Notes From Pastor Dean

Good afternoon.  Some of you may have already heard via Facebook Live or read the announcement on our website, but for those who have not, we will not be meeting in person as a church until the end of April now.  This includes Sunday morning worship services, bible studies, UMW gatherings, and even memorial services and weddings.  The Bishop has made this direction in an abundance of caution and in keeping with one of John Wesley’s guiding themes, “first, do no harm.”  Here’s a link to the Bishop’s letter that is reproduced on our website:  http://www.kalamaumc.com/recent_news

 

    You might wonder what that means for our ongoing worship services and for Holy Week activities.  

  • First, we will continue to have virtual worship services for the foreseeable future.
  • We will have communion both on Palm Sunday and on Easter Sunday.  This is new to most all of us, that is gathering for a holy meal in a virtual faith community, but we’ll learn as we go and attempt as much as possible to do so in attitude of grace.
  • I’m planning separate services for sunrise and our regular worship time on Easter Sunday.  Sunrise will be at 7:00 AM and our regular service will be at 11:00.  As with Facebook Live they should be available both live when they commence and as an online Facebook posting after the live stream is completed.
  • For those people that don’t join us regularly, please give them a call and let them know how they can join us virtually in these stressful times.

    The idea of having communion in a virtual community isn’t entirely new to the church.  It has been talked about for decades, but there have not been occasions where it seemed so necessary and all the tools of communication were so readily available.  I will be using guidance from both the Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction and from Discipleship Ministries which serves the United Methodist Church from Nashville.  I will put together an announcement on how that will work sometime in the following week.  I think one of the most important things to realize as we move into this uncharted territory is that it is God who blesses the elements, in any form that they may take, just as it is God who blesses us with a plan for our lives and a place to participate in that plan.

    I’ve had a few people ask about hymns/music for worship service.  I will be looking into that as we move forward.  It is a matter of having the correct licenses to do so.  We have a license for many types of music to be utilized at our church location, but streaming video is a whole other thing.  I want to be able to do so, but I do not want to do so while running afoul of the right ways to do so.  Maybe by Palm Sunday we’ll have everything in place to make this happen.

    And finally, if you have prayer requests that you would like to have prayed for by the community please use the link on the church website www.kalamaumc.com/prayer or give Debra or I a call if you don’t have access.

    Until we meet again, “May the Lord bless you and keep you, may His eyes shine down upon you, and bring you peace.”

 

 

Pastor Dean  

 
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