealed, packaged wafer and juice containers that we have purchased. (Pastors routinely use these communion sets to provide communion to folks at home or in the hospital.)

  • Special state-of-the-art institutional electrostatic disinfecting equipment that is certified to kill COVID-19 in one minute has been ordered, and should be received in a few weeks. In the meantime, we have secured an alternative supply of disinfecting products so our reopening is not otherwise unduly delayed.

We will be posting updates on our website and Facebook page as we continue to move through this process toward our reopening date, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, be sure to catch Pastor Jan’s sermons on WBVP at Sundays at 10:30 am and our weekly online worship services on our website (www.centralumchurch.org) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Central-United-Methodist-Church-of-Beaver-Falls-PA-362949807093157).

 

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!

All in all, the only thing that will probably stay the same when we resume in-person worship is people talking during the Prelude!

Central Church – Online Worship Service

For reasons unknown, Facebook has been unable to receive the upload of our May 24 online worship service during the past two weeks.

 

Tonight, the upload was finally processed, and can now be viewed on our Facebook page.

 

 

Pentecost Service – Beaver Falls Ministerium – 5-31-2020

Central Church joins today with other churches in the Beaver Falls Ministerium to celebrate Pentecost Sunday in this combined online worship service:

Working Toward the Day of Reopening

Our Trustees continue to work hard around our building, making the adjustments and drafting the procedures whereby we can resume our Sunday worship services – hopefully sometime this Summer when the necessary disinfecting equipment and supplies which are currently on backorder, arrive.

In the meantime, the outside of our building has received a springtime spruce-up, with the grass cut and flowers planted under our bulletin board and wooden cross in our front yard.

We even have new flowers planted in our two large urns by the Sixth Avenue doors to the Sanctuary.

Stay tuned for additional updates as preparations for our reopening day are finalized!

Until then, remember that you can hear Pastor Jan’s Scripture and sermon each Sunday morning at 10:30 on WBVP (except for this coming Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, when the Beaver Falls Ministerium will provide the Community Pentecost Service at 9 am).

 

 

 

New General Conference dates announced

Organizers have announced that the next General Conference will be Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, in Minneapolis, despite pleas from young adult delegates who are in college that the decision-making body not meet at the start of the academic year.

However, the organizers are still looking for ways to ensure delegates, even if they can’t meet in person, can participate online in what many expect to be a historic legislative meeting.

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly — postponed from this May by the COVID-19 pandemic — faces multiple proposals to resolve longtime debate around LGBTQ inclusion by splitting the denomination along theological lines.

The postponed General Conference will remain at the Minneapolis Convention Center as originally planned.

 

Memorial Day Blessing!

Memorial Day 3As we reflect upon the blessings that we have as a nation, and the high cost that has been paid for the security of our land, please join us…

 In giving thanks for those who have served in our armed forces, risking their lives for our liberty.

 May God bless those who have sacrificed and the families of those service members who have done without in duty to our country.

 On behalf of Central Church, may you have a blessed holiday weekend!

 

Memorial Day

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, May 24, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, May 17, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Happy Mother’s Day from your friends at Central Church!

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, May 10, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Drive-By Birthday Parade for Pastor Jan!

Here’s a Call to Action for all of Central Church’s members and friends, as well as anyone who knows Pastor Jan:

Monday, May 11 is Pastor Jan’s Birthday!

 

 

 

Jan’s daughter, Mallory, is organizing a Quarantine Birthday Parade of cars down Sixth Avenue at 6:30 pm. 

The cars will be forming up at the SOMA Church (6th Avenue & 14th Street) before driving down to 18th Street where Jan will be waiting.

Pastor Jan will be standing near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 18th Street, approximately in front of 1824 Sixth Avenue.

In support of appropriate social distancing, please take a drive down Sixth Avenue at 6:30 and give a honk to Pastor Jan as you cruise by!

 

Charitable Giving “Nonitemizer” Deduction included in CARES Act

While many in our community are navigating the CARES act for reasons pertaining to their local churches or other small business or for income assistance during this time of uncertainty, there is also a charitable contribution provision that is worth noting for members of our community looking to support COVID-19 relief efforts as well as continuing the efforts of their local churches and other other non-profits.

The CARES Act creates a $300 “nonitemizer” deduction for 2020.  For the nine out of ten individuals who do not itemize deductions on their federal income tax returns, this is a new incentive for increased charitable giving.

Married-filing-jointly taxpayers will get an above-the-line deduction of up to $600.

