Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated 1-14-2021
We will resume in-person worship beginning on Sunday, January 24th. 9:00 and 11:00 are planned to keep the service attendance low. Our safety protocols will be the same. Masks are required throughout the service. Please be sure to make sure your mask covers your mouth and nose. We will provided masks for those who do not have them. Social distancing is strongly encouraged. You will be asked to sign in when you arrive. While we would love to have you join us for In Person worship, we encourage you to join us from home if any of the following are true:
– You are able to meaningfully worship online
– You have any level of discomfort gathering in person
– You are feeling unwell (whether it is COVID-19 symptoms or other)
– There is chance you have been exposed to COVID-19
– You are not willing to abide by the safety protocols we have in place

For those who will join us from home, the 9:00 service will continue to be broadcast live on WWPA at 101.7 FM, 1340 AM or WILQ HD 3. We are grateful to the radio station for providing us this platform. Services will also be Live Streamed on YouTube. Weekly email links will be sent or click on the “Live Streaming Worship” tab at the top of the page.

Updated 12-3-2020
In-person worship has been suspended beginning Sunday December 6 and will continue through at least January 10, 2021. Currently there will be (1) service at 9:00 am live streamed. The video will be available for playback shortly thereafter. Some content will be pre-recorded to minimize the number of people in the church at any given time. Watch for emails weekly with direct links to the live stream. A link can also be found by going to the “Live Streaming Worship” menu at the top of this page. Any questions, please contact the church office.

Updated 06-14-2020
In-person worship has begun starting June 14th. There will be (2) identical services held at 9:00 and 11:00 am. Current limitations set forth by the PA Dept. of Health and the Susquehanna Conference allow approximately 50-60 persons per service. Instructions are available at the church upon entering or via email upon request. Masks are required and available if you do not have one. Any questions, please contact the church office.

Updated 05-27-2020
The 2020 Vacation Bible School at Pine Street has been cancelled. Please visit the VBS page for more information.

Updated 05-07-2020
Dear Pine Street Family,
As you are undoubtedly aware, tomorrow marks the beginning of Gov. Wolf’s plan to begin re-opening Pennsylvania. Lycoming County is considered a yellow county. This means that the shelter at home order has been lifted and many retailers will reopen.
This does not mean that the threat of Covid-19 is gone.   Many business like gyms, hairdressers, etc will remain closed.    Even places that are open will not be able to return to “business as usual.” People are encouraged to continue wearing masks. People should continue to practice distancing of 6 feet. The number of people inside of a store will be monitored. Gatherings of more than 25 people are highly discouraged.
The leadership of Pine Street UMC has been doing our best to stay on top of recommendations and practices to ensure the safety and health of our members and our community. While many places in Pa are reopening, we do not feel that at this time it is in the interest of our members or community for us to reopen and resume worshiping in our building.  Many members of our Pine Street family are among the most vulnerable, and others interact with the vulnerable on a daily basis.  We will remain “closed” until at least June 1st
We know that this is disappointing and difficult for many people. While we wait to reopen, we will continue to offer the online services as well as the radio broadcast. 
Thank you for your prayers, patience and understanding during these times.

Updated 03-02-2020 4:30PM
Office Hours– Wilma will be available in the office Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00-2:00 until the Stay at Home orders are lifted.  This will allow us to stay on top of mail and bills.  If you need something, please call during these hours.  It is not advised to stop by in person.  Even when she is not in the office, Wilma will be checking email daily.  You are also welcome to contact Wilma at home with urgent needs.  You can reach her at 570-419-7139, please leave a message.  Wilma and I will be checking messages on the church office frequently.

Due to the statewide Stay At Home Order, we have cancelled our Palm Sunday Processional.

Updated 03-22-2020 10:00AM
A Sunday Mini-Service is available to view on the Worship Videos page. Radio broadcast have also resumed beginning Sunday March 22 at 11:00 am. The Radio broadcast this week will be an encore presentation the March 15, 2020 service edited to fit the half hour time slot. We hope you enjoy Pastor James’ message.

Updated 03-18-2020 4:20PM
By now word has spread, that at the urging of our national, state, community and even church leaders, we have decided to suspend all activities in our building, including Sunday morning worship, until at least April 5th. We will continue to monitor the situation and will do our best to keep you informed as future decisions are made. We may not be able to physically gather in one space, but, we can still gather in spirit to worship. We are in the process of preparing a worship service that you can access while in the comfort of your own home. We will be returning the radio this Sunday at 11:00. Tune into WWPA at 101.7 FM, 1340 AM or WILQ HD 3 to hear the service. (Please note the change of FM frequency). We are also working to have a version of the service available on our web page.

Updated 03-17-2020 3:00PM
At the urging of community, church and national leadership we have now suspended our on site Sunday Morning worship gatherings for at least the next two weeks.  Please watch this page for any additional information as it becomes available.

Updated 03-17-2020
In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Pine Street United Methodist Church has currently suspended all extra functions that utilize our facilities. This includes all Bible Studies, BLasT IU, Choir Practices and meetings. In adherence to recommendations from the Susquehanna Conference, PA Governor’s office and CDC we will be limiting access to the building to essential operations only.

More information regarding personal safety and protection against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at the following links.

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