Since we have been asked to cancel events and activities that involve people gathering together for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, we have therefore canceled our live in-person worship services until further notice. In effect, our building is closed. We need to remind ourselves that many of our members, attenders and fellow worshipers are in the most vulnerable age groups, and we do NOT want to be in a position of enabling transmission of this disease in our community.
We *WILL* continue to worship together using modern online streaming technology. Until we can return to worshiping in our sanctuary, Pastor Roger will host a very basic worship service each Sunday morning at 11:00 using Facebook Live. This will be hosted at our church Facebook page, found at https://www.facebook.com/pbmtzionumc. Each week’s service will be available throughout the week for ‘delayed’ viewing as your schedule permits. We will share in announcements, prayer, Scripture, and Pastor Roger’s weekly sermon, along with some musical interludes for meditation and contemplation.
Meanwhile, we’ve been asked to stay at home as much as possible to prevent further spread of this disease. People will be lonely, shut-in persons may be in need of assistance, possibly running short of necessary supplies. How can we help? Most of us have telephones. Let’s check in with each other, and be sensitive and helpful. Churches across the country have begun a ministry called “Porch Angels”, delivering needed assistance to their neighbors while still practicing safe distancing.
Think about ways you can help others. We have always said that the church is not a building, the church is the people. Let’s find ways to be the church until this is over. And remember that God is always in control.