The deduction:

  • Will apply to donations made for all of 2020
  • Only for people who do not itemize their taxes
  • Donors who itemize their taxes are eligible for the existing charitable deduction
  • Only for cash donations (not property in kind)
  • Can be used by the charity for any purpose (not limited to COVID-19 relief efforts)

New Men’s Room LED Light!

Here’s a photo of the beautiful, new LED light shining in our Men’s Room!

A few weeks ago, we replaced 3 of the ceiling lights in our downstairs hallway with brand-new, super-energy-efficient LED lights.

That process was no easy feat since the holes in our ceiling that housed the old fluorescent fixtures required special adapters that we had to install in order to get our new LED flat panel lights to fit.

While we celebrated that improvement at the time, we were also able to install the fourth LED light in our Men’s Room.

You might remember that the old, fluorescent lights in the Men’s Room and elsewhere in our Church were installed WAY BACK in the 1970’s.

For those of us who immediately don’t think that the 1970’s are that far away, just think about it – that’s almost 50 years since those lights were installed.

Those fluorescent fixtures were huge improvements at the time over the dingy and expensive light that we previously had from ceiling incandescent fixtures, but technology and time marches on, and today, our new LED fixtures provide more light at half the cost of fluorescent, giving us improvements to our building while saving us energy costs every single day.

For the Men’s Room in particular, the ballast for the old, 1970’s-era fluorescent light was failing, burning out new fluorescent tubes on an expensive and regular basis, and, most recently, blinking out into darkness every once in a while (which was quite disconcerting if you happened to be using the Men’s Room at the time!)

Celebrate this and all of the other recent improvements, and give a big Thank You to our dedicated Trustees the next time you see one of them (maybe with a fist bump, an elbow rub, a wave across a socially-distanced room, or whatever Eskimo-like greeting we’re supposed to give in this new coronavirus era)!

Central Church on WBVP Sunday!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, May 3, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Coronavirus: A Teacher’s Song

Here is a wonderful, short video from a morning show on Canada TV that showcases a song written and performed by a school music teacher to express her feelings about the transition from in-class teaching to online teaching due to the coronavirus.

After a few weeks at home, this song really captures our feelings as well.
 
We understand that our organist is working on a transcription for our choir for our first week back in corporate worship!

 

The Virus Might Still Be Keeping Us Inside, But Church Goes on!

(Beaver County, PA) For over a month now, reaction to the coronavirus pandemic continues to force the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

Along that line, WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are pleased to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time and help nearby preachers reach their flock by putting their voice into the radios in the dashboards of cars,  console stereos, boom boxes, ear buds  and even computers and smartphones.

Local listeners and parishioners can tune in to WBVP. WMBA, 99.3 F.M. and the Beaver County Radio live online audio stream to six different local church and faith based programs this Sunday.

The Line Up For Sunday April 26, 2020:

The day starts off with “Sounds of Faith”, a two hour inspirational segment  of worship and praise music that airs from 7 until 9 A.M.

At 9 A.M. on Sunday morning, April 26, live Sunday Mass from St. Monica Catholic Parish in Chippewa will still take place even though the church is closed to the public.

St. Monica Catholic Parish, Chippewa Township worship site.

Then at 10 A.M.,  a recording of Rev. Lee Bittner’s message, along with special music from Mike Neely from First Presbyterian Church In Rochester will reach the”radio congregation”.

As in previous weeks, The Soma Gathering in Beaver Falls is again sponsoring the 10:30 A.M. slot featuring Pastor Jan Davis from Central United Methodist church in Beaver Falls, who will engage with listeners via a recorded sermon.

At noon, Senior Pastor Cliff Reynolds from Word Alive church in Ellwood City will be featured with a recorded message entitled “Blanket of Peace”  The Word Alive broadcast is sponsored by Hamilton Tool and Supply in Beaver Falls.

Word Alive Church in Ellwood City. Photo courtesy of Matt Reynolds, Word Alive Church.

Finally, from 1 to 2 P.M., a special live broadcast will be aired from The New Galilee Church of the Nazarene featuring a special guest filling the “drive in church” pulpit. Andrew Flowers  will lead the radio worship this week with inspirational piano music and preaching.  Much like the old drive in movies of years past, Andrew Flowers plans on preaching from the parking lot and inviting people to pull up, park, and tune the car radio in to 1230 WBVP, 1460 WMBA or 99.3 F.M. to hear his special  Sunday message.

All six segments will air on WBVP,  WMBA,  99.3 F.M. and The Beaver County Radio Live Audio Stream.

