MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE

We want to show God’s love and care, and it is vital that we do so in ways that protect our health and the health of those around us.
 
Public health officials have shared that with an abundance of caution we can help slow the spread of disease by practicing social distancing. With that in mind, our Bishop, Bill McAlilly, has strongly advised that all his churches suspend worship and group gathering for the next two weeks.
 
All Activities Suspended:
Out of an abundance of caution and my concern for you, our church, and our larger community, I am following Bishop McAlilly’s request and I am suspending all worship and group gatherings beginning today for the next two weeks (Friday, March 13 to Saturday, March 28).
 
Under these highly unusual circumstances, the safe course of action is for each of us to stay home as much as possible and avoid exposure.
 
Devotional Activities:  
During this time we can continue to practice our faith in several ways. Read scripture daily, pray daily, and communicate with one another via phone, texting, or online video. Two excellent sites for daily devotions are:    
            https://www.upperroom.org/devotionals
            https://pray-as-you-go.org/
 
Also, please call a friend or a prayer partner, and read comforting Scripture or devotional materials to calm your spirit. Be sure to call me, your pastor, if you are especially troubled (931-639-2898).
I am tying to compile a list of live-streamed or recorded UM worship services that you can watch online.

GIVING:  
We all need to be good stewards and keep tithes and offerings current even when we are not present at worship.  Salaries and expenses continue.  Many have asked about church giving when unable to attend church. You can (1) use our easy online giving options, available through our church App or web-site; (2) mail a check to the church office (do not send cash).
 
 
Again, concern over the Coronavirus is causing unprecedented challenges to churches all over the country. The most important consideration is, of course, the health and well-being of our members, staff, and families.