Bellefield family, 

Last Sunday we observed the beginning of a new year. This Sunday we will observe the beginning of two things: the resumption of onsite worship and the start of a new sermon series. I’ll say a word about each.

First, we plan to resume our onsite 11am worship service in the sanctuary. In making this decision, our Facilities Safety Task Force and elders have considered the status of PA restrictions (they were lifted last week), monitored local trends, and consulted with medical professionals. After prayerful discussion, we have decided to once again offer an onsite worship option for those who would like to attend. Communion, using individually pre-packaged elements, will be included as part of this service.

We recognize that this may not be the best option for everyone at this time. If you belong to a vulnerable or at-risk population–or if you have been experiencing any symptoms of illness–we invite you to participate in our worship at home service online instead. This service will continue to be produced each week, and we encourage you to share it with others and join us for worship as part of the Bellefield family.

If you plan to attend the 11am service, know that all our previous guidelines and protocols remain in effect: masks, physical distancing, seating by households, and check-in attendance will be required. 

Second, whether you join us onsite or online, we will begin a new series focused on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). This is Jesus’ most famous body of teaching, and has been a deep well of wisdom for Christians throughout the ages. It is challenging and comforting. It sets forth the charter for our lives as disciples and displays the dynamics of the kingdom of God. I encourage you to read through it in advance as we prepare to spend time listening to the words of our Savior. 

Grace and peace to you this new year, and always.