On Monday, May 11, we resumed regular office hours. Monday thru Friday, 9 am – 2 pm. We will still need to have social distancing to stay safe! Any questions or concerns, please call the office at 814-536-7521.
Church Offerings can be delivered to the church by mail or by putting them through the mail slot in the buzz door.
If you have prayer requests during this time please contact the church office. If calling during non-office hours, please leave a message. You may also submit your prayer requests online at our website - www. firstlutheran.info or send us an email at email@example.com. Requests will be forwarded to the pastor and the prayer chain.
During this time of the pandemic First Lutheran will provide the following worship opportunities:
Atlantic Broadband - Channel 9
at 8:00 pm every Monday
Search – First Lutheran Church, Johnstown for the link.
Link will also be emailed each Monday.
Synod staff is also posting a weekly Sunday worship service which is on the Allegheny Synod 8C Facebook page.
Check out our Web Site and Facebook for weekly worship resources – introduction to the day, the readings and psalm, prayer of the day, a Gospel message.
During this “stay home’ time and this time of pandemic restrictions please remember your commitment in supporting the church. Offerings may be sent to the church or dropped in the mail slot at the buzz door. We are grateful for your stewardship of time, talents and gifts.
Let us pray:
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
Aesop said, “No act of kindness no matter how small is wasted.”
During this time of the pandemic, take a few minutes to write a note or card of thanks or place a phone call to those who are daily risking their lives to provide the essential needs for our community. Fire and police personnel, first responders, healthcare workers, grocery store staff, restaurant workers, and so many more.
A simple thank you can go a long way during these trying times
Care Team to be Established
During this time of stay at home and social distancing, many of our members have become isolated from others, living alone, having no family close by, unable to get out and about. For many of these people their social contacts are friends from church and other social gatherings, the bank teller, the grocery store cashier, the pharmacy tech, their neighbor and many others.
While some of our members have been keeping in contact with others, there still remains a list of those who may not have had much or any contact from the outside world or their church family.
A “Care Team” is in the beginning stages of being organized with the purpose of having regular contact with many of our church family. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to be a part of the team.
As a team member you would be asked to have approximately two to three members who you would be responsible to contact on a regular basis. Initially, a regular basis would be once a week (the frequency can be determined by both people). A phone contact is recommended as the first contact to begin and establish the relationship. From then on out the contact may be in the form of a written note or card sent via snail mail, social media contact if appropriate – text messages, email, Face book, etc.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the team please contact Barb Pingatore – 814-659-4000 or Bjping@aol.com. Contact names, addresses and phone numbers will be given to team members.
As one who has been making contact and receiving contact over the past several months, I can only appreciate the contacts and concern shared. It is a simple way for us to let our church family know that they are remembered, prayed for and cared about.