Coronavirus Emergency Statement March 14, 2020
Greetings Church family,
2 Timothy 1:7 [ESV]
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
We want to inform you of the current measures the leadership team of Central Manor Church has implemented as our course of action as we navigate the Coronavirus emergency. Currently we know of no one associated with the church to have or have been in contact with anyone who has been exposed to the Coronavirus.
Tomorrow, Sunday March 15th, we will be holding both our 8:15am and 10:45am services. We want our church to observe the day of prayer as called for by President Trump.
If it gives you more peace of mind to stay at home to worship and pray, we understand and support you. The video of the sermon will be available online as soon as possible.
We are taking measures to reduce social contact:
-There will be no Sunday Schools.
-We will have door attendants to lessen the need to touch door handles. Additionally, door handles and surfaces will be sanitized between services.
-We encourage anyone who would be at higher risk due to age and or existing medical conditions to stay at home.
-There will be no children’s ministries or nursery available.
-No one will be permitted in the downstairs areas of our building.
-People with young children may utilize our Family worship area in the Fellowship Hall.
-If any nursing mothers need an area, the conference room will be open.
-Voting for the new Assistant Pastor position will proceed as planned.
-“Drive up” voting will be offered from 2pm to 3pm Sunday afternoon for those who prefer not to attend services but would still like to cast a vote. Weekly offering will be accepted at that time as well.
-The New Attenders Luncheon is postponed.
-No membership or baptism class.
-There will be no ministry events or meetings during the week.
-Anyone who has a key or cardkey for building access is being asked to refrain from entering the building without clearance given from the church leadership.
-Children’s ministries will be postponed for two weeks and will subsequently follow Penn Manor School Districts operational determinations.
-The Food Pantry will be closed for the next two Wednesdays, March 18th & 25th.
Any changes to services moving forward will be determine midweek as information continues to develop. We will be following the guidelines as enacted by our Governor and the President of the United States.
If you know of needs during this modified period of time, please let the church know.
We serve the mighty God who is sovereign. We want to be responsible to serve our church and community in the best and most responsible ways. We continue to have faith in God, continue to worship, and continue to pray. Please join us in that spirit of worship and prayer.
Excitement for Assistant Pastor at Central Manor Church- 5/23/18
Central Manor Church of God is pleased to welcome Pastor Jeremy Metze as the new Assistant Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries beginning May 21st. Pastor Jeremy will be officially installed into his pastoral role during the 10:45am service on Sunday, May 27th. Pastor Jeremy and his wife Hannah accepted the invitation to come to Central Manor Church following an emphatic 99% affirmation vote by the congregation.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Jeremy” said Senior Pastor Scott Davis. “Jeremy’s experience has uniquely gifted him to work with youth and families and it’s an added bonus that he has ministered in both the United States and in Mexico.” Many times, new pastoral hires must invest much time their first year getting assimilated to the community and culture in which they are transplanting. Pastor Scott Davis views it as a blessing relating, “Being from this area, [Jeremy] is already familiar with the community and culture.”
Metze, whose father was at one time a youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, has seen ministry firsthand since he was a child. His parents, answering the call to become missionaries, moved their family to Mexico City, Mexico when Jeremy was in middle school. Speaking of that time Metze relates, “…it ignited in me a passion for the Gospel, a deep appreciation for His church, a compassionate heart for people, and a profound enjoyment of Mexican food and culture.” Following graduation from high school in Mexico City, he returned to the United States to attend Baptist Bible College (now Clarks Summit University). There he studied theology, biblical languages, and philosophy. After graduation, and marriage to Hannah, the couple returned to Mexico City for 10 months to assist in a church plant on the north end of the city. They then settled in Lancaster PA and have been active members in the local church.
Metze, who will soon complete a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University, is transitioning from eight years working in human services with children, teenagers, and their families in Lancaster County. Appreciative of the rich and challenging experience Metze says, “[human services work] has provided me with many rich and challenging experiences, but I have been burdened to serve God in a full-time, Gospel-centered position.” Continuing he states, “Many of the skills, lessons, and connections that I have made through this labor will certainly be helpful, but I look forward to appealing to the redemptive, restoring work of God through Christ and the Holy Spirit more than human effort and strategy.”
Jeremy, Hannah and their three young children are excited about this transition into full-time ministry. Metze shares “We consider it a privilege to serve alongside [Central Manor Church] to further the Gospel in Lancaster County.”
New Beginnings As Central Manor Church Welcomes New Senior Pastor – 7/12/17
Central Manor Church of God is pleased to welcome Pastor Scott Davis as the new Senior Pastor beginning June 18th. Pastor Scott will begin preaching on July 2nd. Pastor Scott and his wife Lisa accepted the invitation to come to Central Manor Church following a resounding 96% affirmation vote by the congregation.
Mark Harris, elder and chairman of the search team states, “The search team found Pastor Scott to be a sound Bible teacher who enjoys building relationship’s through discipleship.” The foundation of discipleship through relational ministry was laid early for Pastor Scott. Mark relates, “As a child, [Pastor Scott] and his family were ministered to by a local church and the impact of that church brought his family and him to a relationship with Jesus.”
After graduating from Bob Jones University in 1989 with a B.A. in Bible, Davis married his wife Lisa and attended Calvary Baptist Seminary, Lansdale, PA, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1996, and later his Doctorate of Ministries degree in 2014. His doctorate thesis titled, “A Seminar to Strengthen the Confidence and Commitment of Future Pastors to the Authority of Scripture in Light of Postconservative Teaching” reflects his 22 years of senior pastorate and church planting experience. Pastor Scott served as the founder and senior pastor of Nazareth Baptist Church and later effectively administered a church merger with Slate Belt Church in Pen Argyl, PA, where he assumed the role of senior pastor in 2005. He also assisted in planting a Korean Church and Allentown Bible Church during his ministry. Additionally, Pastor Scott currently serves as the Assistant Spiritual Director at Central Manor Campmeeting and Bible Conference.
Scott and Lisa have three children, Ashley, Kirsten, and Noah. “Lisa and I are excited to be a part of what God is doing at Central Manor Church” relates Davis. “Lisa’s parents grew up in Washington Boro” adding, “we have many good friends and relatives in the church and in the area.” Davis’ passion for the new role at Central Manor Church is evident as he says, “I love how the leadership works together and how they are structured. I believe many great things are ahead for Central Manor.”