Our worship combines the best of hymns and creeds written hundreds of years ago with contemporary praise songs and prayer.  We use organ and drums, guitars and violins in our praise.  Our goal is to give God glory and honor together; as we do, our lives and hearts are reshaped into His image.

Our fellowship includes prayer and Bible study groups for men, women, and mixed groups.  As we gather around God’s word, talk about our lives in the light of that word, and pray for each other, we become strengthened to bless others as we’ve been blessed.

God’s relationship to the world is one of reconciliation and love. (2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:16)  Our goal is to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to see the world as our neighborhood.  Cup is engaged in several ministries in our neighborhood to children, seniors, and the physically and spiritually needy both inside and outside our church building.  We also engage in annual mission trips, and have an exciting relationship with the village of Fintonia in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, where we are providing education, well water, and the gospel message where it has never been heard before.

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!

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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