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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 1st Sunday in Advent – 11-28-2021

On this snowy first Sunday in Advent, when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said. 
      • Also, it takes a while to generate the captions after the videos are published, so if the captions are not available immediately after the video is published, just check back a little later.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 11-25-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of November 25, 2021, with both indexes surging significantly over last week, pending another forecasted surge later in next several weeks.

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 447.1 to 537.4 (an increase of 90.3, or 20.1%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has increased from 12.4 to 17.1 in the HIGH category.

(Allegheny County’s figures also increased during the past week from 250.0 to 287.9 and from 11.2% to 11.7%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 76.7, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • As our community COVID-19 levels continue to deteriorate, this week, we have significantly expanded our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment in our Sanctuary, which is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, which now provides 10.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 6 minutes)!

  • (5 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard, and the EPA now recommends 8-15 air changes per hour in Churches. )  

 

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

Grateful to GodFather in Heaven!  You have loved us first, help us never to forget that You are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over the seduction of the world, over the inquietude of the soul, over the anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over the distress of the moment.

But grant also that this conviction might discipline our soul so that our heart might remain faithful and sincere in the love which we bear to all those whom You have commanded us to love as we love ourselves.

                                                               – Soren Kierkegaard

From the friendly folks at Central Church, may you have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

 As part of our Thanksgiving, we thank God for the opportunity to provide free warm and nutritious food for body and soul to many people in the City of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

 This holiday, let us cultivate a Thanksgiving for the people God has placed in our lives.

Central Church hosts Thanksgiving meal

Sharing a communal meal is a Thanksgiving tradition.

History tells us one of the first gratitude gatherings occurred in 1621 in Plymouth, Mass., when Pilgrims shared a meal with Native Americans.

Expressing thanks for blessings continues when Americans gather Nov. 25 to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Some observe the national holiday at home, but at Central Church, as well as other locations in in Beaver County, it’s also become tradition for families, friends, neighbors and even strangers to gather at churches or community centers to share a communal meal.

This year, Central Church and Christian Assembly CARE Outreach Ministries are partnering to bring you a homemade Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 25 from 11 am – 1 pm. 

Due to COVID-19, all of our meals will be take-out only.

At Central, our meals — served by volunteers — are free, and no advance reservations are required.

We will also have a special blessing for each of you.

Central United Methodist Church

Where: 1227 Sixth Ave. in Beaver Falls

When: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free to all.

Reservations: Not required.

Information: 724-846-3474.

Happy Thanksgiving!

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 11-18-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of November 18, 2021, with both indexes increasing over last week, pending another forecasted surge later in the month..

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 381.2 to 447.1 (an increase of 65.9, or 17.2%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has increased from 12.2 to 12.4 in the HIGH category.

(Allegheny County’s figures also surged significantly upward during the past week from 180.3 to 250.0 and from 9.3% to 11.2%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 63.8, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • As our community COVID-19 levels continue to deteriorate, this week, we have significantly expanded our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment in our Sanctuary, which is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, which now provides 10.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 6 minutes)!

  • (5 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard, and the EPA now recommends 8-15 air changes per hour in Churches. )  

 

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 25th Sunday after Pentecost – 11-14-2021

On this cold, rainy/snowy twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, when we celebrate All Saints’ Sunday, and when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said. 
      • Also, it takes a while to generate the captions after the videos are published, so if the captions are not available immediately after the video is published, just check back a little later.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 11-11-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of November 11, 2021, with both indexes increasing over last week, pending another forecasted surge later in the month..

 

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 351.9 to 381.2 (an increase of 29.3, or 8.3%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has increased from 11.8 to 12.2 in the HIGH category.

(After a one-week surge, Allegheny County’s figures increased during the past week from 163.6 to180.3 and from 8.6% to 9.3%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 54.4, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

 

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 24th Sunday after Pentecost – All Saints’ Sunday – 11-7-2021

On this cool, sunny twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, when we celebrate All Saints’ Sunday, and when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said. 
      • Also, it takes a while to generate the captions after the videos are published, so if the captions are not available immediately after the video is published, just check back a little later.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

Turn Clocks Back Tonight!

