PCPC's Response to COVID-19

October 13, 2020

Martin County is under an emergency order that strongly encourages people to wear face coverings in public places. Please wear a mask when coming to worship. Even if you don't feel you need a mask to protect yourself, wearing a mask can make others more comfortable and more likely to return to worship.

But in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 
Philippians 2:3

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August 26, 2020

Although houses of worship are exempt from required face coverings, we want to do our part and care for others. Please wear a mask when coming to worship. Even if you don’t feel you need a mask to protect yourself, wearing a mask can make others more comfortable and more likely to return to worship.

But in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3

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August 19, 2020


Dear PCPC Family,


The Martin County Commission now recommends face coverings in indoor public places. As Vice President Pence said recently, "We all have a role to play to slow the spread and to protect our most vulnerable." This means you are asked to wear a mask when coming to worship. Once you are in your pew or seat, and if you are properly distanced from those not in your household, you may remove your face covering. Those who are leading worship may also remove their masks while on the chancel or stage. 


Although not strictly required by law to do this, we want to show our neighbors that we care. We want to do our part. And we want to do everything we reasonably can to keep you safe while you are here.


Blessings,

Pastor David


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July 8, 2020


Dear PCPC Family,


The Martin County Commission now requires face coverings in indoor public places (with a few exceptions). Houses of worship are exempt. We want to do our part, however. As Vice President Pence said recently, "We all have a role to play to slow the spread and to protect our most vulnerable." This means you are asked to wear a mask when coming to worship. Once you are in your pew or seat, and if you are properly distanced from those not in your household, you may remove your face covering. Those who are leading worship may also remove their masks while on the chancel or stage. 


Although not strictly required by law to do this, we want to show our neighbors that we care. We want to do our part. And we want to do everything we reasonably can to keep you safe while you are here.


Blessings,

Pastor David


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June 26, 2020


Dear PCPC Family,


We've been holding services for four weeks now, and so far, so good. We continue to make worship resources available online, including the sermon by itself, the entire 9:30 service and the entire 11:00 service. If you've been watching, you've seen our technological capacity growing. 


As always, those who are at risk or not comfortable should stay home. We are not encouraging people to come. We can’t guarantee a germ-free environment, but we want to do what we can. I am asking for your help.


PCPC policy is to encourage masks but not require them. (Of course, should local authorities pass an order, we would want to comply. Scripture says to honor civil authority where it does not contradict God’s Word.) Many people do not wear masks when entering and exiting services or when near others. I ask you to do so. Why? Because although some of us do not want to wear them or consider them unnecessary, others of us consider them essential. There are people who would come if more of us were wearing masks and practicing social distancing a little more carefully. 


This is an instance of giving up your rights for the sake of a brother or sister. You find a mask unnecessary, but your brother considers it important. Will you wear one for his sake? Your sister considers it an act of love that you wear a mask, because you want to protect her. Never mind your opinion of the effectiveness of masks. Will you wear one for her? 


Blessings, 

Pastor David


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June 5, 2020


PLAN FOR RESUMING SERVICES



We resumed all three services on Sunday, May 31.


We are making worship on campus available as an option. We are not encouraging people to attend. Those who are at-risk or concerned should stay home. We will continue to offer online worship resources.


If you attend, we strongly urge you to respect the social distance guideline of 6 feet separation between people. You may have little concern so you’re ready to shake hands, hug, or at least get close. Don’t. Others have legitimate concerns. They need space (and may be too polite to say so).

If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, don’t come.


We encourage you to wear a mask.


Be aware of these limitations:

  • There will be no choir until the fall.
  • Children’s Sunday school will remain online until the Martin County School District reopens in the fall.
  • Nursery care will resume when the Martin County School District reopens in the fall.


What we are doing:


Our goal is to make attending worship as safe or safer than going to the grocery store. We consider this a reasonable goal. Obviously, we cannot guarantee a germ-free environment. You are urged to use your own discretion about when and how you participate in corporate worship.

  • We will prop doors open so that no one has to touch a door.
  • We will space rows of chairs further apart in the Huizenga Family Life Center.
  • We will place signs in the Sanctuary limiting seating to every other pew.
  • We will wipe down pews between services.
  • We will wipe down the elevator controls between services.
  • Offering plates will not be passed; they will be stationed near entrances/exits.
  • We will not have bulletins initially. One less thing to handle. All words and lyrics will be on the screen. (If you have trouble reading the screen, consider sitting closer to the front.)
  • Pastor David will not stand by the door, creating a potential bottleneck. He will stand near the pulpit after the 9:30 service and by the Communion Table after the 11:00 service.
  • Contemporary worship will not have Linger Longer.


Plans for Communion on June 7


Traditional services:
Elders will wear gloves and masks. One will offer people a cracker; another will offer the small cups of juice. Trays will not be passed. Instead, elders will take advantage of the empty pews to offer the elements to people where they are.


Contemporary service:
People will come forward, as usual, but will not partake by intinction. Instead, one elder will give them a cracker. Another will give them a small cup of juice. Social distancing will be maintained.


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May 16, 2020


Worship services resume on May 31, Pentecost Sunday. Online worship will also continue to be available.


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May 1, 2020


The elders of our church met last evening to consider when we might resume certain activities at the church. Here is what we decided:


The office will reopen on Monday, May 4.

Our target date for resuming worship services on campus is May 31, Pentecost Sunday. We will continue to make online worship resources available once services resume. When we resume services, think of in-person worship as one option. Those who are at risk are encouraged to continue participating from home online. More details about resuming worship will be forthcoming.

The elders will meet again on May 14 to reassess our situation, which changes constantly.

