COVID-19 Update June 26, 2020

The 4th Street congregation will regather for worship in the church building starting July 5th. Click here to read a letter from Pastor Joel and what to expect when you attend. Below are the guidelines for attending worship:

(1) If you are feeling ill, have flu-like symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks, please refrain from attending in person and continue worshiping online.

(2) Face masks will be worn at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.

(3) Please practice social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet apart). Families are invited to sit together during worship.

(4) Please refrain from close contact. Please respectfully refrain from shaking hands, hugging, fist bumps, and the Brethren kiss no matter how well-meant and well-intended.

(5) All high touch surfaces will be sanitized between services. The church will be thoroughly cleaned throughout the week.

(6) Please refrain from using water fountains. Bottles of water will be provided.

(7) Seating adjustments have been made in each worship space to accommodate social distancing. Please respectfully follow the signage, and please refrain from moving chairs.

(8) Hand sanitizer, wipes, and masks will be provided and located throughout the church for easy access.

(9) Children’s ministries and childcare will not be offered at this time to maintain social distancing.

(10) If you have attended worship and later test positive for COVID-19, please call the church office immediately at (717) 264-6957

(11) If you do not feel comfortable worshiping in person or unable to follow these guidelines, we invite you to continue worshiping online or call the church office for a DVD.


COVID-19 Update June 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update May 24, 2020

“The church leadership will monitor the CDC guidelines with regard to church openings; however, the church will remain closed until procedures are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the church family and guests.”

For further explanation on this statement, please see Pastor Joel’s opening reflection in the June Newsletter.

COVID-19 Update April 14, 2020


Dear Members and Friends of Chambersburg COB:


I hope this letter finds you safe and well. Staying indoors and donning a facemask when venturing outside have become the new normal for most of us during this COVID-19 pandemic. For the last four weeks the church building has been essentially closed to the public and all church activities – meetings, Youth Group, Midweek Connection, etc. – have either been cancelled or postponed until further notice. This is being done in cooperation with the CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.


Our services of worship are currently being recorded in advance and made available on our Chambersburg Church of the Brethren Facebook page every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. so that we can still come together as the Body of Christ to worship and interact with one another during this time.


If you aren’t available at 9:00 Sunday morning and you miss it, the service will be pinned to the top of our Facebook page for the remainder of the day. You may also log onto our website ( and click on “The Word” at the top of our home page. Our services for the last month will be available there for your viewing. Click on one and enjoy.


During this pandemic, instead of visiting you in your homes as I ordinarily would, I have been reaching out to a number of you on the telephone. A question I frequently hear is, “How long do you think it will be until we are able to worship at church like we’re used to?”  The honest and most responsible answer is, “We don’t know and it is difficult to assign a time to that.” At the most recent Church Board meeting (April 7th) the board wrestled with the very real possibility of having to extend our church quarantine into May. We are as eager to get back into fellowship as you are. However, for the safety and well-being of all concerned, we feel it is best to exercise “responsible caution,” and we ask your patience and flexibility.


One new Ministry of Mission has come out of this crisis and I am excited to share it with you. For the month of April, our board has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund.  We are accepting your special offerings for Coronavirus relief.  All money you designate will be used to provide critical supplies, food, and aid to local organizations that are providing relief and service to others during this 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.



1. Text 84321 on your phone. Enter the amount you want to give for relief and text COVID after the amount. Example: if you enter 84321 and text 20 COVID you are indicating that your gift to the Relief Fund is $20.


2. Give a gift online at Choose COVID-19 Fund and follow the instructions.


3. Mail your offering to the church and designate COVID-19 Relief on your check.  Please make your checks payable to Chambersburg Church of the Brethren.


Speaking of giving, we appreciate receiving your tithes and financial offerings during this time of quarantine.  You may give by going online at  Choose “Give” and follow the instructions. You may also send your gifts in the mail to:

Chambersburg COB

260 South Fourth Street

Chambersburg, PA 17202


Watching the worship services online has been an encouragement to me. I hope it has been an encouragement to you as well.  If you don’t have access to a computer, we will gladly mail you a DVD of any of our worship services per your request.  Give us a call!


In His Grasp…

Pastor Joel






Psalm 46:1  God is our protection and source of strength. He is always ready to help us in times of trouble. (ERV)

Special Offering – COVID-19 Relief

We are accepting a special offering for COVID-19 relief. Money will be used to provide critical supplies, food, and aid to local organizations providing relief during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. You can either text-to-give, give online or mail a check to the church office. Click here for information about how to give to this fund.