Church Life During the Pandemic

Church Life During the Pandemic

Our building may be closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the life of Second Church continues virtually in worship, fellowship, and serving others as we remain physically distant. We invite you to join with us in Christ.

First, in additional to your physical health, be sure to take care of your spiritual and emotional health. Friends, this is an anxious time for all of us. Pay attention to where you hold your anxiety (the tightening of the forehead, in your shoulders and back, in your gut; etc.) and remember, to breathe. Breathe in to a count of three, breath out and whisper “Come, Spirit, Come.” Our pastoral staff are available to meet (virtually), talk, and pray with you.

Sunday Worship

During the pandemic, we are holding one worship service at 10 AM on Sundays via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Zoom

Link: https://zoom.us/j/322082872
Mobile Phone or Tablet: Download Zoom App from the App store
Dial in: call 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID# 322 082 872

Facebook

https:www.facebook.com/secondpresby/

If you do not have a Facebook account, just search for @secondpresby to view the service.

Communion

Communion is served during worship on the first Sunday of the month (Palm Sunday, April 5th) and on Maundy Thursday–this year on April 9th. While we worship from our homes, we invite you to find elements of bread and wind/grape juice in your home, and we will take the sacrament together.

Zoom Cafe Following Worship

After worship folks can stay on Zoom for a “Zoom Cafe” to enjoy conversation and fellowship (Grab a cup of coffee and stay around!)

One-Room Sunday School

Beginning March 29th, we will have a “one room Sunday School” online via Zoom at 9 AM
• Link: https://zoom.us/j/967013144
• Phone: 1-646-558-8656
• Meeting ID# 967 013 144

Pastors’ Zoom Office Hours

On Mondays through Fridays we will hold Pastor “Zoom office hours” between 10 AM -12 PM (this means at ANYTIME during the 10 am-12 pm time frame you can click the office hours link and meet a Pastor on Zoom to talk, laugh, pray, cry, etc!!!

• Link: https://zoom.us/j/358828399
• Phone: 1-646-558-8656
• Meeting ID: 358 828 399

10 am – 12 pm Pastor’s Office Hour Schedule

• Monday: Rev. Dr. Tom Blair
• Tuesday: Rev. Amy Carlson
• Wednesday: Rev. Jenn DiFrancesco
• Thursday: Rev. Dr.Tom Blair
• Friday: Rev. Dr. Tom Blair

Daily Zoom Pop-Up Prayer at Noon

Each day on Mondays through Fridays, we will have “noon prayer” where you can click the Zoom link for a prayer, and then you are invited to stay on and chat/check in with folks who are there.

• Link: https://zoom.us/j/982869756
• Phone: 1-646-558-8656
• Meeting ID: 982 869 756

Noon Pop-Up Prayer Schedule:

• Monday: Rev. Amy Carlson
• Tuesday: Rev. Jenn DiFrancesco
• Wednesday: Rev. Dr. Tom Blair
• Thursday: Rev. Amy Carlson
• Friday: Rev. Jenn DiFrancesco

mission during covid-19

GEDCO CARES Needs Volunteers and Food Donations

GEDCO CARES Food Pantry provides thousands of bags of groceries each year to neighbors in the 21212 and a few surrounding zip codes. The pantry is also helping to feed families from local schools during these days and weeks of school closings.

Help is needed to help pack and distribute bags of food for clients and families. Volunteeers should be in good health and have no underlying health issues. GEDCO has put additional safety precautions in place.

Click this Sign-up-Genius link for dates and times and to voluntee. Check back as other days and times will be added.

No prior experience of volunteering with GEDCO is required.

CARES currently needs:

• Produce
• Tuna
• Baked Beans
• Canned Vegetables
• Hearty Soup (not tomato)
• Pasta & Pasta Sauce
• Cereal
• Macaroni & Cheese
• Baby Supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.)

CARES is located in the rear of St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 5502 York Road in Govans. Donations accepted Mondays & Thursdays from 9 AM – 11 AM & Saturday mornings from 10 AM – 12 PM.

Sew Masks for UM St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Second member Grace Serafini, who is a nurse at UM St. Joseph’s Hospital, has said that the hospital would welcome homemade masks. For those who are sewers, here are instructions for two types of masks.

DIY Cloth Face Mask (fitted mask)
Folded Mask

Both of these designs follow CDC guidelines and have links to the CDC website. Unlike the N95 masks, these are not designed to prevent COVID-19 entirely; however, they will prevent some transmission, and the CDC has approved them for use.

If you are interested, please contact Janet Short. She will share what is planned and answer any questions.

Also, we are in need of elastic as it is sold out. If you have some to spare, the elastic needs to be 3/8’ or smaller for comfort around the ears and any color. Let Janet know.

Make REusable Bags from Old T-Shirts

Making t-shirt bags for reusable grocery bags is a simple project for kids and adults alike to keep busy and help with our CARES mission food collection. Here are YouTube instructions to complete the bags.

Make Sandwiches for Manna House & Our Daily Bread

It Takes a Community to Make 1000 Sandwiches

The need is great for sandwiches for Manna House and our Daily Bread to feed Baltimore’s homeless. With many hands we can do much to help provide grab and go meals for our neighbors in Baltimore.

Use this Sign-up Genius link to sign up.

Helpful hints:

  1. DO NOT make sandwiches if you or someone in your house is sick. We know you want to help, but this isn’t your moment. Don’t worry more opportunities to help will be there when you are well.
  2. We are asking for both peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and meat & cheese–no condiments- sandwiches. Please individually wrap each sandwich in its own sandwich bag and place all of the sandwiches back into the bread bag. It would be HELPFUL if each bread bag contained only one kind of sandwich (meat & cheese OR PB&J)
  3. Deliver your filled bread bags of sandwiches to Second Presbyterian Church (4201 Charlcote Rd. 21218) between 12 pm-2 pm on Friday, April 3.
    Questions? Contact Rev. Jenn DiFrancesco.