FUMC Response to Corona Virus

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May 6, 2020

Greetings in the name of Christ our Risen Lord,

            I had hoped that we would be back together for public worship by now, but that is not the case. However, I have good news! We are tentatively planning for May 31st to be our first Sunday back together with our normal worship schedule. I’ve met with our staff and we are planning to do all that we can to insure your safety and well-being as we prepare to gather as a congregation publicly. Here are some of the measures we plan to institute:

*Our FUMC safety team will establish maximum attendance numbers for each service to correspond with the recommended social distancing guidelines. They will also assist us in directing people leaving and entering worship services so that distancing is maintained.

* Our offering plates at the services will be on tables so that we don’t have to “pass the plate”, but rather, each person can simply leave their offering in the plate. Many of our members give on-line and by bank draft and we recommend that form of giving. Please contact Bonnie Dixon, our Financial Administrator, if you wish to give digitally (finance@fumcseguin.com).

* We will be offering communion by use of individual, self-contained communion containers. Each container has a wafer and grape juice. These will be in a large basket on communion Sundays and you can pick up your container as you come in. Then we will go through the communion liturgy as normal but instead of coming forward to be served, each of you will open your individual container and we will each partake of our individual servings of wafer and juice simultaneously in our seats.

* Due to social distancing mandates, our Sunday School classes will not be able to meet in their designated rooms until further notice. We recommend that your class consider the use of Zoom for on-line meetings.

* Until further notice, we will not be offering coffee or any kind of refreshments on Sunday mornings. Also, our drinking fountains will not be in use. Please feel free to bring your own coffee or water.

* Though we are going to sanitize our worship spaces and public areas as best as we can, we strongly urge you to be responsible for your own protection and that of others as a precautionary measure. We recommend that you consider masks, gloves, carrying          sanitizer wipes, etc.

I understand that in a congregation our size, there are many different comfort levels in response to the Covid -19 outbreak and how it relates to our worship life together. I’m excited and eager to begin worshiping publicly again, but want to insure that we are moving ahead in the best way possible to insure optimum health and safety for all of us here at FUMC Seguin. Please know that I will continue to keep abreast of any new developments in our local, state, and national guidelines that may affect our church life together. Also, as I continue to receive updates from our District and Conference UMC offices, I will share those updates as well. Please continue to be in prayer for the healing of our world, wisdom of our leaders, and guidance for all of us, from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessings and love in Christ,

Pastor Cathe

 
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March 18, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      In light of the heightened anxiety regarding the corona virus and in response to recommendations from local and national officials, we have decided that we as a church will continue to take certain precautionary measures to insure that we are all doing our part to keep from spreading this virus. Having said that, I also want to assure you that we plan to conduct our FUMC ministries with minimal interruption and with the excellence that we always strive for. I am thankful that we are digitally set up to allow that to happen. Here are the steps that we are taking thus far, and please remember that as circumstances may change, these decisions may change also.
 
1) Physical gathering for worship services on March 22 are cancelled. Pastor Cathe will broadcast her sermon on KWED 1580 AM and Pastor Ray’s Seasons sermon will be posted on our Facebook page.

2) Church office hours will be 9:00 a.m. till Noon each day this week. If you need to speak to a pastor or staff member, please leave a message on their office phone. We will be checking our messages regularly. If this changes for any reason, another email will be sent out and revised hours will be posted on the office door.
 
3) All gatherings, including worship and meetings are cancelled through March 28. If you are a Small Group leader or Sunday School Teacher, please let the people in your group know about these cancellations, as not all people check email or other forms of social media.

 
4) The Weekday School will be closed through April 3. The Weekday school follows the lead of Seguin ISD in determining unscheduled school closures.
 
5)Please be in prayer as we seek to navigate these uncharted waters in a faithful and wise way. I am prayerfully optimistic that strides will be made quickly to slow down and eradicate this virus. I am also prayerfully hopeful that we can resume our normal worship gatherings and schedule of events as soon as possible. Regular updates will be posted on our Facebook page, church website, and by means of email. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the church office. May the peace of Christ be with you all and the love of God be full in your hearts during this holy season of Lent.
 
6) Other Cancellations of Note:
Tri-Methodist Lenten Worship has been cancelled
Women’s Retreat for April 3-4 will be rescheduled for the fall
Confirmation Rally has been cancelled
 
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March 14, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In light of the heightened anxiety regarding the corona virus and in response to recommendations from local and national officials, I have decided that we as a church will take certain precautionary measures to insure that we are all doing our part to keep from spreading this virus. Having said that, I also want to assure you that we plan to conduct our FUMC ministries with minimal interruption and with the excellence that we always strive for. I am thankful that we are digitally set up to allow that to happen. Here are the steps that I have decided to take thus far, and please remember that as circumstances may change, these decisions may change also and if so, you will be notified.

1) I have decided to cancel our physical gathering of worship tomorrow. This will be posted on our Facebook page and on our church website at www.fumcseguin.com. I will still broadcast my sermon on KWED and Pastor Ray’s Seasons sermon will still be videotaped for our Facebook page. Many of you give your offering by bank draft. You may mail in your offering check or bring it by the church office in the mornings this week. Thank you! For prayer concerns and updates to be added to our church prayer list, please call the church office.

2) Our church office will be open from 8:30 a.m. till Noon each day this week. If that changes for any reason, another email will be sent out and revised hours will be posted on the office door.

3) Our Weekday School will be canceled this week, as well as the Tri- Methodist Lenten service (which was to be held in our sanctuary). There are several other meetings that have been canceled as well – please see the List of Cancellations included in this email. If you are a Small Group leader or Sunday School Teacher, please let the people in your group know about these cancellations, as not all people check email or other forms of social media.

4) Please be in prayer as we seek to navigate these uncharted waters in a faithful and wise way. I am prayerfully optimistic that strides will be made quickly to slow down and eradicate this virus. I am also prayerfully hopeful that we can resume our normal worship gatherings and schedule of events as soon as possible. Regular updates will be posted on our Facebook page, church website, and by means of email. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the church office. May the peace of Christ be with you all and the love of God be full in your hearts during this holy season of Lent??

Yours in Christ, Pastor Cathe

Cancellation List

March 15
All worship services
Sunday School
Handbell Rehearsal

March 16
NAMI Support Group
Safety Team Leadership Meeting

March 17
Butterfly Quilters
Finance Meeting
Choir Rehearsal

March 18
Tri-Methodist Lenten Worship

March 19
Weekday School Board Meeting
Board of Trustees Meeting
PFLAG

March 21
30-Hour Famine/Empty Bowls Project

If you are unsure if your group is meeting, please contact the person in charge.