Posted on Fri, Mar 20, 2020
Letter to the Congregation from Adinistrative Council
March 17, 2020
Dear Greenup United Methodist Church members:
As we are practicing “social distancing” in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community/state/country, we wanted to share several ideas that are important for all of us to think about. The Administrative Council met last night via Telephone Conference and agreed that the best way to communicate these ideas is by U.S. mail. We all expressed our regret of not being able to meet in person with our Church Family for the time being, and we know we will all more fully appreciate that luxury after this unprecedented time has passed. As our Bishop Leonard Fairley stated in his message to all churches in our KY Annual Conference, “The swiftly changing landscape caused by COVID-19 demands our flexibility. This is no longer an issue of faith versus fear. It has quickly become a matter of being faithful stewards of life itself. This virus has the capability of overwhelming our health care system, putting the most vulnerable among us at risk. I know that as Christian men and women, none of us desires that. Our Christian tradition and especially our Wesleyan roots have always called us to be concerned about the most vulnerable among us. It is through these efforts that I am urging us to give witness to these roots by doing what is necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Following are the items the Administrative Council want you to know:
As requested by our Bishop (and national and state government leadership), Greenup United Methodist Church will not assemble for worship or any church activities for the next 15 days (at least…updates will be communicated as they develop). As we did last Sunday, we will share a worship experience via the Church website (greenupfirstumc.com) and our Church FaceBook page (Greenup United Methodist Church). Pastor Ronnie and Deacon Nancy Preston will cooperate in making that happen…with technical assistance from Lisa Mantz and others as needed.
Although we are not meeting as a church body, our church expenses continue to accrue: Mortgage Payment, Pastor’s Salary, Utilities, etc. Many have asked about how and where to send our tithes and offerings. There is the option on our website of submitting tithes and offerings via PayPal. (However, PayPal charges us 5% for each transaction.) Mailing our tithes and offerings to the church is a better option. The address is Greenup UMC, 607 Main Street, Greenup, KY 41144. Treasurer Dave Hammond has volunteered to check the church mailbox each day during this time to gather the mail. If you have a church key and would prefer to“drop off” your donation, just put it in the acrylic holder labeled Treasurer that is located on the right side of the doorway between the Fellowship Hall and the Old Sanctuary. Dave will find it. Reminder about the United Methodist Children’s Home – The 5th Sunday (March 29) is always designated as a time to donate to the United Methodist Children’s Home. If you would like to include that donation, please designate it on your check.
While we are practicing “social distancing,” there are those among us who will need some help. If you need anything (someone to go to the grocery store or pharmacy for you, or anything else)—don’t hesitate to contact us. Call Lisa Mantz (923-4009), Barb Nicholls (571-1215), or Amy Dowdy (922-2876). We will either take care of your need or dispatch someone else to help you.
Although we are “social distancing” ourselves to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we can call each other on the phone to offer encouragement and fellowship—especially to those in our church family who live alone. Here is a challenge: Call three church members each day to chat. And don’t forget about our members that are at Morning Pointe (Florence Lovett – 834-9602) and Trinity Station (Annabelle Dowdy). Annabelle does not hear well enough to talk on the phone but she would love cards/letters. Her address is 2121 Argillite Road, Apt. 211, Flatwoods, KY 41139. If you need someone else’s number, just call me. If I don’t have it, I’ll find it for you.
Lisa Mantz has called the Greenup County Schools to ask how our church could possibly help with getting breakfasts/lunches to the kids in Greenup. The system is currently doing a “drive by” pick up service at the high school, middle schools, and Argillite Elementary, but we are fearful that our kids will not have transportation to do the “drive by.” We are waiting to hear a response. Will keep you posted.
As we live through these days, we want to keep each other and our families in our prayers. God is in control! Remember… “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
Much love and prayers,
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