Message from Pastor Bri
Dear friends, March 16, 2020
Grace and peace to you, especially in these uncertain and confusing times! Our church leaders continue to be committed to doing our part to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and I want to keep you informed as to our current plans.
There will be no in-person Sunday worship until the crisis has passed, and all church events are cancelled until further notice. We do not know how long this will take, but we will abide by the guidelines of the CDC as well as the UMC leadership. If you are on Facebook, join us at 9:30 on Sunday mornings for a streaming worship experience; a recorded version will be available shortly after the service ends. If you are not on Facebook but would like to participate, we can email you the link to each worship service and you can click to watch directly. Online devotions are also being offered around 10:00am every weekday.
Pastor Amy and I are unable to do in-person visitation at this time. Hospitals, assisted living centers, and nursing homes are closed to us, and we do not want to carry illness into your homes. We will be working to maintain contact through phone calls, mail, and email, and we encourage you to reach out to us directly and let us know how we can pray for and support you.
The church’s office hours are being adjusted during the crisis; our administrator Kim will be in the office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. She welcomes your calls during this time; however, we ask that you don’t just drop in for a visit (whether you are feeling ill or not). Kim will be working from home the rest of the week; she will be checking voicemail and email messages each morning and afternoon, and we will get back to you appropriately as soon as we can.
Please remember to support the church as you are able. We are committed to continuing to pay our staff, and we are also working to help our neighbors in crisis. If you do not already give electronically, you can give online through our church website, or you can mail your check.
I expect that the situation will continue to change quickly. For the most up-to-date information, please keep an eye on the church website and Facebook page, check your Catch the Spirit emails, or call the office.
If you do not yet receive Catch the Spirit emails, please contact the office via email or phone so we can sign you up. If you are not comfortable online at all, please call the office so we can be sure to contact you via phone or email with information updates.
While we may not be able to shake hands and hug one another, let us “pass the peace” by reaching out to each other in other ways. If you have a church directory, try calling the couple of names above and below yours in the listings; see how they’re doing. Consider calling the folks whom you usually see on Sundays; let us remind each other that we are not alone.
Friends, it is my hope and prayer that these precautions will help us stay safe and healthy through the days to come. Please, please stay at home as you are able, and pray for those who can’t. Wash your hands, check on your neighbors, and let us hold one another in prayer. God is with us. We are not alone.
Praying for healing, for hope, and for peace,