Coronavirus Preparedness - COVID 19

Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:00 PM

All activities held at the church building will be canceled for the foreseeable future except the church office and the Drive Up Food Pantry.


EWE Drive Up Food Pantry hours:

Wednesday, March 18, 4-5:30 pm

Friday, March 20, 9-11 am

Monday, March 23, 9-11 am

Wednesday, March 25, 4-5:30 pm


Food need is ongoing. Donations will continue to be received at the bins in front of the church building. 



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Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 3:40 PM


Hi Church!

Wanted to send a quick reminder about tomorrow, and a heads up about the days to come.

Sunday Morning: We will meet on Facebook Live at 9 am Sunday. We will NOT meet at the church campus Sunday. We will broadcast our service live at 9 am on Facebook. This broadcast will include a time of music and preaching. Afterwards, still on Facebook live, there will be a very brief time for kids and families led by our Uniontown kids ministry. The sermon will be posted on our website around noon on Sunday.

Please be patient. The number of churches around the country that will be emergency streaming on Facebook tomorrow remains to be seen, but by best estimates it will be exponentially more than ever before. This means Facebook may have streaming issues. We will be doing our best with what we have, but will need your patience as we navigate the challenges that may pop up.

We certainly understand that not everyone has Facebook. However, with only a few days notice, it’s our best option at this point. If you know of someone that doesn’t have the best internet service, or is not on Facebook, it would be amazing for you to invite them into your home to participate in the service with you. 


If you don't have a Facebook account and you can't see the Livestream at 9am, you can still view the service later in the morning by going to Facebook.com/uniontownbible. 

Please share our Facebook Live event when it becomes available. Tomorrow’s message is focused on being encouraged, and encouraging those around us. 

This is an extremely fluid situation. Please know we are making the best decisions we can with the information we have at the time. However, when that information changes, we are forced to adjust. Your flexibility is appreciated as we navigate this mess. 

Finally, stay tuned. We are working on some exciting opportunities to serve the local community. This is the moment the church demonstrates it isn’t a country club, when things are difficult and her people step up to serve the vulnerable in our community. A lot more information is coming about that…

We love you, church. We are praying for you, and we appreciate your prayers as we seek to make much of Jesus through these days and weeks. 


Pastor Frank
On behalf of the Elder Team and Staff of Uniontown Bible Church



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Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:58 PM


With the latest information and now a confirmed Corona Virus case in Carroll County, we are being advised to not hold the PG Conference at Uniontown Bible Church on Saturday, March 14. We will cancel this event and reschedule at a later date.  We will work with registrants to refund money if you are unable to attend the rescheduled date. Thanks for your cooperation. Stay safe!



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Friday, March 13, 2020 at 9:00 AM


Good Morning, Uniontown Family. 

Following Governor Hogan’s press conference and resulting directives, our church leadership met Thursday night and made the following decisions related to church activities:

  • Sunday Morning: We will meet on Facebook Live at 9 am Sunday. We will NOT meet at the church campus Sunday. We will broadcast our service live at 9 am on Facebook. This broadcast will include a time of music and preaching. Afterwards, still on Facebook live, there will be a very brief time for kids and families led by our Uniontown kids ministry. The sermon will be posted on our website around noon on Sunday.
  • PG Conference: This Saturday, March 14, we are hosting the PG Conference at the church campus.  Because the attendance numbers are below the mandated maximum we will still hold that event.
  • Community Groups: We are leaving this decision to your individual leaders and group. You may decide to meet or not meet in this time.  
  • Church Group or Ministry Meetings: You may meet at the discretion of the leader. The leaders of each group will communicate their decision.
  • Wednesday Nights (TeamKID, Youth Ministry): Our next leadership meeting will be Monday evening. We will make the final decision then on whether or not to hold Wednesday night activities.
  • Sports Activities (Volleyball, Basketball, Yoga): Our next leadership meeting will be Monday evening. We will make the final decision then on whether or not we host the scheduled athletic activities.

That’s a lot to swallow, isn’t it? We are in the beginning of what will prove to be a memorable and historic few weeks in our country. The irony isn’t lost on me that one of my main points for this coming Sunday’s message was going to be - Christians need to be good citizens. It is our hope and intent to do just as that as a church over the next few weeks.


But Uniontown, we are being called on to be more than just good citizens in the next few days. It is in these moments of confusion and despair that we can shine the light. We can serve those around us because, to coin a phrase, we trust God and wash our hands


Let me encourage you to be looking for ways to serve those around you. I was reading an update from a friend who has be quarantined in the eye of this COVID-19 storm for 50 days. I think she captured my thoughts better than I could:


As a nurse, my heart and prayers are with my friends, classmates, and co-workers who will stand on the front lines of this virus in the states. Out of respect for them, wash your hands often and stay home if you possibly can. Don’t do this out of fear, do it out of love. Esteem someone else’s needs as higher than your own. You can trust me when I say that staying home for a few days....or even weeks wont be as bad as you think. 

Don’t forget to be kind. When you get groceries for yourself, help someone who is older or at higher risk or who has less resources than you to get some also. 

Spend more time reading your Bible than you do watching the news. Keep it in perspective and keep running back to Jesus.


Psalm 37:3 tells us to "Trust in the Lord, and do what is good.” May we love people well through this time. Love you, church family. Looking forward to catching up on the Facebook Live stream at 9am on Sunday.


Pastor Frank
On behalf of the Elder Team and Staff of Uniontown Bible Church

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March 12, 2020, 08:45 PM EDT


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March 12, 2020, 10:02:57 AM EDT



Good Morning Uniontown,

I am sure by now most of you have received information from one of your service providers about how they will be dealing with COVID-19. (I’ve gotten messages from Southwest, Starbucks, and some random movie theater in North Carolina that I’ve never been to.) We certainly don’t want to add to the ever growing pile of emails you delete this week, but we did want to make sure you knew how we as a church are dealing with this situation. 

Before I give you details, let me do the Pastor thing. I am so very torn on how to communicate this, because I don’t want to oversimplify it and I don’t want to make it sound worse than it is. So I guess what I’ll say is this: Trust God and wash your hands

Trust God. In all of this, God isn’t surprised. In fact, Jesus tells us that difficult times will come and that doesn’t just mean persecutions. That means things like cancer, heart disease, relational difficulty, tragedy, and, yes, COVID-19. But in all of these things, He promises to be near, to hear us when we call on Him, and to be our peace when we need peace the most. 

Wash your hands. In all seriousness, God has given us wisdom, the ability to think, and the knowledge of people who have spent their entire lives in the medical and scientific field preparing for a moment like this. These are the people we lean on for advice and counsel as to what we should do and when we should do it. They’ve been unified and clear - we need to be washing our hands. (Here is a link to some of the other things they’ve suggested as well.)

As we’ve listened to those brilliant people and read what is being put out by both the national and local experts about how this affects our weekly gatherings, Uniontown has a plan for today, and a plan to evaluate our plans for the days to come. We will do our best to communicate any updates to you as the need arises. For now, here are some details:

  • The building is being cleaned and disinfected regularly, and we are constantly looking at ways to do even more. 
  • Our next Communion time isn’t until Good Friday, but we will be evaluating the situation as that nears and make any adjustments necessary. 
  • We will still have our offering baskets passed on Sunday morning, but feel free to give online if that would make you more comfortable. (You can go here for detailed instructions, or you can go here to give.) 
  • If you are sick, especially if you have had a fever in the last 24 hours, please stay home. Even if it’s “just the flu,” we don’t want that either!! The sermons are posted on our website around noon on Sunday, and we are working on a temporary option to stream our service on Facebook.
  • Finally, I know it’s hard to stop shaking hands, but let’s try to stop. If you’re daring and coordinated, you can try the elbow thing. Just don’t hurt anyone.

Church, let’s be praying for each other. Let’s be praying for those who are battling this virus. Let’s be praying for our medical and scientific professionals who are trying to provide information and a cure. Let’s be praying for those who need to make difficult decisions in the days and weeks to come. 

And, let’s be sure to challenge each other to trust God and wash your hands. 

Until Sunday!

 


Pastor Frank
On behalf of the Elder Team and Staff of Uniontown Bible Church