An Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Ardara United Presbyterian Church
From Pastor Glenn Meyers
Greetings congregation members and friends,
At the beginning of the week, I spoke with each of the Elders and they are in agreement that for the health and safety of the congregation, we will be suspending gatherings of any size at Ardara church. This decision is consistent with the recommendations of the CDC and our Federal government. As you know, many of our congregation members are older and/or have underlying compromising conditions. This wave of covid-19 will naturally pass and by doing our part, we can mitigate its effects. We strongly recommend that in all areas of your lives you are striving to consider others as you go about your daily living - these are acts of loving one another. Social distancing doesn't require us to distance our hearts from one another or from God. We are a flock under His care and He is in control. As an expression of worship, efforts are being made to gather online 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning - using the platform Facebook-live. Further details will be given by Friday of this week. Please be praying for one another and for the church. I am available for visits via phone or available for appointments at 724-757-5531.
1 Peter 5 New International Version (NIV)
To the Elders and the Flock
5 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”[a]
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.