If you are still irked about losing that hour of sleep last March when most of the country went on Daylight saving time, here’s some good news – you get it back this Sunday.

Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 5, and if you haven’t heard already, you need to set your clocks back (“fall back”) one hour before going to bed on Saturday.

If you forget to turn your clocks back tonight, don’t worry, it’ll just mean that you’ll be all talked out before the Prelude begins!

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 11-4-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of November 4, 2021, starting to show indications that the latest wave may be at a plateau pending another forecasted surge later in the month..

 

  • The Incidence Rate decreased from 363.5 to 351.063.5 (a tiny decrease of 11.6, or 3.1%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has increased from 11.1 to 11.8 in the HIGH category.

(After a one-week surge, Allegheny County’s figures decreased significantly during the past week from 236.3 to163.6 and from 15.3% to 8.6%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 50.2, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

 

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Remember to Turn Your Clocks Back 1 Hour Saturday Night

Remember to turn your clocks BACK ONE HOUR on Saturday, November 6

or you’ll be REALLY early for Church on Sunday morning!

All Saints’ Sunday – November 7, 2021

On this coming Sunday, November 7, 2021, we will celebrate All Saints’ Sunday.

Here are two quick reminders:

  • We will again have our Memory Vase, and you are invited to bring flowers to place in the vase during the service in memory of loved ones.

Brief video Announcements and additional information are posted on our Facebook page and YouTube page:

On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1708093362729869

On YouTube:   https://youtu.be/rRNwdD1D32Q

  • Please remember to turn your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night or you will be VERY early for Sunday’s worship service!

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost – Reformation Sunday – 10-31-2021

On this cold, rainy twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, when we celebrate Reformation Sunday, and when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said. 
      • Also, it takes a while to generate the captions after the videos are published, so if the captions are not available immediately after the video is published, just check back a little later.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 10-21-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of October 21, 2021, starting to show indications that the latest wave may be reaching its peak at a very high level.

  • The Incidence Rate decreased from 401.3 to 376.3 (an increase of 25.0, or 6.2%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has decreased slightly from 10.3 to 10.1 in the HIGH category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved slightly during the past week from 167.6 and 7.8% to 142.7 and 7.3%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 53.7, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

After an absence of 20 months due to COVID-19…

 

 

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 21st Sunday after Pentecost – Laity Sunday – 10-17-2021

On this cool, sunny twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, when we celebrate Laity Sunday, and when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said. 
      • Also, it takes a while to generate the captions after the videos are published, so if the captions are not available immediately after the video is published, just check back a little later.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 10-14-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of October 14, 2021, starting to show indications that the latest wave may be reaching its peak at a very high level.

 

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 369.0 to 401.3 (an increase of 32.3, or 8.7%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has remained at 10.3%, in the HIGH category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved slightly during the past week from 174.5 and 7.0% to 167.6 and 7.8%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 57.3, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 20th Sunday after Pentecost – Pastor Appreciation Sunday – 10-10-2021

On this warm, sunny twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, when we celebrate Pastor Appreciation Sunday, and when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!
  • On this World Communion Sunday, you will also have the opportunity to receive communion online with the folks in Central Church’s in-person worship service.


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said. 
      • Also, it takes a while to generate the captions after the videos are published, so if the captions are not available immediately after the video is published, just check back a little later.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

Pastor Appreciation Sunday!

Our thanks to Pastor Jan for your faithful service to Central Church!

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 10-7-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of October 7, 2021, starting to show indications that the latest wave may be reaching its peak at a very high level.

 

  • The Incidence Rate decreased slightly from 442.4 to 426.4 (a decrease of 16.0, or 3.6%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved back up from 9.4% to 10.3%, in the HIGH category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 123.6 and 6.2% to 174.5 and 7.0%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 52.7, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

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Curse or Gift? – Go! Go! Go!

OverwhelmedKey Bible Verse: Oh, how I wish I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!   – Psalm 55:6

Bonus Reading:  Mark 3:20-21; 6:31-32

My good friend Ken once got pneumonia from staying up too late, getting up too early, teaching all day, writing and directing a musical all evening, and generally forgetting that he was human. Ken told me later that his sickness was the best thing that could have happened to him because he needed and wanted a break but didn’t know how to schedule one for himself. God did it for him, with a week-long stay in the hospital, complete with hospital food. Now he’s better at slowing down every now and then, but he still has a way to go. So do the rest of us.

Because so many things seem more urgent than they really are, it’s difficult to make the choice to read, write, and reflect—three keys to slowing down the pace of our lives. Our culture promotes the idea of working like crazy and then taking a short but intense vacation (which calls for another vacation we seldom get to take).

If those of us in our twenties do manage to slow down, work hard but less, pace ourselves, and make time for other things, we may not be received too well by those above us who “paid their dues” to the same exhausting system.

—Craig Dunham in TwentySomeone

My Response: When in my life am I overloaded?

Adapted from TwentySomeone (WaterBrook, 2003)

Prayer for the Week: Lord, I want to use the time you’ve given me in ways that yield long-term significance.

Central Church – Online Worship Service – 19th Sunday after Pentecost – World Communion Sunday – 10-3-2021

On this warm, rainy nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, when we celebrate World Communion Sunday, and when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!
  • On this World Communion Sunday, you will also have the opportunity to receive communion online with the folks in Central Church’s in-person worship service.


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 9-30-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of September 30, 2021, starting to show indications that this wave may be reaching its peak at a very high level.

 

Note:  Starting 8-12-2021, we have shifted from using the PA Dept. of Health statistics to using the CDC statistics for Beaver County.

The primary differences are that the CDC divides the middle category into two categories, and some of the category labels have changed.  Here’s the comparison:

  • The Incidence Rate decreased slightly from 442.4 to 426.4 (a decrease of 16.0, or 3.6%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved down from 11.0% to 9.40%, in the MODERATE category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 123.6 and 6.2% to 174.5 and 7.0%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first identified in the UK.  In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.
  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 in July and August, 99.8% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 60.9, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 18th Sunday after Pentecost – 9-26-2021

On this warm, sunny eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 9-23-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of September 23, 2021, showing the highest numbers since the peak of the last Winter cycle in December 2020.

 

Note:  Starting 8-12-2021, we have shifted from using the PA Dept. of Health statistics to using the CDC statistics for Beaver County.

The primary differences are that the CDC divides the middle category into two categories, and some of the category labels have changed.  Here’s the comparison:

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 393.4 to 442.2 (an increase of 48.8, or 12.4%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved down from 11.4% to 11.0%, in the SUBSTANTIAL category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 123.6 and 6.2% to 381.6 and 19.8%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first identified in the UK.  In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.
  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 in July and August, 99.8% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 63.1, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 17th Sunday after Pentecost – 9-19-2021

On this warm, sunny seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 9-16-2021

 

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of September 16, 2021, showing yet another significant deterioration over last week.

 

Note:  Starting 8-12-2021, we have shifted from using the PA Dept. of Health statistics to using the CDC statistics for Beaver County.

The primary differences are that the CDC divides the middle category into two categories, and some of the category labels have changed.  Here’s the comparison:

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 288.5 to 393.4 (an increase of 104.9, or 36.3%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved down from 9.0% to 11.4%, in the SUBSTANTIAL category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 115.2 and 5.5% to 123.6 and 6.2%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first identified in the UK.  In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.
  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 in July and August, 99.8% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 56.2, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 16th Sunday after Pentecost – 9-12-2021

On this warm, sunny sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 9-9-2021

 

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of September 9, 2021, showing yet another significant deterioration over last week.

 

Note:  Starting 8-12-2021, we have shifted from using the PA Dept. of Health statistics to using the CDC statistics for Beaver County.

The primary differences are that the CDC divides the middle category into two categories, and some of the category labels have changed.  Here’s the comparison:

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 240.9 to 288.5 (an increase of 47.6, or 19.7%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved down from 9.8% to 9.0%, in the Moderate category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 115.2 and 5.5% to 123.6 and 6.2%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first identified in the UK.  In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.
  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 in July and August, 99.8% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 41.2, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

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Major Church Project Completed!

Over the years, several of our new pastors have remarked that one of the first things that a new person notices on the outside of Central Church is that paint on the upper wood fascia along the roof line and in our towers has been peeling away.

In order to correct that long-standing problem, our Trustees got started on a major project to scrape and paint all of that high wood trim.  The work began on July 4, 2019. 

To make the job even more difficult, several of our trim boards needed to be replaced after a wind storm.

After a lot of hard work during the global pandemic involving two separate contractors and rented hydraulic lifts and 40-foot ladders, the work was finally completed this week.  The weak or missing wood trim has been replaced, and all of the wooden trim, including the wooden slats in our high tower windows, have been given a fresh, new coat of paint!

  Our thanks to our dedicated Trustees for their tireless efforts                             to maintain and improve our Church!

Central Church – Online Worship Service – 14th Sunday after Pentecost – 8-29-2021

On this hot, humid fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, when the Delta variant of the coronavirus again prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 8-27-2021

 

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of August 27, 2021, showing another weekly deterioration over last week.

Note:  Starting 8-12-2021, we have shifted from using the PA Dept. of Health statistics to using the CDC statistics for Beaver County.

The primary differences are that the CDC divides the middle category into two categories, and some of the category labels have changed.  Here’s the comparison:

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 165.3 to 203.7 (an increase of 38.4, or 23.2%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved down from 9.5% to 8.5%, in the Moderate category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 80.5 and 5.1% to 93.3 and 5.2%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as SUBSTANTIAL on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first identified in the UK.  In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.

 

  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 last month, 99.8% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 29.1, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary (every 11 minutes),  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

Central Church

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 8-20-2021

 

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of August 20, 2021, showing another weekly deterioration over last week.

Note:  Starting 8-12-2021, we have shifted from using the PA Dept. of Health statistics to using the CDC statistics for Beaver County.

The primary differences are that the CDC divides the middle category into two categories, and some of the category labels have changed.  Here’s the comparison:

  • The Incidence Rate increased from 142.1 to 165.3 (an increase of 23.2, or 16.3%) in the HIGH category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved up from 7.4% to 9.5%, in the Moderate category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 63.7 and 5.1% to 80.5 and 5.1%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as MODERATE on the original PA DOH scale and HIGH on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first identified in the UK.  In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.
  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 last month, 99.8% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 23.6, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 

  • Our new HEPA-13 air filtration equipment is rated to remove COVID-19 from the air, and provides 5.7 complete air changes every hour in our Sanctuary,  (5.0 air changes per hour is the EPA’s general recommended standard.)  

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The Spectator-to-Server Shift – Skill Position

Throwing a Football to a ChildKey Bible Verse: God has given to each of you … spiritual gifts … so that God’s generosity can flow through you.   – 1 Peter 4:10

Bonus Reading:  Mark 9:33-37

José Morena spends his workdays sweeping trash, wiping toilets, and scrubbing floors as a custodian at Lincoln Elementary School in Oxnard, California. Though he excels at his work, it isn’t what he’s known for at the school.

During recess, Morena’s a quarterback. With his ring of keys jangling from his belt loop, he throws spirals to pint-sized receivers. His presence on the field makes the friendly games more fun and prevents spats, according to the students. He does the same on the basketball court.

Morena also helps the teachers in the classroom. Because he’s bilingual, he can translate between teachers and parents. He also stands in for teachers when they have to leave their classrooms. Morena has two daughters of his own, but he also acts as a father figure to many students, particularly boys, who don’t have fathers at home.

