We have been developing a plan for a safe and comfortable return to worship. so when we do open our doors back up for worship we will have 2 services (Sunday 9:00 am & 11:00 am). The start date has not yet been determined.
We will be asking everyone to social distance and to wear a mask during the services. There will be hand sanitizer stations and masks will be available for those who are in need of one.
COM Report From Pastor Dan Colthorp
We originally had planned to end the Stewardship Campaign with one service on June 7th and a catered meal after the service, but with the stay-at-home order extended to May and people's fear of gathering in large groups at this time we have decided to have our normal 2 services on June 7th (in person God willing). We will schedule the catered meal to another date in 2020, when things have normalized more and people are hopefully more at ease about meeting in large groups.
We will continue to offer online Worship through May and hope to have our first face-to-face worship on June 7th, but those plans may change depending on the Governor's orders and our Bishop's orders. Even after we start meeting at the church for worship, we hope to live stream the services so people can continue to worship from their homes.
From Pastor Dan Colthorp
Several of our small groups are doing online group meetings now. If you want to be a part of the Men's Saturday Bible Study or the Wednesday or Thursday Women's Bible Study or the Young Adult Group Y&R, just let the church office know and we will get you the link to join one of these groups. Call 269-983-3929 or email email@example.com.
You can also Join Will Flaherty online every day for a video Bible Study. They are working their way through the book of Daniel right now. They have completed the book of Mark and James. To access these video Bible studies, go to the church Facebook page or the Online Bible Studies webpage here.
Finally, UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) is helping people and nations all over the world deal with the Covid 19 pandemic. If you would like to support UMCOR in their mission please go to www.umcmission.org/umcor
Recent cancellations: April Sewing Ministry, Women's Retreat at Miracle Camp, June Mission Trip to Puerto Rico. The office is closed until April 30. We will continue to bring you worship services online through the month of April.
From Pastor Dan Colthorp
With the coronavirus and the state lock-down we will not have any ministries, missions, meetings, rummage sales, or worship services face to face for awhile. The office is closed till April 13th. We will continue to record the worship services on Saturdays and send you a link, so you can watch them from home on Sunday or throughout the week. Will Flaherty is doing a daily video devotion and uploading it to our church's Facebook page, which I would strongly encourage you to watch them and respond. The staff is also trying to contact every person in our church directory to make sure they are doing okay.
I would encourage all of you to reach out to others in our church family and community and just check up on them and see how they are doing. I would also encourage you to use this extra time at home to read your Bible, pray, and simply be in the presence of God and deepen your relationship with him. Be praying for our church, community, nation, and all those impacted by COVID-19. Be praying for those who have come down with the coronavirus. Be praying for those who have lost their jobs, and the businesses that are struggling now. Be praying for those who are scared and worried.
May we remember that "God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7).
Due to coronavirus restrictions announced by Governor Whitmer, Easter EGGStravaganza has been cancelled. Our Maundy Thursday potluck & service has been cancelled. Small and large group activities and all meetings are cancelled until April 13.
Easter worship services are being evaluated. Online worship will be offered for Sunday, March 29 & April 5.
From Pastor Dan Colthorp
We are living through some unique and crazy times right now as the Coronavirus has shut down much of our country. I want to let you know that the church office remains open, so if you have questions or need information, please call the church at 983-3929. I have encouraged those on staff who can work from home to work from home as much as possible. We have also canceled most meetings and ministries for the next couple of weeks. I know all the Women Bible Studies and the Men's Breakfast & Bible Study and the Living Faithfully Small Group have all canceled meetings for the next few weeks.
We have also canceled the worship service for this Sunday, but we are recording a worship service on Saturday and you should be able to worship from home online by going to www.sjfirstumc.org and clicking on the link for the March 22, 2020 worship service on the home page at the top. We also plan to put the link on the church Facebook page and it will be available on YouTube. I will also send out an email on Saturday with the link to the service once the recorded service has been uploaded.
I also want you to know that Man Camp has been canceled, so please let your friends or family members that you invited know that Man Camp has been canceled for this year. The Church Council Meeting has been canceled, but we are asking the chairs to give a written report, so we can stay up to date as to what is going on in HR, Finance, Trustees, and COM.
If you have any questions about whether or not your group, ministry, or Commission/Committee is meeting, please call the church office or Dan Colthorp at (269) 369-8475. You can also look on the church church calendar here.
***Most activities and events have been canceled or rescheduled due to the Coronavirus Quarantine. ***
Finally, if you want to keep up with your pledge or you want to make a donation to the church, you can do that by clicking here or sending in a check. Have a great week everyone. Stay safe and healthy. Be praying for our church, community, nation, and world. Especially be praying for those who have come down with the Corona Virus.