Letter to the Congregation, 20 May 2020

Dear Members and Friends of First UMC,

Greetings! I hope this letter finds you well. To start this week’s update, I’ll share some good news (not that I have any bad news). A few weeks ago, I applied for a grant called “Connect through Tech” offered by the Center for Congregations. First UMC was awarded this grant for the purchase of new technology. This new tech will improve our ability to live stream worship services. It will also improve the audio quality of our services. (Hopefully, that ever-present white noise in the background will go away).

Secondly, it looks like we’re still on track to reopen the church building for in-person worship either June 28 or July 5. I will make announcements on the date we reopen via our church’s website, email, Facebook, WordPress, and in our worship service videos (found on Facebook & YouTube). We will still have our 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. services. We will likely close every other pew to seating in order to maintain social distancing until the CDC and the Posey County Health Department relax those guidelines.

As of Tuesday, May 19, the Posey County Health Department stated on their Facebook page that we should all wear masks when we go to public places. PLEASE wear a mask in public and wash your hands often, for your own well-being and for the well-being of others.

Lastly, I want to let you know about worship this Sunday, May 24. Bishop Julius Trimble and the Extended Cabinet of the Indiana Conference have prepared a worship service for the Indiana Conference churches in celebration of Aldersgate Day. The worship service will include two former pastors of First UMC, Rev. Russ Abel and Rev. Mitch Gieselman, who both currently serve the Indiana Conference as District Superintendents.

The worship service will be posted to our Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress webpages on Sunday morning. I hope you’ll join the entire Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church for worship on Aldersgate Day. May your heart, too, be “strangely warmed.”

Best regards,
Rev. Christopher Millay
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