The kids on the playground light up when asked about Morena: “José has always been there for me. He’s someone you can talk to, and he understands,” says ten-year-old Amber Castillo. He’s living proof that you don’t have to have an impressive job or powerful position to impact lives. Being important is about serving others, about being a role model for kids.

—Bill McCartney in 4th and Goal

My Response: Who am I uniquely positioned to serve today?

Thought to Apply: No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.—Charles Dickens

Adapted from 4th and Goal (Tyndale, 2002)

Prayer for the Week: You are never weary, O Lord, of doing us good. Let us never be weary of serving you.—John Wesley

The Spectator-to-Server Shift – Skill Position

Throwing a Football to a ChildKey Bible Verse: God has given to each of you … spiritual gifts … so that God’s generosity can flow through you.   – 1 Peter 4:10

Bonus Reading:  Mark 9:33-37

José Morena spends his workdays sweeping trash, wiping toilets, and scrubbing floors as a custodian at Lincoln Elementary School in Oxnard, California. Though he excels at his work, it isn’t what he’s known for at the school.

During recess, Morena’s a quarterback. With his ring of keys jangling from his belt loop, he throws spirals to pint-sized receivers. His presence on the field makes the friendly games more fun and prevents spats, according to the students. He does the same on the basketball court.

Morena also helps the teachers in the classroom. Because he’s bilingual, he can translate between teachers and parents. He also stands in for teachers when they have to leave their classrooms. Morena has two daughters of his own, but he also acts as a father figure to many students, particularly boys, who don’t have fathers at home.

The kids on the playground light up when asked about Morena: “José has always been there for me. He’s someone you can talk to, and he understands,” says ten-year-old Amber Castillo. He’s living proof that you don’t have to have an impressive job or powerful position to impact lives. Being important is about serving others, about being a role model for kids.

—Bill McCartney in 4th and Goal

My Response: Who am I uniquely positioned to serve today?

Thought to Apply: No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.—Charles Dickens

Adapted from 4th and Goal (Tyndale, 2002)

Prayer for the Week: You are never weary, O Lord, of doing us good. Let us never be weary of serving you.—John Wesley

Central Church – Online Worship Service – 12th Sunday after Pentecost – 8-15-2021

On this warm, sunny twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, when the coronavirus prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 8-12-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of August 12, 2021, showing a moderation over last week.

  • The Incidence Rate declined by 6.8 points (8.2%) to 75.6 from last week’s 82.4 in the Moderate category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved down to 6.7% from last week’s 7.6%, in the Moderate category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 52.9 and 4.9% to 63.7 and 5.1%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as MODERATE on the original PA DOH scale and SUBSTANTIAL on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first identified in the UK.  In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.
  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 last month, 99.2% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 10.8, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.   

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 11th Sunday after Pentecost – 8-8-2021

On this hot, humid eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, when the coronavirus prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

HEPA-13 Air Filtration for Our Sanctuary!

After months of working to get the air filtration units we need for our Sanctuary, they have finally arrived! 

They have been installed and will receive their first use during our Sunday, August 8, 2021 morning worship service.

We now have five large units tactfully tucked away at strategic points in our Sanctuary to completely filter the air everywhere in our Sanctuary 5.7 times every hour (comfortably ahead of the 5 air changes per hour that is generally recommended).

Here’s where you can find the units:

 

  1. One behind the last pew on the South side of the Sanctuary by the coat rack;
  2. Another behind the last pew on the North side of the Sanctuary against the 6th Avenue Tower wall;
  3. One by the banner stand along the South wall, about four pews from the front;
  4. Another by the banner stand along the North wall about three pews from the front; and
  5. A final one behind the Pulpit in the Choir Loft.

Our thanks to our dedicated Trustees for all of their continuing work

to help protect us while we worship together!

 

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COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 8-5-2021

 

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of August 5, 2021, showing material erosion over last week.

