Our Response to COVID-19

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27: 1, 13-14

 

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As I am writing to you on Friday morning in response to the COVID-19 virus, I am feeling grateful to God for all of the ways we are blessed in the midst of this pandemic. So many of us are checking on one another, caring for each other, and generally seeking to share love and hope. Modern technology allows us to be in good communication. Modern medicine allows us to respond to this crisis with greater hope of healing. Most of all, God is with us. I pray that when you are feeling afraid, the presence of the Holy Spirit will bless and comfort you.

During the season of Lent, our sermon series is Forgiveness. This week, we will focus upon the importance of naming the hurt. This is the second step of the Four Fold Path outlined in The Book of Forgiving: The Four Fold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.

Below, is a summary of the most important facts for you to know, followed by a detailed outline of plans for this weekend.

Summary:

We are having worship on Sunday and we encourage you to worship online or in the sanctuary. This will be broadcast on Facebook and posted to our YouTube Channel; online giving is available. We are not having choir, communion, passing the peace, or coffee hour. We encourage folks to avoid hand shaking, and to spread out in the sanctuary. Youth and children’s ministry will continue as scheduled, except for children’s bell choir rehearsal. If you are in a high risk category, we encourage you to stay home. The UMW soup and sub sale will be here for you to pick up between 9-11 am.

Yesterday our Governor declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus. Today, our Bishop sent out a pastoral letter encouraging us to use caution and prayer to guide our decisions. In following the guidance, we have received, this is the plan:

  • If you are in a high risk category, we encourage you to stay home.
  • We will have worship on Sunday. God is always God and worthy to be praised; worship is vital for God’s people. We are blessed to be able to worship either in person or online.
  • There will not be choir, communion, passing the peace, or coffee hour. People are encouraged to spread out in the sanctuary and avoid physical contact.
  • Youth Bell Choir rehearsal is cancelled.
  • Children’s ministry, youth ministry, and confirmation will continue as scheduled; use your discretion.
  • If you are staying home, please join us for worship online. We will be live streaming worship on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WesleyUMCDover/
  • We will then post our worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyYgL8Rh0jLIHAQ8yu8gRIw
  • We are working on learning how to live stream directly on YouTube, so if you don’t use Facebook, you may be able to see the service in real time on YouTube. If not, check for it after worship. It will be posted by early afternoon Sunday. Either way, the YouTube link is the same.
  • Your continued financial support is vital to sustain our ministry. Online giving is available. Thank you for your generosity. https://pushpay.com/g/wesleyumcdover?src=hpp
  • All of these links may also be found on our website: https://wesleyumc-dover.com/
  • The United Methodist Women soup and sub sale is this weekend to benefit the new women’s shelter. The women took every precaution in making the soup. Pickup is between 9-11 am Sunday morning. Please feel welcome to simply stop in and pick up.
  • The Second Saturday Community Meal will be held in a modified format. Pizza and soda will be served under the portico in the parking lot. Folks will be able to grab and go. They will also be given hand sanitizer as a gift from the church.
  • We will continue to share updates via email, the website, and Facebook as

 

Striving to be faithful,

Pastor Amy