"We are all eager for life to return to a semblance of normalcy. At the same time, we want to be cautious and not endanger people. I am hopeful that we can hold services on Pentecost, and what a day to do it! Pentecost is the birthday of the church. May it also be a day for new beginnings." —Pastor David


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April 22, 2020


The elders have decided that worship will be online only on Sunday, May 3. The session will meet again next Thursday, April 30, to decide on future dates.


We regretfully announce that due to present concerns with COVID-19, Art-is-In has cancelled their drama camp tour for summer 2020. As a result, our beloved PCPC VBS drama camp has been cancelled. Anyone who already registered their child will receive a full refund – Sarah will contact you soon.


Please stay tuned for announcements about potential PCPC children’s programming this summer.


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April 2, 2020


Florida Governor DeSantis has issued a 30-day stay-at-home order, starting at midnight. In order to protect our staff and be good neighbors, we are closing the church office until the stay is lifted. 

 

We will continue to provide worship resources and videos through the PCPC website. We will continue to hold classes and meetings online. 

 

If you call the church office (772-286-9958), the emergency option forwards to my cell phone. 

 

The death toll continues to rise, and we are feeling a greater impact. If you are feeling anxious, I recommend Psalm 131:

 

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; 

  my eyes are not raised too high; 

I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, 

  like a weaned child with its mother; 

  like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD

  from this time forth and forevermore. (ESV)

 

As difficult and frustrating as all of this is, our faith sustains us because God is faithful. I am here. Please pray for our nation, its leaders, healthcare workers, and those who are suffering financially.

 

Wish I could see you Sunday, but look for me online,

Pastor David


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March 22, 2020


While groups of 10 or more are not currently able to meet in person, below is a list of our online options that are enabling us to stay connected until we can be together again. Please click any of the green-colored links to navigate to the corresponding page on our website. 


Sunday Worship: Visit our SUNDAY ONLINE page, which is available from Sunday 12:00 a.m. - Friday at noon. It includes a Worship Guide with prayers, active links for traditional and contemporary songs, and videos of Pastor David's sermon and church announcements. A new Worship Guide will be posted each Sunday until we are meeting together again.


Our RESOURCES page has a SERMONS (AUDIO) tab and a SERMONS (VIDEO) tab, where you can also find the weekly sermon.


Adult Sunday School: Audio of the current study, "Christian, What Do You Believe?" Understanding the Westminster Confession is available on our RESOURCES page under the tab WESTMINSTER CONFESSION STUDY AUDIO.


Men's and Women's Bible Studies: Audio of the study of the book of Romans is available on our RESOURCES page under the tab ROMANS STUDY AUDIO.


Casual Wednesday: Pastor David's Wednesday evening class, "Lent Around the Table," is meeting via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Information about this class and audio/video files for individual classes are available on our RESOURCES page under the tab LENT AROUND THE TABLE STUDY AUDIO. The Zoom Meeting ID number for this class is 322 247 894. Also see the CASUAL WEDNESDAY section of our ADULT MINISTRIES page.


Children's Ministry Programs: Children's Sunday School is meeting via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. Sundays. Click here to read detailed information related to Sunday School, PCPC Kids Club, and VBS Drama Camp.


PCPC Kids Club Participants:

Kids Club lessons will be emailed to you Wednesday afternoons beginning March 25th, with a link for a prerecorded lesson. If you do not receive the email by 3:00 p.m. that afternoon, please email Sarah so that she can add you! sarah@palmcitypres.org


Middle and High School Youth Groups: High School Youth Group will meet via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Mondays. Middle School Youth will meet via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Contact Jason at 714-809-5065 for the Meeting ID number if you would like to participate and have not received an invite.


College students: We know many of you did not plan to be home until summer, but we're glad you're here! We will be meeting via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Contact Jason at 714-809-5065 for the Meeting ID number. 


Zoom: Need to know more about connecting to live meetings via Zoom? Click here.


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March 18, 2020


Dear PCPC Family,


The church office is open regular hours. If you need help, if you need to come by, we are here.


Last night the elders met, and I write to share with you what’s happening at PCPC. In order to care for our neighbors and be good citizens, we are heeding the recommendations of local and state authorities and the CDC. All activities involving 10 or more people have been cancelled through April 5. This includes worship services. Each week we will post a worship guide and videos to our church website. It will include readings and prayers, as well as videos of announcements, music, and a fresh sermon.


Classes are moving online. My Wednesday evening class will meet by Zoom. (Tonight is the last night you have an option to come in person. After that, it will only be online.) Instructions for logging in will be in the announcements, or you may contact the church office. Our Children's Ministry Director, Sarah, and her team are already working on moving Sunday school and Kids Club online. Parents, you should receive instructions from her soon. Pastor Brad and Youth Ministry Director, Jason, will be using this technology as well.


This is a stressful time, and your church wants to help. If you have a need, reach out to our office. If you are able to help someone else, please let us know. For example, someone who is vulnerable may not feel safe going to the grocery store. Someone else may be willing to make a grocery run. If you need someone to talk to, our Stephen Ministers are ready to listen. Our deacons will be reaching out to people, but if you have a need, please let us know!


The courtyard, gardens, and chapel (the chapel during office hours) are available for prayer. Feel free to come by and pray.


Beginning Monday, we will post a Daily Word of Comfort to our church website. If you are looking for a little dose of encouragement, check it out.


Again, if you have a need or hardship, please let us know. And join me in praying that this experience brings us closer to God and to one another. We know God often brings good out of suffering. Let us pray that he will, and let us do our part.


The session will meet again (online) on April 2 to assess the possibilities of having worship services on Easter, which is April 12.


Finally, remember the words of our Lord Jesus, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31 ESV)


Blessings,

Pastor David