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APC News for June 2020

We have several things to cover in this newsletter, so we’ll jump right in!

All if God Wills…

Re-Opening – Due to the age and health issues of many of our members, we have decided to re-open in August 2020 if our county is still in the clear to do so, and if it is the prudent thing to do for the health of us all. We will announce the opening here on our website and our Facebook page, as well as during our Online Weekly Services as time draws nearer.

Online Blessings (Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube) – Switching from in-person to online Services has brought blessings to us! Friends who were not able to join us in-person now join us online each week through Zoom!

Since we won’t be holding Zoom Services when we are back in our Church building, we will continue to bring our long distance friends Weekly Services by going live on Facebook each Sunday morning. We also hope to record these Services and put them on our YouTube channel.

Vacation Bible School – We are very sorry, but do to COVID-19, we have decided to cancel our Vacation Bible School (Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through) for this year. We are saving our materials and hope to have it in the summer of 2021.

Our Annual Fundraiser Auction – Each May we have what is often called our most fun event of the year – our fundraiser auction! This year, of course, we were unable to have it. We are definitely planning on having it this autumn, so watch our Facebook page and this website for an announcement about it in the coming weeks.

Our Summer and Autumn Concerts – Each summer and autumn we have a singing group or singer hold a free concert. It is followed by our serving cookies, lemonade, and coffee while enjoying fellowship together in our Fellowship Hall. These concerts are pleasant and most always fill our pews with community members who come to enjoy quality gospel music and fellowship afterwards.

This year’s summer concert was to be in June, but was canceled due to COVID. It was to feature Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hunter from Linesville, Pennsylvania. They also happen to be our Church’s in-house musicians; Wayne plays the organ while his wife Nikki leads our singing and occasionally plays the piano or guitar during our Sunday Services.

Wayne grew-up near Atlantic, PA and played several instruments as a child. He was voted Most Talented for his musicianship in his 1989 Conneaut Lake High School class. After graduation, he served for twenty-years as a professional musician in the United States Army Band. He is retired from the Army now, but continues sharing his musical gift and talent at APC.

Nikki grew-up singing and playing music in Kentucky and even a bit in Nashville, Tennessee! Before moving to Pennsylvania in 2017, she had more recently been a vocalist in the Fairbanks Community Band and solo performer in Interior Alaska. She now leads singing, and sometimes performs solos, at APC. She is also a member of the APC choir. She enjoys learning a great deal about Church music from our APC choir director Mrs. Wilma Ferguson, and from her husband Wayne about being a better sight reader and musician.

We are not sure who will perform our concert this autumn, but we do hope to have it. During the first few weeks of re-opening, we will be better able to plan for it. We will share information online, at Church, and through posters in the Adamsville area when our concert plans are concrete.

Thank You – Thank you to all of you who have been with us, and who are joining us, in this unprecedented time of COVID. We have learned so much, and have had so many unexpected blessings, through this all. We look very forward to seeing you in August!

Encouragement · Inspiration · Online Sermons

What a Friend We Have in Jesus!

We sang the wonderful old hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus this past Sunday! It is always so good to be reminded of its beautiful, familiar words:

What a friend we have in Jesus!
All our sins and griefs to bear.
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

If you’d like to hear this beautiful hymn, here’s a link to country music’s Alan Jackson’s version that we think you will enjoy https://youtu.be/znWu2HCJ92c.

In his sermon, our beloved Reverend Harry Johns III spoke to us about the Scriptures of Psalms 86:1-10 (click here https://bit.ly/3etQ3pv to read this, if you’d like) and Matthew 10:26-39 (click here https://bit.ly/3fQTHu0 to read this, if you’d like). The video of his sermon should be available very soon; when it is, we will post it here on Facebook, our website (http://www.adamsvillepresbyterianchurch.org/), and our YouTube channel (https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCkjsAeH9NRfG1urk1rBExxw).

We hope that you enjoy the video and or seeing the words of this hymn, and reading the Scripture linked to above. You truly do have a real friend in Jesus. He is there for you, and so are we at Adamsville Presbyterian Church!

We hope to see you at next week’s Online Service!