  • The Incidence Rate surged up 40.9 points (98.6.%) to 41.5 from last week’s 41.5 deep into the Moderate category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved up to 7.6% from last week’s 7.1%, back in the Moderate category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 29.8 and 3.7% to 52.9 and 4.9%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as MODERATE on the original PA DOH scale and SUBSTANTIAL on the CDC scale.

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first identified in the UK.  In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.
  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 last month, 99.2% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 11.7, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.   

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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 10th Sunday after Pentecost – 8-1-2021

On this warm, humid tenth Sunday after Pentecost, when the coronavirus prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit for with our online worship service.

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

Central – Worshiping in the Age of COVID

1. March 2020:

Back in March 2020, we faced a mandatory shut-down for several weeks starting on March 22 when the original coronavirus was starting to hit our area hard.

In response, we started a new outreach of online worship services that continued even after we were able to resume worshiping in-person again beginning on June 14. Tomorrow will be our 63rd online worship service!

In order to resume in-person worship, we followed the guidance of the CDC, PA Dept. of Health, and other experts, in addition to suggestions from Conference.  At Central, that meant putting in place a host of COVID-19 precautions, as well as streamlining our worship service to minimize activities, such as singing, that might heighten the risk for our congregation, since, at that time, the vaccine was not yet available to us.

Our dedicated Trustees have continued to monitor every single coronavirus development every day since then to see where additional protections are needed and where we could step back a bit to make our worship service seem more like what we enjoyed prior to COVID.

  1. August 2021:

This Sunday, we will be reintroducing several portions of our worship service that have been on “vacation” for the past few months.

In particular, now that the vaccine is freely available to everyone in our area and our COVID-19 metrics in Beaver County have been relatively low for several weeks:

  • We will be returning to singing three hymns each week (and all verses to each hymn); and
  • Where we had streamlined our Scripture readings from the traditional three each week to the single passage relating to the sermon, we will reintroduce a second Scripture reading (in the form of a responsive Psalter reading).
  • To do this, we will return to using our hymnals and pew Bibles during our worship services.
  • If our county metrics continue to be relatively low, we also hope for the return of our Choir in September so we can once again enjoy their anthems each week.

Does this mean that COVID-19 is a thing of the past?  Sadly, no.

In fact, our county metrics have been edging upward for the past two weeks, after more than a month of low levels, so we will need to continue to monitor where we are at in our area and adjust accordingly.

In particular, we are continuing to disinfect our Sanctuary prior to every worship service , and will continue to filter our air with HEPA-13 filters to reduce or remove any coronavirus that might be floating around.

In fact, this Sunday, we will debut another Medify air filtering unit in the back of the Sanctuary near the coat rack to increase the effectiveness of our air filtration.
This unit is in addition to the unit that has been sitting in the middle of the pews in our Sanctuary.

(As our capacity to filter the Sanctuary air continues to increase, we hope to relocate that unit out of the middle of the seating area in the next few weeks to somewhere less conspicuous in our Sanctuary.)

And, while the wearing of masks during our in-person worship services is now optional, we continue to have a supply of masks on hand in case anyone would like to wear one.

We also have our touchless hand sanitizer units stationed at every entrance, and continue to have our pews roped off so non-household groups can continue to be at least 6 feet from others.

So join us on Sunday, August 1 as we start to take a few cautious steps to welcome back some of the portions of our worship service that have been on “vacation”!

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COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 7-29-2021

 

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of July 29, 2021, showing material erosions over last week.

  • The Incidence Rate moved up 24.4 points (142.7%) to 41.5 from last week’s 17.1 deep into the Moderate category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved up to 7.1% from last week’s 3.9%, back in the Moderate category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week from 16.8 and 2.7% to 29.8 and 3.7%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as MODERATE.  

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • The Delta COVID-19 variant first identified in India is more contagious and can cause more severe illness than other known variants.  The variant can produce 10 times the amount of virus in people’s airways as the one first idsentified in the UK. In other words, it’s more contagious than the viruses behind MERS, SARS, Ebola, the 1918 flu, and smallpox.

