Cup church is currently involved in a ministry to the village of Fintonia, an isolated village in the northern reaches of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Fintonia is cut off from the rest of the country during the rainy season (three months of the year), and faces may economic, educational, and spiritual challenges. Yet God is at work!

The EPC Presbytery of the Alleghenies has adopted Sierra Leone in an initiative to bring the gospel to completely unreached ‘people groups’. Fintonia is home to several tribes, including the Susu and Fulani people, who are considered to be two unreached tribes. In February 2016, Pastor Scott had the privilege of baptizing, along with in-country pastor Dominic Margai some of the first believers of the Susu people.

Partnering with the Christian educational ministry Edunations, Cup and several other area EPC churches are planting a church staffed with indigenous pastors, and providing funding for children to go to school – most for the first time. In addition, water wells are being drilled close to the school to provide an easy way for girls to bring fresh water for their families; without these wells, most girls would not be allowed to take time from their household chores to receive an education.

Schooling provides an open door to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, and the message of God’s love and care is receiving a warm response in this overwhelmingly Muslim and Secret Society setting. This remarkable partnership of churches is providing an opportunity us to take part in cutting-edge mission work in the 21st century. Pastor Scott took his fifth trip to Sierra Leone in March 2017, and was made an honorary chief in the village on his last visit! He is considered to be the first Anglo to spend the night in the community.

April 24, 2020 - COVID-19 update

April 24 COVID-19 update  (Click to download .pdf file)

April 24 COVID-19 update

 Dear Cup church family and friends,

Following our latest Session meeting this week, we wanted to share the latest decisions that we’ve made regarding our worship life together.

First, we will continue our online worship offering until further notice. Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home order has been extended until May 8, but the step of encouraging worship gatherings (or gatherings of any sort in a group larger than 10) is unlikely to occur until some time after that. Personally, I would love to see us celebrate Pentecost together on May 31, but we will have to see how our current social-distancing efforts have worked in keeping infection numbers down. Please join us for our services at cupepc.org, and look for the short devotionals posted several times each week by Pastor Scott on Facebook and the church web page.

We have made the decision to continue to wait on serving communion until we can do so together. While the denomination has given permission to serve communion through ‘virtual’ services online, we have decided that while our desire to share the sacrament together is high, we’ve not waited such a long period of time that we have lost the effect of sharing in the Lord’s presence with us in this way. I’m attaching a link here (https://bellefield.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Communion-teaching-guide-EPC-version.pdf) to a good resource on our understanding of the Lord’s supper from a Reformed perspective. Bellefield EPC is close to the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Please let us know of your prayer requests and other needs. This is a challenging and uncertain time for all of us, but particularly so for those facing significant health challenges, the loss of work – or the level of work brought up to exhausting levels due to emergency needs. Please know that Cup church loves you and wants to pray for you, as well as provide for practical needs as we are able. Please leave a message at the church office (724-843-1594) or send an email to scott@cupepc.org or office@cupepc.org.

“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:7) May the Lord bless and keep each of you until we are together again!

 

Blessings,

Pastor Scott