Good Afternoon First UB Church Family,

Last evening I received notification that there was indeed an indirect exposure and a direct exposure to Covid positive individuals. Let me explain: 1) indirect exposure—a family member had tested positive for COVID, but that individual was not present on property; 2) direct expose-during this past week an individual who was A Symptomatic tested positive for COVID. I (Pastor Marc) have met with Bruce Leidy and Bill Door (board chair and assistant board chair perspectively) this morning, Oct. 21st, on what course of action we would need to take and have reached the difficult decision to suspend all mid-week activities. This is a tough decision but one that is being taken out of an abundance of caution for both the safety of the church family and those we come into contact with throughout the week.

While it is unlikely that the family members involved were contagious during this past weeks service, it is technically possible there were asymptomatic as was the case with the direct exposure. This is what had led us to determine we need to suspend our mid-week activities so as to allow everyone the time to pray and process this information. Please note, at this point we are canceling this weeks mid-week activities (AWANA, Prayer Gathering, and Thursday Cantata practice) along with this SundayServices/Youth Activities, but are still committed to our on-line streaming of the Worship Service ...at this point we will keep you informed as to further plans to suspend gathering or the desire to re-initiate gathering.

Two important follow-ups:

We believe in these times as a church family we are once again challenged to remain: Fluid, flexible, all the while expressing our freedoms. We believe the right decision at this point is to allow individuals the right to choose how they want to participate in Worship in person or to join us online on any given normal week—however this is unfortunately not are normal week. We are committed to providing an environment for everyone to express themselves in worship at whatever level and venue they are most comfortable with, but at this time believe it is better to be safe than sorry. As your pastor and leadership the challenges that faces us daily in our decision making process are incredibly complex to say the least. We continue to stand-by the freedom to express yourself in person or at home and support everyone in those decisions. We also recognize that as individuals you must ultimately decide for yourself and to know there is no judgement coming from myself or the leadership as to how you express your freedom in worship.

Finally, would you please committed to praying for the families directly involved; pray for the one parent to recover quickly and that no one else in the our church family gets sick. Once again we are suspend all on property activities until we gather together on Sunday, Nov. 1st, 2020.

Trusting in Christ Alone,
Pastor Marc

Services will be streamed live here on our website as well as on Facebook and YouTube.

Currently, we are undergoing construction to widen our foyer, add a carport, and put on a steeple. Due to these changes, the main door of the church has been blocked off. During the week, please enter by the North Wing door (closest to the Fellowship Hall). On Sunday mornings, both side doors (North/South wings) will be available for use. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

The mission of the First United Brethren Church is to effectively communicate the gospel of Christ by word and deed toward the end that people will be saved and become faithful disciples of Christ and responsible members of His church.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age. Amen”

Matthew 28:19,20

1900 Eastbrook Road, New Castle, PA 16101

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