  • Vaccinated people who get breakthrough infections – an estimated tens of thousands of people in the US each week – may spread delta as easily as unvaccinated people.  However, they’re less likely than the unvaccinated to get infections in the first place – or to get severely ill or die.

 

  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 last month, 99.2% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 5.9, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now in the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.   

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Central – COVID-19 – CDC Revised Guidance – 7-27-2021

If you’ve been watching the news at all earlier today, you’ve probably seen coverage on the CDC’s revised guidance that they released today regarding mask-wearing by fully-vaccinated people.

So, if you’re wondering what that means for us in Beaver County, PA, here is the summary:


  • As of today, the CDC is not recommending that the fully-vaccinated in Beaver County wear masks indoors.

  • The CDC recommends indoor mask-wearing by the fully-vaccinated in area of Substantial or High

  • In contrast, Beaver County is currently classified as Moderate.
  • In an interview, Gov. Wolf told KDKA Newsradio earlier today that he has no intention of bringing back a mask mandate, saying that the strategy in Pennsylvania has been the vaccine.

If you want to protect yourself – get the vaccine.  We did a masking mandate back when we didn’t have a vaccine, and back in the early days, but we’re not there now.”

He also said that everyone now has the ability to make the decision to get a vaccine.

  • However, in contrast, much of the rest of the USA is currently classified as High,  so take precautions if you will be traveling to any of those states.


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Central Church – Online Worship Service – 9th Sunday after Pentecost – Christmas in July – 7-25-2021

On this warm, humid seventh Sunday after Pentecost, when the coronavirus prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit for with our online worship experience of Christmas in July!

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 7-22-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of July 22, 2021, showing erosions over last week.

  • The Incidence Rate moved up 9.8 points (134.2%) to 17.1 from last week’s 7.3 back into the Moderate category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved up to 3.9% from last week’s 1.1%, in the Low category.

(Allegheny County’s figures moved up during the past week to 16.8 and 2.7%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as MODERATE.  

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is Hybrid Learning.)

  • Delta is already the dominant strain in the US. and vaccination rates are lagging.  With summer tourism in full swing, White House health officials are reminding Americans that vaccines offer the best protection. 
  • Of all the people who died of COVID-19 last month, 99.2% were unvaccinated, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 2.4, so resuming small group meetings will not be feasible until we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now moving into the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.   

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Christmas in July!

This coming Sunday, Central will celebrate “Christmas in July”

Join us for our 11 am Sunday worship service to sing “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night”, and to revisit the Christmas story at an unusual time of year!


If there was any time to celebrate Christmas in July in North America, it’s with loosening restrictions on social gatherings this summer thanks to COVID-19 vaccines.

What is Christmas in July?

If you’re not familiar with the origin, it was started as a girl’s summer camp activity in South Carolina on July 24, 1935, and included an appearance by Santa, carol singing, gift-giving, and camper laundry bags filled with candy. Shortly after in 1940, the concept was popularized by a Hollywood movie comedy, Christmas in July.

The main countries to celebrate this new tradition are the USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Even though it started in the USA in the northern hemisphere, it’s now widely popular in countries in the Southern Hemisphere such as Australia, New Zealand.

We know it as Christmas in July, however in Australia this second celebration is called Yuletide or Yulefest. Christmas Day in December is still a national celebration, and Christmas in July does not replace this. Christmas in July is not celebrated by everyone, however it is still relatively popular in Australia.

Over the decades, it’s evolved to include annual programs such as a Christmas movie marathon on the Hallmark Channel with heartwarming holiday movies airing daily until July 26 this year.  And then there’s the shopping! QVC offers a month-long sale on everything from holiday items to headphones, as well as, other promotions—great for a little summer gift-giving or getting a jump on things for this December.

Why Christmas in July?

There are a few reasons why people celebrate Christmas in July.  One is that, in the USA, there are actually no holidays between 4th of July and Labor Day in September.  People love a holiday and an excuse for a celebration so welcome to Christmas in July.

