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Throughout this time when we are being asked to remain at home, many of us have had the opportunity to stay engaged in the life of the church.  We watch the live stream on Sunday mornings, we follow what’s happening in the church and within our church family through videos posted on Facebook.  We receive updates from the church through email or by going to the church website.
However, there is a group of approximately 150 within our church family who does not have this kind of access.  This is due to the fact that they do not have the internet, and thus do not have access to our website, emails, or other means of communication.  As we continue to stress the importance of Community Life, we do not want these individuals or families to be left behind.
What we are proposing is an opportunity for individuals (or families) from our congregation to correspond with each other over the summer through the US Mail.  I think we would all agree that it lifts our hearts when we receive a personal, hand-written letter from someone in the mail.  While we are hoping that many who do not have the internet will take advantage of this opportunity to have a summer “pen-pal”, we want to stress that this is open to everyone in our church family. 
Here is what you need to know:
  • Contact us by Friday, May 15th,  and let us know that you would like to participate. 
    • For those who have internet access, click HERE to sign up. 
    • For those without the internet, please call the church office at  717-762-2991 to provide your name and current mailing address.
  • By the end of May, we will provide you the name and mailing address of another person or family within our congregation.
  • You will be asked to write one letter per month over the summer (June, July, August) to your Pen Pal.  You will, in turn, expect to receive from them, one letter each month.
  • It would be helpful, but not necessary if you would enclose a picture of yourself (or family). 
As you begin, you will want to introduce yourself and share about your family, your vocation, and your interests.  You may share how you first started attending services at Five Forks, how long you have been attending, and which service you attend.  You may want to share the impact that this pandemic is having on you, the challenges you face, and if anything positive has come from it.
We are hoping that many who do not have internet access will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the life of our church community.  Again, we are hoping that many of you who do have internet access will be able to share with those who don’t what has been happening and will be happening in the life of our church.
Please be sure to contact the church office by May 15th so that we can get everyone paired up before the first of June.  One more thing, if you are in need of stationery or postage stamps, please let us know and we will be glad to supply these for you.
Get those pens and pencils ready!
Bill, Ray, Shaun, Chris, Brady

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for Week 6 of our mid-week adult Bible Study on I John.  Here you will find a handout that Skip Russell is making available for you to download.  Here is the link you will want to go to in order to view this week’s study: