First United Methodist Church of Upland, California
An Important Announcement from Pastor Catie:
March 16, 2020
Beloved in Christ:
May the peace of the Lord be with you!
I am writing about several important things. The most important is that we are shutting down the church building entirely for two weeks due to the Covid-19 virus. I am going to say more about that later in this letter.
The announcement that would have headlined this letter is that we announced Sunday that you will be receiving a new pastor July 1, 2020, and I will be going to a new appointment. We can’t give you more information at this point either about where I am going, nor who is coming. Enclosed is a letter from the District Superintendent that officially makes this announcement. I believe in a few weeks we will be able to tell you more.
Regarding Covid-19, we are shutting down the church buildings because we are one of the places that has numerous people who come in and out. We have not received notice of anyone who has been diagnosed, but it is possible that an undiagnosed person has come through, so out of an abundance of caution, we are shutting down the building. In two weeks, we will make a decision about whether or not we can gather for worship. I lean towards thinking we might not be able to for a longer period of time. We will communicate that decision by email, and by letter to those who don’t have email. If somehow we cannot gather for Holy Week, we will be observing those important Holy days at a different time.
During our time apart, we will be keeping in contact via emails and phone calls and personal notes. If you would appreciate an extra call, please let us know. We would also like to encourage you all to call and check in with one another. If you are willing to be assigned some names of people to call this week, please let Pastor Blair know as we would appreciate the extra help in making sure our community is cared for.
We will be providing digital content several times a week via email and social media. We hope these resources will provide you with spiritual encouragement during this time apart from one another. If you would like additional or specified resources (i.e. for children, or a topical recommendation) do not hesitate to ask. We will not be livestreaming an entire worship service on Sundays, but many of our colleagues in ministry will be. A list of livestream services will be available on the Facebook page and via email. We encourage you to participate in these digital worship opportunities as well as maintaining your own spiritual practices.
In addition, if you are able to continue giving financial support to the church, we will need it in order to keep paying our staff. If you mail a check, Rose will be picking up the mail. We are also setting up online giving, which will be on the website soon. (uplandfumc.org)
Please know we care about each of you. Our young people have committed to bring things to you if you need them, like groceries. We would leave them on your doorstep to observe social distancing. Contact Blair if you need that help: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-957-7613. They told me to tell you: no request is too small! Our young people are excited to show the love of Christ in this way.
Beloved in Christ: this is a challenging time in so many ways! We need to be the body of Christ and reach out in love and care for one another. Take deep breaths, pray. When you get anxious, think of someone you can do something for. We will get through this, and when we are able to meet together again, it will be a joyous reunion.
With much love,
First United Methodist Church
262 North Euclid Avenue
Upland, California 91786
Connect - Learn - Serve
Connect: It is easy to feel disconnected from people and from God. We invite all people to engage in worship, Sunday School, fellowship activities and service, as ways to connect more deeply with God and with one another.
Learn: As United Methodists, we believe that going deeper in our faith has us examining scripture through the eyes of: tradition, reason, and experience.
Serve: As we learn and connect, it is natural that we want to live out our faith. A key way is loving our neighbor and serving others.
About FUMC Upland, CA
The First United Methodist Church of Upland, California is a diverse congregation representing all ages and cultures, bound together by our love of God and fellow Christians. As United Methodists, we embrace the mission of the global church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The First United Methodist Church of Upland is a local congregation of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church. Our church family is happy to welcome you to FUMC Upland, both online and in person!
Sunday Worship at FUMC, Upland, CA
Worship service is every Sunday at 9:30 AM at First United Methodist Church of Upland, California. Everyone is welcome. Come as you are!
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