For those who are unable to attend on Wednesday evenings or who miss a week, we're making recordings of thee lectures available. We will also have handouts each week with the links to videos we used, what we'll be reading the following week, and more. Here are the resources from our first gathering. The handout is a PDF download. Below the download, you'll find the video of our first week's session.
We've gotten nothing but positive feedback about having so many people participating in the weekly worship services! It's not too late to start getting involved if you haven't already! Here are some ways you can be a part of the services while we're physically distant:
NEed help recording? We can do that!
If you aren't sure how to navigate recording yourself reading or singing, just reply to this email and let us know. We can either set up one on one tutorials on how to do it, OR you can just do a zoom call with Pastor Charissa that she can record and use.
Don't forget to keep sending in your photos, videos and written testimonies of where you have seen God at work lately! These are such a special and uplifting part of our community life together! You can text them to Charissa at 412.219.2503 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to lay read or present special music, let us know! You can fill out the signup form at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8af2ca1fe3-worship to pick a time and part of the liturgy. We've been getting a great deal of positive feedback that it's really nice to see so many familiar faces in the worship services. Keep up the great work!
We're so grateful to our Presbytery for giving us a HUGE matching grant to set up a technology access program for our community! We are starting by serving those in our congregation who have technological gaps, with the hopes to start expanding in the future into our neighborhoods.
At a time when people are feeling very isolated, we've noticed that it is extra difficult on the senior members of our community. While many folks have been able to switch with us to online worship and gatherings, it's been very difficult for older adults who haven't had the need, resources, or knowledge to access online forums like YouTube and Zoom before.
We will be setting up a mobile computer lab with laptops, tablets, and smartphones in order to teach classes and offer tutoring on technology that for some has become second nature. This communication gap isolates those who struggle with that technology and widens the chasm between the generations. Scripture calls us to equip people to be with one another in meaningful ways.
We are also called to help people access physical needs. Many people in our community simply don't have the hardware necessary to access online worship, small groups, and fellowship. We will also use the lab as a lending library to get hardware into he hands of those who need it.
Finally, we will be purchasing equipment and software needed to boost our ability to livestream our worship services once we're back in person again. This will create greater access for those who are unable to attend in person for any reason from illness or disability to just being on vacation. It will also allow people looking for a church home to experience our worship service in some way without the awkward first step of walking into the building with no idea what to expect.
Here's how you can help:
Take the technology access survey (if you haven't already)
This survey will help us to assess the specific needs of the community as we craft the program.
Financial donations to the program
Use the Emsworth UP online giving portal and make sure to enter "Tech access program" into the notes field.
OR checks can be mailed to:
Emsworth UP Church
73 Hiland Ave
Emsworth, PA 15202
memo: Technology access.
Donate new or used tablets, laptops, or smartphones
Recycle old mobile devices
If you are interested in volunteering for collection of donated items, set up of the lab, teaching, tutoring, or planning of the program, please fill out the form below and let us know what you'd like to help with.
You may have heard that we recently received a grant to start a mobile technology lab and lending library, as well as to improve our online worship. We are hoping to start up tech tutoring by the fall and your input is very helpful for us as we begin to craft the program. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and let us know what might be most helpful for you or how you might be able to help out as a volunteer in the program.
On Wednesday Evenings for 10 weeks beginning on July 8, Pastor Charissa and Tim Howe will be co-leading a book study and discussion series centered around the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. We will talk about his groundbreaking theological work and involvement in the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century, as well as the historical roots of systemic racism in America and a faithful response to racial injustice today.
You don't have to be a regular to our study groups or even a regular at our church to join us in this discussion. Feel free to spread the word! All we ask is that you come prepared to do some reading and to discuss with one another from an attitude of love and grace.
Everyone will be expected to have a copy of the book "I Have a Dream" edited by James M. Washington. The book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Have-Dream-Writings-Speeches-Anniversary/dp/0062505521/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=I+have+a+dream&qid=1592839058&sr=8-3. If you are unable to place an online order, contact the church and we will arrange with you to have one sent to your house.
The link to join the discussion via Zoom is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89520517226
To call in, use any phone to dial +16465588656 and enter Meeting ID: 895 2051 7226
If you would like to add to your digital calendar, just download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZ0odemtrzwoGNIjr7di4ZXMV793V-rGGvVp/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGhqzkqH9WSshuBRpx5GYjoc-_zmGZBjY10lg2yBykHWDvbALUbYYQyAv_3