There has been much reason for us to rejoice lately. The numbers of COVID-19 cases have continued to drop. Highly effective vaccines have changed the course of the pandemic and for most people this summer will actually look and feel like summer!
Throughout the pandemic the Church Session has carefully examined resources from the CDC and PA Department of Health along with recommendations from the Presbytery of Carlisle. We have prayed and sought God’s will in taking action. We placed a number of guidelines and restrictions on worship, including worshipping only on-line for a time. Then, when we came back to our historic sanctuary, there were other guidelines in place such as masks, distancing, and no congregational singing. I want to be clear -- these restrictions were not easy for any of us.
Each month the Church Session evaluates these guidelines in order to make any needed changes. At the June 15, 2021 Stated Meeting, the Session approved the following changes to in-person worship guidelines, with immediate effect:
Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask inside the church building. Vaccinated individuals may continue to wear a mask if they so choose.
Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear a mask.
The congregation will resume singing all hymns and responses.
All pews will now be open for worshippers to use. There is plenty of space in the sanctuary to spread out.
The plexiglass barriers will be removed from the pulpit and chancel.
The members and friends of our congregation have embraced the COVID-19 vaccines at very high rates. An overwhelming majority of worshippers are vaccinated on any given Sunday. If you haven’t had a chance to get the vaccine yet, I want to encourage you to do so as soon as possible. If you need help finding an appointment please contact the church office.
We will continue to have on-line worship for those who are not yet comfortable returning to in-person worship. As vaccine rates increase and cases drop, I hope to see you soon!
Thank you for your prayers and support during this difficult time. As you can imagine these have not always been easy decisions. As a Session, we trust and believe that we have acted in accordance with God’s good and gracious will throughout the pandemic.
The Rev. Tony Lorenz, Pastor
Elder Charles Thompson, Clerk of Session
"I Found All This"
A room of quiet, a temple of peace;
The home of faith, where doubtings cease.
A house of comfort, where hope is given.
A source of strength to make earth heaven.
A shrine of worship, a place to pray --
I found all this in my church today.
-- The Cheer-Up Sheet
This is a corrected list of our graduates.
Please note that David Sheperd graduated from Shippensburg University
with a degree in History.
HIGH SCHOOL MADISON ELLIS (grand-daughter or Ron & Deb Richcreek)
Graduated from Carlisle High School
Will attend Bloomsburg University--Honors College (Major: Health Sciences)
SARAH SHEPERD (daughter of Tom & Melissa Sheperd)
Graduated from Carlisle High School
COLLEGE DUNCAN CRIM (son of Ryan & Laura Crim)
Graduated from American University
Will attend Wake Forest University School of Law
ALEX HENRY (son of J.B. & Terri Henry)
Graduated from Lycoming College
DAVID SHEPERD (son of Tom & Melissa Sheperd)
Graduated from Shippensburg University
SARAH THOMPSON (daughter of Charlie & Beth Thompson)
Graduated from Franklin & Marshall College
POST-COLLEGE MICHAEL DENNISON (son of Joe & Sue Dennison)
Graduated April 16th from Naval Flight School, Corpus Christi, TX
"O, the places you'll go!" (Dr. Seuss)
This week, in the life of the church
This Sunday: On this Father's Day, the Deacons will be in Fellowship Hall to accept your donations to their main annual fundraiser, "Dinner for Dads" -- a way to honor and/or remember an important person in your life.
Tuesday, 6 PM: Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, 3-7 PM: Church plaza/yard in use (community event)
We are still a "Soup Church" for Project SHARE. You may place your soup contributions in the bin inside the door to Fellowship Hall.
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished to see how much he had learned in seven years."
-- Mark Twain
Actual Prayers from Children
Dear God: I think about you sometimes, even when I'm not praying. (Elliott)
Dear God: Of all the people who worked for you, I like Noah and David the
Dear God: We read that Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday School,
we learned that you did it. So I bet he stole your idea. (Donny)
Dear God: I do not think anybody could be a better God. And, I'm not just
saying this because you are God already. (Charles)
Dear God: Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had
their own rooms. It works with my brother. (Larry)
Dear God: It rained our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some
things about you that we are not supposed to say, but I hope you will not hurt
him anyway. (Your Friend, but I'm not telling you who I am.)
Members of the Congregation, Ministers
The Rev. Anthony D. Lorenz, Pastor
The Rev. Jon A. Black, Pastor Emeritus
Debby Madden, Educator Emerita
Arthur Thompson, Organist; Ron Richcreek, Music Director
Avis Allen, Secretary; Chuck Adler, Sexton
Church Office Hours: Mon. & Wed., 9 AM-2 PM
Address: 2A N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 243-4612; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.firstprescarlisle.org