First, I hope each of you is doing well and keeping safe. I know these are trying times for some of us, especially with the prolonged isolation. Your pastors are here if you need us. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to talk, pray, or share ideas for how we might better connect to one another.
Second, I want to make sure you know where to find our online worship resources. First UMC now has an official Facebook page where we can connect as a congregation. We stream our worship services live to the Facebook page each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., and we will continue to do so until we can reopen in-person worship. The worship service video is then uploaded and posted to my YouTube channel and sermon blog. The hyperlinks to these webpages are pasted below.
Third, as for when we might reopen, we have a lot to consider. I am in conversation with local medical professionals, and I’m listening to state officials, the CDC, and our Indiana Conference UMC leadership. Right now, Bishop Trimble’s recommendation is that we do not begin in-person worship until June 14. I know that’s a long way off. I know some of us are restless and tiring of our separation. I am, too. But we must act responsibly. For now, we will continue to connect as best we can through online worship and phone calls. When we are able to begin opening up to in-person worship, I will make that announcement through email and our online platforms (Facebook, YouTube, blog, and church website).
Fourth, I sincerely thank you for your continued financial support of our church. Many of you have mailed in checks, but I want to make you aware that we do have an online option for giving your tithes and offerings. By using the link below, you can set up a one-time or recurring payment from your bank account or credit card.
WebPay Link: CLICK HERE
Currently, we are in a good place, financially, because of your faithfulness.
Fifth, our Endowment committee has extended the deadline for grant requests to June 30. Copies of the grant request form are available in the church office. You can arrange to pick one up by calling me on my cell phone. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please contact me at my email address or through the church website: http://www.firstumcmv.com/.
Finally, know that you are in my prayers. I pray for our congregation and our world daily, and I trust that you are praying, too. Thank you for your faithfulness.
Rev. Christopher Millay