A big part of Christmas in July is serving the Southern Hemisphere. Countries such as Australia, New Zealand are in their summer months in December.  Have you ever spent Christmas in a hot country before? It’s just not the same as a cold, frosty Christmas.

Therefore, celebrating Christmas in July, during their winter, means people can enjoy the festive, tasty treats and traditions such as eggnog, Christmas jumpers and hot chocolate whilst sitting next to a roaring fire.

So, why July, and not June when it is six months until Christmas? The 25th of July is the middle of winter for Australia and the Southern Hemisphere and therefore the coldest time of year, making it feel extra Christmassy – as it does in the Northern hemisphere.

And it’s not just Australia. Christmas in July is getting more or more popular in the USA too, with huge events taking place annually.


See you on Sunday.  Merry Christmas (in July)!

Central Church – Online Worship Service – 8th Sunday after Pentecost – Independence Day – 7-18-2021

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

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)

 

 

COVID-19 – Beaver County Metrics – 7-15-2021

Here are the weekly COVID-19 statistics for Beaver County, PA as of July 15, 2021, showing mixed developments over last week.

  • The Incidence Rate moved up 1.8 points (32.7%) to 7.3 from last week’s 5.5 in the Low category.
  • The PCR Positivity Rate has moved down to 1.1% from last week’s 1.8%, in the Low category.

(Allegheny County’s figures for the past week were 10.9 and 1.9%.)

    • Beaver County is now classified as LOW.  

(If both metrics are Moderate, the PA Dept. of Health’s recommended school instructional model is In-Person Learning.)

  • Deadlier COVID-19 variants have now replaced the original coronavirus as the predominant strains here in the United States, making it more important every day that we do all that we can to protect the people who come to our Church.

On April 5, the CDC issued a “Science Brief” outlining that, in addition to people becoming infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,  the principal mode by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.


  • Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, AA, other meetings):

The current guidance on when and how gatherings can take place is based upon the threshold of infection rate.

For Indoor meetings/Sunday School to resume, the 7-day average of daily cases for gatherings that include unvaccinated folks should be:

    • 1.5-2.0 – for everyone except those at high risk; and
    • Less than 1.0 for those at high risk.
    • Our current level is 1.0, so resuming small group meetings could be feasible as soon as we can provide sufficient active air filtration in light of the latest CDC guidance and the deadlier variants now moving into the USA.

As the pandemic continues, we are continuing our efforts to:

  • Disinfect Central Church prior to every worship service and feeding ministry event using EPA-registered products in compliance with CDC standards to kill germs and reduce the risk of spreading infection, and in compliance with EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and

  • We are also employing HEPA-13 air filtration equipment to help reduce any airborne coronavirus in our Sanctuary.    

Central Church

Central Church – Online Worship Service – 7th Sunday after Pentecost – Independence Day – 7-11-2021

On this warm, humid seventh Sunday after Pentecost, when the coronavirus prevents many of us from gathering in Central Church’s Sanctuary to worship in body, let us join together in spirit for with our online worship experience!

  • Today’s online worship service includes a favorite HYMN with lyrics so you can sing along!


AND…

  • Both the video on Facebook and the video on YouTube now have closed captions (if you turn them on) so you can read along with the spoken words during the service!
    •  To activate captions in Facebook, click on the Settings “gear” symbol in the bottom right corner of the image, and then click on the “Off” button to change it to “On” for “Auto-Generated Captions”.
    • To activate captions in YouTube, click on the “CC” icon in the lower right corner of the image to toggle captions On and Off.
      • A brief comment on our new closed caption capability – The closed captions on our videos use voice-recognition software similar to that used on Television broadcasts, and with similar accuracy!  Sometimes, the captions are not entirely accurate, so if you read something incongruous, back up the video a few seconds and listen carefully for what is actually being said.

To begin, simply click on one of the links below to join with the folks who have already made their way into our digital Sanctuary.  You can find this week’s online worship service on both Facebook and YouTube at the following coordinates:

(If the video doesn’t come up after clicking on the link, just copy and paste the address into your browser search bar.)