This page serves as a one-stop link for Crossway Church information and updates, sermons and announcements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. As you scroll down through the page, you'll find the different stops on the way, starting with the pastors' letter from March 13.
April 12 - Easter Sunday
April 10 - Good Friday
ANNOUNCEMENTS & PRAYER
Note: We are cancelling this Sunday (April 5) and next Sunday (April 12) public services.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & PRAYER:
Crossway: here are your pastors for a video mid-week update on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 including some important information, prayer requests and a word for your encouragement.
Please note that we have cancelled this coming Sunday's service (3/29), and likely will cancel the next (4/5). We'll evaluate things going forward one week at a time and keep you posted.
Crossway Church: we are now in the second weekend of the COVID-19 situation, which again alters the format of our gathering time. Thank you for making the Lord's Day a priority in spite of our limitations and for tuning your hearts to hear God's Word! We need to hear the word preached, and we need God's grace in our homes to help us receive and put into practice His Word.
As we are providing sermons online during the COVID-19 outbreak, we hope to take small steps to improve the quality of these important messages for the good of every member of Crossway. This week, we're featuring a video of the sermon as well as the audio.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & PRAYER:
SERMON (2 PARTS):
Thank you Crossway for your faith and your worship of our Lord Jesus this Lord's Day, though now we are under unusual conditions in our homes and in small groups. May the Lord bless you all as you fellowship and as you gather wherever you are to hear this morning's Word from 1 Corinthians 13.
Sermon audio for March 15: https://www.crosswaypa.org/sermons/sermon/2020-03-15/the-most-excellent-way
Letter from March 13:
March 13, 2020
Dear Crossway Church,
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love (Ps. 33:18)
Given the rapid developments surrounding the COVID-19 infection we have decided to cancel our Sunday meetings, and any large gatherings, for the next two weeks.
We have sought to understand the best way to bring glory to our Lord, good to our Brothers and Sisters, and blessing to our community in this dramatically developing environment. To those ends we have not reacted out of fear but rather we act on biblical principle. First, given the circumstances, consideration and love require us to put the well-being of others before ourselves. This is true for everyone in the church, but it is especially applicable now for our senior citizens and others who may have compromised immune systems. Second, we respect our human authorities by deferring to their recommendations at a time of crisis to the degree we are able. You probably know that Governor Wolf recommended yesterday that events of 250 or more people be cancelled or postponed. President Trump held a press conference today to announce a National State of Emergency. Other government and health officials are recommending similar types of precautions. Third, we show love to our community by doing our part to stunt the precipitous rise of cases and seeking to bring the epidemic to a smaller overall impact and quicker overall decline.
As you may imagine, we really do not like interrupting the meetings of the church. Meeting together is one of the primary ways we encourage each other. Nevertheless, it seems best for this temporary period.
Here is what is affected:
- Sunday Meetings on 3/15 and 3/22 are cancelled. I will preach and we’ll record the audio and make it available through the regular website page. Please listen to the sermons as you are able.
- The DOXA skating party on 3/16 is postponed. Quay is working on a new date and he will keep DOXA updated.
- The 3/18 Women’s Meeting will be postponed until Wednesday, April 22.
- DOXA corporate meeting on 3/22 is cancelled.
- The 3/28 Uprooting Anger Seminar is postponed and will be rescheduled. This is just beyond two weeks from today but the administrative challenges of such an event require more ramp-up time. Steve is working on new arrangements and will keep us posted.
Here is what we are planning to continue to do:
- Any other scheduled meetings with smaller groups of people will continue to meet as scheduled over the next two weeks. This includes Caregroups, Men’s Discipleship Course, Leadership Training Course, Caregroup Leader Training Course, et al. If you have concerns about contracting or spreading the virus please feel free to opt out of any scheduled meeting.
- Further, we encourage Caregroups to meet once or twice more over the next two weeks. It would be ideal if Caregroups gathered on Sundays to worship together and listen to the sermon together. We plan to have the sermon audio available by 10:30a on Sundays.
- I have also pasted in below a few guidelines for taking precautions in the smaller group settings to make sure we are being considerate of one another. Please consider.
Much more could be said but I want to keep this communication focused on a concise rationale for this action and a clear list of what to expect over the next two weeks at Crossway Church. If you have further questions, please feel free to pass them along.
Needless to say, we will miss seeing you and being together in the “great assembly” (Psalm 35:18). Of course, we would never agree to a permanent shut down of the meeting of the body of Christ. For this temporary time, and for the reasons stated above, it seems best for now. Who knows, maybe the Lord will use this time to grow our appreciation for our weekly gatherings in his precious name.
With a little sadness but great hope, and on behalf of your pastors,
A list of precautions you can take from the World Health Organization:
- Wash your hands with soap frequently, for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands), and wash your hands immediately after. Teach young children to cough into their elbow and to wash hands immediately after.
- Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
- WHO says that a medical mask is not required if exhibiting no symptoms, as there is no evidence that wearing a mask – of any type – protects non-sick persons.