Update – 10/25/20
 
We love people and want to take care of you!
 
We’re enjoying worship together in the sanctuary, in our cars and online!
Currently, sanctuary worship and ‘car church’ are held at 8:30 & 10 am each Sunday morning (more details below).
 
Today’s Sermon –
The video version is available by cutting/pasting this link: https://youtu.be/ecSsijkI3xE. The audio only version is available the ‘sermon’ tab! (See Menu). Note: Previous video sermons are also listed below and on the ‘sermon’ page.
 
~ Current Highlights ~
 
Final Campfire Church will be held Wednesday, October 28 (details below)
 
OCC Christmas Shoebox Drive – Collection Dates to drop off boxes are Sundays, November 8 & 15th
 
MS & HS Youth Shoebox Event – Sunday, November 8th, following late worship!
 
1. Sanctuary Worship – Our current Sunday schedule includes an 8:30 am & 10:00 am Worship Hour – in three formats. For now, we can house 50% of our capacity which is approximately 125 individuals per service. The Arthur Pilgrim classroom (across from the nursery) can serve another 15 or so people, as an overflow seating area, with a live-stream video presentation.
 
Note: As of May 29, face masks became mandatory in public buildings (including churches) by order of our Governor. We also encourage the 6-foot rule to show kindness to others. At present, no Sunday School, Nursery or Children’s Church will take place until restrictions ease and a plan can be put back in place to protect your health and safety as a whole.
 
2. Car Church –  If you’re not ready to attend church inside of the sanctuary (or you do not have a face mask with you), you can participate by listening to the worship service through the FM radio in your vehicle. How does this work? A short-range FM signal is accessible in the church parking lots. So, simply find a parking spot, and then volunteers will bring you a copy of that Sunday’s worship lyrics, the sermon outline and will tell you where to tune your FM dial. Car Church enables you to participate without having a close presence with other individuals.
 
3. Online Sermons – We will continue to make sermons available online as well. See notes above for the current sermon and below for other recent sermons.
 
Recent Sunday Sermons – Video links for sermons are available by clicking on the corresponding date (and on the ‘sermon’ page):
Sunday – October 11, 2020
Sunday – October. 4, 2020
 
What’s Happening?
 
1. Final Campfire Church – On Wednesday, October 28, we’ll host the last Campfire Church of the season. This outdoor evening of food, fellowship and faith is held on the back of the church property. Hot dogs will be provided (self-serve) from 6:00-6:30 p.m. BYOB – as in Bring Your Own Beverage / Bring Your Own Bible! After supper, we’ll have a Bible lesson together which will conclude by 7:15 pm. Then, we’ll enjoy some more fellowship time with a plan to put the fire out at 8:00 pm. Bring a lawn chair, your drink, your Bible and other things to keep you comfortable and safe. (The ‘phone tree’ will be used to cancel the event by 5 pm in the case of inclement or threatening weather.) 
 
2. Arthur Pilgrim S.S. Class! We’ve been meeting in a different format over the past months – outside and every other Wednesday night (opposite weeks of Campfire Church). Our next ‘open air’ class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6:00-7:00 pm (30 minutes earlier) on the back of the church property. Bring your own lawn chair and Bible. (If we are not able to meet outside due to the weather, we will plan to meet in the fellowship hall with indoor safety restrictions followed.)
 
3. Keeping Up-to-Date – Schedules and social-distancing practices will be modified and fluid for the time being as the process of reopening our state takes place. (See note about mandatory face masks above.) Since mid-March, we have been communicating weekly using the “phone tree” with a 90-second message. It is important for you to listen to those updated messages! These phone calls, and the church website, help to keep us all up-to-date. If you would like to be added to the calling list, please contact the church office.
 
4. Bible Reading Schedule – We have posted the Daily Bible Reading Schedule on our website (see tab above). If, however, you would like a printed copy mailed to your home, please contact the church office. We’d be happy to get you a copy to enjoy in the days ahead.
 
5. Pastoral Transition – In August, Bishop Todd Fetters shared about the transition process for our next Senior Pastor. If you missed that congregational meeting, we encourage you to check out this link. You’ll hear how the “stationing” (appointment) process will take place following the retirement of Pastor Denny in July 2021.
 
Our ‘New Normal’
 
1. Prayers & PraisesWhile we continue to adjust to an ever-changing and new way of doing things, we invite you to share any prayer requests or praises with us through the church office voicemail. The pastors and others in the church would like to lift up your needs before the Lord.
 
2. OfferingFor those not attending worship services at the church yet, you  may still share your tithes and offerings now or later. Gifts may be mailed to the church office (314 Chapel Rd), and they will be forwarded to our financial secretary in a timely manner. Or, you can hold onto your gifts until you feel comfortable joining us for worship at the church.
 
3. Activities Other Than Worship – Our schedule changes have been made to comply with the CDC restrictions regarding COVID19, and in conjunction with federal and state guidelines. As things begin to loosen up, especially with outdoor activities, we have begun adapting to new experiences: 1) Campfire Church is meeting every other Wednesday; 2) ‘Son’Shine Sisters is meeting every other Monday evening and the 3) Arthur Pilgrim Sunday School Class is meeting again – on Wednesday nights (opposite week of Campfire Church). Other church activities will continue in a cancelled/postponed status until further notice. However, if you’re feeling a need to connect with other believers, give a fellow believer a call and make an arrangement to connect. The church can make available a room for you to gather in – with a timely reservation and attendance restrictions/compliance. Simply call the church office and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.
 
We are not alone in this. So, remember that even though we are still separated in distance – at least in part – we can still Be the Church in our own homes and community. Share a prayer, send a card, make a call. Reach out with God’s love to bless and encourage others. 
 
For our High Risk Population – 
Here’s an excerpt from a statement given by Bishop Todd Fetters: “We know the coronavirus is especially deadly for elderly people, and for people with compromised immune systems. You know who those people are in your church. Be proactive. Tell them, “I know you want to be in church and that you’re not afraid of catching this virus. But we don’t want anything to happen to you. We encourage you to skip church on Sunday morning, just until this blows over.”
 
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We Welcome You to Jerusalem Chapel!
 
Sunday Worship Schedule
 
 ~ Pre-Covid ~
 
8:30 AM Early Worship Hour*
 
9:45 AM  Sunday School for all ages (and including nursery)
 
11:00 AM  Late Worship Hour*
 
*Children’s Church is typically available on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. During the summer months, that schedule may change. See the Opportunities Tab/Children for more details.
 
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We are located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley – near Staunton, Virginia. For over 160 years, Jerusalem Chapel has faithfully shared the message of hope and Christ’s love in our community and beyond. We would love to have you come and visit us some time for a worship service or other event.