Greetings MABC Family.
This Sunday, February 21, we will be sharing the Lord’s Supper together during each of the worship gatherings.
For those unable to attend a worship gathering, please contact a pastor or elder if you would like one of us to visit and share communion at your home.
Sunday Service Information dated February 13, 2021:
Greetings MABC Family-
Sunday services will be at 8:00, 9:15 and 10:30am (10:30 is masks required service).
Services and Sunday School may change based on weather conditions in the morning.
Sunday School is also at 9:15am
The worship service aare streamed live through the church’s Facebook page and a recording of the service will be posted to the church website later in the morning.
Latest Information dated January 07, 2021:
Consider joining us for our adult Sunday School offering this quarter beginning this Sunday 1/10/21. We will be encouraging and equipping one another in passing the faith to the next generation. Pastors Tim & Matt will lead us as we consider God’s word, pray together, and seek to make disciples.
There will also be a Sunday School offering for teens beginning this week led by Jason Buck.
Be encouraged in these uncertain times by this excerpt of a prayer written by Douglas McKelvey in Every Moment Holy Volume 2:
The Lord’s throne in heaven is yet occupied,
his rule is eternal, and his good purposes
on earth will be forever accomplished.
So we need never be swayed by the brief and
passing panics of this age.
You are the King of the Ages, O Christ,
and history is held in your Father’s hands.
We, your people, know the good and glorious
end of this story. Our heavenly hope is secure.
In this time of widespread suffering then,
let us rest afresh in the surpassing peace of that
vision, that your whole church on earth might be
liberated to love more generously and sacrificially.
Now labor in and through us, O Lord, extending and
multiplying the many expressions of your mercy.
Information January 02, 2021:
Greetings MABC Family,
Tomorrow, Sunday, January 03, 2021, we have the privilege of gathering to worship and to be encouraged and equipped from God’s Word. Services at 8:00, 9:15 and 10:30 (face coverings required at 10:30) will be available, along with a livestream of the services accessible through the church Facebook page. We return to the Gospel of Mark, beginning at chapter 12.
Next Sunday, January 10th, a new adult Sunday School class will begin focusing on the importance of and ways to pass on our faith to the next generation. Parents are encouraged to participate but also anyone burdened with making disciples of young people.
Information Dated December 18, 2020:
Dear MABC church family,
We have decided to update our protocols for gatherings again. Please understand we are working very hard to do the best job of leadership that we can. We prayerfully agonize over the decisions we must make. We don’t take our responsibility lightly as we are accountable to each other, and ultimately accountable to God.
We are grateful for the efforts you have been making during the last few weeks since we required face coverings in all services and ministries due to the greatly increased transmission rate of the coronavirus. We also are very aware that this decision, although welcomed by some, was difficult for others.
We are grateful for those who have expressed their thoughts and concerns directly to the elders recently through various forms of communication and respect the fact that it is difficult for some to wear a face covering for a number of reasons. We are not only concerned about the health of our bodies, but more so the health of the Body of Christ at MABC.
Therefore, we have decided to revert back to our previous protocols (which are engraved on our recently installed new road sign) but continue to strongly encourage all of us to take as many precautions as possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (as well as other illnesses). We can’t pretend it’s not a real medical challenge and threat to others. We look forward to worshipping with you in the service that is best meeting your needs.
Starting this Sunday, December 20, (and choir practice tonight, Dec 18 @ 7:00 PM)
1) the 8:00 AM and 9:15 AM church services and Sunday School will once again be face coverings recommended but not required,
2) the 10:30 AM service will continue to be face coverings required,
3) the Sunday evening ministries will be face coverings recommended but not required,
4) and on Christmas Eve, the 4:30 PM service will be face coverings required, and the 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM services will be face coverings at your discretion.
Of course, face covering is the most challenging protocol, but it’s really only one of many that we’ve all heard much about this year and should continue to follow.
Thanks for your patience, grace, and forgiveness as we complete our trek through this difficult year.
More than anything, we encourage all of us to focus on loving God and others by the power of His Spirit in our lives through the many ways that His love can be demonstrated through us toward others. Let’s set our minds on things above and focus on the unity we have in Christ, especially during this Christmas season.
Blessings to you all and have a blessed Christmas!
The Elders of MABC
Christmas Update December 16, 2020:
Merry Christmas from MABC Staff and Elders!
We would like to update you on the schedule and events for the rest of December.
First, there will be three services and Sunday school on December 20th and December 27th. We plan on continuing into the new year to allow spreading out.
As you probably know, the services have been live streaming through the MABC Facebook account. Up to now we have been using an I-Phone as our “camera” and a speaker close to the phone to pick up the sound. As those of you who have joined the service through the live stream know this system is okay, but less than great.
A more professional camera that allows the sound to feed directly into the broadcast has been donated to the church and hopefully, this coming Sunday, will provide an upgraded presentation of the services. If you need the instructions for how to access the service, please contact the office.
On Christmas Eve, we will be having three services at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:30 pm. We will have the chairs arranged in the round with our Advent Wreath in the center. We will be enjoying many beloved Christmas songs along with special numbers, a short Christmas message and ending the service with a candle lighting. The first service will be broadcast live and then be available the rest of the evening for you to enjoy any time thereafter.
Another reminder is that there is a big box in the foyer for anyone to drop Christmas greetings to your MABC friends. You can drop them in anytime up to this Sunday. We will be sorting them and putting each family’s cards in an envelope and delivering them to your homes on December 23 and 24.
Thank you and have a Blessed Christmas and New Year!
Information Update December 12, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we continue to celebrate the coming of our Savior through this Advent season, we are reminded that Christ came to call us into His kingdom, which is not of this world. We are in the world, but not of the world.
