I hope this message finds you well today. As we are in the midst of what seems to be a global pandemic, I come to you with some news regarding how our church will continue to be the church in the world. Our Michigan Area Bishop, Bishop David Bard, sent out a message and video recording (https://vimeo.com/397524560) today regarding how our churches should operate during this crisis. Bishop Bard has asked our churches to suspend, until further notice, all on-site church-sponsored activities such as worship services, Bible studies, and church committee meetings.
I know that for some, this may seem extreme, and for others, this will be a welcomed message due to concerns about each person’s health. After speaking with the majority of our church council Friday evening, we have decided to follow the Bishop’s request and cease all in-person gatherings for the time being. I hope that we will be able to resume normal activities by the end of the month, but we will continue to keep you updated as things progress. I would also like to encourage those of you with computers and internet access to check on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/centrevillemiumc/) for updates and further information. Our Facebook page is public and does not require a Facebook account or log in to access it.
Also, the Food Pantry will continue to operate with extra care being given to limited physical interaction. Sandi and I will continue to have office hours at the church as well, although mine may be a bit scattered as the school closings lead to my help at home with AJ and DeAndre from time-to-time.
Even though we will not be holding in-person worship services on Sundays, I plan to still have a service that will be available to view online. This will include a sermon, Scripture, and music. A link for that will be made available on our Facebook page as well. Hopefully, this will still allow some members to participate in worship, though remotely, and help us to still feel connected. I also want to let those of you who regularly bring your offerings and tithes in person, that you can mail those in or even drop them off during the week if you so choose, as bills and payroll still need to be made, and cannot be made without your faithful support, even in this time of social distancing.
I realize this leaves a group of people out who do not have internet or Facebook, and for those individuals, I encourage each of you who do have access to help share the word. We are a community gathered in a building or apart in our homes. Remember that the church is not the building, but the people – the body of Christ! Please remain in connection with one another and with me! I will still be available via my cell phone – (989) 600-6148 (text or call) throughout this time.
The church will remain available for Al-Anon, but all in-person church meetings will be delayed until further notice. If something needs to be addressed sooner than that, please let me know. Ministry will still go on in the church in this period; it will be taking a different perspective, please be patient in this time of transition. I will remain accessible to you through my cell phone and email should you need to be in contact with me. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will do my best to communicate with you all as decisions are made. See the links below for official information.
God’s Blessings and I pray that your health will be well,