November 2020 Newsletter is Here!

The November 2020 edition of our church newsletter, The Link, is now here. While we are still under conference guidelines for covid-19 protection, we are continuing to hold in-person services on Sunday mornings at 10am, as well as on-line services. Links to the location for the on-line services can be found in the column to the right. We are working very hard to keep a safe environment for those who wish to come and worship in person and we welcome anyone to join with us. Yes, things are a little different than they were last early spring, but the Lord is still with us and looking for YOU to come to the table. Communion will be served the first Sunday of each month. Join us in our circle of faith and give thanks for your blessings from above.

To view the November Link, click here:

September Edition of The Link now online

The September 2020 edition of our church newsletter, The Link, is now available online. To view it please click on this link: September Link & Schedule.

Our doors are open to everyone to come on Sunday mornings at 10am to worship. We still need to be mindful of the covid guidelines that are in place in our effort to ensure the Sanctuary is as safe as possible. Wear a mask (if you don’t have one, one will be available) and keep social distancing in mind as we scatter ourselves throughout the room. Remember, our heavenly Father wants to hear from you and share His love with you. No matter how distant we need to be from each other, there is no social distance needed when we come to God.

Community Food Bank September 2020 Calendar

Shown below is the September 2020 calendar for the Community Food Bank, housed at the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. The Food Bank serves the towns of Barkhamsted and New Hartford. Due to the covid-19 issues, all clients should contact Pat to place their order which will then be available for pick-up on a table outside the building For more information, or to learn how you can make a donation, please call the phone number listed on the calendar. To view a bigger version of the calendar, simply click on the calendar.

Church Newsletter for August 2020 is now online.

The newsletter for Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church is now available online. The good news is that our doors are now open for our Sunday 10 am worship services. We would love to have you join with us but we must keep in mind the guidelines established by our conference that will allow us to provide a safe environment for worshippers. Here are just a few you’ll want to keep in mind: you must wear a mask at all times, social distancing must be maintained as indicated by the designated pews, there is no Sunday School for the children. There is no formal coffee hour. We pray that these restrictions will be lifted in the near future, but until that time, it is still a blessing to be able to gather in the Sanctuary to worship our Lord.

Today was the first time communion was celebrated since we’ve opened the doors again. The elements were pre-packaged but the words and prayers were the same ones we’ve used for years and it brought many of us comfort to be able to recite them again. Communion will be offered on the first Sunday of each month as usual.

To view our newsletter, simply click on this link: August Link & Schedule.

August 2020 Community Food Bank Calendar

The August 2020 calendar for the Community Food Bank is found below. To enlarge it, simply click on the calendar. The ‘social distancing’ guidelines are still in effect so if you plan to come to the Food Bank, please call the number listed on the calendar and give your order to Pat or one of the helpers. They will pull together your items, and will set them on the table outside the doors for you to load into your car. Pat can help with additional instructions if need be.

The Food Bank serves clients in Barkhamsted and New Hartford. Days the Food Bank is open are listed on the calendar, as well as times when items can be dropped off.

Good News! The church building is opening!

Finally, some long awaited good news!! Our church building will be opening on Sunday, July 5th for our 10am worship service!! Now granted, there will be some adjustments to the service and some guidelines that must be followed to allow this to happen. Some of these changes are listed below:

  • If you are not feeling well, have a fever, or show other signs of illness, please stay home and we’ll pray that you feel better soon.
  • If you are age 65 or older, or have small children under the age of 2 years, we recommend that you stay home and participate with us in the online worship service.
  • Masks must be worn at all times. Families must sit together and children will remain with their parents for the entire service.
  • As you enter the building, you will be asked to sign in and provide information that would assist with covid tracking should that be necessary.
  • Our capacity is limited and the guidelines ask folks to maintain at least 6 feet apart, and sit in every other pew. Ushers will assist you in finding a seat.
  • Offerings will be dropped in specific baskets in the Narthex as you exit the Sanctuary at the direction of the ushers.

During this time of coming together again, we are trying our best to keep the safety and security of our church family of highest importance. Currently there will be no Coffee Hour or socializing in the building.

If you are still uncomfortable in coming into the building for worship, our online service will continue and we would welcome you to join us there. Links to the online service can be found to the right of this page.

We’ve waited a long time to come together once again and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon or in a few weeks when you’re feeling better about it. In any case, know that you are in our prayers as we travel this road together!

July 2020 Calendar for Community Food Bank

The July 2020 calendar for the Community Food Bank is found below. To enlarge it, simply click on the calendar. The ‘social distancing’ guidelines are still in effect so if you plan to come to the Food Bank, please call the number listed on the calendar and give your order to Pat or one of the helpers. They will pull together your items, and will set them on the table outside the doors for you to load into your car. Pat can help with additional instructions if need be.

The Food Bank serves clients in Barkhamsted and New Hartford. Days the Food Bank is open are listed on the calendar, as well as times when items can be dropped off.