Central Church on WBVP Today!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, April 26, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Central Church on WBVP Today!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, April 26, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Central Church connects Communities and Congregations through Food and Prayer

Feeding bodies and souls at our weekly free community Friday Soup Kitchen

Begun over 20 years ago, dedicated volunteers and partnering local churches and individuals are preparing and distributing hot, nutritious meals as part of the community feeding ministry of Central United Methodist Church in downtown Beaver Falls

Usually we serve a hot meal like pork chops, potatoes, vegetables, and bread – and we always have soup for lunch on Tuesdays during cold months. But recent weeks have been different because of concerns about coronavirus. We’ve had to convert from dining in our Fellowship Hall to a take-out-only arrangement from our Fellowship Hall door so we can practice social distancing.

We don’t want to forget the folks in our community – the people that we know, and new faces that we are meeting during this time – and we want them to know that we will reach out in faith to help them.

With a weekly worship service in recent years of less than 20 dedicated souls, we have been blessed to partner with area congregations and other volunteers in order to maintain and expand our community feeding outreach.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, we were providing about 13,000 meals to our community each year.  Now, with many folks unable to work due to the stay-at-home orders, the number of meals that we are providing has skyrocketed to an annual rate of over 36,000 meals. That’s stretching our finances and volunteers to the breaking point, even as the need for food continues to grow.

In addition to lunch on Tuesday, our dedicated volunteers and partners provide dinners on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as breakfast on the first two Saturdays of each month.

Our outreach is good for people who don’t have the necessary things to make do.  Those who are economically disadvantaged are even more disadvantaged now because of the coronavirus pandemic, and folks who didn’t used to struggle a week or two ago are struggling now, so, if we can do anything to help them, that is what we want to do.

Like our congregation and the congregations of our partners, a lot of our usual volunteer workers are elderly, which means they’re at high risk of getting COVID-19, so we are now relying on our younger volunteers and partners to help carry the load during this unprecedented time.

There may have been changes in how the food is distributed at Central Church, but the focus of the ministry remains the same.

Our community feeding outreach ministry is a collaborative effort of Central Church, several additional area churches, and other kind-hearted folks in the community, so, it really is about bringing people together to support and lift up folks in our community.

Volunteers now wear masks and gloves and do their best to maintain social distancing by keeping six feet between themselves and community members. The need to do so is vitally important but even after nearly a month people are still adjusting to the new normal.

In the midst of this pandemic, we could feel our world getting smaller and smaller, even as we’ve done a lot of telephone calls, e-mails and texts to check on our family members, members of our congregation, and friends. We need to be face-to-face even if that means being at a six-foot distance with people. We need to get our hands engaged for Jesus.  Despite all the work required to provide meals, our days and evenings of preparation for each meal have enlivened our spirits again.

Our Church ladies serving a free, hot lunch to the community on “Soup Tuesdays”

People coming to Central Church for food smile at the love, kindness, and generosity that is all around them, even though chilling rain falls on many days.

The outreach has also impacted the lives of the volunteers and partners who come here each week.  It means that people are still reaching out into ministry no matter what is going on in the community, and that they’re willing and able to come out and help despite what’s going on.

Jesus says that there is hope. Jesus says that when we go through the grave, we come out the other side, and there is new life on the other side. We firmly believe that whenever the fog lifts from this COVID-19 pandemic, we will have been in this crucible of discipleship and we will emerge as resurrection people.

As we pray for one another, continue to wash our hands frequently, clean our homes and workspaces, and practice social distancing, the ways that we are in ministry are changing, but the need for us to minister to and with people remains the same.

As believers, we have to be the hands and the feet of Christ in our community.  Even when it’s uncomfortable or it makes us afraid to go forth, we are called to spread the love of Jesus wherever we go.

Central Church on WBVP Today!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, April 19, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

New LED Lights in Our Downstairs Hallway!

New LED Lights in Our Downstairs Hallway!

Feast your eyes on the new LED lights in our downstairs hallway that Jeff has been tirelessly working on for us, finishing the installation today!

The new LED fixtures are even brighter than the old fluorescent tubes, all while saving us 62% in electricity!

It’s not often that you can get more and pay less!

Many thanks to Jeff for working tirelessly on removing the old fixtures, getting adapters so the new flat panel LED lights would fit, installing the new lights, and getting everything to work together for a truly wonderful result.

Just remember to bring your sunglasses the next time you walk down the downstairs hallway!

How Are You Doing?

We hope that you and your friends and family are doing well, and are praying for the quick resolution of the coronavirus pandemic.

Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you as we all continue under the shut-down.

Here’s a quick update on things at Central.

Worship – As you probably already have realized, there can’t be any worship at Central for at least the next two weeks due to the current federal and state shut-down orders, which is a shame since the annual creepy Lenten music is over. (Oh well, there’s always next year!)

Feeding bodies and souls at our weekly free community Friday Soup Kitchen

Feeding Ministry – In contrast, the feeding ministry based at Central has vastly expanded the meals that we are providing although it’s now on a “take-out only” basis. (For the duration of the coronavirus shut-down, folks now come down the outside Fellowship Hall stairs and knock on the door, and we bag up out as many hot meals packaged in Styrofoam as they say they need.)

Where we have been providing about 13,000 meals a year for the past few years, in conjunction with our partners, we’re now providing meals on more days to more folks, as the number of hungry people coming each day continues to increase as the rate of unemployment continues to rise.

We’re now operating at a level to provide an incredible 45,000 meals a year!

Our feeding ministry is important not only as a community outreach of Central Church, but is also playing an important role in fighting the coronavirus since many who come to us would not be able to eat if we didn’t provide the food, and hungry people get sicker faster.

Offerings – Please remember that Central’s expenses and utilities continue each week, even when we can’t gather together for worship, so please continue to send in your tithes and offerings either by mail or in person by using the mail slot in the 13th Street ramp door.

If you’re on our website (www.centralumchurch.org), you can even give electronically by clicking on the “Donate” button, which will take you to our secure PayPal site that accepts all major credit and debit cards. (Yeah, look at us going into the 20th century as the world goes into the 21st century!)

Online Worship – While we’ve all been stuck at home, I hope that you’ve been able to read the daily devotionals on our website, hear Pastor Jan on WBVP at 10:30 each Sunday, and view our online worship services for Palm Sunday and Easter. The videos are available on both our website and on Facebook, but here are the direct links to the Facebook videos:

Palm Sunday – https://www.facebook.com/362949807093157/videos/328305994795901/

Easter – https://www.facebook.com/362949807093157/videos/216457213121028/

Our videos have been viewed 222 times for Palm Sunday, and 84 times so far for Easter!

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!

How Are You Doing? – As a consequence of the stay-at-home orders, many of us are still healthy, but fairly bored. We have hundreds of channels on TV, but “there’s nothing good on”!

Please let us at Central Church know how you’re doing.

And, while there’s nothing good on TV, why not take the opportunity to check in with your relatives, friends, and the other folks at Central Church to see how THEY are doing, and to ask if there’s anything you can do to help.

Remember Dr. Robert A. Cook’s closing line on his daily radio broadcasts, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing”?

Who knows, in this time of trial, YOU could be somebody’s answer to prayer today!

Happy Easter Monday!

Central Church on WBVP Today!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Members and friends of Central Church can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday, April 12, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

 

Here’s where to tune in:

 

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

Good Friday Worship Video – Beaver Falls Ministerium

The Beaver Falls Ministerium is premiering a Good Friday worship service video today at Noon.

 
Pastor Jan is one of the pastors participating in this worships service.
 

 

JESUS on TV!

Tune in to TBN on Saturday, April 11 at 1pm ET / 10am PT as the greatest rescue story of all time comes to life right in your living room.

Responding During Challenging Times

While the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, Scripture reminds us that in challenging times we have one guiding constant – we depend on the Lord. He alone is worthy of our trust and confidence.

One of the ways that God often shows his faithfulness is through the steadfast support of our Central Church members and friends.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) included a several provisions that benefit donors that you might want to know about as you make your faithful Stewardship decisions in 2020.

“Above-the-line” Charitable Contribution Deduction for Non-itemizers

  • For 2020 only, each taxpayer who does not itemize his or her deductions may claim a charitable contribution deduction of up to $300 for the taxable year for cash contributions made to a public charity that is not a supporting organization or donor-advised fund.

The CARES Act does not explicitly address whether couples filing a joint return may claim $300 each, but the reference in the statute to the deduction being available to an “eligible individual” would seem to imply this is the case. (Sec. 2204)

Modification of Charitable Deduction Limit

  • The CARES Act effectively expands the limit on the deductibility of cash contributions made by individuals to a public charity during 2020 from 50% of adjusted gross income to 100% of adjusted gross income. The limit for noncash contributions remains at 30% of adjusted gross income.
  • The limit on the deductibility of contributions by corporations of cash made during 2020 is increased from 10% of net taxable income (before considering charitable contributions) to 25%. The limit for noncash contributions made by a corporation remains at 10%.

As with the above-the-line contribution deduction for non-itemizers, the change in the charitable deduction limit does not apply to cash contributions made to a supporting organization or donor-advised fund. (Sec. 2205)