Pastor’s Update: FPC Responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Be not afraid, my sisters and brothers. Fear, not the coronavirus, is our enemy. The Lord reigns! Let us rejoice, give thanks and live for him.  Pastor Stuart Spencer

Food Pantry Parade

On Sunday, May 31st, Pentecost Sunday, the Deacons hosted a drive-up food donation event at the church. The zero-contact occasion occurred on a beautiful spring day. Participants entered the main church parking area  and were able to stay inside their car or truck.  Masked and gloved volunteers removed the donation for transfer into vehicles that transported food pantry items directly to agencies in the area.
Pastor Stuart, Kelly, Linda, Deacons and volunteers were onsite to thank and bless those making donations as they participate. We miss you!
Giving in this Era of COVID-19
Although we won’t be together for a time due to the highly contagious COVID-19, please continue to support FPC Moorestown financially. Like many others, we still have ongoing expenses and mission commitments, and deeply desire to support families who are stretched especially thin right now.
Members, Families and Friends of FPC Moorestown,
Our church leadership and Staff, in order to keep our church community safe and to comply with our state’s directives, have developed the following plans for the church:
  • We have postponed gathering for ALL worship services, church activities, and outside events until further notice.
  • Connect with FPC Moorestown every SUNDAY AT 9:30 am and THURSDAY AT 7:00 pm for Live Stream Worship.
  • The church office is CLOSED but you may reach OUR STAFF MEMBERS via e-mail
Pastor Update, Coronavirus Letter 7

“We’ll leave the light on for you … “
July 3, 2020

Dear Members or Friends of FPC Moorestown,

You may remember the old ad from Motel 6: We’ll leave the light on for you. A light left on is a silent sign of welcome and care — at a hotel, home, or a church. A light on means that you’re in someone’s mind and heart.

It’s been more than four months since we’ve been able to gather together here for worship or just about anything else. I wanted you to know that while you’ve been away, we’re thinking about you, missing you, praying for you, and planning for the day when we can gather together safely.

COVID-19 is going to be with us for some time to come. I’m seeking God’s grace to accept this unfortunate reality so that I can do what I need to do. I pray the same for our Church Family. As political leaders, business owners, and school officals have all discovered, figuring out the best ways to go about life, work and school amid this pandemic isn’t easy at all to figure out.

I know that so many of you want to know when we can meet for worship on Sunday mornings. While I don’t have a firm date for you yet, I assure you that we’re formulating a plan that keeps the safety of our people foremost. Final plans will need Session approval and plenty of time to inform you of our new plans for worship. Until then, we’ll continue to offer our live stream worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. If you joined us last week, you noticed new cameras and visuals that have greatly enhanced our worship experience. Most likely, we will start gathered worship outside on Sunday morning before the 9:30 a.m. live stream service. We’ll continue our Evening Prayer service on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

The photo at the top of this letter shows one project that Property Manager Ken Wehn and his team completed since our campus closed in March. You’ll be amazed at all our Property Team have accomplished while you’ve been away! Fellowship Hall has a fresh coat of paint and is completely re-wired for improved audio and video uses. Our beautiful property is even lovelier from careful landscaping. Just wait till you see the new Rain Garden David Olsen installed in the courtyard near our large parking lot.

Though we haven’t passed an offering plate since the second Sunday in March, you’ve been incredibly generous in your financial support. Your open-handedness allows FPC Moorestown to support its full-time staff and equip our mission partners with essentials during the pandemic. Thank you! While we’re in a good place financially, we do have “holes” in our income because we aren’t able to have outside groups rent our facilities and there’s been no Sunday offering for more than four months. Please continue to give as you have. If you’re in a position to help us close the gap from this lost revenue, I would be grateful for your assistance. I encourage you to become an electronic giver either through our website or through the Church Center app that you can download to your phone or iPad or now access via the web. If you would like help to begin online giving, please contact Norman Vandergrift at nvandergrift@fpcmoorestown.org.

We’re leaving the light on for you, dear friends. As disciples, we belong to and follow Jesus. He promises us: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) His light is certainly shining on us and through us. This truth fills me with peace and joy even in a pandemic. I don’t know when I’ll see you, but I know the Light is on.

Affectionately yours in Christ,

Stuart H. Spencer, Pastor

Messages from members of the FPC Moorestown Staff during this difficult time.

Pastor Update, Coronavirus Letter 6
May 29, 2020
 
Dear Beloved Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown,
 
It feels like forever since I last saw you in person. I carry you in my heart and I lift you before the Lord in prayer.   READ MORE
Pastor Update, Coronavirus Letter 5
May 8, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown,
 
“Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.” (2 Corinthians 8: 7)   READ MORE…
Friday, April 24, 2020
“And now the word of the Lord is ringing out …”
Dear Members and Friends of FPC Moorestown:
A blessed and joyous Easter to you! If you’ve forgotten that we’re still in the season of Easter, then allow me to remind you. In reflecting on this season, author Joan Chittister writes,
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,  As we prepare for a Holy Week unlike any other we’ve experienced, I want to share a wonderful observation from The Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath. She noted, “The first Easter didn’t happen at a church. It happened outside an empty tomb, while all the disciples were sequestered at home, grief-stricken and wondering what was going on. So, we’re going to be keeping things pretty Biblical this Easter.”  READ MORE…
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

91 x 91: Praying Psalm 91 for 91 days

As one of our partners, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting all of us, and may wreak havoc in the urban poor communities where we serve[1], we would love to invite you and those in the Moorestown Presbyterian Church Community that you think would be interested, to join us in a prayer campaign that we´ve named “91×91”.  READ MORE…
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Friends,
As so many of the letters written to the early church begin, “Grace and peace to you from the Lord Jesus Christ!” Now that life has shifted so suddenly and with such uncertainty, we’re seeking the Lord as we haven’t sought him before. I’m grateful for the opportunity to trust God more deeply, serve God more energetically and live for God with greater love and joy.  READ MORE..

Friday, March 13, 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly contagious flu-like virus that is spreading rapidly throughout the world and the United States. While the risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus is very low, for some people — especially the elderly and those who are already fragile — it is potentially deadly.  READ MORE…