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.

December 12th - CUP Church COVID-19 Update

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Dear Cup family and friends,

As we near the climax of the Advent season in 2020 with the celebration of Christmas and the
coming of Jesus, we are also living with the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic have
brought to us in Western Pennsylvania. Your Session and I, your Pastor have prayed, conferred,
debated, and finally arrived at a decision for our worship life together during the next few
weeks that we believe will provide the appropriate balance of physical, spiritual, and emotional
support, understanding that the Lord continues to be in control of our world and our lives as He
always has been.

Here’s our plan for each of our services from December 13 through January 3:

DECEMBER 13: 10:30 worship in the sanctuary, with masks worn through the service.
The service will be streamed online via YouTube at www.cupepc.org.

DECEMBER 20: 10:30 worship in the sanctuary with masks worn through the service.
We will be offering our traditional Christmas Eve LESSONS AND CAROLS service at this time, in a
shortened format, and Communion will NOT be included as a part of the service this year.
The service will also be streamed online via YouTube at www.cupepc.org.
We will have some very special guests reading our Scripture Lessons ‘virtually’, so please join us
one way or the other!

DECEMBER 24: WE WILL BE OFFERING A PARKING LOT WORSHIP SERVICE at 4 PM.
The format of the service is to be determined, but we will broadcast through a radio transmitter
so everyone can keep their windows up! We plan on providing a variation on our candlelight
conclusion that will be meaningful as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and look with joy to his return.
Come ready to sing! Visitors, as always, are welcome!

DECEMBER 27 AND JANUARY 3: We will be streaming the worship service at 10:30, but worship
will be ONLINE ONLY. (www.cupepc.org) Only those directly involved in leading worship will be
allowed in the building.

We pray that the current wave of virus cases will wane, and we look forward to being together
in an easier way as soon as it is prudent to do so. Our final decision in how to conduct these
services wasn’t unanimous, but all of us as Ruling and Teaching Elders are able to support it,
and believe the Lord has good plans and purposes for us as we reach out in His name in these
days. God bless you all, and we look forward to worshipping our Lord with you now and
throughout the New Year.

God’s peace,
Pastor Scott

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