From the Pastor

COVID-19

As I mentioned in my last article, we have set a benchmark for reopening the church for public, in-person worship at a 14-day downward trend in new cases for our county.  We have not met that benchmark; in fact, the trend is still going up.  Additionally, Bishop Graves announced that his recommendation was to not meet for in-person worship until at least June 30th.

Like you I am frustrated because things seem so ambiguous right now.  I would love for us to gather again, even with a great deal of restrictions.  However, we need to make sure we do not put people at risk.  There have been numerous cases in the news where churches have been the hub of outbreaks.

Even though we cannot gather in large groups, there is no reason the teams and committees of the church cannot resume their normal meeting schedule if they maintain social distancing guidelines.  So, let’s get busy with God’s work once again.

Rest assured I am monitoring the situation daily and am in communication with several of our leaders about our plan.  Keep us all in your prayers.

 

Appointment

With all that has been going on with the pandemic I have neglected to announce that I will be returning to FUMC Eufaula for a fourth year.  I am eager to see the things that God will accomplish through us together.

My prayer is that our time in this pandemic will strengthen our hearts and our passion for ministry.  Please join with me in a prayer like this one from Colossians 1:

Lord we pray that the people of our congregation would be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that we may lead lives worthy of you, Lord, fully pleasing you, as we bear fruit in every good work and as we grow in the knowledge of God.  May we be made strong with all the strength that comes from your glorious power, O Lord, and may we be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to you, Holy Father, because you have enabled us to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  Amen.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Alan