We are also launching a new online devotional on Facebook Live, Mondays at noon let by Caroline. It is a 5-minute weekly devotional to help center us as we begin our week. You can access it on our
Next Sunday, April 5, we are ushered into
. Like you, we are heartbroken having to celebrate this most holy time away from each other. First Presbyterian joins thousands of other congregations in affirming that the Church is so much more than a building and stronger than any physical distance. We are especially looking forward to celebrating Easter with you online this year as we affirm the message of life and hope in the middle of great uncertainty. Watch for the upcoming mid-week email with details about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (with at home communion), Good Friday and Easter services.
Lastly, we want to thank you for the amazing response we’ve received to the
Lenten campaign and to the coronavirus relief matching gift funds. As you heard mid-week, we are concluding the Lent campaign early and celebrating that we surpassed the goal weeks ahead of schedule. Through the generosity of an anonymous church member, we have established a dollar-for-dollar matching gift fund (up to $25,000) to assist in immediate community COVID-19 related needs. I am pleased to say that as of this email, we have received over $21,000 toward a potential $50,000 for immediate crisis relief. This is in addition to the $32,500+ gifts we received for the Lent campaign.
We are monitoring community needs in conversation with Executive Directors of local mission partners like the Chester County Food Bank, Good Samaritan, Friends Association, the Atkinson Center and the West Chester University Promise Program among others. This will be an ongoing process as their needs continue to change and we allocate funds where they are most needed. The first disbursement of the matching gift is as follows:
- We will sponsor the laundry service for the Atkinson Center, a shelter for single men in Coatesville. This will enable the residents there, many of whom have chronic health issues, to stay in quarantine rather than using a public laundromat.
- We will give funding to Chester County Food Bank, which is scrambling to provide meals for children who are out of school and to seniors in need.
- We are planning to assist Good Samaritan, which is attempting to keep their clients who were recently housed from returning to homelessness due to employment crises brought on by the pandemic. This includes rent assistance, utility payments, and childcare.
If you would like to contribute to the
coronavirus crisis relief matching fund
, please go to our website
(or clink on the button below). Alternatively, you can also mail a check while writing “coronavirus crisis” on the memo line.