Together we are trusting Christ to lead us in living out our faith in Christ. We remember Christ's words when asked which commandment is the most important.Jesus answered, "The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31
Let us consider in these difficult times what it means to love God and love our neighbor.
"By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:16-18
We love all of you and are thankful for the continuing opportunity to be able to worship our God together. Even with the increased restrictions in Pennsylvania beginning this weekend, we are thankful that we can continue to gather for Sunday services, Sunday school, Sunday evening ministries, choir practice, Christmas Eve, etc. If at all possible, please join us in person for praise, worship, and edification as we continue to function as Christ's body in Mt. Aetna.
If not in person, please take advantage of our Facebook Livestream of Sunday services and join us virtually. Many of us have really enjoyed this opportunity as we've been unable to attend on person.
We continue to encourage all to take precautions as suggested by our authorities and medical professionals as many are dealing with the coronavirus and covid19 in this time of increased transmission. Washing hands regularly, maintaining distance, wearing face coverings, etc are ways we can love our neighbor and continue meeting in person.
Strengthening our immune systems by taking vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin B complex is also very important as well as eating healthy foods as we desire to take good care of our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
We are clarifying that we are requiring face coverings while in the building unless medically prohibited. In that case, please make sure you practice social distancing. Each of us should be careful to stay home if we are not feeling well or have a fever.
Please pray for each other, support each other in creative ways, and love each other well.
In Christ's love,
The Elders on MABC
Information from November 21, 2020
Dear Church Family,
As we are all aware, there has been a large increase in COVID-19 infections, including our area and affecting our church members as well as their extended families.
The elders met earlier today and determined that in order to provide protection for those who worship with us and to allow continued worship and fellowship, we need to institute a mask/face covering requirement for all three services effective tomorrow, November 22. This will be required, at all times, while in the building. The only exception will be those who are leading worship while they are on the stage.
There will be both adult and youth Sunday school with face coverings required. Sunday evening youth activities will be conducted and details of requirements will be communicated directly to the youth involved. Other activities in church will be cancelled this Sunday evening.
Wednesday evening Thanksgiving eve activities will be held as scheduled with services at 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm also requiring masks for all in attendance.
If there are any changes for the following Sunday, they will be communicated as soon as possible.
For those who are at risk, as well as those who are not comfortable wearing a face covering, the services will be live-streamed on the church’s Facebook account. You can access the account either directly from facebook.com or the church’s website and scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking the Facebook icon.
If you access Facebook directly, search for Mount Aetna Bible Church. Once you are at the home page, find the link on the left side of the page and go to videos. About 5 minutes before the service begins there will be a box that shows a live-feed. After the service is over, it will be available as a recording.
We want to encourage everyone to understand that these are difficult times, and our goal is to allow us to continue to worship and fellowship in person. Please, if you are not feeling well, or if you’ve been exposed to the virus, choose the alternative of staying home and viewing the services online. We are looking forward to gathering together as the Church Family as soon as we are able.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Elders of MABC
Latest Inormation October 01, 2020 :
We are looking forward to gathering again this Sunday. This email is a reminder of some changes and additions to meeting times and activities on Sundays over the next few months.
Three separate worship services are scheduled: 8 am, 9:15 am and 10:30(masks) am. We continue to encourage people to self-screen for illness before participating, to practice regular hand-washing and to allow for adequate physical distancing. Additionally, face coverings are required in the building at all times for the 10:30 service. This will allow more vulnerable people to participate safely. Face coverings during the 8 and 9:15 am services are encouraged while interacting with people but use of face coverings is at the discretion of the individual. This also applies to Sunday School during the 9:15 am time period.
Sunday School class locations will be posted at the building this Sunday, but will generally be in the usual locations.
Thanks for your ongoing patience and continue to love each other well!
Letter dated September 25, 2020:
Brothers and Sisters of Mt Aetna Bible Church-
The elders of MABC find ourselves in a very difficult place regarding virus safety protocols. Literally, person A pleads with us to have services and ministries as normal with no restrictions. At the same time, person B pleads with us to require face coverings for all services throughout the entire service. Person C pleads with us to just let people decide.
"You can't please them all" has been taken to an extreme!
We care deeply about everyone in our congregation. We want to serve everyone out of love and humility. We need your support in helping us to provide worship services as well as discipleship ministries for children, teens and adults in which everyone can participate as they desire.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to be a concern and will be for some time. This is an opportunity for us to live out our Christian love by putting others needs above our own. We have continued to adjust and adapt to the scenario we find ourselves in regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding with faithfulness and wisdom as
followers of Christ to the world around us remains important. We would urge you to emulate Jesus Christ who perfectly mingled truth and grace as He interacted with people. Allow the Spirit to bear fruit in your life during this polarized time.
In an effort to develop greater consistency with regard to how we gather and worship together while also making space for those who may be at a higher health risk, we will be employing the following changes to our ministries:
1. We will have three worship services at the following times: 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:30am. This will begin Sunday, Ocober 4, 2020.
During the 8:00am & 9:15am services, mask-wearing will be at the discretion of the individual or family.
During the 10:30am service, mask-wearing will be required for the duration of the service.
2. Sunday school for all ages will begin October 4th and will be held during the 9:15am service (more details will follow).
3. A date tp provide nursery care for young children on Sundays is currently being determined.
4. Thrive children’s ministry will resume Sunday night, October 4 and regular youth group gatherings will resume this Sunday, September 27. Details about these ministries will be communicated separately.
Despite these changes, we continue to encourage wise practices that aid in keeping us all healthy including hand-washing, physical distance, mask-wearing, etc. We ask that you please stay home if you or a family member is not feeling well. Clicking HERE can provide you a COVID screening questionnaire that you may find useful to assess whether or not you should attend a service.
The Elders of Mt Aetna Bible Church