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.

May 18th 2021 – CUP Church COVID-19 Update

May 18th 2021 – CUP Church COVID-19 Update

 

May 20, 2021

Dear Cup family and friends,

At the May 18 Session meeting, our Ruling Elders, considering the latest CDC recommendations
as well as information in our own county regarding dropping numbers of Covid-19 cases are
making the following policy changes:

    1. Starting on June 6, 2021, masks will be optional in the sanctuary and in the rest of the
      building. There will not be designated sections for masking or non-masking in the
      sanctuary, but please continue to be sensitive and respectful of others around you!
      .
    2. Seating the in the sanctuary will continue to be organized using social distancing.
      .
    3. Communion will continue to be offered using the individual sanitized containers through
      at least August 1.
      .
    4. Our worship service will continue in its current format. The possibility of adding more
      congregational singing to the service will be considered as we continue to monitor the
      Covid case load in our area.
      .
    5. Vacation Bible School will be using masks and/or social distancing for those portions of
      VBS that are indoors. Please check our VBS registration page on the website for more
      details.
      .

The church has done a tremendous job of working together through the 15 months we have
faced this pandemic. Thank you for ‘bearing with one another in love’ (Ephesians 4:2), and
may we do so more than ever as we are (hopefully) reaching the final stages of this journey!

Blessings,
Pastor Scott and the Cup Session

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