Centerport United Methodist Church

Dear Church Family,

 

Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!

 

As you know, many in our community of faith are vulnerable and susceptible to COVID-19. You also are aware that social distancing is one way we can help slow the spread of the pandemic. Following conversations with church leaders from CUMC, around the District and Conference, and also out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling In-Person Worship, Bible Study, meetings, and other gatherings until further notice. Staff will only be in the building periodically during these times.  Please alert either Connie or myself if you plan to come to the church building.  


We will not gather for worship in person, but all are invited to experience worship on-line (further instructions to follow in a separate email today). This will be a "one week at a time" decision.  Our leadership team will be in regular communication to make the best determination as to when we can safely gather together again.  Of course, please make your own best decisions based on your personal health and well-being, as well as considering those around you.

 

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

I am so proud to serve a community of faith that I know will work to take care of and reach out to one another via phone, text, and email as we practice social distancing. Many of you have already offered to help and I greatly appreciate your deep faith and commitment to servant leadership, as well as your care and concern for one another.

 

If you have a need or concern, please do not hesitate to be in touch. We have folks who are ready and willing to lend a helping hand.  In the days to come, our community is ready and willing to check in. Please stay in touch and let me/us know how you are doing and if there is anything I/we can do for you and your family. Also know that members of our community who are in nursing homes or assisted living facilities are no longer able to receive outside visitors, but I am sure they would welcome and appreciate a phone call or a card.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you have a prayer request for Sunday, please let me/Connie know in advance by either replying to this email, calling, or texting my cell phone at 914-330-1789 or emailing me at pastorroy67@gmail.com.

Connie and I will add it to our prayer list.

 

OFFERING

While we will not be gathering in-person for worship, we encourage you to be faithful in your financial support of the church by either mailing your offering or giving electronically through your bank. If you choose to give electronically, please let Connie know so that she may watch for and record your gift. Her email address is: centerportumcoffice@gmail.com

 

HOW TO PREPARE

Please also do what you can to prepare and protect yourselves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects using a regular household detergent and water, or cleaning wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• If you develop symptoms, please seek medical attention.

 

The Center for Disease Control

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html


The New York State Department of Health has a list of steps to prepare for COVID-19 that you may access here: https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/prepare.htm

  

LET US PRAY

I trust you will join me in prayer for all those affected by this illness, for medical professionals testing and treating patients, for scientists seeking a cure, and for our local, state, and government leaders. Please also pray for all those who are particularly vulnerable, the food insecure, those whose livelihoods depend on their ability to go to work, and others who may be at risk during this time.

 

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, understanding as we seek to provide a safe environment and care for our community of faith. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Pastor Roy